Posts tagged relaxation
Why relaxing isn't relaxing

The schools in my area are on spring break this week. I am working and, starting tonight, watching the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. When spring break begins, I feel a sense of relief and success. One reaon is that I’ve made it two-thirds of the way through my son’s school year. Another reason is when there is a school break or a holiday, people are less anxious about their legal issues. I receive less e-mail and fewer phone calls which allows my day to feel more fluid and less disjointed.

Most weeks are not disjointed. Life, in general, feels more disjointed. Our attention is rarely on one thing at a time. It isn’t from multitasking, rather it is because there is a “high” that comes with seeing new information.

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Fear of being lazy (FOBL)

Taking time for yourself is not lazy

What is holding you back from taking time for yourself? This time of year, preparation for the holidays can be the reason you don’t do things you enjoy. In all honesty, isn’t it like this all year long? A list of tasks and goals to be achieved for someone other than yourself. I’m not saying that you don’t benefit as well. There is usually a sense of satisfaction when you do something for someonse else and there is often a mutual benefit.

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When you wake up

This is the time of year when decisions for healthly behavior is at extremes.

At one end, I could be intentional about my health choices and reap the benefits. At the other end, I could ignore all sign pointing to healthy behavior and repeatedly hit snooze because it is cold and no one will notice.

As the seasons change, we are forced to change.

In the summer, there are longer days, better weather, and more choices. It is more difficult to eat healthy this time of year because there is less produce in season. The days are shorter which makes early morning workouts a drag because the sun never comes up. After work is just as difficult. It is a challenge to exercise outside because it is colder and darker. In Iowa, we are experiencing days of cold and rain followed by days of cold and rain. It feels like a formula for seasonal affective disorder.

Small habit goals can make a huge impact

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Cracking the mindfulness code

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment nonjudgmentally.

15 years ago, I participated in a Mindfulness Stress-Based Management course.  The course was 8 weeks long and based on the book “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabia-Zinn. 

Mindfulness is available every waking second.  I also enjoy meditation but it requires stillness of the body for a period of time.  Truthfully, it would be wonderful if I could spend time doing either for any second of the day.    

I have always believed that mindfulness required the full attention of my entire self.  That may be true.  I decided, however, that I can only be mindful with my brain and one other part of my body.  When I realized this, I felt like I cracked the code for integrating mindfulness into my life.

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