Stress Management Tip: The Power of Prayer

December 2nd, 2005

Prayer is a direct way of way of communicating and conversing with God. Prayer is a spiritual exercise that helps strengthen your own spirit as well your connection to God. The more you pray the more intimate your relationship with God becomes. It involves more than just asking for help. You can discuss the happenings of your day; you can give thanks to him for all his divine blessings; you can ask him to share his blessings with your family and the whole world; you can even use it as a way to listen to God.

The use of prayer can be a great form of stress relief. However it requires that you believe in God and that you have faith that he knows what is best for you and most importantly that he will look after you. By praying to God for help, especially during stressful periods, during your darkest hours, you can rest assured that God is listening to you and will help. No matter how hopeless your situation may be, have belief that miracles can and do happen. This ultimately gives you hope and the strength to carry on in your time of need.

Incorporate a regular prayer schedule in to your life. It does not take much time or effort to say a small prayer just after you wake up and/or before you go to sleep. It is your opportunity to thank God for his continual blessings and help, to tell him you love him and acknowledge that he loves you. The more you do this, the more blessings you will receive. Over time, you will find that your life will become easier, and hence less stressful. And if times get tough, your strengthened spirit will help you deal with stress better.

About the author

David Tomaselli is the creator of the Wholistic Development Exchange. The Wholistic Development Exchange is a web site focusing on Stress Management. Here you can access frequently updated tips, news and resources on how to reduce stress and manage stress.

Natural After Shave Recipes

December 2nd, 2005

Antiseptic After Shave

o 90ml witch hazel o 10 drops cedarwood o 5 drops niaouli o 10 drops lavender (Tasmanian) o 5 drops cypress

Store in a brown glass bottle. Shake well before each use.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AFTER SHAVE

1 part apple cider vinegar 1 part vegetable glycerin or witch hazel

QUINCE SOOTHING GEL AFTER SHAVE

10 quince seeds Herb water 1 cup water

Boil seeds in water until a gel forms. Dilute with herb water such as rose or orange to desired consistency. Refrigerate up to 1 week.

Homemade Aftershave

Preparation Time: 15 minutes initially

Preparation Cost: $5

Materials Needed:

1/4 cup witch hazel 1/2 cup distilled water 3 drops benzoin oil 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup dried Herbs and/or a few drops of your choice Essential Oils such as :

  • lavender flowers, crushed
  • camphor Herbs such as rosemary, lavender, sage
  • Citrus Herbs such as orange or lemon peels or
  • Spicy Herbs such as cinnamon, cloves

Directions: Combine ingredients in a glass jar. Cover and place in a dark fairly cool place. Shake the jar once or twice a day for 2 - 3 weeks. Strain out Herbs through a colander and refrigerate.

Cooling Aftershave

1/2 cup witch hazel 2 tbsps of vodka 1 tbsp of dried mint 1 tbsp of dried lavender Mix all ingredients and store in dark cool place for 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks, strain liquid and discard solids.

To use: Splash on face after shaving.

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