Take a few minutes and let your attention scan your whole body from toes to head. Then go and breathe some fresh air.
Stop what you are doing.
Sit upright in a chair or cross-legged whereever you are comfortable.
Take a few deep breaths all the way from the bottom of the abdomen to the top of the lungs, and make sure that the outbreath is a couple of counts longer than the inbreath.
Then spend a couple of minutes breathing normally, following your inbreath and your outbreaths. Observe the thoughts that will inevitably arise but note that they are not facts and they are not permanent.
Notice any emotions arising and how and where they are expressed in the body. Research shows that just naming your emotions can have a calming effect.
Slowly stretch. Perhaps have cup of tea before you proceed with your work or chores.
The certificate of my Danish stress coach training:
In addition, I now hold the following diplomas from School of Natural Health Sciences, and am studying to achieve similar diplomas in the subjects of diabetes risk awareness, psychotherapy and counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, life coaching, aromatherapy, herbalism and business marketing for holistic therapists.
I am further signed up for a three-day course for EU staff on preparation for retirement, held at the European Commission in Brussels, as well as various courses at ‘Folkeuniversitetet’ (where I have been following their annual courses on mindfulness) during the spring of 2015, most notably a two-day course on ‘understanding grief’.
The following is a selection of books I have read and am reading, on-line courses I have followed, DVDs watched, CDs listened to, and website that I have studied and am continually consulting in the process of educating myself:
(I am still working on this list)
Health and wellbeing, healthy ageing
Book: Gesund Und Fit Bis Ins Hohe Alter: Eine praktische Gesundheitsberatung, by Andrea Modrzejewski
Book: The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live-And How You Can Change Them, by Richard J. Davidson, Sharon Begley
CDs: Break Through Difficult Emotions, by Shinzen Young
e-book: The 10 Secrets Of Healthy Ageing: How to live longer, look younger and feel great, by Patrick Holford and Jerome Burne
e-book: Beautiful Ageing, by Denni Whitworth
e-book: Change: what really leads to lasting personal transformation, by Jeffrey A. Kottler
e-book: The Five Tibetans: Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power, by Christopher S. Kilham
e-book: How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won’t Get from Your Financial Advisor, by Ernie Zelinsky
e-book: Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart, by Alan D. Wolfelt
Book: Counselling in a Nutshell, by Windy Dryden
Book: The Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners, by Stephen Palmer, Alison Whybrow
Book: Jetzt geht es um mich: Die Depression besiegen – Anleitung zur Selbsthilfe, by Josef Giger-Bütler
Book: Coaching Across Cultures: New Tools for Leveraging National, Corporate and Professional Differences, by Philippe Rosinski
Book: Flourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being – and How To Achieve Them, by Martin E. P. Seligman
Book: Coaching with NLP: How to be a Master Coach, by Joseph O’Connor, Andrea Lages
Book: John Whitmore: Coaching for performance – GROWing Human Potential and Purpose – The Principles and Practice of High-performance Coaching
Stress management and prevention:
Book (in Danish): Bjarne Toftegård: Praktisk Stresscoaching
Book (in Danish): Bobby Zachariae: Trivsel og Håndtering af Stress
Book (in Danish): Bobby Zachariae: Stresskompetence
Book (in Danish): Majken Matzau og Christina Bølling: Stressfri på tolv uger eller mere
Book (in Danish): Svend Brinkmann og Malene Friis: Nye perspektiver på stress
Book (in Danish): Thomas Milsted: Stress – grib chancen for et bedre arbejdsliv
Book: Integrative Stress Counselling: A Humanistic Problem-Focused Approach, by Stephen Palmer, Pat Milner
Book: Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Wellness, by Edward A. Charlesworth, Ronald G. Nathan
Book: Managing the Causes of Work-related Stress: A Step-by-step Approach Using the Management Standards (Health and Safety Guidance), Health and Safety Executive
Book: Workplace Bullying: Symptoms and Solutions, by Noreen Tehrani
Book: Diagnose Burnout: Hilfe für das erschöpfte Ich – Ein SPIEGEL-Buch – Angela Gatterburg, Annette Großbongardt
Book: Psychische Belastungen im Arbeitsalltag: Trainingsmanual zur Stärkung persönlicher Ressourcen, by Nadine Schuster, et al
Book: Stressprävention und Stressabbau: Praxisbuch für Beratung, Coaching und Psychotherapie. Mit Online-Material, by Hans Bernhard, Josef Wermuth
Book: Stress im Arbeitskontext: Ursachen, Bewältigung und Prävention, by Luise Bartholdt, Astrid Schütz
Book: Burn-out – Wenn die Maske zerbricht: Wie man Überbelastung erkennt und neue Wege geht – by Dr Manfred Nelting
Book: Auftanken, bevor die Seele streikt: Kraftquellen finden, wenn alles zu viel wird, by Dirk Garthe
Book: Ich habe keine Lösung, aber ich bewundere das Problem: Provokatives Coaching für den Berufsalltag, by Jonathan Briefs
Book: Endlich ausgebrannt!: Die etwas andere Burnout-Prophylaxe, by Thomas Bergner
CD: Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction, by Bodhipaksa
e-book: Burnout kommt nicht nur von Stress: Warum wir wirklich ausbrennen – und wie wir zu uns selbst zurückfinden, by Miriam Priess
Online course: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, www.soundstrue.com
Book: Sharon Salzberg: Real Happiness – the power of meditation – a 28-day programme
Book: Brian L. Weiss: Meditation – achieving inner peace and tranquillity in your life
Book: Jack Kornfield: Meditation for beginners
Book: John Daido Loori: Finding the still point – a beginner’s guide to zen meditation
Book and CD: Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World (Includes Free CD with Guided Meditations) Mark Williams, Danny Penman
Book: The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness (includes Guided Meditation Practices CD), by Mark Williams, et al
CD: Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn
CD: Meditations for Happiness: Rewire Your Brain for Lasting Contentment and Peace, by Rick Hanson
CD: Still the Mind: Simple Breathing Practices for Inner Peace, by Bodhipaksa
CDs: Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 1, 2 and 3, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
CDs: Mindfulness of Breathing 2 CD set – Managing pain, ilness and stress with mindfulness meditation, by and with Vidyamala Burch, Sona Fricker
CD: Pure Meditation: v. 3: The Tibetan Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace, by Pema Chodron
CDs: Living Without Stress Or Fear, by Thich Nhat Hanh
E-book: 600 Aromatherapy recipes
e-book: Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The complete guide to the use of aromatic oils in aromatherapy, herbalism, health and well-being, by Julia Lawless
Website: Healthy and natural world: http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/
Website: for thorough descriptions, uses, and purchase of 100% pure essential oils: http://www.nhrorganicoils.com/
e-book: The Herbalist’s Way: The Art and Practice of Healing with Plant Medicines, by Michael Phillips and Nancy Phillips
Book and DVDs (in Danish): http://mygind.dk/produkt/bog-tankefeltterapi-loesninger-lige-ved-haanden; Basic EFT course (in Danish) http://mygind.dk/produkt/tfteft-grundkursus-paa-dvd-6-timer/, http://mygind.dk/produkt/dvd-tankefeltterapi-praesenteret-af-lars-mygind.
Book and DVD: Nick Ortner: The tapping solution: http://www.amazon.com/Tapping-Solution-Revolutionary-System-Stress-Free-ebook/dp/B009L5BWG6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1420370080&sr=1-1&keywords=tapping
DVD: New beginnings – tapping for change, by David Childerley
e-book: Energy EFT, by Silvia Hartmann