Attention everyone

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Anna Healy is a life and business coach based in West Cork. She is available for consultations by appointment. Phone Anna on 087-2427848

Do you ever feel that another week has gone by and you have nothing to show for it? Do you want to get more out of your week but don’t know where to start? We can’t manipulate time but we can change our habits around how we achieve our goals.

First things first…Are you in the right frame of mind to get work done today or did you fall out of the wrong side of the bed? Stop for a few minutes each morning to take a breath and become aware of your body and how you are feeling, listen to what is going on with your body and with the thoughts that are racing in your mind. Are you relaxed? Are you stressed? Are your thoughts positive or negative? Don’t judge what you become aware of, just listen to your body and see what it is saying to you.

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. When we are not mindful, we can be reactive or distracted or running on auto-pilot.

Life can be pretty busy and it is easy to become distracted by all the happenings around us. Mindfulness helps us keep on track of what we are doing, by bringing us back to present. When you are doing any activity, be it in work or at home, ask yourself this simple question:

Where should my attention be right now? This will help you become more aware of your habits and become more focused on the present.

I will give you a perfect example, when I decided to write this article I gave myself a comfortable realistic deadline to work to, and then when it came towards the end of that timeline – when I really had to get the article completed – I cleaned the kitchen, tidied the sitting room, put the kettle on and had a cuppa, scrolled through facebook and then sat down to write! Not a productive work day but a clean house I suppose! If I had checked in with myself during this time and asked myself the question, I would have caught myself quicker and realised that I was avoiding my work and maybe would have refocused more quickly. And I know that I am not alone in this – tell the truth, how many times did that happen to you this week?

Learn to say NO!

• NO to time wasting

• NO to procrastination.

• NO to crazy overloading or multi-tasking.

• NO to avoidance.

• NO to cramming.

All these practices are not mindful practices and we know it can cause added stress in the long term.

So what are you going to do right now? Choose one behaviour that you know is holding you back from being the best you can be. Check in with yourself regularly, become more mindful in your practice, become aware of the reasons behind what you are doing right now, in the present and redirect your focus if necessary. You will be amazed with the change it can bring to your day.

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13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing

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9th April, 2018  ·  

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