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How Mindfulness Can Reduce Your Stress!

Are the constant demands and challenges in your life making you feel stressed?

Then it’s time to take charge of your life and transform your world through mindfulness, a scientifically researched approach, proven to improve our quality of life!

Just as dancers attend ballet academies and acrobats have gymnasiums where they relentlessly practice and perfect their art, many forward thinking companies are now exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment.

It comes as no surprise that even corporations such as Google etc. have been incorporating the mindfulness practice culture amongst employees. Mindfulness remains the sole key to long-term happiness and success!

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness based stressed reduction (MBSR) is one of the simplest, easiest and most effective practices for stress reduction, available in the modern day!

The practice involves paying attention to the present moment by seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives, through a process of relaxation and awareness.

Why Mindfulness?


Most of of our anxiety and stress is induced by worry about the past, or fear of the future.

As human’s in the midst of achieving, doing and acquiring, we are often “not present” in our own lives and forget to take notice of our unconscious emotional and thought patterns which often include judgement and self-criticism.

This results in increased stress levels and triggered responses of anger and fear, which keep us entangled in our challenges.

How Does It Work?

Many people complain about meditation being boring, difficult or a waste of time.

Sitting still and listening to your own thoughts for a few minutes a day may be the best move you can make for yourself!

By simply increasing our awareness of thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, we start paying attention to what our body is telling us, we being to identify areas of our life that need attention, and we can connect to a sense of peace and clarity that exists within us, amidst the chaos in life!

Benefits of Mindfulness:


Scientific Research & Study now proves the following benefits of mindfulness:

>   Better Sleep

>   Reduce Anxiety, Stress & Depression

>   Productivity by Clear and Focused Thinking

>   Increased Energy & Productivity

>   Happier Thoughts & Emotions

>   Increased Productivity in the Workplace

>   Increase Your Intuition & Emotional Intelligence

Avail Mindfulness Services Available at Illuminations Training Center in JLT!




Tips on Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Balance is the key to life. Work is a very important area of life. We invest our creativity, our hard work, our commitment in our careers. We start focusing on our work life at a very young age when in schools we are asked to write about “what would I want to become when I grow up” kind of essays. So at the work front most people seem to take commitment very naturally. But we are not trained to focus on subtle aspects of life. Focusing on that takes a whole deal of awareness, choice, and questions. When we are growing up we cherish our time spent at home as well. As kids, going out with parents for movies, shopping, watching games, all become a part of our cherished memories. At home front every small thing counts, holidays, weddings, festivals, funerals.

When we start our career we are genuinely committed. Then as time passes we seek a romantic partner, we seek kids, a home, a comfortable life. That’s when balance steps in. We are sometimes too focused in one area more than other. Sometimes one area demands a great deal of our attention and other area feels neglected.

For example, if a person is nearing a promotion and has to show a lot of commitment in training for the new added responsibility but at the same time is required to help their kids in study/sports, or required to take care of their parents as well.

Such situations can be challenging and stressful for anyone and requires a balance. We are sometimes giving a lot of us to everyone around us but to ourselves. Sad thing is we are not taught how to handle such situation is schools itself. I personally believe if we are taught a little bit more about the practical and realistic aspects of life in schools it will be easy for us to incorporate it in our mind. Nevertheless I believe balance is an attitude rather than a skill. We can cultivate this attitude within us.

The first step is to learn healthy stress management techniques. As work life balance is disturbed, first thing we experience is stress. If we experience prolong stress it leads to health complications. So the first and foremost skill we all need is healthy stress management skills. Here are a few things to consider in stress management and finding a balance in life:
  • Meditation: Sit down every morning for 30 minutes with an intention that I am allowing a 30 minutes of nothingness to myself. In a goal driven system meditation should at least be goal free. You can put an alarm of 30 minutes while you sit straight cross legged and simply focus on your breath. 30 minutes of nothingness will train your mind to slow down and be less reactive, to watch and maybe not react at all if not required, be proactive instead, and to take a break in essence.
  • Breathing: A friend of mine once went backpacking on his bike for a month solo. He lived in different places in different cities and came back a changed man. One of the things he noticed in this solo journey was that he wasn’t taking a full breath at all, all his life. In that journey he realized his breath was too shallow. We need to take 2 minutes break every 1 hour and close our eyes just to focus on our breath. I promise you it will be amazing.
  • Awareness: We live our life a lot on auto pilot. We have fixed schedules of what we are doing every work day and every day off. It helps when we stop to ask a few questions about our routines. What would I do in this situation if I am truly being me?
  • Being present: We worry about home at work and we stress about work related issues at home. So we are never truly present in the moment thereby getting robbed of some very precious moments of our life. Living in present is probably the most important step in learning the balance of life. Like most things in life, the ability to be in present moment can come with setting an intention, practicing it over and over again and enjoying the feel of it. The whole ‘being in present moment’ thing will be then anchored in your reality.
  • Happiness: Happiness is also an attitude rather than a goal. By choosing to be happy in this moment we can help achieve a balance and feel content. It also helps us to be more motivated in life to do more if we choose to be happy.

There are many ways to seek a balance in life. One way will work for you more than others. Happy exploring your way to seek balance!


Article Contributed By: Nazish Khan on behalf of Illuminations Well-Being Centre  


Nazish is a clinical psychologist with a post-graduation certificate in psychodynamic approaches to counseling from Bangor University, Wales, and UK. She combines her professional expertise with holistic healing approaches in order achieve fascinating and breakthrough results for her clients.
This includes integrated hypnotherapy where she interweaves beautiful concepts of inner child work, emotional healing, energy healing through Reiki and aura cleansing, past life regression and meditation and yoga techniques.

She provides a complete mind-body-energy healing approach to facilitate a complete wellness solution for her clientele.

Benefits Include: Relationship Resolution, Freedom from anxiety, addiction cessation, emotional empowerment and much more!

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