Is Stress Creeping In?

Ande Chats About the Powerful Effect of Being Mindful

byAnde Frazier


July 9, 2019 .2 min read

One of the most important things that I’ve learned over the last few years is that taking time to sit and be still allows you to be more creative, productive and joyful. It's not always easy to do this, but whether it's once a day or a few times a week, taking those few minutes for yourself can pay off big time.

I know it is not easy to always do this, but whether it is once a day or a few times a week, taking those few minutes for yourself can pay off big time.  

When you give yourself a chance to focus on your breath, to what you’re thinking, what you’re feeling, and what you’re doing, you gain insight into obstacles that are holding you back. You can see things from a different point of view. And you can surrender the anxious feelings you may be experiencing about a particular situation.  

Stillness has a profound effect on seeing clearly what is happening around you and your response to it.  

Stephen Covey says that there is a space between stimulus and response. That space or momentary pause gives you a chance to decide how you will respond, rather than acting on impulse.  

Sometimes, when I am experiencing stillness, I find my mind running so fast that it seems impossible to slow down. 

But with every inhale and exhale, I am gradually calming those racing thoughts. I am slowing down and being more intentional in my thinking. I can experience things differently. More importantly, I am more present in the moment, without worrying about the future or belaboring the past.  

Mindfulness is about being fully aware in the moment. 

It is clarity. 

It is creative.  

As you slide into this state, you will be more aware of what you’re saying, before you say it. You will recognize that what you say to yourself is not something you would say to a friend; therefore you can adjust it to be more inspiring, uplifting, and positive. 

When I find stress creeping in, whether it be with work, family, or especially my finances, I try to take a mindfulness approach. If you’re finding that thinking about your money is extremely overwhelming, be mindful about what you can fix in the present instead of worrying about the what if’s.

Whether you’re using Headspace, Calm, or another meditation app, allow yourself those few minutes to take time to be completely alone with yourself. The insight you might find will pay off.