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Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health

Many health problems have their root cause in one thing: stress. In the field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), we recognize the strength of the mind / body connection , meaning the two are inextricably linked. These days, people seem to be more stressed out than ever before. Thanks to modern communications and the Internet we are accessible at all times and the expectations placed on us can feel insurmountable. We also seem to have an ever-increasing amount of responsibilities to deal with and only a fixed amount of hours in the day to get things done. Chronic fatigue and stress can have serious effects on your health. Fatigue can weaken your body’s immunity system and leave you susceptible to disease and illness. In order to combat the negative effects of stress on the body, it’s imperative to reduce stress and improve your health.

The symptoms of stress from a mind=body perspective

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NLP provides a variety of tools to help you reduce or remove stress and any fears you may have of becoming ill. You can use NLP to condition a new set of healthier behaviors to overcome any unhealthy patterns you may have had in the past. Here is an exercise you can use next time that you are feeling stressed. You can do this exercise standing, lying down or sitting in a comfortable chair.

NLP Stress Reducing Techiniques

Step One: First, start to relax your muscles. While you are doing this, smile. Even if you don’t feel like smiling, just smile. Hold the smile for at least twenty seconds. It is important to remember that your physiology is connected to your internal mood. By mimicking a happy unstressed physical state we can help put ourselves into that state.

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How to Build Rapport to Enhance Communication

Anyone who interacts with other people, whether through personal relationship or business encounters will benefit from learning how to build rapport to enhance communication. A broad definition of rapport describes the relationship of two or more people who are in sync or on the same wavelength with each other. Think of a time when you felt totally in touch with someone you were with. It’s a great feeling. You are comfortable and at ease. You feel a sense of trust and are willing to share intimate details about aspects of your life you might otherwise avoid.

The word rapport comes from an old French verb, rapporter, which literally means to carry something back. Through the process of communication, one person sends out a message and the other sends back a message. In the field of neurolinguistic programming (NLP), rapport is about increasing the similarities between you and the person with whom you are communicating to create an atmosphere of trust, relaxation and emotional support.

Steps for Establishing Rapport

The primary key to establishing rapport is to BE like the person with whom you are communicating. This process is not the same as mimicking, which tends to be interpreted as condescending. You are simply Matching and Mirroring their communication style.
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