Can you relate to any of the following?

  • Juggling several priorities at one time?
  • Running from one thing to the next?
  • Sitting in an important meeting, but thinking about something that happened yesterday or concerned about a future event?
  • Driving in a very familiar area, and passing the street or exit because you were thinking about something else?

In our fast paced lives, it can be difficult to control stress, anxiety, or fearfulness. Numerous people suffer from a variety of mental and physical issues because of “stress”. We may not be able to get rid of our kids, quit our job, or ship our spouse or boss off to a far away place, but we can choose how we process these and many other pieces of our lives. This can go a long way in improving your mental and physical health.

Important for mental and physical health

Mindfulness, or “the act of paying attention in a particular way”, on purpose, and in the present moment, is important for mental and physical health. In the process of mindfulness we are telling our body, muscles, organs, and brain to take it down a notch.  The next time you are driving your car on the freeway, pay attention to your body, instead of the place you just left, where you are going, or replaying the last conversation. You might be surprised to notice how wound up you are, and your body is experiencing stress.

5 things you could try on your own:

  1. Give yourself a few extra moments in-between activities to mentally and physically “change hats”, from what you were doing before, to the next task.
  2. Practice deep breathing for 10-30 seconds before eating a meal. Then, focus on what is on your plate and how the food tastes.
  3. Arrive early for each appointment. With the extra time, don’t answer emails or return calls, think about who you’re going to be with, why you are there, and intentionally be all there.
  4. Try not to multi task when possible. Set aside a specific time for one thing and then move on to the next.  You might find it is more productive if you give yourself a time limit to get one task done. Think about setting a timer to keep you on track.
  5. Give your phone break. Turn it off or put it away for times such as meals or coffee with a friend.

Mindfulness techniques can help with many issues including a variety of clinical conditions.

Depression, anger management, and anxiety are just a few of the conditions that I have experience in working with clients using Mindfulness, and there are applications for both children and adults.

Sometimes we get stuck, and need help changing our thinking. We can get overwhelmed with every day life and find it hard to hit the reset button.

Let me know if I can help

Brian

(425) 359-4588