I’m sure the title of this blog post got your attention! Before I go into that in more detail, I’d like to share some great news with you. Today marks the official birth of my coaching specialty: stress management life coaching! Those of you who know me or who have read my blog posts know that stress management is an area in which I have had great interest for quite a while. I co-created and co-facilitated a stress reduction workshop with Tom Sterner, best-selling author of The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life, at a local university, and I coach clients through stress in all areas of their lives.
The Experience of Stress
Our experience of stress can be a major obstacle that gets in the way of us finding the joy and happiness in our lives that we desire and deserve. By coaching individuals through their stress, I help them find the balance and fulfillment that might otherwise elude them.
You will notice that I referred to “our experience of stress” not only in the preceding paragraph, but also throughout the stress reduction blog posts on this website. I do this for a reason. While we may not always have control over the stressors in our lives, we DO have control over our response, and therefore experience, of stress. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through the practice of mindfulness meditation.
For those of you who do not meditate, the whole idea of meditation may seem kind of “woo woo” (not the technical term….). Even though it has become much more mainstream in today’s world – the Marine Corps is studying and testing the use of mindfulness-based techniques such as meditation and yoga to quiet the mind as a means to battle stress – it still doesn’t fit into the typical Western paradigm, where so often symptoms are automatically treated with the drug du jour. But this mindfulness-based practice can bring you clarity and calmness, and as a stress management tool, can actually be a key player in addressing issues such as stress, anxiety, and addiction.
Get Some Headspace
I recently came across a really wonderful website that I knew I had to share with you. Get Some Headspace, which is described as “The world’s first ‘gym membership for the mind’”, was created to demystify meditation. As they say on their website, “Using the wonders of science and technology, we make it easy-to-learn, fun-to-do, and relevant to your everyday life.” The idea is to start out with just 10 minutes of meditation a day. You’ll love how it makes you feel, and might just decide to make it a life-long practice. In the process, you’ll discover how much calmer and more peaceful you feel. You may find that you sleep better, have more energy, and are able to handles daily stresses more easily.
I encourage you to check out Get Some Headspace. For a more personalized approach to managing your stress, click on my Contact Me link to request a free, 30-minute consultation. I’d love to be your personal trainer for your mind, body and spirit!
- Stress Reduction: That Cup of Tea Alleviates the Symptoms, But Meditation Cures the Cause (theapproximateyogi.com)