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Apr 262019
 

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3 Ways to Make a ‘Breath Break’ Part of Your Daily Routine
The practice of focusing on your breathing to be calmer and reduce stress has lots of research to back it up. But you get wrapped up in your daily race and forget to begin the day with this valuable strategy. What about fitting in during your day, whenever you get stressed or overwhelmed? It only takes a minute or two to do and will bring you valuable benefits.

Start the Day Strong With This 2-Minute Mindfulness Exercise
Do you start your day by hitting the floor running, and then berate yourself for not setting things up the night before? A bad mood is not a great way to start the day. But you can rewire your brain to more greatly appreciate your strengths and improve your overall mood. Using this simple technique can increase your happiness, self-confidence and self-esteem. It’s worth it to practice this a couple of minutes a day.

Why Physicists Say Your Brain Might Be More Powerful Than Every Computer Combined
Human brains may be quantum computers, which would mean you’re way smarter than any AI. AI fail at many tasks that human brains perform instantly. So, even though computers are taking over many mundane jobs, they’ll never be able to replace the human brain. Read how you can improve your brain in the areas that computers cannot compete with.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 292019
 

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How You Can Become A Better And More Inquisitive Listener
Being a good listener is one of the most important skills to thrive in any area of your life. It helps you build better relationships with people who have different communication styles than yours. When you listen more closely, it also means that there are fewer misunderstandings. This article explains what a being a “better” listener means and how can you use this skill for success.

The Mindset for Making the Right Decisions in Life
Your life is based on all the decisions you make, therefore, making the right decisions is vital for you to get what you want. Unfortunately, most people make decisions based on fear, and that won’t lead you forward. Growth-oriented decisions would be better ones. Here are some tips on how to make decisions that allow you to advance in life.

50 Simple Mini-Habits That Actually Help With Anxiety
Anxiety can be debilitating and difficult to combat. You can ease the severity of your symptoms by developing habits that promote a better state of mind. Incorporate practices in your daily life that increase your sense of being centered and less affected by runaway thoughts. Pick a few of these tips to experiment with and see if they help.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 222019
 

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The Yogi masters were right — meditation and breathing exercises can sharpen your mind
It has long been claimed by Yogis and Buddhists that meditation and ancient breath-focused practices strengthen our ability to focus on tasks. A new study explains for the first time the neurophysiological link between breathing and attention. The way we breathe directly affects the chemistry of our brains in a way that can enhance our attention and improve our brain health.

A Harvard psychologist describes a simple exercise to reduce your anxiety in stressful situations
When you’re dealing with a stressful situation, anxiety can reduce your effectiveness. There are several techniques that can help, including deep breathing and power poses. But the exercise this psychologist recommends will calm you down and also allow you to feel more authentic.

How to Break a Habit – 5 Steps
Habits are difficult to break. But you can do it. You need commitment, perseverance and a plan. As a hypnotherapist, I used steps similar to these to help my clients break habits and achieve their goals. As you follow these steps, bit by bit, you’ll break the habit that has outlived its usefulness. Just keep at it.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Mar 082019
 

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How to Solve Problems Effectively and Ethically
Most people don’t clearly define or agree to what their conflict is. And often, they solve the wrong problem. Once you properly articulate the core problem, the solution often presents itself. Learn the steps to identify the correct problem you need to solve, so you find the solution that addresses the core issue.

Why Daydreaming Can Improve Your Mental Health
Contrary to popular belief, new research shows that a mental break can make you happier and more productive. Not only do you control it, but it can reduce stress and give you a break from your work demands.

Training compassion ‘muscle’ may boost brain’s resilience to others’ suffering
A new study suggests that as little as two weeks of compassion meditation training, which is intentionally cultivating positive wishes to understand and relieve the suffering of others, may reduce the distress a person feels when witnessing another’s suffering. Instead of being upset, the person can learn to be calmer and able to respond in a more balanced way.

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Feb 222019
 

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Why Mindfulness Is the Ultimate Habit for Success
You create habits around every area of your life. They free your mind up to focus on the situations that need new decisions. Developing the habit of mindfulness can help you in making those decisions and improve every aspect of your life.

