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Golf Swing Balance Problems Solved With One Exercise!

If you often lose your balance in your golf swing here’s what you can do about it.

First of all, you need to understand that the way you setup to the golf ball dictates to a large degree the balance that you’ll have during your golf swing. And so here is how to achieve a balanced posture position from which to start your golf swing.

1st. – Stand up straight with your feet about shoulder width apart, then

2nd. – Take the straightness out of your knees, then…

3rd. – Place a club along your spine, and then

4th. – Bend forward making sure that your spine remains straight. A very, very important point when doing this exercise is that you want your backside to move back when doing this as it creates a balanced golf posture position. You want your weight to be on the balls of your feet when you’re setup and it won’t be unless you follow the steps I’ve suggested.

And finally…

5th. – Once you’ve bent over (by moving your backside back and keeping your back straight) the next step is to move your left hip (right hip for lefties) slightly towards your target. Doing this automatically places your head behind the ball, which is just what you want.

Once in this golf posture position you can place a club on the ground in a position to hit a ball, and you probably will have to either bend over more or stand up straighter depending on what club you are using. For example you will have to bend over more for a wedge than you would for a driver simply because a wedge is quite a bit shorter than a driver is.

Then once you’ve done this exercise and you’re setup then get someone to lightly push on both shoulders from behind and in front. Because doing this will help you to set your weight to the insides of both feet which is where the weight should be. Then get your partner to push lightly on your back and if you fall over it’s because your weight is too far forward, so set your weight more back on the balls of your feet.

When you’re in balance you’ll find that when someone gives you a slight push you’ll be steady as a rock, and this should be your aim. So do the posture exercise and test yourself until you pass. When you do, your balance will be a lot better during your golf swing.

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Christian Goal Setting – Finding A Better Christian Work Life Balance Through Goal Setting

Christian Goal Setting

Finding a good balance between leg work and the rest of livlihood can feel like standing in the center of a teeter-totter. Sometimes one end is up, but before for a while too end is on the ground with the a good deal more in the air. Trying to be this work life equate happen can be frustrating, overwhelming, and exhausting. Christian Goal Setting

Fortunately, God has given us some ways to achieve this balance. One of these ways is through the Holy Spirit and human will, which we use to choose where we put our time and energy. To focus our wills, we have a specific tool: goal setting.

What is a Goal?

A goal is anything we invest time and energy into attaining, whether we make it explicit or not. When we make it through a workday by telling ourselves that lunch is just around the corner, that next meal is our goal.

As a Christian, it’s important that you make sure your goals are in line with what God desires for your life. Christian Goal Setting

“Philippians 4:8 tells us, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Thus, if any of your goals focus on something untrue or unjust, they are not taking you towards God.

Goals and the Work Life Balance

Goal setting is the key to achieving a healthy work life balance. Since God calls most of us to many things, this is an important balance to attain. Setting goals helps us decide what is considered a priority and how those priorities stack up against one another. Achieve your goals and you will become more and more the person God created you to be. Christian Goal Setting

It’s important that your goals are realistic. If they aren’t, you won’t be able to achieve your goals and they will only frustrate you. So look at the things you believe God is calling you towards. This can include, but is not limited to, work, family, church, and various ministries where you serve others. Always want to have a successful life? Kick the LOSER out of your life by getting the Internet #1 Christian Goal Setting Now!

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    Use these simple stress management strategies to bring more balance to your life

    About six years ago, I came to a life-altering decision.

    I was sick and tired of being…well…sick and tired.

    Unable to sleep through the entire night because of fears of things left undone, unsaid, or forgotten, I’d drag myself through my days fueled by cup after cup of black coffee.  My routine was to work 8 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m., go home and cook dinner, kiss my husband, tuck my little girl into bed, grab my computer and work until midnight.  I was so stressed out I didn’t even know I was stressed out.  But to me it seemed “normal.”

    This went on for years.  Until the day my mother died at age 64.

    Funny how something so profound can change the entire way you view the world.  I decided life was way too short to spend it stressed out.  I became a student of stress management strategies and used them to eventually heal myself.

    Many of us live lives full of stress – from the moment we get up, to the time we go to bed (and just lay there staring at the ceiling).

    Although we’d like to think stress simply resides in our minds, the fact is that stressful thoughts do damage to our bodies.  Experts agree that stress is a factor in hundreds of diseases and illnesses – everything from strokes to Alzheimer’s to obesity can be caused or acerbated by stress.

    Does any of this sound familiar?  If so, then it’s time to take back your life like I did.  I’d like to share some of the stress management strategies I use and continue to use every day.

    Find the Root Cause.

