FREE WEEKLY MINDFULNESS WORKOUT

  

FREE WEEKLY MINDFULNESS WORKOUT

Kia ora!
Hope you had a good week and are keeping warm, it was a cold night!!!
I started a crochet for calmness lunch club at my son’s college last week, how cool is that??
I will also be a the health conferences at my local college again for a mindfulness workshop.

One of the things I always tell young people, is this.
What you think, all the thoughts that pop up in your mind, is just that, only thoughts. Words and sentences.
You do not have to take these so serious, they are not facts. It’s just what your brain is made to do, firing neurons and making words and sentences continuously going through your mind. However they can make you feel bad, so it’s good to be mindful of it! Check your mind, as if you are scrolling through a Twitter feed! Most tweets you can just discard off!

So for this week, practice mindfulness of the thoughts popping up, and maybe do a little reality check if you are not feeling the way you want to feel.
You can ask yourself if it is really true what you are thinking, is it a fact, is it proven?
You can ask yourself if others would be thinking the same in that situation, or if you would tell others the same as you are telling yourself?
Also, if the thoughts make you feel bad, they are not ok, and there are different ways to think about it, that will make you feel less bad.
And if your thoughts get you into conflict with yourself or others, that is also an indication that your thoughts are not realistic and you can let go of them.
You can also discard all the thoughts that have “should” or “should not” in them!

Remember, what you give attention to grows, so if you have anxious or unhappy feelings and thoughts, it is ok to distract yourself so you don’t make it worse for yourself.
It can help to take some mindful breaths and than change your attention to an activity that you normally would like to do.

Hope this is useful for you,
kia kaha and have a good week!

Monique
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Healthy Mind Happy Heart

 

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

Morena! Have you signed up for #gratefulinapril yet?
Go to their website and get great tips in your mailbox!!
 
One of the tips last week was about smiles. It’s been one of the workouts here before too, and it’s a great trick to improve your mood instantly!
 
So this week, try to put a smile on your face if you’re not feeling to well. Just moving your face and mouth into a smiling pose, will trick the brain that all is well and you will start to feel more positive. If you find this hard to do, just grab a pen and put it between your teeth horizontally!! Ann Grandchamp has a cool video about this!!
 
If you are smiling easily already, share your smile! Smiling is contagious, so try to smile at others, doesn’t matter if they are strangers, maybe that is exactly what they need! So go and smile!
 
Have a great week!
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

Hope you are enjoying a long weekend!!
 
This year we’re joining #GRATEFULINAPRIL again!!
So you can guess what this week’s practice will be about 🙂
 
What if your goal wasn’t living the life you love, but it was about loving the life you live?
If you can forget about striving, aiming, reaching etc etc for a few moments, and focus on the good that is here already?
 
Imagine how that can make you feel, and how that feeling can expand into loving the life you have, into feeling more joy and happiness every day?
 
So this week, plan a good moment every day to bring your attention to all that you are grateful for. And even if all you can think is “cats”, that is ok too!!
 
Have a great week and you can read more about #gratefulinapril here: http://www.gratefulinapril.com
 
Monique
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

colouringmentalhealth

Hello and good morning!
Is it holidays in your home? It is in ours! When I start colouring, and I leave my colouring out on the table most of times, I usually find my kids start colouring too!
It’s relaxing and a great way to spend some time together.
 
For mental health awareness week there is a colouring competition and you can find it here:
http://www.mhaw.nz/colouring-competition/
#MHAW
 
So this week, get some colouring done, and you know it is not just for children, adults can colour too!
 
Have a great week, show me what you colour!
 
M
 
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

nature is key

Yes you got it right, it is only Sunday and I’m a day early with the workout.
That is because I want to give you the opportunity to register for the Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 photochallenge today!!
 
Having something to bring your attention to, is a great way to break the downward spiral of wellbeing and change your brain and pathways into a happy brain.
 
Are you joining in with me??
Sign up here: http://www.mhaw.nz/photo-competition/
 
Post a picture every day on social media (make sure your post is public) and you might win!
 
Here’s the challenge per day:
Post a picture each day using our prompt. Each day one lucky person will win a prize! #MHAWNZ @MHFNZ @MentalHealthFoundationNZ
 
Oct. 1 – My view
Oct. 2 – Gratitude
Oct. 3 – Light
Oct. 4 – Water
Oct. 5 – Small treasures
Oct. 6 – Nature indoors
Oct. 7 – Bush walk
Oct. 8 – Art
Oct. 9 – Pop of colour
Oct. 10 – MHAW Lockout
Oct. 11 – Papatūānuku (Mother Earth)
Oct. 12 – Creature
Oct. 13 – Spring
Oct. 14 – Love my backyard
Oct. 15 – Nature is key to…
 
Go on, go for it!
 
Have a great week,
Aroha nui,
M
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Healthy Mind, Happy Heart