Of all the things I would take from the course - exercise creation, technique correction, rapport building skills and goal setting - this one phrase would be the most powerful for me in terms of my own development, both physically and mentally, in both my personal and work life.
Time to take that lunch break outdoors.
Not having lunch at your desk and switching off the TV while eating could be the key to losing weight, new research suggests
So you've heard about mindfulness meditation and the many ways it can help you in your daily life. You want to get started, but you just can't find the time. You have a million things to do, and if you had any spare time, you'd use it to get through your never-ending to-do list.
Dieting is bad for you and there's solid science to back that up. But when you've pretty much spent your whole life on a diet it's tough to break the habit. Learning how to recognise diet culture (in all it's subtle guises) will help.
We can't do that if we are not wholly present and if technology or some other medium is allowed to intercede. In this respect these can consume our Attention and paradoxically fragment this inter-connectedness.
Mindfulness is a way of bringing our awareness into the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we're better able to cope with them.
The word 'diet' sends a shiver of misery down most spines. I know this because I spent many years locked in a cycle of diet, binge, diet, binge, which in turn led to feelings of guilt and made a serious dent in my self-esteem.
A recent convert to mindful living I've been slowly trying to change my life. So far I've made some significant steps to a better existence. My attitude to work is the biggest change. Instead of mindlessly driving myself into the ground trying to do a great job, I'm still doing my job well but with a few simple tweaks.
Every time we eat when we are bored, anxious or even happy, we are eating for emotional reasons. We're not eating because we are physically hungry and therefore our body doesn't need to be given food.