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

Mou: Diving Suarez showed wild side

first_img Press Association “But when the situation is like this and you are losing comes the nature of the player, the wild nature of the player or the cultural nature of the player. “Culturally people from that area (South America), they like it. It’s not (just) that area. There’s a corner in Europe where I belong to, that they also like (diving).” In responding to Mourinho, Liverpool boss Rodgers pointed out Eto’o was fortunate to still be on the pitch after catching Jordan Henderson with a poor challenge which led to Skrtel’s early goal. “He (Eto’o) should’ve been sent off,” Rodgers said. “I know we scored from it, but that was a wild challenge, where he’s raked down his knee and down his shin and didn’t even get a yellow card. “Luis will always provoke a challenge from defenders, that’s why he’s world class. “What he probably doesn’t expect is to provoke a challenge from someone who’s not involved in the contact. “He’s running to challenge Azpilicueta and Eto’o is street wise, he’s cute, he blocks him. On another day you could give that as a penalty, because it’s obstruction in the area. “Of course, he (Mourinho) will defend his player and I will defend mine.” Unlike following the loss to Manchester City, Rodgers had no complaints with Webb’s refereeing. Rodgers said: “He’s a top referee, Howard. I’ll stay calm today.” Chelsea have tended to rise to the occasion against bigger teams this season and did so once more to extend Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League record at home to 70 matches. The Portuguese set up his side to starve Suarez of opportunities and it worked. “The team did a very good job collectively,” Mourinho said. The Portuguese felt only one incident was worthy of a penalty in the game, when Hazard was tackled by Lucas Leiva in the first half. Hazard has now netted eight Premier League goals this season. Mourinho said: “The kid is giving everything. He was a very talented player, but he was a kid enjoying football in a funny way. Now he understands his responsibilities. I’m so happy with the kid.” Injuries to Ivanovic and Frank Lampard did little to sour Mourinho’s mood, although both will miss Wednesday’s match with Southampton and could face lengthier absences. Mourinho maintains Manchester City are the team to beat in the Premier League title race, but is pleased with his side’s position in the standings after a key win. “I think we deserved to win,” Mourinho said. Liverpool are six points behind Arsenal in fifth place despite being top of the league two games ago, but Rodgers believes his side can still challenge. “I think it’s open,” said the Reds boss. “Christmas Day eating our turkey we were top of the league. A few days and games later we’re fifth. I think that’s the way it will go between now and the end of the season. “I think it’s brilliant and it makes it really exciting.” Rodgers could be active when the transfer window opens on Wednesday, when his side play Hull. He added: “We’ve shown in the first 19 games this season that if we get players back, get some help in January with a few more players, we can be in the shake-up here. “Liverpool was never in the conversation for the last few years. At least now we’re being recognised in terms of what we’re trying to do and our work. “Hopefully we can add to it and get some depth to the group, because that is something that really helps you in the second part of the season.” Jose Mourinho criticised Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for “doing an acrobatic swimming pool jump” and showing his “wild nature” in trying to win a penalty in Chelsea’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Stamford Bridge. In Suarez’s first match against Chelsea since April’s infamous bite on Branislav Ivanovic earned him a 10-match ban, Mourinho’s side deprived the prolific striker of scoring opportunities and took full advantage to win 2-1 and move two points behind leaders Arsenal. A frustrated Suarez felt he had been fouled by Samuel Eto’o in the penalty box, but Mourinho disagreed, making a diving gesture and insisting simulation must be outlawed from the British game. Mourinho said: “Suarez lost a duel with (Cesar) Azpilicueta, Azpilicueta has the ball and is leaving the box with the ball and now he’s doing an acrobatic swimming pool jump to try to get the penalty, because he’s so clever because he’s in the area where the Liverpool supporters behind. “But (referee Howard) Webb is 10 metres away. And I think the only mistake Webb did was not to give him a yellow card.” Television pundits insisted it was a spot-kick and Mourinho suggested there was a dearth of analysts with a Chelsea connection and joked that he would take a role in broadcasting following his management career. When pressed, Mourinho admitted there may have been contact between Eto’o and Suarez, “when the ball is 10 metres away with Azpilicueta”, even though he had earlier earlier stated that Suarez went down “like somebody shot him”. Suarez was praised by Mourinho in the build up, but was unable to score his 20th Premier League goal of the season on his 14th appearance as Martin Skrtel’s fourth-minute goal was cancelled out by a brilliant Eden Hazard strike and Eto’o poked in a first-half winner. But Mourinho wants the Uruguayan to end his penchant for going to ground. “The player is amazing,” the Portuguese added. “He does everything to win and Brendan (Rodgers, the Liverpool manager) is doing a fantastic job on him because he’s changed. There’s no doubt that he’s changed. last_img read more