Welcome to Health Coach and Image Coach International’s weekly E-zine, developed specifically for people who want to create better and healthier lives for themselves. Please feel free to forward this issue to friends, family and associates!

Dear Friend,

Two men were walking along a crowded sidewalk bin a downtown business area. Suddenly one of them exclaimed, “Listen to the lovely sound of that cricket!”

The other man, who couldn’t hear a thing above the din of the heavy traffic and people bustling around, was amazed at how his friend could detect the sound of a cricket.

The first man, who was in fact a zoologist, simply took out a coin, and dropped it on the sidewalk. Immediately a dozen people nearby starting looking about them.

“We hear,” explained the zoologist, “what we listen for.”

Experience has put a fence around the way we think, see and hear. Free your mind and listen to your inner voice.

If you want a healthy life, it’s important to take time off from busy schedules and operational humdrum to listen to our inner voices. What is your body telling you about your health?

Dos your body feel like it’s aching all over? Do you feel tired even after hours of sleep? Do you find yourself suffering from constant headaches or indigestion? If you are, then you may be suffering from work-related stress, which can cause both physical and emotional health problems if you don’t take care of it now. The six leading causes of death in the world: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide have been linked to stress. So if you hear a dissonant note coming from your body, listen again. It may be a lifesaving tune.

“Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.” ~Douglas Pagels, These Are the Gifts I'd Like to Give to You


In closing this week, here are some simple steps you can take to alleviate stress and lead a happier, healthier life:

  • Get enough exercise - this is known to reduce stress and can help you feel better. Do at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Choose an activity you enjoy - a brisk walk or a swim is ideal.

  • Learn at least one relaxation technique - this can help you sleep better and relieve stress-related physical pains such as stomach pains and headaches.

    To download a free 5-min relaxation audio, register below.

  • Talk about your stress with a trusted friend or member of the family - this is a good way to get your worries off your chest. It can give you a fresh perspective and help to make stressful situations more manageable. Better still, get a coach!

  • Don't drink too much alcohol or caffeine, or smoke. Instead of helping, these stimulants will increase your stress levels.

  • Eat regular meals and a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.

    I'll see you next week!