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Need Help De-stressing? Try this Tongue Twister


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

May 21, 2008

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If you're feeling some tension I've got a neat idea you can try to release your stress.

This tongue twister might just do the trick!

I wrote this tongue twister earlier today and I hope it helps you. I found it to be quite beneficial :)

Decide to de-stress not distress from your stress,
Decide to deplete and digress don't distress!
Do not be stressed by distress caused by stress,
Decisively set your own course for success.

Try reciting the tongue twister in a triple meter placing the emphasis appropriately. You'll find that the words are somewhat calming and that the poem can also be used as a vocal exercise.

Another idea? Listen to and practice Rodney Saulsberry's tongue twisters which range from the moderately simple to the simply challenging.

I also recommend reciting nursery rhymes or reading Dr. Seuss books. Lilting rhythms and childlike simplicity are great catalysts for feeling better and more relaxed.

What's your favorite way to combat stress? Do you recite anything in particular?

Best wishes,


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Related Topics: child, de-stress, Dr Seuss, nursery rhymes, poetry, rhythm, Rodney Saulsberry, stress, tongue twisters, YouTube


    Hi Stephanie,

    Here is another tongue twister:

    Deciding to dance on ABC, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas,
    Beat Jason Taylor and partner Edyta Sliwinska,
    And Cristian de la Fuente and his partner Cheryl Burke.


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      Is there no end to your talents :-)

      I love it!

      I actually find closing my eyes & breathing in & out for a minute or so is very helpful...oh.... and getting in my car - or my sound booth - & letting out a nice long scream! ;-) (of course I'm careful as to where I "place" the scream vocally so as not to strain my vocal chords!)


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        Liz are you bringing back primal scream therapy? Actually it does work pretty well as a release for both stress and anger and others. But.....yes be careful not to step on the chords! Another thing to do as a stress release is to get up and away from the DAW for a bit...a good 20 minute break will allow you a fresh look at the situation.

        There is also the mini vacation. Simply lean back in your chair, close your eyes and imagine yourself in a favorite vacation spot...caveat...you may find yourself with a little drool at the corner of your mouth...must have needed a nap anyway. Naps are another great stress release.

        OK I'm rambling now.

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          Physical exercise, like 'steps', walking, switching gears to some kind of creative activity also works a treat for me to beat stress. Deep breathing like Liz suggested is good as well, as long as I can destress enough to remember to do it. Sometimes, I just have to go outside and walk around or have a coffee to switch my mind off.

          Here's another tongue twister for the collection!

          (You've already seen this one Stephanie. ( :D)

          The seething sea ceaseth,
          and as the seathing sea subsideth
          many men must munch much mush.


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