What is mindfulness? It means slowing down and being aware of everything that is around you and living and enjoying the present. It is about living in the present without judgment and not spending time focussing always on the future.
Mindfulness is used around the world in business, schools, hospitals and within sport.
If you want to be more fully aware and improve the quality of your life and be happier mindfulness can help you.
My six tips to get you started:
Do one thing at a time. Stop multi-tasking and do one task at a time and do it well. Enjoy doing it. You will be more productive.
Enjoy nature, nature helps us to heal, so go for a walk, dig the garden, walk the dog but enjoy the environment and see the beauty in it without judgment.
Don’t worry about the future, live in the now and make the most of it. Happy people live in the present.
Listen actively, so when talking to someone, listen to what they are saying and don’t let your mind wander to what you need to do next. Be present and enjoy your conversation. The small things can make a huge difference to other people’s lives and your own too.
Eat slowly and enjoy your food
Spend 5 minutes every day sitting quietly and doing nothing, clear your mind and enjoy the peace.
Live slowly and stop rushing around, as you live more slowly you will become more aware of what is going on around you.
Much has been written about mindfulness and the benefits to individuals are huge in terms of health, feeling less stressed etc. Read about it and see if it feels right for you.
I live mindfully and it has changed the way I think, the way I live and my view of life.
If you want help to live more mindfully and make life changes and you think having your own coach will help then contact me
We all want to be happy, and our lives to be filled with happiness and laughter. If we are not content with our lives now we often have a goal for the future and we believe that happiness will come when we get that goal.
The majority of people are always searching for happiness.
Happiness will not come when you reach your goal. Happiness is right here now in front of you, it’s in the everyday things you do, the people you meet, your environment.
Why are so many people searching for happiness and not seeing it? Happiness is a state of mind and it is how you view life. Stop searching for happiness and start making your own happiness.
My tips for being happy?
Have a positive mindset and look at the glass half-full instead of half-empty.
Ring a friend you haven’t seen in a long time
See the good around you – it is there around all of us, appreciate nature
Set aside your ego and stop trying to control things that you have no control over
Make a point of doing things that you really love, going for a walk, reading etc. whatever you like
Keeping away from negative people
Not getting involved in negative conversations – walking away from them or trying to change them to be more positive
Doing something good for somebody every day
Look for the good in everything you do
Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly
Being happy is a continual process and you always need to work on it, it is life enhancing and will make a huge difference to your life and those around you.
Start now and make a note of what makes you happy now!
Have you set your New Year resolutions? Are they realistic and achievable?
As a Life Coach, I suggest you rate your goals on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most likely to achieve. Once you have rated each of your goals, work on the ones where you can start to have some success quickly.
For the Resolutions that are scaled at the bottom, where you need to do a lot of work to achieve them, I suggest you develop a plan.
Key Things I Recommend
When your goals are big, break them down in to small achievable steps and work on them one at a time
Look at your language and how you communicate, language can be limiting and often we don’t realise how we come across.
Don’t engage in negative conversations with others, walk away or change the subject.
Many people live in fear, sometimes it is fear of change, so they prefer to do nothing and remain the same. Why not make small changes at first, and once you see the benefits of these changes, you can start to make more. We all fear things bite the bullet and take action.
Look at people you admire and respect in your network and observe how they operate. Learn from them. Get advice from them.
Mix with people who are positive and love life. They are a catalyst and other positive people are drawn to them.
Life is not a dressed rehearsal, live the life you want!
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” (Steve Jobs )
Did you know that people spend on average two years just thinking about International Adoption? Are you paralysed by fear?
When I think about it and the sorts of fears/concerns people have I realize that the thoughts are quite irrational and bear no relation to the reality. Sometimes you just need to take the plunge and see where this journey in your life takes you.
Connecting with others creates great growth both emotionally and spiritually. People who have strong relationships with others, whether it be family, friends, colleagues, groups, etc tend to live longer, happier and healthier lives. Each relationship brings something different in to our lives, the more open you are to develop these links, the more you enhance them and hence it will increase your level of happiness.
Who matters most to you? Do you take your relationships for granted or do you try to enhance them, so both of you get the most out of it?
Our limited perception of reality limits what we understand of ourselves and others. We all live in our own stories and we think that the stories are a reflection of who we are. When something comes along to change our story and we don’t like the way it is evolving, our life starts to hurt.
Live your life your way.
The homestudy is a process that provides a picture of the potential and adoptive parents.
Your Social Worker will complete the homestudy
It can take several weeks to several months to complete
You will need letters from your current employers and possibly some previous employers
You will need a health assessment
Letters of reference
A series of visits to your home by your Social Worker
The documentation requirements vary according to where you live and to which country you want to adopt from. When the homestudy is complete, your Social Worker will prepare a report about you and your family.
Many people get caught up in thinking the Social Worker is coming to see how clean and tidy your home is. This is not the case, they need to get to know you.
Don’t agonise over your house, remember it is a home…….
What advice would you give to somebody starting out on their Home Study?