Updated: Nov 10, 2018
If you don’t take time and space for your self care, you’ll eventually find your self battling chronic stress and after awhile it can have negative impacts on mental and physical health not to mention the quality of your life.
I am sure many of you have experienced anxiety or know someone who has and that’s is only one manifestation of chronic stress. With workplaces being more competitive, life transitions such as returning to work, career change, managing employees or simply just trying to balance modern day demands; stress can easily begin to seem normal and you find yourself constantly reacting and completely exhausted.
Weaving space into life for your self care will help you re-balance and be better at keeping the balance on a daily basis. Essentially identifying stress contributors and some mindfulness coaching can help you recover faster.
Some contributors to stress are:
• Excessive coffee, wine or stimulants including sugar
• Work, the Internet, excessive social media and digital distractions
• The news and negative media
• The monkey mind, reptilian brain, negative thinking, ruminating on past or fantasising about the future
• Overly identifying with fast in-coming, unhelpful thoughts
• Taking things too personally
• Being highly focussed on material gain
• Keeping up with Jones’ and doing too much. The glorification of busy!
• Not nurturing or taking care of your body with sleep, nutritious food and exercise. Burning the candles at both ends
• Numbing or trying to repress challenging emotions
We all suffer from some of these habitual stress reactions but if you don’t take stock, it can drain your energy and before long you’ll be feeling the chronic impacts of stress on your health. Modern life doesn't have to be defined by how much stress we can adjust to. Sure there is plenty wrong to focus on but as always we can rise above it and work more effectively in our lives to make things right and better for the future. Life Coaching is an empowering process to elicit change where you need it most. In the past I have experienced transformative life changes that provided a whole new way to relate to my life and the skill of Mindfulness has been instrumental in me being less anxious, learning to really live intentionally in the present moment and letting what's out of my control, go. Mindfulness has helped me make wiser choices about what I do with my time and helped me find meaning in my own life's journey. Professionally it has also helped me connect with my community, serve others and be a more effective life coach; so it's easy to see why I am inspired to teach this skill to you.
Here’s some ways you can be more present with mindfulness and help reduce the impact of everyday stress on your mind, body and emotions:
• Practice Mindfulness for 20 minutes everyday • Slow down and take more care in everything you do, including the ordinary • Pay attention to your thoughts and realise you’re not everything you think. Be wiser in choosing what thoughts to identify with and be sure they support your wholeness • Take deep breaths periodically and check into your body sensations, feeling tones, mind states, and expanding to your whole field of experience. • Drink a cup of tea slowly and reverently using all your senses curiously while savouring pleasure from the experience • Accept yourself right now, exactly as you in all your imperfection • Forgive, reframe if need be and draw meaning from past hurts and failures
• Bring a feeling of warmth and self-compassion to your breath when dealing with difficulties
Put it all into practice and making it habitual.
Easier said than done but all I can say is practice, practice, practice. You do have some choice on what you focus on so starting with a few small steps can make a significant difference to your life. You might find our mindfulness program helpful, working one on one with me in coaching or a small group retreat the perfect way to reset and start the journey back to you.
If you're interested in Life Coaching with Marion, you're welcome to call for a no obligation conversation to get a feel for the way we mindfully work at Melbourne Coach.
You can find the contact details on the website.