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Howard Todd-Collins

Grad.Dip.Couns.HS, M.Couns.HS, Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Consultant MACA Howard is the director and owner of Men and Relationships Counselling. He passionately believes that given the right space and environment, men open up and talk about their lives in a way that empowers them to take steps to change. He has a strong connection to the growth of men, with over 15 years experience in designing individual and group programs for men and fathers as well as facilitating human relations groups. Go to > http://menandrelationships.com.au/about-us/consultants/ and Learn About Our Consultants – What We Do And Why

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How to slow your busy mind in 8 minutes!

Do you sometimes have a mind so loaded up with thoughts, tasks, people, events, memories that you become overwhelmed and exhausted?

The impact of such a busy mind can be numerous and disastrous for your health and wellbeing.

Some of the most common problems include:

  • Poor sleep
  • Lack of focus
  • High levels of stress
  • Poor decision making
  • Irritable mood
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship conflict

Breaking the cycle

Sometimes the destructive cycle of an overwhelmed mind is exacerbated when people cope with numbing or wipe out behaviours such as:

  • Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, including binge drinking
  • Addiction to illicit drugs
  • Over use of prescription medication.

In some meditation philosophies the ‘monkey mind’ is a term used to describe how the mind swings from one thought to another like a monkey swinging from tree to tree.

Taming of the monkey mind with meditation is an excellent idea and requires lots of patient practice. I highly recommend it.

Research has shown how regular meditation and mindfulness practice assists mental and physical health.

The Benefits

Some mental health benefits include:

  •  Increase connection with yourself, your partner and to others in general
  •  More balance and less emotional volatility
  •  Experience more calm and peace
  •  Developing self-acceptance and self-compassion
  •  Becoming less judgmental
  •  Experience difficult thoughts and feelings safely
  •  Increase in self-awareness
  •  Becoming less reactive to unpleasant experiences

Some physical health benefits include:

  • Stress relief
  • Aids in the treatment of heart disease
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduction in chronic pain
  • Improved sleep

I want to share with you a mindfulness exercise. Give yourself just 8 minutes to practice!

I will guide you to clear some space in your head!

You can then begin to slow down, find some clarity or just simply press the pause button for a while and maybe even help you to sleep.

The benefits are enormous with regular practice. I suggest 2 sessions of 8 minutes each per day.

16 minutes per day in total is a great start.

The technique is narrated by my dulcet tones, please press the link below.

 

Howard Todd-Collins

Grad.Dip.Couns.HS, M.Couns.HS, Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Consultant MACA Howard is the director and owner of Men and Relationships Counselling. He passionately believes that given the right space and environment, men open up and talk about their lives in a way that empowers them to take steps to change. He has a strong connection to the growth of men, with over 15 years experience in designing individual and group programs for men and fathers as well as facilitating human relations groups. Go to > http://menandrelationships.com.au/about-us/consultants/ and Learn About Our Consultants – What We Do And Why

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Written by: Howard Todd-Collins

Howard Todd-Collins

Grad.Dip.Couns.HS, M.Couns.HS, Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Consultant MACA Howard is the director and owner of Men and Relationships Counselling. He passionately believes that given the right space and environment, men open up and talk about their lives in a way that empowers them to take steps to change. He has a strong connection to the growth of men, with over 15 years experience in designing individual and group programs for men and fathers as well as facilitating human relations groups. Go to > http://menandrelationships.com.au/about-us/consultants/ and Learn About Our Consultants – What We Do And Why

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