Stress Less Approaches to Challenges You Face

Let’s Stress Less and Change Your Life!

Nancy Wyatt dressed in white teaching classesI’m about to play a trick on you now. I’m going to take the teachings of  Matthew E. May, in his New York Times article, Achieving Mindfulness at Work, No Meditation Cushion Required, and change the utilization of his wisdom. He says,

There are two approaches to mindfulness: Eastern and Western. The Eastern view indeed positions meditation as an essential tool to achieving a mindful state. But the Eastern view is more about quieting the mind and suspending thought. This philosophy is almost the complete opposite of the Western view of mindfulness, which centers on active thinking.

I recommend that you read his whole article, which is thoughtful and well-written. Matthew is the author of a book, entitled, Winning the Brain Game. Let’s explore the above concept a bit first.

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Mindfulness Series #1

 Mindfulness Is For Everyone

What Is It and Why Is It for Everyone?

Wikipedia Definition of Mindfulness: “Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment,

ocean with foam and stacked rocks on a beach, mindfulness[1] which can be developed through the practice of meditation.[1] The term “mindfulness” is a translation of the Pali-term sati,[2] which is a significant element of some Buddhist traditions. The popular mindfulness movement was initiated by Jon Kabat-Zinn.”

So, why would I choose the picture above to depict mindlessness? Contrary to popular opinion, mindfulness is not just a meditation. It involves utilizing all the senses and allowing or creating enhanced awareness of every detail and nuance contained in an experience. We’ll look at this in more depth in a minute. First, let’s see what else Wikipedia tells us about it.

Large population-based research studies have indicated that the practice of mindfulness is strongly correlated with well-being and perceived health.[3][4] Studies have also shown that rumination and worry contribute to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety,[5][6] and that mindfulness-based interventions are effective in the reduction of both rumination and worry.[5][7]….

Clinical studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general, and MBSR in particular.[17][18][19] Programs based on MBSR and similar models have been widely adapted in schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and other environments.


 So, let’s look at the picture. Here it is again. ocean with foam and stacked rocks on a beach, mindfulnessI want you to pretend you are right there where this picture was taken. Stare at it for a few moments, and then, using your imagination, allow yourself to smell the ocean air as the breeze caresses your face and body. Hear the rhythmic sounds of the waves, as they wash repeatedly onto the sand, and hear the sounds of the seagulls gliding overhead, although they may be out of sight.

As you stare into the water, you become mindful of the many shades of blue, green and gray in the water, as it covers greater and lesser depths below. You are aware not only of the waves, but of little currents and eddies that are much more subtle and remind you of how life is between major events….never still, but always moving forward in some direction.

Be aware of the beautiful light of the sun, allowing you to see near and far, and infusing your head, shoulders, and body with its calming heat. Feel the warmth and grit of the sand under your bare feet. Wiggle them and dig your toes into the sand, feeling how the grains get cooler and wetter, the deeper your toes go.

Pick up some of the foam in your hands and feel it puffy and light in your palms. Watch the bubbles breaking in the foam, as you and the surrounding air breathe into into it. You see flecks of sand and seaweed in what you thought was white foam. Your awareness begins to focus so tightly that you feel as if you can see the actual molecules moving rapidly inside the foam.

As you move your attention to stroke the carefully-balanced rocks, you can feel their rough texture, even as you admire the smooth outward appearance.These rocks are made of the solidified minerals, the same minerals which may be in your body and which make you feel so grounded into the earth. Feel your oneness with earth and imagine you have roots grounding in the earth, while your spirit still soars with the breeze into the vastness of the sky.

Let go of all analytical thought and let your consciousness meld with the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings of the sky, the water, the air, the waves, the sand, and the stones. Become one with all around you and then notice how you ARE in this moment. Are you relaxed now? Are your pains escaping their boundaries within your body? Be aware of your breath…let it be slow and deep. Can you now feel the peace within you that comes from being fully present in the moment? Keep practicing, and it all can come to you, bringing you enhanced self-awareness, awareness of your surroundings, and releasing both fears of the future, and unhappiness with past events or circumstance.

