If you’re like most people, you like the idea of being mindful. But it seems some environments—like work—make it difficult to be. It doesn’t matter whether you work in an office in a high-rise building or as a two-person team painting homes, you can still practice mindfulness. Here’s what do…
Focus on just one thing. Many people struggle with mindfulness simply because they’re trying to do too much at once. You aren’t a machine. You weren’t designed to do 65+ things at once.
Instead of trying to do everything, choose to focus on the most meaningful task right now. Which task will bring you closer to your goals or your boss’ goals for you right now? That’s the one to focus on first.
Turn off notifications. If you have trouble concentrating once you’ve picked your one task for the present moment, then try to silence notifications. This means logging out of your inbox, silencing your phone, or shutting...
Last week I sent out posed about mindful eating. I was blown away by one of the responses I received.
In September, this courageous young woman was mindfully eating only once per day in preparation for a hunger strike against gun violence.
Shai appeared on news 12 two weeks ago to tell the world about her hunger strike. Hastings-on-Hudson woman to go on hunger strike against gun violence
Mindfulness is something you can practice anytime or anywhere. But I always recommend starting to practice mindfulness around food. I do this because, for many people, eating is an enjoyable part of their day, and I want you to associate mindfulness with fun! Besides that, there are a few other benefits, too…
Mindful eating helps you enjoy your food more. If you’ve ever eaten in front of the TV and couldn’t remember what your snack tasted like, you were a distracted eater. Most of the time, distracted eating means you didn’t enjoy your food or worse, you’re left still feeling hungry.
With mindful eating, you spend time focusing on the aroma, texture, and taste of your food. By the time you have finished, you feel like you’ve savored every morsel.
Besides enjoying your food, mindfulness also helps you eat less. When you plan to have a leisurely meal, you take your time and chew your food thoughtfully. You pause between bites and gauge...
Sara trudged into my office for an individual coaching session, balanced on the edge of her chair and tearfully confessed that she was feeling “overwhelmed.” Her hands were like restless birds going from her lap to land on the table only to take fight again so she could rummage in her purse as she talked about all the things causing her stress. Sara is in her early 20’s, has a nine-month-old daughter and lives with her fiancé. She goes to school full time and works weekends. Sara described feeling like there was never enough time in the day between school, studying, work, caring for her daughter and trying to keep a clean home. She was so upset that Joe could not seem to get his dirty clothes in the hamper or the dirty diapers in the pail. She also noted that he may be doing less to help around the house because she picks at what he does and he said in a resent argument “why bother when no matter what I do it is never good enough for you.”...
3 Ways to Redefine Failure
What do all these people have in common? They did not let failure stop them! We are rarely privy to all of the challenges people who are now great successes had to overcome before they got to the top. You can turn your failures into stepping stones to success by following these 3 tips:
Approximately 6% of those of us that live in the colder part of the U.S. suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). An additional 10-20% experience a mild form of the disorder, or the "winter blues."
Most of the symptoms of SAD and milder winter blues are the same. What differentiates the two is the severity of the symptoms. If you experience the symptoms below during the cold dark time of the year, only you may have the winter blues, and if your symptoms are severe, you may have SAD.
A lack of energy for no apparent reason may be your first indication that something is amiss. At the severe end of the spectrum, sufferers describe feelings of both mental and physical fatigue, and weighted feeling throughout the body that makes otherwise easy activities and tasks utterly exhausting.
Withdrawal From Life
Another common symptom is isolation from social activities and people. This may include a loss of interest in daily activities and favorite pastimes, hobbies, or...
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