• It’s always a good time to resolve to make personal improvements that include new attitudes, changed behaviors and improved routines.

    In looking back at my nearly three decades of counseling patients from all walks of life, I thought about what each person can resolve to do that would best serve them. And then it came to me — the one thing that everybody can focus on is to become more MINDFUL. Mindfulness is important on so many levels, especially when it comes to living more consciously.

    Women over 50 have so many reasons to be thankful because we really come into our own power when we reach this time in our lives. Here are 10 mindful ways that will help you resolve to change behaviors that will benefit your emotional health and happiness:

    1. I resolve to be honest with myself & with others.

    2. I resolve to take time to be mindful on a daily basis… even if for only 10 minutes a day.

    3. I resolve to say what I mean & mean what I say.

    4. I resolve to pay attention to my emotions and the emotions of others, so that I become more aware of when my boundaries are being violated.

    5. I resolve to remember that energy follows thought.

    6. I resolve to remember that my fear is NOT keeping me safe.

    7. I resolve to identify the thoughts that are sabotaging my happiness, my success and my well-being.

    8. I resolve to make sure my apologies are sincere and to take responsibility for making amends.

    9. I resolve to brainstorm win-win solutions to conflicts so my family relationships can deepen and be more connected.

    10. I resolve to honor my years and my knowledge with others and to do at least one good thing for myself each day.

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    Article by: Dr. Andrea Brandt, PhD

    Dr. Andrea Brandt, Ph.D, M.F.T, brings over 30 years of clinical experience to the role of psychotherapist, speaker, and author. She is a recognized expert in treating a full range of emotional issues, including anger, aggression, anxiety, aging, relationships, work-life balance, workplace, and women's issues. Dr. Brandt has worked with a broad spectrum of people in extreme situations from all walks of life. In addition to being skilled in numerous orientations, methodologies, interventions and treatment plans, she is also trained in somatic approaches that heighten awareness and intuition.to reinvent . She emphasizes the mind-body-heart connection as a key to mental, physical and emotional wellness.  Upon pioneering a new approach to emotional healing, she directed her attention to the study of anger and aggression. In her book 8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness (October 2013), she examines strategies for overcoming a common yet debilitating response mechanism. In her second book, Mindful Anger: Unlocking the Lessons of a Key Emotion (Spring 2014), she explores methods to better understand and manage the powerful emotion of anger. Dr. Brandt has been interviewed by national, regional and local news media. Her doctoral dissertation, “An Exploratory Study of the Role of the Father in the Daughter’s Development and Her Ability to Have Healthy Adult Relationships” investigated the complex effects of the father’s role on the daughter’s emotional development.  Dr. Brandt lives with her husband of 20 years in Santa Monica, California. For more information, visit www.abrandtherapy.com.

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    1. lclark008@gmail.com' Linda C. says:

      What a timely and thoughtful article! Thank you! I am going to print the list and hang it where I can see it every day. Mindfulness is a sermon I preach to struggling friends who get so stressed they don’t remember where they put their glasses down five minutes ago. Mindfulness is the key to a conscious life, a goal I’ve been working toward since I became aware of the concept.

      Thanks again and a happy and fulfillilng New Year to all!

      1. Hi Linda: Thanks for your comment; I appreciate it! Best for the New Year, Andrea B.