I’m a neurosurgeon, and there’s a 4-step strategy anyone can use to make good habits stick
To build better habits, you should understand how your brain reacts to your behavior. When you establish the right foundation, desirable habits become automatic. Follow these 4 suggestions to create the right atmosphere to create a new habit that will become permanent.

15 Journaling Exercises to Help You Heal, Grow, and Thrive
Documenting your thoughts on paper can acknowledge past, distressing experiences so you can process them and reduce their pain. Studies show that journaling reduce mental and physical pain, improve depression, and improve health. Writing down your thoughts can also be a way of sorting out your thoughts and help your creativity.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

2 Simple Ways to Calm Stress

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Feb 202019
 

When you feel rushed, pressured or overwhelmed, it triggers the stress response in your body and mind. You act reflexively and can’t think clearly. Learn a couple of very simple tips on how to reverse the stress response and be able to respond more effectively.



Transcript:

Thank you for joining me. I’m Linda-Ann Stewart, a vision strategist coach with a coaching tip for you. Do you ever get rushed or pressured? I’m sure you do, what with everything you have to handle in a day. I want to share a couple of simple techniques that can ease that pressure and improve your ability to handle your challenges.

When you feel anxious or overwhelmed, it triggers the stress response, otherwise called the fight or flight response. You’ve heard of this, right? And when you’re stressed, you can’t think creatively or resourcefully or plan effectively.

Your choices are limited to simply reacting to whatever is happening in that moment. And when you react impulsively, it may not be the best way to handle the situation. Have you ever snapped at someone and then regretted it? That’s what I’m talking about. It’s a reflex.

The remedy is to reverse the stress response. To activate the opposite response. And it’s really simple. Before you react to a situation, or when you need to slow down, stop. Take a few long, slow, deep breaths. This calms the stress response down and allows you to think more clearly. It gives you more resources to handle whatever the situation might be.

And your second tip, wait about 10 seconds to gather your thoughts and before you make a decision or respond to the situation. Remember your mom telling you to count to 10? Well, she was right. This engages the executive center of your brain, the part of you that thinks things through and manages your emotions. You can then make more informed decisions that will bring you better results.

I know these seem too easy to be effective. But they’re natural remedies for when you’re stressed. The fun is trying to remember to do them when you’re stuck in “go, go, go” mode. When you do use them, you’re going to notice a difference.

If you’d like more tips on how to make your day flow more smoothly, download my free guide, Take Control of Your Day.

Thank you for watching. I’d love to hear how these two simple tips work for you. Take care.

Read the accompanying article, The Hurrier You Go, The Behinder You Get.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Feb 152019
 

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Self-Care Is Not An Indulgence. It’s A Discipline.
Unfortunately, most people think that self-care is a luxury, something done only when you might have time. Instead, it’s something that you make time for that will improve your health and well being. It requires self-respect, sticking to your priorities and a decision to take responsibility for yourself.

How to Redesign Your Life With Just 3 Questions
People tend to live their lives by following the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, that won’t lead to the life that you want to live. If you want a different life, you need to change your behavior. You need to emerge from reacting to consciously making decisions. This article gives you three questions to reflect on that will help you make choices that enhance your life.

How to Stay Positive: 11 Smart Habits
You can change your attitude to become more positive and optimistic. It all has to do with consciously choosing what to pay attention to. To begin with, you’ll have to remind yourself of these mental perspectives. But over time, they become habits and a natural part of who you are.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

The Hurrier You Go, The Behinder You Get

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Feb 072019
 

by Linda-Ann Stewart

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My grandmother used to quote the novelist Lewis Carroll, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” Recently, I had an extremely busy week that epitomized that sentiment. I had multiple appointments with clients, networking meetings, deadlines for my newsletter and the association’s newsletter I edit. So I was running around trying to get prepared for, or getting things done before the deadlines arrived. Additionally, gravity seemed to be heavier, as everything I got near seemed to end up on the floor. Have you ever had a week like that? It can pull you off center and forget that the Universe has everything in order.

The Lewis Carroll quote is true. Whenever you’re in a hurry, pressured for time, and you try to do things faster, events happen to delay you. You drop your glasses, spill your coffee or forget your water bottle and must go back for it. No matter how hard you try to make up time, you stumble and obstruct yourself. You’re out of the flow of the Universe. It seems like life is against you, creating chaos that you must clean up, search for items or go back to get. And all that time you’re trying to make up never appears.

