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46 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2015 Mind Set If your thoughts are centered on problems, you have a low energy hum .... but in contrast, think of winning the lottery, talk about what you would do with the money, go wild and silly - your energy levels go up. Fun is important to your mental health. Neuroscience reveals that you need to think about what is GOOD in your life As you think about things that are good, you will focus on that and be more positive as a result. Brain Scans show that neurons light up when you think positively. Even if your house burns down, be grateful that the kids got out, the dog is safe, you didn’t burn and you have insurance! Meditation Linda said she is an evidence based person and science shows the power of meditation for calming the brain. We live in a hectic world. We check our phones, sms, facebook, emails, laptops, we are in constant contact and we don’t really need to be. Think about it. And step away from the phone. meditation doesn’t need to be faith based or religious. It doesn’t mean special clothing. It is simply the calming of the mind, and breathing. Take 10 minutes. Set your smart phone alarm if you are time conscious. Now ... sit quietly, eyes closed, breath in and breath out, fully, deeply, consciously. Lengthen your breath. Seven seconds in .... rest for 4 seconds .... seven seconds out .... rest for four seconds. Repeat and when you are comfortable slightly increase your outward breath, so you are letting go from your diaphragm, 8 seconds ... 9 seconds. You are changing your brain patterns and you will feel much much calmer, and better. Try it before you go to sleep and you will rest much deeper. There are many sources of reference for this if you would like to try it. Videos on YouTube, for example. (Ed.: I have found some useful links for you.) www.anxietybc.com/sites/default /files/CalmBreathing.pdf www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e3 Csho8CBw https://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=mH7EmmgSZQE www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5Rt Y74H2h4 Sleep Restful sleep is critical to your wellbeing. If you aren’t sleeping well, take steps to fix that. Melatonin is produced in the dark and helps your body to sleep. So try not to have any light sources in your bedroom. No blinking lights, no screens. Try not to look at your phone before you go to sleep. Tiredness can undermine your health, and as your quality of sleep improves, so does your health. Be very certain in this: YOU are the most important thing in your business. Forty five minutes before you head to bed, take time to breathe, to relax, to think of things that are positive. Don’t set yourself goals that are so big you will fail. Don’t commit to running every day if you are just starting. Say you will run once a week, or once a fortnight. Give yourself room to grow without being too critical of your early missteps. Mental Rehearsals The brain does not know the dif- ference between doing and think- Attending her first PTRLA SA / PDA SA Weekend Seminar was Donna Davey of Silverlea Services in Broken Hill. She was rapt to win Linda Chaouis’ book in the Sunday morning raffle.
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