What is stressWe all talk about stress, but we are not always clear about what it is. This is because stress comes from both the good and the bad things that happen to us. If we did not feel any stress, we would not be alive! Stress becomes a problem when we are not sure how to handle an event or a situation. Then worry sets in, and we feel “stressed.” Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Cortisol has been shown to damage and kills cells in the hippocampus (the brain area responsible for your episodic memory) and there is robust evidence that chronic stress causes premature brain aging. Without cortisol you would die – but too much of it is not a good thing.
How Coaching can helpThrough coaching, we work together to understand your stress patterns and influences. This knowledge gives us the keys to your freedom. Sessions are about helping you shine a light on your health. Together we identify and bring clarity to your goals and co-creating strategies to reach them. You can expect to be honored and trusted that you have everything you need to be successful in reaching your goals. Coaching brings many benefits, as your partner I’m here to guide and inspire you through the coaching process.
How Mindfulness can helpLet’s start with why mindfulness can help you. How much time do you spend remembering things that have happened in the past or thinking about things that are going to happen in the future? Versus what is happening now – the present moment? Mindfulness is seeing things more clearly and paying attention moment to moment to moment. When you are mindful, you notice what is happening—as it happens. This creates a space, a pause in which you can respond considerately to situations, rather than react. Creative possibilities open up; new ways of being with life’s challenges can present themselves.
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when paying attention to the present moment, with non-judgment.
Today, there is a growing interest, and research corroborates the benefits of mindfulness training. The new breakthroughs in neuroscience show that by practicing mindfulness, the brain can be shaped for greater happiness, love, wisdom and greater emotional balance in turbulent times, as well as healthier relationships, more effective actions, and greater peace of mind. Through movement based therapy, breath work, mindfulness practice, and meditation we provide a safe space to work through emotions, stress and fear while building on your own resilience. Our mindfulness practices are based on the principles of the MBSR workshop at SoundsTrue. It was created in alignment with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 1979.
“The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive – to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to act – to change – to heal” Dr. Kabat-Zinn
The foundations of mindfulness practice cover all areas of life experience, including mindfulness of the body, thoughts, and emotions. Mindfulness can be extended into communication and interpersonal interactions through exercises and compassion meditations, facilitating improved relationships at home and at work. You can choose from one on one sessions or a group of 5 or more in a workshop. We can be in person, by phone or with Skype.
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