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Woman with eyes closedWant to get in the right head space to reach your goals? Being relaxed before you think about your goals puts you there. Ever heard of progressive relaxation?

Progressive Relaxation

Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. Take a few deep breaths to slow down. Start with your toes on one foot. Breathe relaxation into them. Breathe in relaxation and out tension. Continue reading

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I talk a lot with people about creating changes in their lives that they would prefer. Often times it seems that includes conversations about calming racing thoughts, putting aside ruminating, or becoming more mindful. It seems more people are thinking about focusing on living in the moment and really enjoying what their lives have to offer. Continue reading

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woman meditatingI’m reading a really interesting book called, Learning to Breathe by Alison Wright. Alison is an international photojournalist who was working in Laos when she was in a terrible bus accident. Continue reading

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Peaceful lake in the mountains

I once was on an overnight backpacking trip at a beautiful mountain lake with a couple of friends. The mosquitoes were bad—really bad—and we didn’t have any bug spray. We spent some time in our tents but quickly grew restless because it was so beautiful and sunny outside. Continue reading

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Woman and dog gazing at each otherI’ve always loved animals.  I’ve had dogs for most of my life and enjoy their unconditional love and affection. My dog has always greeted me at my door tail wagging excitedly no matter what kind of a day I’ve had. Continue reading

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The other night I went to a dinner and dance that was a blast! It was a fundraiser. You’re probably thinking, a fundraiser that was fun? This woman’s really exciting. I can hear the sarcasm dripping off that remark! Continue reading

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stressI got this e-mail message the other day that I thought was brilliant:

 

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience,
Raised a glass of water and asked,
“How heavy is this glass of water?” Continue reading

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Fall in the mountains

Every fall I feel my body wanting to slow down. As the weather gets colder and the daytime is shorter, like a bear, I am tempted to hibernate. I love getting in comfy clothes, sitting in front of the fire or under cozy blankets and reading. The energy I felt during the summer months dissipates and I enjoy living slow.

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Mindfulness meditation

Some reasons we don’t:

People sometimes say they don’t meditate or use mindfulness because they tried it once and it didn’t work. Others believe that only yogis or people like the Dalai Lama can meditate or use mindfulness because they have loads of time to devote to it daily. Still others may think that meditation means emptying your head completely and that’s just too darn hard! Continue reading

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Relaxing blowing bubblesHere’s a list of reasons why relaxation is so important. As a psychologist and life coach, I still need to remind myself of its value. Not because I don’t inherently know it, but because although it’s something I aim to do daily, it can sometimes seem like a million-and-one other things need to get done first. You see, I’m also a mother, a step-mother, a wife, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, a friend, a conference chairperson, a volunteer, and a woman. Like many other people I can still get swept away in the busy momentum of life–and relaxation, at times can seem like it just doesn’t come often enough. Continue reading

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