Increase Your Focus and Decrease Your Stress
Do you find your mind constantly being pulled in a million different directions and find it difficult to focus on what is currently in front of you? If so, beginning a daily meditation practice can train your mind to continue to come back to a single point of focus, even when you’re not meditating. You will begin to notice the effects of your daily meditation practice trickling down through different aspects of your life.
Watch this video to learn one of the easiest ways to enter into the world of meditation. The benefits to meditation are numerous, but the benefit I appreciate most is the intense focus it allows me to have when at work or when engaging in activities I enjoy. It also decreases my level of stress and anxiety. I am certain you will find similar benefits yourself when you begin a daily meditation practice.
Once you listen to the video, find a comfortable seat. You can sit in a chair, sit on a yoga mat, or cushion....
Listen to my interview on the Women Who Inspire Podcast. The podcast started out with talking about how good things can come from hardship, even the pandemic. Then it morphed into a discussion on the environment, human populations growing exponentially, and the inevitable spread of disease.
Although the focus veered away from my business and how I help people emerge from their trauma stronger than they were before, I was glad that I was able to use my love of the environment and teaching during the interview.
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The three-part breath is something I teach all of my students, whether it is in a college classroom, my coaching clients, or a group I am speaking to about self-care. It is one of the quickest ways to calm yourself down and ease stress and anxiety.
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Listen to my interview on the Women Who Inspire Podcast to learn why I think climbing mountains is analogous to the struggles the world is currently facing with the coronavirus.
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Listen to the brief (4:25 min) interview about my business with the Podcast Business News Network. You will learn about why I chose the business name, Serotinous Life, the mission of my business, and about the release of my book, Transformation After Trauma: Embracing Post-Traumatic Growth.
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On the weekend of December 12, 2020, I had planned to do a 3-day backpacking trip, staying overnight by myself in the woods in winter conditions around the Seward Mountain Range in New York. At first, I was so excited to use a sled for the first time. It’s been my goal for a long time to learn how to drag a sled. I just assumed there would be plenty of snow on the ground in Adirondack High Peaks in mid-December, but then I found out the trails had hardly no snow. So I had to pivot. I decided to still camp, but just not bring as much gear as I had originally planned.
Then I found out there was going to be a chance of rain over the weekend. I don’t mind hiking when it is cold and snowing, but hiking when it is cold and raining makes me nervous. Part of why I wanted to go on this adventure this weekend was to stay mentally and physically prepared for some big climbs I have been planning to do in the future. So I decided to still move forward with my plans, but to pack...
The thought of telling everyone that I did not successfully summit Ojos del Salado (Ojos), the tallest, active volcano in the world, scared me immensely. But, the more I thought about it, that is really what bothered me most, the judgement that would be passed at my failure. The more I thought, the more I realized, it didn’t actually bother me that I didn’t summit. I made the choice to turn back at 6,500 meters (21,325 feet), the highest I have ever climbed to because I was having to stop and catch my breath after every 5 to 10 steps I took. It was a good decision for me to turn back when I did because I had almost no energy to get back down even from that point. I had to stop continuously to rest. Even if I did make it to the summit at 6,893 meters (22,614 feet), I don’t know how I would have ever made it back down to base camp the same day at 5,255 m (17,240 ft).
Climbing that high on my own two feet was a success for me. I was also able to successfully summit my...
Have you ever said or thought any I am or I am not statements?
I am a procrastinator.
I am fat, ugly, stupid, etc.
I am too young, old, shy, scared, etc.
I am not thin, pretty, smart, creative, outgoing, patient, etc.
I am not a number, business, etc. person.
I am not tech savvy.
Have you ever said or thought any I can’t statements?
I can’t do anything right.
I can’t relax, sing, run, etc.
Have you ever said or thought any I don’t statements?
I don’t have time.
I don’t know enough.
I don’t know what I want.
I don’t deserve happiness, love, etc.
I don’t have enough experience, money, support, connections, etc.
Have you ever said or thought any I must statements?
I must not be good enough.
I must do well on this exam.
I must clean the house today.
If you said to yes to any of...
When you see a set of words strung together, like neuro-linguistic programming, it is no surprise why that mouthful of words is many times shortened to just, NLP. But, what on Earth is NLP?! It “describes the fundamental dynamics between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behavior (programming)” (Dilts, 2016). Pretty cool, huh? The thought of having complete control over our mind and therefore how we think, feel and act is pretty flipping amazing! That’s just my opinion, of course.
But what makes me feel so strongly about NLP and the affect it can have on anyone’s life? As an anatomy and physiology professor, who also teaches neurobiology, I am simply awestruck by the amazing capabilities of our mind and body. Our mind is so beautiful and complex, yet very efficient. Our mind is bombarded by tons of information every second. It is able to sort, edit, delete and relay information based on what it thinks is best...
So you are struggling with some aspect of your life. You know you need help, but you’re not quite sure who the best person is to turn to for help. Let’s say you are someone who has experienced some kind of trauma in your past. It could have been sexual or physical abuse, watching someone die in front of you, or a whole host of other life events that can seemly break a person’s spirit. It would not be unusual to think that if you have a particularly painful past, that the person to help you would be a therapist. That might be exactly who you need if these traumatic events are constantly in the forefront of your mind.
A therapist can help you gain insight from your past; to focus on, to review, and analyze patterns from your past (Morrissey, 2016). They typically focus on unpacking your past in order to assess the emotions tied to those past experiences (Morrissey, 2016). This can free your emotions so you can gain more self-confidence, self-esteem, or help your make...