Kick Stress Out of Your Life the Extreme Dream Way: 10 Tips to Bliss

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Recently I’ve moved from the Middle East to The Netherlands. Studies show that moving along with changing jobs or starting a new career can be some of the most stressful undertakings we humans endure. I concur. Now that the most difficult part of the move is over (which also entailed getting my fur-babes over to Europe), I’ve found myself stressing over stuff that’s a little less tangible: having less to do; not having a car; getting a bike as the Dutchies do and making that my main mode of transport; and wondering what exactly to do with myself when I have more time on my hands.

As most of you know, I conduct coaching and training workshops in many sectors including Oil & Gas, Financial, Telecommunications, and Science and Health. With all this new stress (imagined or not) going around, I figured the best thing to do was look back over manuals I had created for my participants in past workshops.


Here are some tips I’ve gathered to help you when the stress gets a bit too much.



Kick Stress Out of  Your Life the Extreme Dream Way: 10 Tips to Bliss

  1. Get out of bed slowly (no Facebook check-ins…yet). Stretch while still in the bed. Roll over to one side. Hang on on your side for awhile while taking deep breaths. Gradually lift yourself up. When we start our day with a “start,” we give our heart a “start” and that’s how our whole day will be played out.
  2. Eat breakfast slowly (still no technology, sorry. Trust me, wait on it). No tv. No phone. Just you and the best meal of the day. Chew each bite till it becomes liquid in your mouth (an old Hindu technique to aid with digestion) and slowly swallow. You’re setting up your nervous system and digestive tract to be receptive to all good things throughout the day—so you’re starting your day off right!
  3. Talk to your mind. Tell your mind you’re working on things and have things handled. The mind is what makes stress grow so you’ve got to have some coaching talks with yourself so you can master the stress. Tell your mind things like, “I don’t have time to dwell on the stress but I promise I’m working with it.
  4. Take a walk outdoors. Ipod optional. Look around. Get out of your head. Notice the others walking along the path. Take your shoes off and walk in the grass. Breathe deep belly breaths.
  5. Mindfulness coloring books. Get some. You can find them in bookshops and don’t forget the colored pencils. Curl up on the couch or go outside and sit on the grass and color away.They really work.
  6. Stop the shop. Try not to engage in shopping therapy. You’ll only regret what you’ve spent and end up more stressed later. Instead, go to a cafe, sip some tea and people-watch. This little event will make you feel you’re doing something and will slow your mind down. Plus, fresh hot tea is always good.
  7. Heel-toe it. Do the mindfulness walk where you take your back foot and touch your toe to the heel of your front foot. Alternate. Do this for as long as you can. This practice gets you in your body, helps you focus and it takes time.
  8. Chant. Chanting “Om” while sitting in Lotus cleanses your mind, body and spirit and it reduces stress significantly.
  9. Do Reiki on yourself or indulge in some sessions. Dr. Oz is a huge fan of Reiki—he even introduced Reiki healers into his surgical unit 15 years ago to conduct sessions on his breast cancer patients, and it was discovered many of them reduced their stress significantly due to Reiki. Reiki refreshes, rejuvenates and rebuilds.
  10. Read. Read tips like these. Subscribe to inspirational quotes and blogs. Step out of yourself and see how others successfully handle stress. You’ll realize you’re not alone and that validation will help you through the tough times.




Dear Stress, let’s break up. -Anonymous

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Thanks for tuning-in. If these tips helped you out, I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to share your comments here at the blog and let’s engage. Also, you’re always more-than-welcome to share the blog, tips and newsletters with your friends. Let’s put more good in the world. Thank you for being an Extreme Dream member.


Hugs from Holland,


Laurie, Certified Coach, Reiki Master, Certified Law of Attraction Expert

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About Laurie Santos

Owner and Founder of Extreme Dream Training. Certified Life Coach, Master Reiki Healer, Certified Law of Attraction Expert, Certified EFQM Assessor. Surfer, expat, lover of animals, poetry and silence.


  1. Anna Belle Farrington says:

    Love hearing from you! “Met” you in tjr Middle East and been following every since (since 2012). Thanks for your excellence!

    • Laurie Santos says:

      Wow Anna Belle! Thank you for following, reading and commenting! You’re a star :-) I truly appreciate you taking time out of your day to not only read but to also reach out. Where are you these days? What’s new? How have you been? How is 2016 treating you and what are your plans for 2017? Do stay in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Sending you my best and lots of hugs from Holland :* Love, Laurie

      Oh! PS: Are there any topics you like to read about? Any other things I can post here at the blog that would be of service to you and your family/friends/colleagues? I am always in search of great topics that are going to benefit the readers. If you have any things in mind, don’t hesitate to let me know. Thank you again and cheers!

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