Of course, classes on this topic are longer than blogs. For example, we would use the above description, but also we would draw the analogies with life experiences to help release tensions, toxins, and stresses in body, mind, and spirit. It’s one thing to do this while relaxing by an ocean; it’s another to do it at work or in the midst of family strife. However, it can work in all circumstances. Feel free to contact me either via this website or by emailing me at GetWellStayWell@Outlook.com if you would like to book a session for groups or for an individual.

Please come back for the next blog in this series, Mindfulness Series#2. Meanwhile,

Let’s Get Well, Stay Well, and Live Well!

Stress Less and Be Healthy Through Gardening

One Plant or a Thousand Can Help You Stress Less and Be Healthy Through Gardening.

We’re mentioning types of gardens and talking about both mental and physical health benefits related to any style of gardening. red and yellow begonias, My Get Well GuruYou don’t have to be a Master Gardener to benefit physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually from working with plants. There may even be value for Alzheimer’s patients and for people suffering from depression. Interestingly, PsychCentral (famous for its personality type tests) mentions gardening in its article, 10 Small Steps You Can Take Today To Improve Bipolar Disorder.

Red Maple BonsaiWhether you have one orchid, a Japanese garden, an English Country Garden, a terrarium, a bonsai plant, or pots in a window sill, gardening can help you feel better fast – at any age.

terrarium gardening. plants in a bowlMaybe you have an indoor or outdoor aeroponic garden, or you want to create a veggie Tower Garden, which allows you to avoid having to dig, weed, use pesticides and mulch. You could choose a cactus dish garden, a water garden or a table top garden.

gardening, blue butterflies on orange flower Perhaps, you want to attract birds, bees, or butterflies. There are so many options.

We’ll discuss the mental and physical health benefits of gardening in just a hot minute. But, first, here is a very short  tribute to someone who has been an uplifting blessing in my life for years.


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Job Hunting

New Class ~ Job Hunting in the Age of Technology

What does job hunting have to do with wellness? That’s easy. Lack of employment and/or loss of job can cause enormous stress, which is hazardous to your health. So, I am adding this class to those listed on My Get Well Guru’s offerings.

hand with middle and index fingers crossed - as in the expression "cross your fingers" for good luckYou have to do a lot more than just cross your fingers to be successful in today’s job environment.

I have been involved in hiring procedures, as well as supervisory functions, during most of my extensive business career. I even created a complete Human Resources Department “from scratch”  for a company in New York City once upon a time. Plus, I have learned a lot from current Recruiters in a tough job market, where the rules, procedures, and expectations  “ain’t what they used to be.” Here are some examples.

  • Computers, not people, are scanning resumes first to determine whether the applicant used key words that the company wants.
  • Many HR Departments or Hiring Authorities won’t even read a resume, unless the applicant is on LinkedIn and has used those key words in the first few lines on the page.
  • If HR or the Hiring Authority scans your social media pages and does not like the content, you won’t be contacted.
  • Many initial interviews are now conducted on-line via Skype or other video sources. If the applicant does not do well, or has mishaps, like barking dogs in the background, it’s over and out.

stick figures shaking hands as they pop up out of separate laptop screensRecently, I compiled a resume and cover letter for a Virginia construction engineer who also is a cost estimator. He hired me as a professional writer for this task. Despite the tough job market, he was offered the job ~ on the phone ~ from the company headquarters in California ~ immediately upon the company’s receipt of his materials! In addition, they hired him after having already decided on a different applicant to whom they were about to off the job. It was Thrilling (and he wrote a great testimonial for me)!

group of figures talking while seated in a circleI also created a job hunting class, which gives tips to entry level job seekers, as well as to old pros. It is available for individuals and groups, as is my class on whether to and how to start a business, if you think the time is right to venture forth.

editing a documentYou can take my class. You can book me for either writing or editing services for your application materials. Also, you can do both! However, if you do book me to provide the writing services, you will get the class free of charge, as well as a free template for thank you letters.

Do whatever is likely to give you the greatest chance of victory after you read the class description below the victory image.

Click on “Continue Reading.” (It will take you to my other website (My Persuasive Presentations), and you can contact me from there for more information or to book me.celebrate figure riding on shoulders of 2 friendsContinue reading

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