An Interview with Dr. Christina Hibbert
Dr. Christina Hibbert: I have had enough drama in my life to last a lifetime. In 2007, my sister and brother-in-law died, we inherited our two nephews, I gave birth to our 4th baby, and we went from 3 to 6 kids almost overnight! We faced challenging family relationships, a court battle, and plenty of other things as we struggled to heal and create our new family. I wrote about these experiences in my new book, This is How We Grow.
Now that I have six kids, I don’t have time for drama. We focus on the things that matter most, and everything else simply has to go. I’ve learned this through my life challenges: Only a few things really matter in life, and if we don’t pay attention, we will miss them.
ND: People are very busy these days. Do you have any simple tips – something that can be done in “2 Minutes” or easily incorporated into ones daily routines to help them have a Drama Free Zone?
CH: 1) Breathe. Inhale slowly, deeply, down to your toes, for the count of ten. Exhale, slowly and deeply, forcing all the air out of your body, for the count of ten. Repeat ten times. Breathing is one of the best ways to calm our body and mind and to reduce any temptation toward drama. Practicing breathing each day helps us improve and naturally turn to our breath in times of stress.
2) Challenge the thoughts you hear in your head. Stop. Listen to what you’re telling yourself. Ask, “Is this true?” and “Is this helping or hurting me?” Then, you can choose to change your thought and replace it with something more healthy and helpful. With practice, this can be one of the best tools to reduce drama in your life. (More on this, read this post: Change Your Thinking (& your life!) with a thought record!)
ND: With 2 Minute Yoga we often practice patience, gratitude, cheerfulness and joy. In your new book, This is How We Grow: a psychologist’s memoir of loss, motherhood, & discovering self-worth & joy, one season at a time you write about these themes as yearly practices. Could you please tell us briefly how practicing them has been helpful for you?
CH: Having a yearly theme helps me focus on just one important life skill, quality, or trait I hope to develop. My years of patience, gratitude, cheerfulness, and joy helped me heal through tragedy and grief, and helped me eventually flourish in life again. I still practice the skills I learned in those years: I practice patience each day with my kids, husband, and myself. I focus on gratitude each morning, to keep me full of light and love. Cheerfulness is a wonderful practice; I smile through the tough moments and find they’re usually not as bad as I think. And joy—well, I’ve learned we are all made of joy. Under the stress and drama of life, joy is waiting. Dig down and uncover it for yourself! Life will be so much more meaningful and beautiful if you do.
The Launch date for Dr. Hibbert’s new book, This Is How We Grow, is November 13th. She is giving away FREE Kindle Downloads of her book and many other gifts, so you will not want to miss celebrating her book launch with her on Nov. 13th. Click Here for details!
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