Posts tagged mindfulness
The Importance of 4-7-8 Breathing

When you want to reduce your stress, just breathe. Taking deep, meditative breaths has been a timeless way to fill your body with energy or help you unwind after an eventful day. However, there are so many breathing techniques that you find yourself a bit intimidated, and some of them are complex. Here is one that is simple, powerful, and perfect for unwinding after a long day. Meet the 4-7-8 breathing technique.

What is the 4-7-8 Technique?

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28 Days of Mindfulness to Beat the Winter Blues

There is a growing awareness around mental health and at this time of year, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can become a real problem, as can the less serious winter blues. Seasonal Affective Disorder is depression occurring at specific times of the year, usually Autumn and Winter although some can be affected during Spring and Summer. Luckily there are lots of things that can be done to help with the winter blues and lift a low mood.

Psychologist Andrew Bridgewater spoke to us about his experience of patients with SAD and said that 20% of the patients he sees suffer with SAD each year. He said that; ‘Anyone can experience SAD, especially if they find themselves under sustained stress or experience a very challenging life event at that time of year.’

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Tools to Help our Emotional Wellbeing

I have been working as an Energy, EFT & Emotional Intelligence Therapist for many years now.   I see a pattern for people, including myself, how our core emotional wounds get triggered by similar types of situations.  For example, we may have issues with our personal power.  We will find though that, the story doesn't have to be the same story that comes up each time, it is really ANY time our power is challenged or at least we perceive it as being challenged. 

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Great Talks at Psychology Matters Day 2017 #psychologymattersday

Today, Saturday the 13th of May 2017 I attended Psychology Day at NUI Galway to celebrate #psychologymattersday.  There were a number of speakers, speaking on diverse topics from mindfulness to the shadow man!

First up we had a wonderfully insightful talk on mindfulness by Chris Noone.   I nodded in agreement several times with what Chris was saying.  

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Maintaining Sanity/Emotional Balance in the Workplace

When it comes to maintaining emotional balance in our work place we are dealing with two different levels; external factors and internal factors.

Some aspects of our actual work environment may be stressful for us, maybe there is not enough light in the room we work in, possibly there is no air and we find it stuffy or maybe the air conditioning unit is straight over our head. 

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Emotional Tiredness ... Is there such a thing?

The idea around being emotionally tired came to me while chatting to some friends recently.    I believe it's possible to feel this way and that it is OK to feel this way!

We know from Antonia Damasio that emotions are "action requiring neurological problems" so their job is to let us know something important.

So there are two ways to look at this, in my humble opinion.  

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Finding The Tribe You Belong To in the Everyday World!

As I come to the end of week one of my on line chakra course I am reflecting what has come up for me as I delve into the course alongside those doing it.   This week we looked at belonging.

When we find our tribe or community we automatically feel a sense of belonging and a sense of comfort and a feeling of being okay to be ourselves in this community.

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Being Authentic On Line

The word authentic is used so much these days in relation to being who we truly want to be.   If we are working in the digital space our digital foot print reveals our authenicity.  We often know whether or not we resonate with a person when we meet them in the more traditional off line networking sceanario.  We may like the vocabulary they use and know that we could do business with them.

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My Journey of Self Discovery with Natural Solutions

Growing up with a big sister who was a Reiki Master and an Aromatherapy Massage Therapist was fun! I always loved when Jackie would put her “magic” hands on me if I had an ache and pain and remember feeling so good after! My favourite part of the massage was the oils as I used to hate anyone going near my neck and my feet!

Our environment growing up has a huge effect on us there is no doubt about that. Sometimes we can perceive our environment as negative and sometimes as positive. I knew from a young age that whatever my sister was doing worked and I liked it!!

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Using Smell To Enhance Meditation, Yoga and Energy Practices

“Each day has a color, a smell.”  Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices

Oh how true this quote is.   We see this in nature all the time, each season with its own unique wonderful smells. The smell of a forest is quiet different after a shower of rain in winter than it is during a glorious hot summer day.  Some people say they can smell rain before it actually comes!

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