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Brain Coach Answers: I’m a mother of 2, with a career. Are there any quick ways to reduce stress?

Posted Oct 30 2006 12:00am

Question: I enjoyed your last post on good stress vs. bad stress.  I’m a mother of 2, with a career. Are there any quick ways to reduce stress?

Brain Coach: First of all, congrats on managing two full time jobs – motherhood and a career! While the time management can be stressful, it is essential that you find a moment to just catch your breath from time to time. Even just 10 minutes a day should help.

The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School suggests:

Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.

In contrast, you’ve probably encountered moments of “mindlessness” — a loss of awareness resulting in forgetfulness, separation from self, and a sense of living mechanically. Restoring within yourself a balanced sense of health and well being requires increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body and mind, heart and soul. Mindfulness-based stress reduction is intended to ignite this inner capacity and infuse your life with awareness.

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