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De-Stress -

Focus on Achieving Your Goals

Stress can be a constraint to defining and achieving our goals. Focus can very easily be lost, while we are busy chasing our tail, the results we require can seem to be getting further and further from reach. Stress overload can be the by product; unfortunately if this is not dealt with appropriately it

may have damaging consequences. Stress is a part of life and work; some people seem to thrive on stress, yet others can crumble. Stress can creep up on you, and it can take a while to realise what the issues are. If stress overload is not managed there can be serious health, career, and business consequences as I discovered from personal experience. Stress can affect anyone, and it does affect a surprisingly large number of people, however there are strategies to manage stress. Oxford University has a dedicated Mindfulness Centre and is carrying out research into its clinical and general health benefits. Organisations as


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Are You Unhappy With Your Life? Have You Defi ned Your Goals?

Do You Want to Make Positi ve Changes to Your Life? Do You Want to Achieve More?

Do You Want to Achieve Balance in Your Life? Are You Searching for Your Life Purpose? Are You Searching for Happiness? Do You Want to Heal Your Life?

Are You Searching for Meaningful Success? CAREER






“The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitati on. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.” Alan Cohen

Raj Nahar | Life Coach t: 0141 332 8487 m: 07794 517 315

The support of a Motivational Coach can help you overcome your constraints. 20 | West End Life – August/September 2013

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The Seven Steps to Manage Stress • Recognise Stress - is it stress? • Make Positive Change - it’s time to make changes. • Prioritise - sort out your priorities and get organised. • Take Time Out - learn relaxation techniques. • Take Control - don’t bury your head in the sand - deal with the situation.

• Adjust - deal with your work/ life balance. • Achieve - now you can focus on achieving your goals.

Raj believes that many constraints can be overcome through self-awareness, effort and positive change. Success is a Journey limited only by our vision - we all have potential - sometimes we need help to unlock it.

diverse as Google, Transport for London, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Home Office, offer their staff mindfulness training as an antidote to the relentless pressure and information overload common in many workplaces. The principles and practice of “mindful

leadership” are now being taught at Harvard. Some of the signs of stress are headaches, lack of interest in appearance, not wanting to face the situation. The danger signs of stress are when you feel unable to cope; i.e. too much mental or emotional pressure. If you feel that your stress is out of control then it is important to get help, and the first step should be speaking to your GP. Of course, family and friends are always more keen to help than you might realise and your employer will have a support system. Taking a Mindful approach can clear the mind, and enable greater focus thus enhancing performance. Mindfulness is the first step towards positive change. Developing mindfulness is a means of enhancing self-awareness, gaining insight, and increasing intuition. It is based on eastern techniques of stilling the mind and applying that stillness to become more focused. Breathing exercises and meditation underpin Mindfulness Practice. However, the application of these mindfulness techniques in our everyday work and life may require the guidance of an experienced practitioner.



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