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How Mindfulness Can Stop Summer Holiday Overwhelm

How Mindfulness Can Stop Summer Holiday Overwhelm

We all know that the summer holidays can often get a bit overwhelming what with children constantly demanding meals, needing ideas for what to do next and squabbling with their siblings.  It’s not the most relaxing of times, especially if you are trying to get your business off the ground.  Of course, there are lots of great things about the holidays but to make sure you are ready to enjoy them and really make the most of the long break you need to find time to look after yourself too and one of the best and simplest ways to do that is by using mindfulness.

Now, before you laugh hysterically at the prospect of finding the time to do this on top of the mountain of everything else you have to do read on….meditation and mindfulness will make you feel much more in control of life over the holidays and all you need is 10 minutes a day.

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Have you heard about Mindfulness yet? It not, don’t worry, it’s just a shame because people like us who fall in to bed exhausted at the end of the day and wake up just as bad can benefit hugely from it.

So, what exactly is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness helps you pay attention to the present moment using techniques like meditation and breathing.  When we practice mindfulness we become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we are able to manage them.   Basically, its about giving yourself a break from thinking.  Bliss!

If you are stressed, tired, and exhausted by everything that goes with trying to balance your career, business and home life, mindfulness can really help.  It is proven (properly, by scientists and everything) to boost your attention, reduce stress, anxiety and depression and can help with conditions like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain. It can help mend and build relationships as we become happier and calmer and, if nothing else, can just make us feel a bit more satisfied with our lot in life. Can’t be a bad thing.

Here’s a link to the science bit if you are interested……

 Ok but you’ll never get me Ohming on the floor and anyway I’m too busy…

There is no chanting or mantras in the meditation I practice now.  I sit upright in a chair and don’t even have to do that thing Buddha does with his fingers…you know what I’m talking about don’t you? I did a session on the tube the other day, albeit not a packed one so I got a seat.  I just looked like I was having a little nap (I hope?!)

As for the time issue, you can practice and get benefits from as little as 10 minutes a day.  You can do this first thing in the morning, in the middle of the day or last thing at night. First thing is the recommended time but I get up at 5.45 and there is no way I’m getting up any earlier….not even for transcendence.   You could do it on the train, when you are waiting to pick the kids up from camp or activities, on the sunbed……come on, you can find 10 minutes can’t you?

 OK, but I don’t know any Maharishis, how do I do this?

Aha, great question!  Once upon a time I practiced meditation with a wonderful woman called Gillian Lavender who runs the London Meditation Centre.  She teaches vedic meditation and is truly amazing.  You have to sit down when you meet her, she is so relaxed! If you are ready to take your meditation seriously, she is your woman.

But if you don’t live in London or want to ease in a bit more gently you have to try Headspace.  True to our age they have a wonderful app…..hence tube, car anywhere you want practice and it is absolutely fantastic.

Headspace was founded by a wonderful Brit called Andy Puddicombe, an ex sports scientist turned Buddhist monk with a very down to earth manner who makes you want to tune in every day to listen to him guide you gently through your next session.

I am really impressed with the quality and approach and if you are looking for something to help you feel a little more relaxed and happy with your lot I would highly recommend it to you.

So, Mindfulness, helps you keep calm and gives you that time to smell the roses over the summer holidays. Please let me know if you try Headspace or get in touch with Gillian.  And if you need some more fabulous advice for overcoming overwhelm why don’t you have a read of this great article by Sherry Bevan?

Sarah Buchanan-Smith

Career Transformation Consultant at The Apple Bower
Sarah Buchanan-Smith helps women with corporate backgrounds reinvent their careers by helping them find the work they love and showing them how to make money doing it.  If you'd like to find out how Sarah can help you click through to her website and find out how.