Mind Coach NOLA on Setting Priorities

I could never survive without my priorities lists. They keep me on track and help me avoid wasting time on other activities. So how do you make this list in the first place? First of all, are you aware of your goals? Where do you want to go in life? What do you need to do to get there? Where do you want to be this time next month? What do you need to do to get there? Let’s break that down by the week. Take a look at your schedule. What can you realistically accomplish this week to get closer to reaching your goals? These tasks are your priorities…

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Mind Coach NOLA on the Positive Side of Staying Plugged In

My legs are sore, but in a good way. This weekend I took the family camping and hiking in Tunica Hills, north of St. Francisville. For someone used to living below sea level, the steep bluffs of Clark Creek Natural Area provide a welcome challenge. We belayed using vines to get to the base of a waterfall, we grabbed onto tree roots to pull ourselves up a ravine and we clambered over boulders in the creek’s bed. It was sweaty and muddy and a ton of fun. And we didn’t have a phone on us. Even my watch had run out of juice. We were device free. Heaven.

Until we took a break at a summit overlooking the spring forest, with a hawk circling below...

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Recommended Reading from Mind Coach NOLA: 10 Mindfulness Practices from Powerful Women

Mindfulness for empowerment? Yes! Take 5 minutes now or 5 later, but try this today. In the excitement of work, family and life, I have to consciously make time for self-care. There are times when I find it difficult to believe that I deserve to be so happy and am not as open as I should be to receive love. This is human, yet something I can work on. Instead of spending energy worrying, I could be cultivating a place of goodwill that allows happiness to flourish. Join me in taking care of ourselves so that we can be strong to help others.

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Mind Coach NOLA on Ancient Wisdom for Dealing with Anxiety

Many people seek a coach to help reduce their anxiety. It’s a common problem in our day and age, with the media inflicting images of doom, and gloom glowering from every corner of our cobwebbed minds in the middle of the night. Some people become paralyzed by this anxiety, so that they cannot muster the energy, let alone the motivation, to spring into action. The worry affects their self esteem so that their self confidence plummets. Some may even question their very existence, perhaps to the point of self loathing.

Luckily, we can look back to Seneca for some practical every day advice...

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Recommended Reading from Mind Coach NOLA: The Scientific Results of Mindfulness on Your Brain

There’s been a lot of talk lately about mindfulness and how we should all be practicing it. I found the article "What Does Mindfulness Mediation to For Your Brain?" at the Scientific American that explains the biology behind it in an easy way. I know that I, for one, like to know the science behind something if I’m going to jump onboard with a new habit. So here is an explanation as to how mindfulness strengthens the connectivity between the pre-frontal cortex and the amygdala, and how this increases your attention and concentration. And we can all use that. Ready, set, focus!

Here's my favorite excerpt from the article:

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Mind Coach NOLA on Days Off

I’ve had a few interesting conversations lately with clients about days off. One client was back at her childhood home for a vacation and the other was easing into the weekend. Both are in the early relationship stages with their planner. Yes, days off are for relaxing and letting the mind wander: both necessary activities for inciting juices to flow and innovation to spawn.

At the same time, days off present opportunities for doing the things on our want lists. By the end of the vacation, who would you like to have seen? What would you like to have visited or experienced?

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