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7 Reasons to Be Friends With Your Sister

7 Reasons to Be Friends With Your Sister

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    The bond that sisters have with each other starts at an early age, and as you grow up with each other you automatically know each other’s inner workings. Only children often wish they had the camaraderie that siblings have together, someone they can play with. Yes, you fight with each other and do mean things like cutting the hair off their favorite Barbie. But at the end of the day, there is a sacred bond between sisters.

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    As we get older, sometimes it becomes more difficult to remain close. There may be arguments or perhaps an ocean between you, but when you need your sis’, she’ll be there as though a day hadn’t passed. Here are seven reasons why it is so great to be friends with your sister.

    1. You have unconditional love

    Whatever mistakes you make, your sister will always love you. While she may not agree with your choices or understand your decisions, she will be there when everything falls apart. That unconditional love can be a miracle for those messy times in your life.

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    2. The silly factor

    There’s something about a sister that brings out the silliest parts of us. Nobody else can have me rolling on the ground with a sore stomach from laughing so much the way my sister does. The child in us just comes out and we can be outrageous and goofy with each other.

    3. You’ve been friends since you were in diapers

    Our sisters have seen all the struggles and triumphs we experienced in our most important, formative years. You relate to each other in a way nobody else could. Although there is a difference between the oldest, middle and baby of the family, you were all raised by the same parents. You were taught the same values and manners. You experienced the same family vacations and lived in the same house with the same dog. Not only do you have these factors, but you also come from the same blood, making you genetically similar.

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    4. She’s your mirror and quasi-therapist

    Sisters understand many of the actions you do based on the upbringing you shared. Things that happen to you when you’re a child can mold the adult you become. If you can’t see a reason for why you are who you are, a sister will often know where emotions are stemming from, which perhaps might be an experience you’ve long forgotten.

    Sisters and siblings in general can both relate to and understand your behavioral patterns. If you had a home that lacked communication, you could be closed off to people. While most of the people in your life won’t get it, your sisters will. Sisters communicate really well about their feelings and often dig into the past to figure out the present. Having another perspective on the family dynamics can be very helpful.

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    5. Leaning on each other

    When a death in the family occurs, sisters can heavily lean on each other for support. Sisters are compassionate and often open with their emotions. This helps each sister realize that they are not alone in their pain. Months after the death, sisters can cry to each other or laugh about the good times had. A sister can see when you’re exhausted and will take over some responsibilities during a family death. There is a certain comfort factor in having a sister during difficult times that nobody else could replace.

    6. There’s nothing like a sisterly hug

    Some hugs in life are terribly awkward where maybe you hang on for too long or your arms are in the wrong spot. With a sister though, it’s natural, genuine and loving.

    7. Your true self

    You are pretty much forced to be your true self in the face of your sister. If you act differently, she’ll call you on it and what’s the point of acting if you’re not believable anyway? This makes it so easy to just be you, to be honest with your feelings and who you are. Even if something has happened between your sister and you, you can keep it real and talk about it openly.

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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