Manage Stress Better

Wow I’ve been posting quite a few video clips on here lately.  Well here is another one.  Earlier this month I offered a free webinar on How to Manage Stress Better.  In case you were unable to attend, we had a wonderful guest presenter from the Bellevue College Counseling Center, Ms. Katherine Colles, come and speak on the topic.  She presented some good relaxation techniques and walks you through one in particular.  Enjoy.

 

Mindfulness in May

This month’s coaching topic is on “Mindfulness“.  I topic I have been hearing much about, but knew little about when it came down to it.  Upon researching the topic here is what I found:

  • Mindfulness is a form of meditation
  • It is derived from Buddhist meditation practices
  • It has recently gained popularity in being used primarily for stress reduction
  • It focusses on breathing
  • It is purposefully paying attention, purposefully staying in the present moment
  • It is not judging the thoughts or emotions that come to mind and simply letting them be what they are good or bad (not reacting to them)

This form of meditation has been documented to have physical and health benefits such as:

  • Reducing stress
  • Fighting depression
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Improving memory
  • Fostering compassion for others

I also found a good YouTube clip from Jon Kabat-Zinn who has propelled the mindfulness movement with his Mindfulness– Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR), check it out:

Stress Management and the Holidays

As much as we love the holiday season, it can be stressful.  Below are some great tips put out by the Veterans Health Administration to help you relax and make the most of the holidays:

1. Exercise — Take a quick walk or be physically active in another way.  Regular activity is best, but even a 10-minute chunk of active time can help.  It doesn’t take much.

2. Relax — Practice relaxation techniques (deep breathing, mindfulness skills, meditation, etc.). They can help you manage stress and even protect you from it.

3. Manage Your Time — List what needs to get done, make plans for addressing issues, and stick to the plan as best you can.

4. Choose to Be Positive — Stress often is associated with negative, self-critical thinking. Focus your attention on positive thoughts about yourself and others.

5. Designate Some Me Time — Despite busy schedules, it’s important to take time for yourself. Plan something you enjoy and follow through.

Resources:

The VA offers many tools for handling stress, including the Manage Stress website. The site offers links to the Manage Stress Workbook and relaxation recordings. Plus, you’ll find links to many helpful websites and mobile apps that teach strong stress-management skills.

Veterans Health Library at www.veteranshealthlibrary.org

More information on managing stress: http://www.prevention.va.gov/Healthy_Living/Manage_Stress.asp

happy holidays!