Stressful Situations

The same is true of circumstances. When you rush into a situation, without thinking it through, you tend to experience problems. You make unwise decisions, and then are stuck as you try to extract yourself. By being so pushed, you don’t consult your inner guidance. For instance, have you ever agreed to help on a committee, and realized later that you didn’t have the time for it? Or have you ever been pressured to buy something, which you did, but later regretted the purchase?

When you’re under stress, as when you’re rushed, you cannot think creatively or resourcefully. Stress puts you into a mindset of fight or flight, and you’re simply trying to survive. You act on impulse and, because you’re moving faster than normal, you become slightly clumsy. That’s when you knock a glass of water or something else onto the floor. If you’re under a lot of pressure, it can move you into a sense of fear. When you’re afraid, you can’t think clearly and remember where you put your keys, glasses or report. These negative emotions mean you shut the Infinite out of your life.

Slow Down

When I realized that I was embodying what my grandmother had warned me about, I stopped rushing around. Even though my time was limited, I knew I had to take control and manage myself better. Whenever I started to spin too fast, I reminded myself to slow down and think things through. I checked in with my inner guidance. Planning ahead can ease a lot of tension. I made myself stop and think ahead to make sure I had everything I needed.

For instance, I had to make myself lunch for the networking meeting, which would end immediately before another appointment. I got lunch ready the night before. After the appointment, I was going to the health food store, so I got my list ready ahead of time. Because I thought things through, I was able to be more relaxed. And once I got home, I could focus and be mentally ready for my virtual coaching client later that afternoon.

As you stop and think, you’re able to access your resourcefulness and ability to view the situation in perspective. You pay attention to what you’re doing in the moment, which allows you to be more present and intentional. By being more mindful, you’re more connected with the Universe and Its peace. And you assess what needs to be done, so you can make appropriate decisions. Gravity returns to normal, and your cup won’t tip over just because it’s near you.

Affirmation:

Everything in my life is in Divine Order, working for my Highest Good. I remember that whenever I feel rushed or pressured. By staying present, I’m able to access my inner guidance, as well as my resources. I’m always connected to the Universe and Its peace. I stay in the flow of the Universe.

Watch the complementary video, 2 Simple Ways to Calm Stress.

As a vision strategist, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to to get clear, focused and on the fast track to the next level of their business. If you'd like some help to reach your goals, apply for her complimentary "Clarify Your Vision" consultation at http://www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/coaching.shtml

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How To Tell If Your Perfectionism Is Normal Or Unhealthy
Perfectionism puts an incredible pressure on you. But there are some differences between useful and unhealthy perfectionism. If unhealthy perfectionism is taking over your life and causing you distress, there are some steps you can take to let go of to start feeling better.

Self Esteem Vs. Self Confidence
Self-esteem and self-confidence are two different things. Self-confidence is relatively easy to build, while self-esteem is more complex. This article explains both and gives some simple tips on how to them.

How to Successfully Handle Aggressive and Controlling People
Most of have to deal with intimidating people at some point of our lives. They may be coworkers, bosses, or family members. With some consideration, you may be able to approach them differently so that you have a handle on the interaction. One thing I especially like in this article is its list of your fundamental rights.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart

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Jan 112019
 

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What Does Reading Do To Your Brain? These 5 Effects Are Pretty Astounding
Reading is good for your health, well being, as well as your brain. Its been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, improve memory and lengthen life spans, and it all starts with what’s between your ears. Magical and mysterious processes take place that benefits your life.

Warren Buffett’s “2 List” Strategy: How to Maximize Your Focus and Master Your Priorities
Warren Buffett is one of the richest men in the world. He’s learned how to manage his time and determine his priorities. He’s created a system that is simple and easy to use. Using his strategy will maximize your possibility of success.

10 Strategies to Keep Moving Forward When You’re Feeling Extra Stuck
You feel stuck when your initial excitement has worn off of moving towards a goal, and you can seem to make any headway on it. It may be that you’re feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or confused at your next step. Don’t give up. Try these strategies first, and get yourself back on course.

~ Linda-Ann Stewart