Speaker: Habits Based on First Six Years of Life

Counselor Lynn Gordon during her Brown Bag presentation on Wednesday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Counselor Lynn Gordon during her Brown Bag presentation on Wednesday. (Photo by Pat Blair)

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Lynn Gordon's lunch seminar on Wednesday wasn't about time management but how we use time each day. The counselor said time is a perception, with a mental, as well as a physical, component.

She said we create habits as a way of structuring time – and the habits we create are largely based on what we learned during our first six years.

Learning behaviors developed during the first six years of life have been a common theme throughout the counselor's presentations.

The counselor also talked about the effects of anger, which releases free radicals, she said, into the body, and how we can help our hearts by thinking happy thoughts. She suggests that, when a person feels an emotion that is stressful, they should stop, put a hand on the heart and think of a happy or pleasant memory. That releases good chemical chains in the body, she said, bringing it back into harmony. The counselor said the suggestion sounds simple, but research has shown that the reaction happens.

Gordon is with the Family and Personal Counseling Center of Sheridan, and her weekly seminars are hosted by Sheridan College and the Center for Workforce and Community Education. Her topic for the next lunch seminar, on March 26, will be Self-Care.

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