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As 2018 draws to a close and 2019 begins: tips to live life fully

According to mindfulness expert, researcher, author, speaker, and voice of all things Headspace, Andy Puddicombe, there are ways to stress less in 2019. Instead of trying to add more into our lives, begin by doing less. www.headspace.com

Stress less by being mindful. Be present in our lives. Are we really watching the television or is it just on? Are we thinking of 4 different things at the same time or are we fully present in our activity or people we are with? Can we really be listening to others and scrolling through our phones? Be in the moment. Shut out the extra noise when possible.

Judge Less. The first step is self-awareness. When you know you are being critical of others, the situation or yourself, note it, and then let it go. Being critical is only hurting us and our health and wellbeing.

Binge Less. Know why you are eating. Be mindful of how hungry you are by rating it on a scale from 1, not hungry to 5 very hungry. Also be aware of the food choices. Do you even like the food you are eating? Is it the best choice for you? Be mindful and intentional of what you are eating.

Scroll Less. Scroll less through social media and emails. Schedule certain times each day to scroll through social media. Be intentional which helps with being mindful and living in the present moment. The beginning of the new year can be a great time to reset phone. Clear it from unused apps and notifications. Turn off audible notifications. Those with you will be thankful as not to hear your notifications going off.

Fight Less. At the beginning of the year, write down resentments, critical thoughts, old disappointments, wad up in a ball, throw away and move on. When angry the first step is to breathe!

During a time of more, more and more, less may be better. Gaining more by doing less in 2019.

Which one will you start with?
Which one will you commit to in 2019?

Wishing you a great start to 2019.

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If you are interested in bringing me to your organization for a refresh training or coming to a public training, I’d love to hear from you. Send me a comment or email at beckylang@icloud.com.

Tranform Conversations. Transform Lives.
Dr. Becky Lang

“Dr. Lang’s training provided me with a better understanding of the motivational interviewing process. The skills I learned from her training have helped me feel more engaged and thoughtful when listening and talking with those around me. Dr. Lang is energetic, knowledgeable, passionate and provides a great learning environment.”

Nancy AdrianseBSDH, Oral Health Manager, Iowa Primary Care Association

“The training I received in Becky’s motivational interviewing class was invaluable. It laid a wonderful foundation for me to effectively empower my patients to develop and implement positive changes for their health. Becky created such a nurturing, nonthreatening environment that allowed me to freely learn and practice. This is certainly a class I can recommend to anyone wanting to learn to assist others with behavior changes.”

Robin GeorgeRN, Motivational Interviewing training participant

“At the YMCA, we have worked with Dr. Becky Lang for over a decade now to help us shift and shape our culture. As an organization committed to strengthening our community, the coaching and training skills that Dr. Lang has provided have helped us immensely. With her education and guidance she has helped us establish a culture that focuses on building meaningful relationships with our members, focusing on their needs, and coaching them towards success in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Lang has trained all levels of our staff from our front line Wellness Coaches to our Executive Directors and Leadership Teams. Her on-going support has allowed the coaching-culture to come alive in our organization.”

Kim Stewart Kim Stewart Director of Operations, YMCA of Greater Des Moines

“The training Becky provided has been one of the most rewarding nursing experience I have had in 30 years. The style of interviewing and teaching patients is rewarding and positive. Her techniques drive the sessions to be more personal and patient-centered. Through Becky’s teaching, I was comfortable to practice and get familiar with the motivational interviewing process. Becky is an exceptional trainer and I recommend her training to all health coaches and educators.”

Sandy LovelessRN, Motivational Interviewing training participant

“The motivational interviewing techniques Becky teaches allow patients to set goals and work toward changes that are important to them. Patients feel in control of their own health and allow me to be in a more supportive roll. Becky has a positive and uplifting spirit that makes her classes extremely enjoyable.”

Tyra CarltonRN, Motivational Interviewing training participant

“Rebecca Lang was a respected colleague who diligently served as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of students over her long career at Grand View University. I had the distinct pleasure to work with Becky and regularly witness her vocation to Wellness education. She motivates those around her by a strong and genuine commitment to a lifestyle which promotes health and well-being.”

Katharina TumpekPhD, Professor and former Chair, Dept. of Health Promotions, Grand View University

“It has been a pleasure to work with Becky Lang over the last 25 years. Within a variety of contexts in the wellness arena, I have witnessed Dr. Lang’s mastery as a wellness educator, a health coach, a professor, and, most recently, as a health coaching trainer. I could go on at length about Dr. Lang’s passion, enthusiasm, high energy, wisdom, and deep knowledge in health promotion and behavior change. One of the attributes that impresses me most, though, is her ability to create a relaxed, fun, interactive, and content-rich training environment. Her refreshingly supportive, inviting, and empathic style of training and coaching allows learners to take risks, experiment, try on new skills, and participate authentically in role play exercises without feeling awkward and intimidated. Through Dr. Lang’s coaching and training, people learn–often more than they imagined.”

Jill NorrisRN, MPH, PCMH-CCE, Director, Care Management, University of Iowa Health Alliance