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Deadline Stress Take a Mindfulness Break

Your assignment is due and you're cutting it close. Your ability to keep your body and mind calm and clear can keep the creative juices flowing. How? Take frequent mindfulness breaks.Mindfulness is your ability to remain aware of the present moment, of what is going on in and around you right now. Worry about the future (will I make the deadline?) and anger about the past (why did I procrastinate?) are just two common feelings that take us out of the present moment.

Returning your attention to the present moment can calm these feelings so you can get the job done with clarity.The best way to stay in the present moment is to take mindfulness breaks. I have a clock in my home that chimes on the quarter hour. Each time it chimes, I stop, turn my attention to my breath and observe my in-breath and out-breath for three cycles or more if I need it to feel calm. I train people to use their breath as their anchor to the present moment. It is always with us as long as we are alive, and it is always in the moment.

You can't breathe in the past or the future!.The telephone is a helpful bell of mindfulness. I stop what I am doing and follow my breath for two rings before answering. Not only do I feel calm, but I greet my caller with presence instead of interruption or distraction.

Even sirens can be a mindfulness break. You can think of many more.You can install a bell of mindfulness on your computer.

You can set it to chime randomly, on the hour or on the quarter hour. Download it at http://www.mindfulnessdc.org/mindfulclock.

html.Deadlines are a fact of life. Deadline stress does not have to be. By connecting to the present moment via your breath, you can remain calm and meet your goals with greater ease.


Bethany Klug, DO specializes in holistic medicine at the Kansas City Holistic Centre. She has taught meditation since 1997 when she founded Community of Mindful Living Heartland Sangha. She is a member of Lieurance Group, a freelance writers cooperative and authors the monthly column "The Doctor Cooks" for the Kansas City Wellness Magazine. She would be delighted to write for you.

By: Bethany Klug


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