Monday Mantra:: I am smart enough

Monday-Mantra-I-am-smart-enough-kinesiologyI chose this mantra today thanks to a young check-out chick with whom I had a brief interaction with the other day.

I had purchased $4 worth of groceries. I gave her a $50 note and she accidentally pressed $20 as the tender amount. She froze. Then explained what she had done.

So I got out my phone calculator and worked out the mathematical problem at hand.

She said “I’m sorry – I’m not very good at math, my brain just doesn’t work like that”.

She’s right. Not everyone is wired with a numbers mind. Not everyone is wired with a colours mind. Not everyone is wired with an analytical mind etc.

The point is, we all have amazing capabilities when it comes to smarts. The key is to work out what your strength is.

For instance, I too am not blessed with a numbers mind but I am blessed with a visual mind. When my boyfriend Jon asks me where something is, I can picture it where I last saw it. When a colleague asks for assistance with something on the computer when I’m not in the office, I can visualise it and talk them through where to find it.

So, rather than worry about the fact that I don’t have numbers mind, I relish in the fact that I have a visual mind because I know for a fact that not everyone has that ability. Forget what you’re not naturally great at, find what your mind IS great at and bask in that.


As always, save the image to your phone or desktop or print it and pin it somewhere you’ll see it often. When you see it, say it and if you think someone you know might benefit from this mantra, share it.

Use Your Commute: 3 ways to switch off at the end of your work day

I am a Kinesiologist and as a Kinesiologist, I see a lot of clients for anxiety concerns. I would say that at least 80% of these clients are also unhappy in their current job, which contributes to their anxiety and they tend to find it less than easy to “switch off” at the end of the work day.

My clients often cite getting home and “downloading” on their partner or housemate and often feeling worse for it, getting themselves wound up and unintentionally taking it out those they love. Sometimes, it leads to a microscope effect where that negative talk about work builds up a case for everything that is not running so smoothly at home. This clouds our judgment allowing our discord with our working life to put a microscope on home issues that really don’t require such intense interrogation. Things tend to snowball from there.

So, here’s three ways I often share with my clients of disconnecting from your work day and transitioning into your home time. I have personally used each of these before and found them very beneficial:

1: Visual Disconnect
Work in a building where there are automatic sliding doors? Imagine when you get up from your desk, that you have a cord or rope tied around your waist that is also tied to your desk. As you cross the threshold of your building and step outside, imagine that the sliding doors are sharp and actually cut the cord that binds you to your desk.

If your work building doesn’t have one of these, use the same visualization with a standard handled door, the spinning doors or even the doors from the elevator. Find a way to create a visualized disconnect.

2: Use your commute to transition
If you catch a train, tram or bus from work, use your commute to transition out of work time and into home time. Close your eyes and as you breathe in, imagine breathing in calm, clear, fresh air and then as you breathe out, imagine breathing out all the stress of your work day.

Which way do you like to sit on the train? Facing forwards or backwards? Try this tactic: On the way into work, face where you’re going (work). It helps to get your mind transitioning into work time. BUT when you’re on your way home, try facing away from where you’re going (work). I like to do this because it helps me to visually leave it behind. If sitting facing backwards is not so easy on your body, then use the travel home to focus on all the happy things that are awaiting you when you arrive home.

3: Limit the Vent
When you get home, limit your vent. Choose three stressful issues to talk about or limit your self to five minutes of venting. Then, finish off the conversation with 3 good things that happened today. For example: you were up to the free coffee on your coffee card today, someone offered you their seat on the train or your boss said “thank you for your help” at the end of the day.

This works because you get to get the frustration out which is key to reducing stress and eliminating it out of the body and it re-enforces the positive. This teaches you to also look at the positive items and allow these to snowball instead.

Give these three tips a try and please feel free to alter them as required – it has to work for you.