Five Minutes Closer To Relaxation, Creativity + Enhanced Intuition

Some days are better than others, this we know. If you are able, just for a few minutes, drop the "I should be doing..." and try these simple mindfulness tips to ease your way on those less-than-ideal days...

Remember:  Attention and gratitude...

On the difficult days notice how capable and sturdy your body is. You've made it through these days before. You would be helped to remember that you can do it again. You are resilient and still here. Perhaps you haven't slept, your body feels weak and yet it continues to serve you. Show gratitude and respect for the parts of your self, both physical and emotional, that feel overwhelmed or weakened. Despite your struggle, you may notice how your mind and body works to maintain balance. You've survived and even thrived on the tough days before. Your mind and body is competent and able -- it's designed to push through strain and it even compensates in some interesting ways. Breathe and rest as you can throughout the day needed moments of restoration. 

Remember: Ground yourself...

Feel your feet planted firmly on the ground. Notice the gentle support of the chair beneath you as you place your hands on your thighs and just breathe. Continue to notice any sensations as your feet connect to the earth. As you go about your day, however busy it may be, you can still practice this simple mindfulness exercise. Direct your focus to the sensation of your heels as they touch the ground, notice the space between the ground and the arch of your foot and then your toes as they make contact with the ground. Stillness is not the best solution for some, especially those with high anxiety or individuals who struggle to tolerate sensations in the body. Meditation and yoga experts often fail some clients by forcing body scans or stillness on those not yet ready for this practice. This creates unnecessary and unhelpful anxiety, not to mention feelings of failure and defeat. If this is you, consider a more active practice, such as walking meditation which grounds and discharges tension. Learn more about that here.

Remember: Become alive and awake...

Slow down and take a deep, full breath. Become aware snd open. If you are able, develop curiosity as you notice the sights, smells and sounds in your environment. Observe the air around you, feel the sensations and texture of your clothing against your skin. Scan your body for areas of tension and holding. Can you soften those parts of your body. Notice your thoughts. What do you need? Is it safe to have comfort and a moment of peace? Perhaps you have everything you need in this present moment. 

Remember: Practice... 

This may be new for you so be kind to yourself. You may feel that taking a few moments out of your day for self care and restoration is a waste of your time or that you could be doing other things. For many, the fear of losing productivity comes to mind. You only need a few minutes to practice this and it can be done as needed throughout the day.  We now know that, while you could be doing something else, mindfulness practice and other forms of meditation such as TM actually enhances creativity and intuition leading to even greater productivity (if this is your goal), as well increased mental clarity and better health.

Challenge yourself for the next week: try this daily and see if you notice improvements in your personal and professional life. It's free, and you're only committing to one week. 

Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a licensed Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist and Personal Coach with a private practice in New York City. As a clinician who is passionate about the interplay between mind and body, she practices mind-body psychotherapy, providing holistic counseling and coaching for her clients. Her counseling modalities include: psychoanalytic psychotherapy EMDR therapy, CBT, DBT, mindfulness, crisis counseling and coaching with expertise in anxiety, depression, pain and chronic disease management, eating disorders (anorexia, binge eating, bulimia), addictions, alcoholism, trauma resolution, relationship + marital difficulties, women's issues (postpartum depression, new parent, divorce, separation, hormone imbalance), performance blocks, self-defeating behaviors, loss, grief, loneliness, self-esteem issues, post-rehab support and sexual problems. Via Skype, Kim Seelbrede provides life coaching, executive, personal and career coaching. Kim Seelbrede works with celebrities and high-profile individuals as well as high-level entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 executives around the world including London, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Connecticut and Washington. Her professional personal and executive coaching services are tailored to each clients individual needs and targets concerns such as feeling stagnate and stuck, self-assertion, self-sabotage, substance abuse, pain management, chronic illness, work/life balance, performance problems, communication challenges, anxiety and stress management/reduction.

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