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Discover the Power of the Present Moment: Overcoming Stress with Mental Fitness

I’m writing this while sitting on the deck at my family cottage. I’d be writing on the dock but our original dock has finally given up and we’re in the middle of getting a fancy new one.

The old dock has been with us since the early days when my siblings and I would stay in the lake until our lips were blue with cold. And, that thud, thud, thud, of our feet running to the end for a flying leap, is a big part of my memory of those times.

I know the new dock will not sway dangerously if you walk too close to the side or suddenly give way underfoot. But what sound will the new dock make under running feet?

I have to admit that I’ve been dreading this newsletter quite a bit. Not the writing, but the recognition that it is mid-August. The abundance of tomatoes, beans, corn, peaches, and basil at the local farmstand, the nightly cricket song, and the cooler nights are reminders to savour the summer while we can.

The ability to savour the present moment requires intentional attention to our positive senses, feelings, thoughts and actions. When we are overwhelmed, stressed or burnt-out, emotional and physical exhaustion can make it impossible to be present with and enjoy our positive experiences.

If you recognize that stress or burn-out are preventing you from enjoying your life, there are things you can do now that will help:

  • See your doctor to make sure there is no physical illnesses at play.
  • Get more sleep. Everyone needs at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

  • Move your body. Walk around the block or have a solo dance party.

  • Adopt a mindfulness practice like sitting, walking, yoga, or following your breath.

Mental Fitness participants report that the increase in their emotional regulation has helped them to recognize what causes them stress and what to do to reduce it.

They understand how to weaken negative self-talk and strengthen their powers of empathy, curiosity and to take action when needed. They increase their emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and presence.

As a result, they are happier in their careers and relationships, and have a greater sense of purpose and direction.

Registration opens soon for Mental Fitness for Nonprofit Leaders (September 26-November 28.) Places are limited so if you’re interested, click here to save your place.

If you are curious about the benefits of Mental Fitness or how it works, I’d love to you reach out. Book some time on my calendar or send me a note.