We’ve all been told plenty of times that “communication is key.” In any relationship, be it personal or professional, good communication sets the foundations for getting along harmoniously. The challenge in our modern-day society is that we’re all incredibly busy and are constantly being bombarded by a range of different distractions and notifications, which in turn hinders our ability to really be present to the people around us.
So, how can we go about improving our communication skills? Here are 8 simple tips to help you cultivate deep listening and mindful speech.
Our minds often fall into habitual styles of thinking such as “I’m not good enough”, “I can’t do it” and “I’m a failure” unconsciously, and as a result, we start to believe that these thoughts are true. Our thoughts then fuel our feelings of stress, anxiety and overwhelm, which triggers even more negative thought patterns to be produced. And unless we start to shine a light on our unhealthy thought patterns, the cycle will continue. So, how can we go about doing this? Here are three simple questions to ask yourself whenever you’re caught up in a cycle of negativity.
It’s no secret that the final months of the year are stressful. Our calendars are often filled with social events, our bank accounts take a serious hit from an abundance of gift-giving, our workload often increases as we try to wrap things up before the year’s end, and it can be tempting to lose patience with meddling relatives and loved ones. Rather than finishing up the year feeling stressed, tired, burnt out and irritated, here are 5 Tips to Cultivate Calm in the Midst of Chaos.
Often when we're stressed and anxious, we tend to gravitate towards self-destructive ways of decompressing, such as drinking too many glasses of Pinot Noir, indulging in one of our favourite comfort foods and binge watching mindless TV. Rather than leaving you feeling nourished and energised, these activities can actually be rather depleting. So what are some healthy stress-management strategies that will actually leave you feeling soothed and revitalised?
Did you know that mindfulness comes in all different shapes and sizes, not just the clichéd image of a monk sitting under a tree like this chanting “om”? My mindfulness practice comes in the form of meditation and yoga, however, your mindfulness practice could be completely something different. Perhaps it's the simple act of going for a surf or a swim, painting, taking photos, dancing, singing, playing catch with your dog; whatever activity brings you into the present moment. Continue reading to learn about 6 different ways you can cultivate mindfulness in your daily life.
A student recently told me that she felt like she was on a perpetual rollercoaster. That she felt like she was constantly going around and around in circles and could never keep up. The constant demands of everyday life were leaving her feeling completely exhausted. And I've got absolutely no doubt that many more of my students would say the same. Continue reading to understand how we can all benefit from meditation and mindfulness.