Are you ready for a discussion with someone who is passionate about making meditation and wellbeing practices easy? Hanna Milton is a mindful and well-being instructor! Every technique that Hanna traces is scientifically proven, rooted in mindfulness, and hand-selected based on her personal experience. Hanna shares why she started focusing on helping people reduce stress and anxiety through mindfulness.
Hanna shares in our interview how she didn’t always live a mindful life. In the first six years of her adult life and entering her career, she felt like life was a constant struggle and she was pretty miserable. Her focus at the time was to work really hard and focus on progressing her career? Perhaps that’s similar to your story? At the time, she felt that her happiness would come “someday” when her things were “sorted out”.
When Hanna discovered mindfulness and the world of mental wellbeing, she realized that she was searching for happiness and calm in all the wrong places!
It was at that time that she started to respond to life from an internal place. It wasn’t about changing the external or being something she wasn’t already. It was then that she set out on a mission. For that, Hanna began to retrain her mind and that meant turning down the volume on negative self chatter and anxious thoughts. Also, learning to respond to unpleasant emotions better and how her body was contributing to her misery. Making her feel tenser and worked up. Slowly things started to change for Hanna. Because her practices were so life-changing, she declined to launch a well-being business.
We take a deeper dive into what it means to Hanna to retrain your mind and what that looked like for her in her practice. One of these techniques is called: Diffusion which is to create some space between your and your thoughts. She goes on to give some excellent examples of how to use this technique.
Hanna then shares why she started focusing on helping people reduce stress and anxiety through mindfulness. It goes back to her earlier days when she felt this at work but figured that this was just part of life. It was after her mindfulness practice got implemented that she realized that everything she thought was “normal” to experience in her work life was anxiety and stress and she was passionate about helping others through her community. Life doesn’t need to feel like an uphill challenge!
Hanna tells us that you can train your mind to be on your side! Your mind can help support your happiness and well-being. She shares about her online class which is available which is all about retraining your mind to be on your side by introducing the techniques that you will have in your toolbox!
You can free yourself by acknowledging that life will always have ups and downs and we need to learn how to manage our thoughts and emotions. Difficulties will always pass and this can be reassuring. We can also choose to decide how we want to think about a specific circumstance so we can drive a different emotion.
Hannah wants people to trust that there is another way to live and that it requires putting in the effort to make it a part of your reality! Mindfulness does require repetitive practice and effort.