#MindfulnessMonday 6/10/2019 – STRESS is a 6 letter word!

Today’s #MindfulnessMonday Tip: Remember to take time to enjoy life and those around you. So often we find ourselves working tooth and nail so that SOMEDAY we might enjoy our retirement. Make sure you’re taking time to enjoy life today… not just hoping to do it SOMEDAY in the future.

Check out today’s #MindfulnessMonday video where I talk about stress; what it is, signs of stress, what to do when you start feeling stressed, and how to protect yourself from stress! You can check out the video by clicking HERE!

Today’s Mindfulness Exercise:

Observation Communication

This is a partner activity. It can be done with a spouse, a friend, even your children. All you have to do is have a conversation that doesn’t have anything to do with work, school, stress, or anything else that has been bogging you down. For five to ten minutes, I want you to talk about only the things you notice around you. This is best done while taking a walk, sitting in a park, or even over coffee at an outdoor café.

If you’re having trouble starting the conversation or you find yourselves getting sucked into typical meaningless small-talk, try playing a game of eye-spy to get your started. You might just find the conversation takes on a life of its own, allowing you some time away from the daily stressors that tend to fill our minds throughout the day.

Don’t be afraid to let this conversation continue as long as is comfortable.

Mindfulness Journaling Prompt:

After completing the Observation Communication Exercise, take a few minutes to write down as many observations you made throughout the conversation. How many drew your attention back to work/school/stress related topics and how many were completely unrelated to any stressors in your daily life.

Keep this list and try this exercise when you are further along in your mindfulness practices and see if you do better.

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EPISODE 23 ~ Live For Today!

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Stress and pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives; they are part of the human condition. This stress can often leave us feeling irritable, tense, overwhelmed, and burned-out. The key to maintaining balance is responding to stress not with frustration and self-criticism, but with mindful, nonjudgmental awareness of our bodies and minds. Impossible? Actually, it’s easier than it seems.

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#MindfulnessMonday 5/13/2019 ~ 5 Tips to Reduce Stress

Today’s #MindfulnessMonday Tip: Everyday stresses have a tendency to pile up, if we aren’t keeping them in check. Don’t let yourself get bogged down by stress, there are ways to avoid or reduce stress. Find out what works for you and stay consistent.

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Check out today’s #MindfulnessMonday video for 5 Easy Tips for Reducing Stress in your Daily Life. You can check out the video by clicking HERE!

With that little piece of advice, I give you today’s Mindfulness Exercise:

Mindfulness Meditation – Stress Reduction!

Find a place that is comfortable, sitting or lying down and take a moment to connect with your breath. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Once you feel grounded and comfortable, I want you to think about what weighs you down. What causes the most stress in your life? Is it work? Money? Health issues? Or, maybe it’s a big change in your life, moving, graduating, marriage. Whatever the stressor is, it can be managed through consistent focus and balance.

Now, that you recognize your primary stressors, I want you to focus on just one as you take a few deep breaths in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. As you breathe in, repeat the words; I accept all that is good and right with the world. As you breathe out, repeat the words; I let go of what I can not control.

Repeat this process until you feel your body relax. Then, when you’re ready open your eyes and move on to today’s Mindfulness Journaling Prompt.

Mindfulness Journaling Prompt: After you’ve completed the Stress Reduction Meditation, take five minutes of quiet time to write out your stress reduction plan. This is the first step in deciding today how your tomorrow will look. Jot down three things you are going to commit to do in order to reduce your stress and the first step you’ll take for each idea. Some suggestions can be found in today’s #MindfulnessMonday video below.

Mindfulness journaling can be very private. However, if you are willing to share your thoughts with me and my readers, I would love to invite you to comment below and let me know how today’s exercise made you feel.

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EPISODE 19 ~ 5 Easy Tips for Reducing Stress in your Daily Life!

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I’m certified in Holistic Stress Management and Mind/Body Fitness. I’ve been practicing Mindfulness for 10+ years and am passionate about helping others in their pursuit of a more mindful existence.

#MindfulnessMonday 3/4/19

Today’s #MindfulnessMonday Tip:

childs pose

 

Take 2-5 minutes each morning and each evening to do child’s pose. Child’s pose is a basic yoga pose with 11 amazing health benefits. 

https://youtu.be/bi92twArEMI

With that little piece of advice, I give you today’s Mindfulness Exercise:

Exploring your Face!

Take a few minutes, in silence, to close your eyes and explore your face with your fingertips. Take your time and explore each ridge and crevice. Notice the different textures and how some areas are particularly sensitive. Consider what your face says about you to other people. Is it a reflection of who you truly are or do you “put on a different face” to the world? How does your face change as you express different emotions? After you’ve explored your face fully, pat it gently to normalize circulation and to give thanks.

Mindfulness Journaling Prompt:

Take 5 minutes to reflect on the ‘Exploring your face’ mindfulness exercise. Make notes about what you discovered, how this exercise made you feel, etc.

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EPISODE 9 ~ The Benefits of Child’s Pose!

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*I’m certified in Holistic Stress Management and Mind/Body Fitness. I’ve been practicing Mindfulness for 10+ years and am passionate about helping others in their pursuit of a more mindful existence.

#MindfulnessMonday 2/25/19

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Today’s #MindfulnessMonday Tip:

Stress is just as harmful to your health as smoking and drinking. With that in mind, let’s talk about the common effects of stress on your body, mood, and behavior so you can recognize stress when it occurs and how to handle it.

https://youtu.be/LkEB8eCibaE 

With that little piece of advice, I give you today’s Mindfulness Exercise:

Exploring your thoughts!

Commit to five minutes, when you are sure you won’t be disturbed. Sit down, somewhere you’re comfortable, and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing as it enters your body and exits your body. Observe your thoughts through this process, without trying to control them. Imaging your thoughts like clouds in the sky just floating by. Let each thought come into your mind and then fly past without trying to grasp on to any one thought. Don’t analyze your thoughts, just recognize them and let them pass. Repeat this as long as you feel comfortable while maintaining a pleasant detachment from the thoughts themselves.

Often times our thoughts lead us to the stressors that are most prevalent in our daily lives. Glimpses into our mind, such as this exercise, can help you discover the source of your stress and help you to disconnect from it in order to start the healing process.

Mindfulness Journaling Prompt:

Take 5 minutes to reflect on the ‘Exploring your thoughts’ mindfulness exercise. Make notes about your thoughts, what they were, how they made you feel, if it was easy or hard to detach yourself from them, etc.

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EPISODE 8 ~ Let’s Talk About STRESS!

https://youtu.be/Mm4GBuAz2QA

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Would you like to take the 52-week challenge and experience a more mindful existence? Check out The Invisible You ~ 52 Weeks of Meditations, Activities, and Writing Prompts to Help you Discover You!
*I’m certified in Holistic Stress Management and Mind/Body Fitness. I’ve been practicing Mindfulness for 10+ years and am passionate about helping others in their pursuit of a more mindful existence.