Charley & Frances & Ivan, Oh My!

A few years ago, Florida was in the crosshairs of several hurricanes, all barreling down on us during a very short period of time.  I remember very well, experiencing a prolonged feeling of heightened stress and anxiety, not knowing what was going to happen.  And after the threat of all those storms finally went away, I was left with two things:  A tremendous sense of gratitude for being spared and a deep appreciation for how damaging stress is in our lives.  I experienced first hand what several days of acute stress can do to someone.

So I got to thinking about specific steps I could take immediately to rid myself of all that damaging cortisol that I had been pumping through my system.  I did something every day that nourished me physically, emotionally and mentally.  But I found that some of the greatest benefits came when I did just a few little things to feed my spirit.  Here are three things I did that had the most calming effect for me.  You might want to try them the next time you feel your anxiety levels rising.

  1. Listen to Andrea Bocelli.  Especially the CD Sogno.  Earphones, eye covers, cool room.  Heaven – sheer heaven.  Thank you, God, for the gift of that man’s voice.
  2. Hold a little baby. (Preferably not a crying one). Touch her smooth little face. Try to imagine what she might be thinking. Envision all her enormous potential. Try to make her laugh. Sing to her (maybe an Andrea Bocelli tune!)
  3. Visit a park or nearby woods. Take a blanket, lay down and just listen. Count how many different bird sounds you hear. Listen for the sound of the wind in the trees. Feel the solid security of the earth beneath you.  Breathe and listen.  Breathe and listen.

While this list is only a few of many things we could do to combat the effects of stress in our lives, I found them very effective for me.  A soaring spirit supports a joyous, healthy, prosperous life.

From your happy motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, in the park, with a baby, listening to Andrea



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Greetings Linda, we just spent the last few minutes prancing around the kitchen, my daughter Erin’s arms wrapped tightly around my neck as she chortled gleefully, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman belting out Time To Say Goodbye on the ipod… stress is gone. Life is good! Your counsel: Priceless. Thanks!

  2. Beautiful choices and post Ms. Motivational Speaker Linda. Music is amazing, and  when I retire (LONG time from now with those college bills plus I love what I do) I’m planning on holding babies in hospitals that have to stay for long periods. Just walking or rockin’ and holding. Knowing me I’ll have to sneak to the children’s ward and read stories too. I’m sure I could get through any storm while focused on those wonderful children.

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