Bagna Cauda

How To:1. Wash and prepare the vegetables. Break the chicory down into individual leaves and slice the fennel and celery into crudités. Make sure that they are nice and dry by patting with a clean towel. Keep them somewhere cool until ready to serve.2. Melt the butter or ghee in a saucepan, add the anchovies, parsley and cayenne and cook gently until the anchovies dissolve into the butter.3. Add the crème fraîche, 250 ml water and the garlic and slowly bring to the boil. Lower the heat and gently simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until reduced by half, then blend.4. Test a crudité in the mixture to check the consistency. If the flavour isn’t intense enough, then simmer a little longer to reduce and thicken.5. Serve in a warm dish over a candle or in a fondue pot, swirling through the extra virgin olive oil kept earlier from the anchovies. If the sauce begins to separate, give it a little whisk.6. Dip the vegetables into the Bagna Cauda and enjoy!The post Bagna Cauda appeared…

11 ways to relieve stress

How to relieve stress

Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel like everything your doing is an ongoing battle and your not sure what to do? I want to share with you a few ways to relieve stress, and to become a happier you.



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Meditation
Meditation brings short-term stress relief. There are many different forms of meditation to try each one is unique and brings its own appeal. With practicing meditation, you will feel fantastic. Meditation  before bed is a great way to help calm the nerves and to help you sleep better. Put on some calming music, and take deep breaths.The relaxation response technique consists of the silent repetition of a word, sound, or phrase while sitting quietly with eyes closed for 10 to 20 minutes. This should be done in a quiet place free of distractions. Sitting is preferred to lying down in order to avoid falling asleep. Relax your muscles starting with the feet and progressing up to your face. Breathe though your nose in a free and natural way.
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Yoga
Yoga incorporates breathing exercises, meditation, and light exercise. One session brings initial stress relief, and continued practice brings greater resilience to stress. Yoga has its many benefits such as a good nights sleep, stress levels decrease,increase strength, flexibility,slows the aging process,lowers blood pressure, and many more.

Breathing

Breathing exercises provide convenient and simple stress relief in that they can be used anytime, anywhere, and they work quickly.Breathing exercises are most effective when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed ,  release tension in your body, and  feeling frustrated .
Laugh more
The physical act of laughing releases tension and brings positive physiological changes. Adding more laughter in your daily life can affect you in a positive way. You will feel refreshed! Laughter is the best medicine when you feel overwhelmed and stressed. Laughter will reduce your stress, and feel more energized. 
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Music Therapy

Music can alter your physiology in ways that help you to relieve stress. Formal music therapy sessions can help with a variety of stress-related issues. Music has the power to reduce stress and anxiety.Current findings indicate that music around 60 beats per minute can cause the brain to synchronize with the beat causing alpha brainwaves (frequencies from 8 - 14 hertz or cycles per second). This alpha brainwave is what is present when we are relaxed and conscious. To induce sleep (a delta brainwave of 5 hertz), a person may need to devote at least 45 minutes, in a relaxed position, listening to calming music.
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Walking
Learn about the other benefits of walking as a stress reliever. Walking is a way to clear mind and the change of scenery helps. Walking 30 minutes a day will help your energy levels, reduce the risk of a stroke,diabetes, high blood pressure, and feel more fantastic. 

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Listening to music

 Creating playlists for various moods can help you to relieve stress passively, enjoyably, and conveniently. Music is  a way to link to your emotions. Various songs are according to the mood you're in will help you express the feelings you feel. Calming music is the best way to break the tension in your body.

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Singing

  Singing can bring a special feeling of stress release.  Singing improves mental alertness, concentration, and memory. Singing is a way to be yourself , and express how you feel . Even if singing is not your thing, can simply just sing along to a song in the shower or your car, anywhere there is no one around. Singing daily has many health benefits such as the ability to work harder, helps you live longer,relieves pain and stress.
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Many people turn to spirituality for stress relief. Prayer can help lift your spirits. Next time you feel stressed, don't forget the power of prayer. Surrounding your self with positive people will change your mindset, and outlook on life. Don't have to attend church to pray, can pray anywhere. The more you pray the more you start believing there is hope. So don't stop! Have your faith strong even when you may not see it.
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Keeping a Gratitude Journal
Count your blessings  reminds you of those things you have to be grateful for. It also reminds you of all of the resources you have to cope with the stress. The more you are thankful for, and you write it down, it helps to remind you what you do have. It trains your mind to feel more optimistic. If you feel overwhelmed and stressed try to list at least 10 things you're grateful for and go from there.
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Stop putting yourself down
Are you your own worst enemy? If you’re destroying your own happiness and sense of peace now is  the time to stop. The first thing to do is recognize your own behavior. Talking negatively about yourself will only lower your self-esteem. The energy you set off to others will affect how they feel. Watch what you say to yourself and to others as well. Choose to find the positive in a negative situation. The more you shrug off the negative and work towards to  staying positive you will feel much happier, and the people who surround you will feel that energy and feel happier to.

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