Mindfulness & Stress

The Pause Mindfulness Journal is the perfect companion on your wellbeing journey. Increase awareness, create space, and shift perspective with this comprehensive guide,

Dr Michelle O’Driscoll – PhD in Stress Management.
PhD in the area of stress management through the use of mindfulness. Michelle has used her years of mindfulness training, research & personal experiences to bring this journal to life with practical, evidence-based content.

Whether you are prepping for an exam or a big work deadline/project the basics of being healthy & happy to nail your goals are the same. There’s no denying it – life can be stressful. I’ve had to begin practicing mindfulness to help me deal with the day to day stresses I encounter.  Here are my 5 strategies for those looking to start looking after your body & mind:

Feed the brain’s needs

  • The energy demands of studying or prepping for a big work project are huge, with the brain alone consuming 20% of the energy we need every day.
  • Remember to include a source of quality protein (eggs, nuts and seeds, fish, chicken), slow- releasing carbohydrates (oats, wholegrain rice), healthy fats (avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds) and lots of fruit and vegetables at meal times. Keeping healthy snacks nearby.
  • My favourite healthy snack options are oatcakes, nut butter and banana or fruit and nut based bars.

Quench the Thirst

  • You should be aiming for 1.5 – 2 litres of water per day. If you struggle with water add a squeeze of lemon or lime too it or a small amount of cordial.
  • Keep a water bottle with you and put a reminder in your phone to drink regularly. Try to keep coffee, tea, fizzy drinks to a minimum. I know that can be hard!

Move Your Body

  • When it comes to effective studying/preparing taking short breaks is key and can help to relieve stress, clear your mind and lift your mood.
  • Even 15 minutes of getting up and moving will make you feel better. Leave the phone down and walk/jog for 15 minutes, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel after it. Exercise releases endorphins helping you to think clearly and learn more.

Snooze for Success

  • A good night’s sleep is important to enable you to study/perform effectively, concentrate properly and maintain peak energy levels.
  • Try to go to bed at a reasonable hour, even when you are on a tight deadline.
  • Leave the phone downstairs. It will be way easier to go to sleep without the temptation of browsing social media.

Stress is part of life

  • Stress is a natural survival response that can enhance performance at optimal levels. Stress is a part of life and managing it is key.
  • Try and keep things in perspective. Exams or work goals are important but they are not the be all and end all. Take a deep breath and do your best with good strategies. That is all you can ask from yourself.