    Managing the stress in your life starts first with identifying the sources of your stress.  Some things are probably pretty easy to figure out – like unreasonable deadlines, or the death of someone close to you.  Other things may not be so obvious and you may need to do some self-introspection to figure it out.

    One thing to remember is that living in constant stress is not a normal state of being. In order to determine the sources of your stress, examine your habits, attitudes, and the excuses you make.  Are you always making excuses to your spouse for having to work late?  Do blame other people or events for your stress?  These could be places to analyze as potential stressors.

    Once you identify your stressors, you must then work to eliminate those stressors, or at least make them more manageable.  The following tips should help you with this task.

    Stop Procrastinating.

    I have a rule I live by, and I encourage those I mentor to live by it as well.  The rule is this:

    Do what you most don’t want to do first.

    It may not be the end-all cure for your procrastination, but it sure as heck will knock a dent in it.  That’s because a lot of procrastination stems from the fact that we put off the things we dread.  The more we dread it, the more we put it off.  It’s human nature.  However, by making a habit of doing the dreaded deed first, you set yourself free.  You will start thinking of yourself as someone who can and will get things done. Soon your procrastination days will be over.

    Minus the Mess.

    Whether you believe it or not, cluttered, disorganized surroundings affect your mental state. Physical clutter reminds us – often subconsciously – that things need to be done that aren’t getting done, and that causes us more stress.  

    I have a close friend who recently decided to start clearing the clutter out of his life, and getting organized.  He started with his office, throwing away, organizing – he saw surfaces he hadn’t seen in years!  After he tackled this, he started on his garage.  The more clutter he threw out and organized, the lighter his stress level and the clearer his thought patterns became.  When you remove the physical clutter and you’ll eliminate the mental clutter, lowering your stress and raising your energy.

    Have Faith.

    Experts agree that people who believe in a power beyond themselves are generally less stressed.  Attending church, fellowshipping with others of like faith, and nurturing one’s spiritual side have a calming and soothing effect on our minds.

    Practice Extreme Self-Care.

    It took me a while to figure out that unless I took care of myself, there would be little left of me to take care of others.  Many people feel selfish when they start putting their needs ahead of others, but believe me, you have to do it.

    Some of the things you must do to practice self-care from a physical standpoint include exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, reducing caffeine and sugar, increasing your intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats.  One other thing…you must get enough sleep!  People who don’t get enough sleep not only increase their stress levels, but studies show they decease their life expectancy.

    Just as important as practicing physical self-care is practicing spiritual/emotional self-care.  While the first feeds your body, the latter feeds your soul.  Start by identifying five things you enjoy doing, but rarely get a chance to do.  For example, my list would include reading a good book, going to a yoga class, getting a manicure, watching a great old movie, visiting my favorite coffee shop.  Once you identify your top five (you can have more if you wish!), begin scheduling them into your daily calendar.  It may be tough to carve out the time at first…you may need to start with one per week and work your way up. You’ll be surprised at how pampering yourself can make you feel cared for and less stressed.

    Reframe the situation.

    Much like reframing an old picture can give it new life, so can reframing the situations that cause us stress.

    According to Dr. Don Colbert, author of The Seven Pillars of Health, the term reframing means learning to see the past, present and future in a positive light.  It goes beyond “positive thinking,” however.  

    Reframing is a concept pioneered by psychologist Albert Ellis to help patients replace irrational thoughts with rational, realistic statements.  Reframing calls upon a person to shift his focus away from his present point of view in order to “see” another person or situation from a different perspective.  When negative thoughts pop up, Colbert and Ellis maintain that we should challenge and assess them, never accepting them at face value.

    Do you ever find yourself dwelling on negative situations or thoughts?  I know I did!  Once I started reframing the situation from a positive slant, I no longer felt the need to relive those thoughts over and over in my head.

    For example, instead of dwelling on the fact that you wrecked the car, reframe the situation by being thankful you weren’t hurt.  Nearly every situation – even the most traumatic ones – can be reframed.  This may sound simplistic, but by mastering the technique, you will get rid of a lot of unnecessary stress.

    Breathe.

    When we get stressed, we tend to breathe more quickly and shallowly.  In turn, this causes us to become even more stressed.  One way to counteract this is to take slow, deep, fulfilling breaths. Start by sitting up straight. Breathing through your nose, inhale from your stomach, allowing your breath to expand your stomach and move up through your lungs.  Exhale in the opposite direction, letting the air flow through your nose from your lungs until your stomach is flattened and your lungs are emptied. As you inhale, inhale relaxation.  As you exhale, exhale stress and tension.  This works even better if you combine it with the Minute Meditation below:

    Meditate for a Minute.

