Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday August 2nd 2018 – #Stress busters, #Interview opportunities, and #Korean Movies

I hope you will enjoy today’s short selection of blogs I have visited.. so many great sites and so little time.

Stress is a silent killer and when acute stress (in the moment) moves into chronic stress (a permanent fixture) you can develop life-threatening illnesses. Christy D. Birmingham shares some stress busters that you can adopt easily and effectively.

Quick Fixes for Stress Relief by Christy D.Birmingham.

You probably already know that stress can make you miserable, affect your enjoyment of life, and could lead to a variety of health problems. However, there’s a difference between knowing these facts and addressing them in your own life. We all have to live with a degree of stress, and to a certain extent, it’s a necessary motivation for action and decision-making. The problem arises when it is chronic stress. It’s a permanent strain on your mind and body, rather than the situational necessity it is designed to be. You may not even realize how stressed you are, or that it has become a chronic problem. You might feel like you should be able to cope with whatever life throws at you, and that overwhelm and exhaustion are signs of weakness. In reality, this isn’t true at all. Not taking steps to reduce your stress levels will just make your situation worse. So act now to encourage stress relief, using the sensible strategies below for stress symptoms to help improve your health and happiness.
Stress symptoms

There are two aspects of stress, which manifest in different ways. These are common stress symptoms:

Psychologically you may feel down, and in the longer term, clinically depressed. You may find it harder to keep your temper, getting angry at small inconveniences and snapping at the family. You can suffer a range of negative emotions, including sadness, irritability, grumpiness, and crying. Motivating yourself may be difficult too. Perhaps life feels like a daily grind, a chore to endure rather than a joyous experience full of hope and opportunity. It may be hard to enjoy yourself too, and you turn to comfort eating or alcohol to get through the day.
Physiologically you probably feel tired, even constant exhaustion, and find it hard to accomplish what you need daily. You may get headaches, as well as aches and pains in your muscles, particularly the neck and shoulders. Other signs of stress are trouble sleeping, racing of the heart, constant muscle tension, and change in appetite – either not feeling hungry or craving certain foods.

Chronic stress can affect every bodily system, as the effects of having a constantly high level of stress hormones put a strain on every part of you. The stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol were originally designed to enable your primitive ancestors to outrun a Smilodon, and they are very effective at boosting your strength, speed, and mental alertness in small doses. They are not meant to be circulating at higher levels through your system all the time. When they do so, there’s an excessive strain on your mind and body, which is why chronic stress makes you feel so bad. Hence the need for stress relief.

Head over to find out the symptoms of chronic stress and some strategies to prevent this becoming a lifelong risk factor:

Christy is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore.

The next post is from Lisa Burton who is the radio personality working for Craig Boyack’s team at the Writing Cabin. This week Lisa is on the hunt for new guests (characters from your books) and having sent over one of my characters to be interrogated charmingly interviewed by the lovely Lisa, I strongly suggest you do likewise… it is great for promoting your book and gives you an opportunity to flex your creative muscles.  Here is a snippet from the post and head over and find out more. You won’t regret it.

The Yak Guy Project, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Lisa Burton

©Lisa Burton image C.S. Boyack

Welcome all you lost wanderers, and those without purpose. You’ve found Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you the characters from the books you love. Except for this week, that is.

This week you get me, talking about Craig’s book, The Yak Guy Project. I’ve run out of guests right now, and want to keep the slot open for everyone.

It’s okay though, I was there through the writing of this whole story. I can wing it enough to pull this off. As an example, see this poster.

©C.S. Boyack – Lisa Burton

It’s about this rotten kid, who leeches off his friends, and brings nothing to the table. At the beginning of the book he wakes up having been dumped in the desert. Guess people grew tired of his crap.

He gets rescued by a talking yak, but the whole thing is a setup. He’s been relocated to an alternate reality, and given a chance to start over. This means he has to learn some of the things he failed to learn the first time.

These lessons are pretty simple at their heart, but they aren’t easy. Many of them are a matter of life and death. More important are the lessons about understanding others.

Head over and find out more about The Yak Project and how to grab a spot as a guest of the lovely Lisa:

Craig is an author in the Cafe and Bookstore

C. S. Boyack, Buy:

Please visit Amazon to view all of Craig’s books.

Now a change of pace with a recommendation by Pete of Beetleypete for a Korean film Oldboy which was released originally in 2003 but was remade in English in 2013. Pete compares the two versions. We watch a lot of movies, from our 40 year collection of DVDs and also the digital library we have accumulated over the last few years. We don’t have television and prefer to watch when we like and without adverts. We have begun to watch more foreign films in the last few years and so I was interested to see what Pete had to say about this one.

One film, two versions; Oldboy 

There is something very unusual about Korean cinema. Imagine a really good American film merging with one of the best offerings from Japan, and the outcome is some of the best Asian cinema you can find. They have a knack of taking old themes and ideas, then adding a new and fresh look at them. Often gritty and disturbing, sometimes innovative, frequently breathtaking to behold, Korean films are always worth investigating.

Small wonder then that I chose to watch ‘Oldboy’, Park Chan-Wook’s 2003 thriller. This was the second film in his renowned ‘Vengeance Trilogy’, and won the Palme D’Or at Cannes. The story is startlingly original, and a superb cast make it completely believable on screen.

A businessman is kidnapped off the street, and wakes to find himself imprisoned alone in a sealed room. Nobody talks to him, and he has no idea why he is there. Food is provided through a slot in the door, and he has a television to watch. Whilst idling away his time practicing martial arts and watching TV, he learns that his wife has been murdered, and his young daughter is missing. He also discovers that he is the main suspect. He tries to dig a tunnel to escape, and time passes until he realises he has been held captive for fifteen years.

Head over and find out more about both versions and Pete’s recommendations:

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore these posts further… more blogger daily posts next week. thanks Sally


18 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Thursday August 2nd 2018 – #Stress busters, #Interview opportunities, and #Korean Movies

  1. Sally, thank you kindly for including me in the feature today. Stress is a big reason for poor health so it’s a topic that I’m pleased to see gets more exposure through your fabulous blog. You are amazing! ♥

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