Gerry Raftery: Ten Mindful Habits for the Present Crisis

first_imgPractice Gratitude. Without a doubt this simple exercise can be one of the most beneficial of our day. Towards the end of your day call to mind five experiences or moments from your day for which you feel Grateful. This Gratitude Exercise helps you to focus on what is good and beautiful in your life. Manage your thoughts, try not to be overwhelmed by negative thinking. Notice your emotions, especially the painful ones, deal with what is real and present rather than the wild unreal imaginings which can drag you down. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Stop and Think, avoid reacting impulsively or thoughtlessly to people or events. Take a deep breath before saying or doing something. Respond rather than React. Remember, “Between the Stimulus and the Response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Vicktor Frankl. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Take Care of Yourselves and of One Another. Go for a Walk. Take some physical exercise during your day. Find the exercise which suits you and make it part of your daily routine. While exercise is very good for the body it also relaxes the mind and helps us to manage and reduce our Stress levels. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSgerry rafteryKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postmeditatemeditationmindfulmindfulness Mindful Moments. Take occasional moments during your day when you become aware of yourself and what is happening around you. Breathe Deeply. Listen. Notice. These Mindful Moments can enrich your day and help you find calm. Previous articleCancer diagnosing services are fully operationalNext articleJennifer Allen: Dealing with stress in a pandemic Meghann Scully Linkedin Twitter Email Live through this crisis One Day at a Time. There is no point in constantly recounting and remembering how great things were before Covid-19 struck. Equally, there is no point in looking ahead to the potential disasters of illness, unemployment or poverty which may face us. Each day has enough challenges of its own. Live life now one Day at a Time. LifestyleLimerickNewsGerry Raftery: Ten Mindful Habits for the Present CrisisBy Meghann Scully – May 18, 2020 207 Young attractive yogi woman practicing yoga concept, doing namaste gesture, namaste hands to forehead, working out, wearing wrist bracelets, studio background, closeup, view over the shoulderWe are now at Phase One of reopening the country and Gerry has his final article in the series for us. Gerry Raftery is the Co-Ordinator of Mindfulness Programmes at Personal Milestones and shares tips on how to be resilient. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE World Health Organisation and the HSE recognise the need for us to take care of our Mental Health and Well-Being during this Covid-19 Pandemic.We need to do this consciously on a daily basis. Over the past ten weeks I have written a series of articles on how Mindfulness can help us through this crisis. I am summarising the key points of the articles in a list of ten Mindful Habits which can improve our Mental Health and Well-Being at this time. I hope you find them helpful. Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WhatsApp Develop Acceptance. Though it is not easy, try to accept things as they are now. Of course, life is not as we would like it to be. Acceptance is the bridge that leads to a place of calm and to new beginnings. Use the Prayer: “Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference”. Mind your Mind – Be aware of the need to take care of your own Mental Health and Well-Being. This is primarily your own responsibility.  Be Kind and Compassionate towards yourself and towards others. We need to take extra care of ourselves. Do simple Acts of Kindness for yourself and for others. This generates something positive within us while at the same time building up those around us. Be Kind!Manage Stress. While some Stress is a normal part of life, at the moment the levels of Stress can be very high. When you feel Stressed take a minute to breathe deeply in order to relax your mind and body. Be vigilant and try to avoid unnecessary stressful triggers, whether they are thoughts, people or places. Meditation. Schedule a daily Meditation time where you sit down for ten or twenty minutes and simply focus on your breath and your breathing. Your mind will wander quickly and often. When it does, gently return to the Breath and the Breathing. This Meditation may appear difficult but it is easier than you think. There are many good Apps available, Try Headspace or Calm.last_img read more

Cops: Medford Couple Nabbed for 15 Armed Robberies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Christopher Marino (Left) and Jamie Greco (Right) are accused of 15 armed robberies across Suffolk County that began on Dec. 9.A Medford couple allegedly worked together to commit more than a dozen armed robberies across Suffolk County over the past six weeks to pay for heroin until their arrest on Wednesday, authorities said.Christopher Marino and Jamie Greco pleaded not guilty Thursday to 15 counts of robbery during their arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip. Marino, 29, and Greco, 23, were held on $1.5 million cash bail or $3 million bond.Police said they arrested the pair after a lengthy investigation into a pattern of armed robberies that targeted 15 businesses across Suffolk, including six Subway restaurants, a KFC, 7-Eleven and several gas stations.Marino, police said, was armed when he allegedly robbed the businesses for cash. Greco is accused of waiting in a vehicle and driving Marino away from the scene, police said.A source familiar with the investigation said the pair used the stolen cash to pay for heroin.“One of the suspects cited a four-to-six bag a day habit,” the source told the Press.Greco’s Port Jefferson-based attorney, Steve Fondulis, said none of the documents he was presented with in court Thursday made mention of his client’s presence during the string of robberies.“None of them mentioned a female, a woman being present,” Fondulis said by phone. “None of them saw a woman.”One of the victims actually said he saw Marino walk into a vehicle and drive away himself, Fondulis said.He said he doesn’t know if Marino and Greco are a couple.Fondulis also noted that he hasn’t seen anything to support accusations that his client is a heroin user.“[I] haven’t been presented with any evidence against my client except for a supposed statement,” from Greco telling police that stolen cash was used for drugs, he said.Attorney information for Marino was not listed.List of businesses police said were robbed: KFC, 800 Montauk Highway, Shirley, on January 7Mobil on the Run, located at 3239 Sunrise Highway, Islip Terrace, on January 7Subway, located at 600-7 Portion Road, Lake Ronkonkoma, on January 5Subway, located at 173 Smithtown Blvd., Nesconset, on January 37-Eleven, located at 2810 Route 112, Medford, on January 3Royal Market, located 451 Glen Drive, Shirley, on January 2Carvel, located at 536 Main St., Center Moriches, on January 1Hess, located at 1801 North Ocean Ave., Medford, on December 31Subway, located at 600 Portion Road, Ronkonkoma, on December 29Subway, located at 402 Route 112, North Patchogue, on December 28Hess Express, located at 440 Portion Road, Ronkonkoma, on December 26Sunoco, located at 3423 Route 112, Coram, on December 25Hess, located at 3203 Route 112, Medford, December 15Subway, located at 2920 Route 112, Medford, on December 11Subway, located at 2920 Route 112, Medford, on December 9last_img read more