    You don’t have to cultivate a long meditation practice to reap the benefits.  Even a short, focused 60-second meditation can help de-stress your body and your mind. That’s because taking a moment to quiet your mind stops the forward momentum of anxiety and nervousness that can so quickly get away from us.

    Three easy steps:  1)  Relax.  Scan your body and release any tight muscles, especially those muscles in your jaw, shoulders, and neck.  Start from the top of your head and work your way down, releasing the muscles as you go.  When you’re through, start your 60-second meditation by 2) Focusing your attention completely on each breath, each inhalation and exhalation.  When your mind wanders, bring it back to your breathing.  Do this for one minute and 3) Wrap up by returning to awareness of your body and surroundings.  Take one last deep breath and wiggle your fingers and toes, refreshed and ready.

    I do this several times through out the day, especially when I need to jump-start my creative thought.  I find regular practice works wonders for both my stress level and productivity.

    Finding Balance.

    The ultimate goal, of course, is to lead a balanced life, with time to do everything that is important to us – plus have the necessary energy to meet challenges and achieve our goals.  Stress steals our joy, our peace of mind, and our dreams.  My hope is that you use these stress management strategies to help you find balance and peace in your life.

    Copyright 2009, BusinessBurrito.com.  All rights reserved.

    Donna Williams is the founder and creator of BusinessBurrito.com – a website dedicated to helping small businesses grow to their maximum potential. She is also a 25-year advertising / marketing executive, creative director, writer, and producer. Together, Donna and her husband currently own and co-own five small businesses. To read more of her articles, or to sign up for her free weekly e-newsletter, visit her website at www.businessburrito.com

    Stress Management and Reiki: Restoring Balance through Energy Work

    We live in a hectic world, where the affects of acute and chronic stress can have serious impacts on our health. Although conventional and alternative medicine offers many options for stress management, there is an ancient healing technique that works especially well: Reiki energy work.


    What Is Reiki?


    Reiki is a Japanese energy technique that produces a relaxation response to reduce the feelings of stress. Reiki practitioners are trained to tap into the Universal energy force and, by the laying on of hands, transmit healing energy to another person or animal. The premise of Reiki, which is a very spiritual stress management technique, is that it increases your life energy. Reiki is considered to be a holistic therapy because it addresses the mind, body and spirit.


    While Reiki is spiritually based, it isn’t associated with any specific religion. That’s why there are no intellectual or spiritual requirements to give or receive Reiki. In other words, you don’t need to have any particular beliefs about religion (or any beliefs at all) to either benefit from it or practice it.


    Because Reiki is based on the principles of peace, harmony and balance, anyone can learn it. Although it’s a simple technique, the process must be passed on from a Reiki master to her student during a process called “attunement.”


    What to Expect During a Reiki Treatment


    During a Reiki treatment, you should be fully clothed and will usually lay flat on a massage-like table, although seated or standing positions can be used in a pinch. It’s important to be comfortable and warm, so let your practitioner know if you need to adjust your position. (Simple things, like placing a pillow under your knees to relieve low back pressure or adding a lightweight blanket, can increase your comfort level.)


    When the Reiki session begins, your practitioner may close her eyes and take a moment to gather her own energy before placing her hands on or near your body. As the treatment progresses, your practitioner will move her hands along your body, concentrating on areas that relate to your specific issues. When using Reiki for stress management, for example, your practitioner may spend extra time around tense neck and shoulder muscles. Although even a few minutes of Reiki can reduce stress, a typical full-length treatment can last anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes.


    A full-length Reiki treatment should make you feel extremely relaxed and may even cause you to fall sleep. You should be able release the tension being held in your body as you reach a new level of peace.


    Why You Should Choose Reiki for Relaxation


    Reiki practitioners believe that negativity doesn’t exist solely in the brain. Instead, they believe that negative thoughts and feelings are also stored in other areas of the body and in the body’s surrounding energy field (known as the aura). When negative energy collects in and around the body, the flow of life force, or Ki, is restricted. This results in headaches, body pains, feelings of stress and, if left untreated, more serious physical illness.


    The healing energy of Reiki is guided by a Higher Intelligence that intuitively understands how to release restrictions to the flow of Ki. This energy is able to work in harmony with the unconscious mind to dissolve negative thoughts and help remove them from the body and its aura. As these energy blocks are cleared, your Ki begins to flow unhindered, sending the healing life force to unhealthy bones, organs and tissues. With a consistent treatment plan, Reiki allows your body to heal itself and restore optimal balance and function.


    Although people with serious health problems should consult their doctor before undergoing treatment, there are no known side effects associated with Reiki, which is proven to be a safe therapy for people in all stages of wellness or ill health.


