Stessed out? Calm, Coloring and Mandalas

There are many ways to reduce stress, including meditation, exercise and diet. Now, extensive scientific research also shows that the use of coloring mandalas inspires creativity, reduces stress and brings balance.  

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Mandala, or sacred circles in Sanskrit, represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself. The circle can be found in nature: the sun, moon, rings on a tree trunk, birds nest and blossoming flowers. It is found in the iris of the eye and every cell of the body.

In Eastern religious practices worldwide, mandalas have been used as meditative tools. They are used as part of healing and trans formative art in Native American sand painting, Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist rituals. They became part of modern psychotherapy when, Carl Jung used them with himself and his patients, who would use them to record dreams and work through their pain and anger issues. Many psychologists, therapists, and cancer centers today, use mandalas with patients as a healing modality.                

Coloring mandalas is a fun way to relax, take a break and get us out of the inner dialogue that we carry on. Research has shown that we have approximately, 60,000 thoughts a day and 75% of them are negative. To do your own test, set the timer for 10 minutes and just write whatever thoughts comes into your head. How much was negative?

Mandala coloring is very simple and straight forward. It has been documented that when you engage in right brain activities like coloring or painting, blood pressure drops and endorphins are released. Through this “no thought” process you can suspend inner dialogue and be in the stillness. This place of stillness allows you to recharge your batteries, to connect with your intuition, to learn about yourself and what you want. healing mandala

Coloring mandalas is affordable and portable. You can create your own mandala or there are mandala coloring books available.  I suggest that you get a box of crayons or colored pencils and bring your mandala coloring book wherever you go, especially places that you consider stressful:  waiting at the doctor’s office, traveling or at work. It will give you peace of mind, help you see things more clearly and enhance your overall wellness.

Rae Luskin is an artist, speaker, community activist and the author of Art From My Heart, a self discovery journal. A leader in nurturing self –worth, resilience, healing and social change through creative expression, she is known as the “Healed Heart Expert.” To find more go to

Look for her new book coming soon Stuck to Unstoppable: Unleash your Passion, Purpose and Possibilities

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Stress Is A Silent Killer That Creeps Up Over Time

Stress Meter Showing  Panic Attack From Stress Or Worry

Stress is a major problem. It is a silent killer that creeps up over time.

At first you feel okay, then you feel a little bit more stressed and eventually you are completely overwhelmed. If you do not address stress it can actually result in mental and physical conditions that will affect your overall well being. You can experience headaches, stomach issues, high blood pressure, weight gain as well as anxiety and depression. According to a study done in 2012 by the American Psychological Association and the American Institute of Stress, 33% of Americans are suffering from stress.

The top 4 causes are:

 old-time-piece     Job pressure

old-time-piece      Money

old-time-piece      Health

old-time-piece     Relationships

Today we will address job pressure.

Big problem concept, red question markSo many people are stressed at work.They worry about getting downsized. They dread working long hours with little money. Many find they leave their “true self” in the parking lot. They feel unmotivated and bored with their job. Often times they are at work physically, but their heart and mind are at home with the kids.

If this sounds like you, then it is time to find a solution!

Begin with a personal inventory. Divide a piece of paper in half and write likes on one side and dislikes on the other. Spend time making notes about every aspect of your job. Then determine what would make it better. For every person it will be different. In a recent study more people wanted acknowledgment for a job well done than more money.

After you complete your analysis it is time to take a personal inventory of your strengths and talents.

When you can clearly identify with confidence what make you a valued employee you can prepare a solution oriented proposal. Make an appointment with your boss and outline what it would take for you to feel better, more engaged and enthusiastic about your job.

For example, as you prepared for this conversation you realized you need some additional help, suggest Tom from the other department.

Or if you are clear that your #1 priority is to attend your kid’s games, then ask for two afternoons a month off and share with them how you will make it up.  No one is a mind reader. If you bored at work suggest that you want some additional training or you want to take a lead on this upcoming project. OWN IT. Practice a little bit of courage and ASK.

Oftentimes, when we are stressed we feel dis-empowered and hopeless. But when you take these action steps you will feel more energized, empowered and confident.

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