    Stress management is often a lifelong pursuit that requires an entire toolbox of traditional and alternative therapies for maximum relief. Consider incorporating Reiki treatments into your self-care regimen. The only thing you’ve got to lose is a little stress!

    Patty Harder is a Reiki master, ordained SHES minister and self-help guru. She is also the author of
    Less-Stressed NOW! Your Complete Guide to Managing Stress, Beating the Blues, and Waking Up Happier Every Day. To learn more, visit

    http://www.5MinuteSelfHelp.com
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    Building Lasing Work/Life Balance: Stress Management For Parents With Careers

    What is Stress?

    Many researchers define stress as events or situations which are perceived as negatively affecting your well-being. Stress can take on many different forms, and can contribute to changes in mental and physical health as well as illness. Common symptoms of too much stress include headache, sleep disorders, difficulty concentrating, short-temper, upset stomach, job dissatisfaction, low morale, depression, and anxiety.

    How do our bodies respond to stress?

    Perception of a stress activates the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), a process known as the “fight or flight” response, which mobilizes energy to help us respond to the stress. For example, activation of the SNS diverts blood flow away form the stomach and digestion to the heart and lungs to prepare for a possible need to run away form a threat. Stress also increases release of cortisol from our adrenal glands, which further contributes to redirecting energy toward dealing with stress and away from other bodily functions. At the conclusion of the stress, all these reactions are reduced to normal levels, and the body quickly returns to its state or balance, or “homeostasis”. This is a normal pattern of stress responsivity and recovery, and when this happens, we remain healthy in our minds and bodies and, importantly, ready to respond to the inevitable stresses that will come our way.

    If stress is normal, how can it harm my health?

    Well, note that a critical part of the “stress cycle” described above is the stressful situation ending, and the body recovering. When stress does not end, or when stresses come rapidly and for a long time, one after another, the body does not have time to recover, and the stress becomes chronic. Chronic stress prolongs activation of the SNS and the cortisol response. This extended activity of the physiological stress response that these systems has been shown to have serious detrimental effects on mental and physical health, and this is where stress management and coaching for stress reduction can be really helpful.

    The Good News: There are simple and practical ways to reduce and manage your stress.

    Nothing I could write here can substitute for the personalized attention and rapid progress you can make working with a life coach to constructively deal with stress, but here are some of the top strategies my clients have found useful in dealing with stress in their lives:

    1.  Identify and stick to your priorities: Take the time to make a list of tasks you must accomplish weekly, monthly, and longer (quarterly or annually). With each item on your “must” list, include a deadline or a clear time commitment.

    2.  Keep communication open: As difficult as it may be sometimes, it’s essential to keep channels of communication open both at work and at home. For work this may mean talking to a Supervisor, Mentor, or even trusted peer colleague. Do the same with your spouse or partner, in fact, in my experience, this is even more important as in a relationship initially minor things can fester and turn into big problems if not addressed early.

    3.  Expect the Unexpected: I know this is a cliché, but another cliché, “The best laid plans of mice and men are sometimes put asunder” is really true and makes flexibility necessary. Some morning when you or your partner has a really important meeting at work or a deadline, you’ll wake up to a flooded basement or a vomiting child and someone has to take one for the team. Agree in advance that you will trade off these sacrifice days, even though it will never be convenient for either of you. Of course, if its “your day” and your partner has a job interview for a new position and you’re not under the gun, be flexible open to switching things around- in other words, use common sense and be nice.

    4.  Save time by spending a little more money—In the long run, you have only two things to spend-time and money. If you want to save on one, you’ll have to spend the other. Therefore, think seriously about investing in services that take care of some of the chores, such as housecleaning. Even having your house cleaned professionally once a month is a big help, and saves you a bunch of time!

    5.  Pick your battles—Decide what things are non-negotiable for you and which ones really are not that big a deal at home and at work. There are so many things I used to get worked up about that I just don’t sweat anymore, such as making my kids make their beds before school each day.

    6.  Learn to say no—This goes for work and your personal life. Clearly, there are some things you can’t say “no” to, such as when your boss asks you to do an important task or your baby needs to go to the doctor. One big one I’ve negotiated with my kids is the number of non-school activities they do.

    7.  Be kind to yourself and others- Remember the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?” Cliché as it may sound, I repeat this to myself frequently when I feel stressed, crabby, or ready to make a snarky remark. Be sure to take care of your relationship by making time together with your partner without kids, and without each other sometimes. Remember that everyone needs some “me” time, and no one more so that parents with careers!

    Mary Coussons-Read, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Health and Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Denver, and the founder of Powerful Mind Consulting and Coaching, LLC. Mary is a also certified life coach and an experienced executive, tenure, and academic coach. You can find her at her website at powerfulmindcoaching.com