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Kia ora!
Today is one of my favourite days, it’s Yarnbombing day!!
My secret hobby

Crafting, crocheting, reading, puzzling etc can help relax your mind, as you’re giving it something to concentrate on, in the here and now.
That way you stop yourself from worrying, and you can break the spiral of feeling anxious, or depressed -> having unhappy thoughts -> not doing the things anymore that you used to do -> feeling more anxious, depressed or unhappy.

So this week find an activity that keeps your mind focussed and try to do this every day. Maybe pick up something you used to enjoy doing, even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy it.
It can be colouring, reading, or jigsaw puzzles, anything!
Yes your attention will wander, that is normal! If you notice this has happened, just kindly bring your attention back to your activity.

Have a great week, hope this is useful for you.

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Morena!
>>Just a reminder to register for the Creative Mindfulness, starting on Tuesday evening and the
>>Learn to Crochet, starting on the Wednesday evening soon!!!
Pm I you need more details.
I’m also running a crochet club at Onslow College this term, very excited about this!
☀️
An easy way to integrate mindfulness in your daily busy life is to do a little body check every time you walk.
You can do this by first bringing your attention to your breathing, just following the flow of your breath going in and out of your body.
Than bring your attention to your feet, your legs, and work your way up to the top of your head.
This will give your brain a nice break and it’s also good to be mindful of your body, so you notice it when something isn’t right!
 
So park a bit further away, take that doggy for a walk, and get up from your desk and walk over to your collegue instead of txting!!
 
Have a good week!!
Monique
 
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Morena awesome people!
Do you want to do learn some mindfulness and be creative, than let me know as I might start another Tuesday evening class in May!!!
 
For this week I want you to be a bit more mindful of your selftalk. You know what I mean right?!
We tend to be too harsh and too negative on ourselves and although this is totally normal, we do have to correct ourselves to be nicer.
 
Imagine how you would speak to your best friend, your child or cousin, or your pet. You have to become your own best friend, able to pick yourself up, acknowledge what you’re feeling and kindly talk yourself through in a kind and accepting way.
 
Don’t forget you are not what you do, you are born as an amazing miracle and you still are, you have every right to make the best of your life and enjoy to the max!
 
If you struggle with this, don’t forget I train people in mindfulness on zoom, whatsapp and skype too!! Just pm me and I will try to fit you in asap!
 
Have a good week!
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Have a look at what we have been doing at our All Good Colouring Class yesterday: https://www.facebook.com/easynowmindfulness/videos/1652257438199137/

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That week went so fast! Hope you had a good one!
 
Tawa All Good Colourers are meeting up again this Sunday, 10-12 at the Tawa Community Centre, you’re welcome to come along too! Bring a friend and have a coffee and a chat and colour away!
 
One of the most important tools we all have to calm down is our breathing, it’s our anchor through the storms. Make it a habit to bring your attention to your breathing whenever you again, notice if you are breathing into your abdomen and if not, make sure you lower your inbreath, drop your anchor an breathe.
 
Even if all is going well, it’s a great way to build your resilience, so when the weather does change, you are ready for it!
 
Have a good week, hope to see you at colouring!!
 
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Kia ora! School holidays have started, term 1 went by so fast!
 
Yesterday I went to Te Papa for the new Toi Arts exhibition. There is an amazing art installation called Indra’s bow, made by Tiffany Singh, i’s made of lots of spices, gemstones, and other natural materials, and it smells amazing!
Have you seen it???
 
Practicing mindfulness is easy, you just give your mind something to focus on, that is present in the here and now. You can use your senses for this.
 
So this week, focus on what you can smell. You will quickly notice that your mind will start to figure out what you are smelling, and it will also judge the smells. This is your brain, trying to protect you from any danger!
Try to ignore this, just go outside for a walk and focus on the things you can smell around you.
 
Have a great week!
M
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Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
PS Crochet for Relaxation runs again next term at Tawa Community College!!

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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

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Learn to crochet for relaxation starts 6 June, 7-9 pm Tawa Wellington.

Kia ora!
Last week before the long Easter weekend!!
Hope this means that you get some time for you!
By now you will know that I’m a big fan of Creative Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is meditation too, but often this
can be really hard, especially for busy people!! 
Being creative can be a great alternative.
Making something, gives your busy mind something to focus on. That can break the cycle of busy thinking about lots of things that only make you feel more stressed.
So, this week, come up with things that you could be making when you take the t
ime. And go for it!
Even looking for inspiration, can be relaxing!

  ☀     You can make this beginner’s crochet Easter basket here: https://easynowmindfulness.com/hooked-on-crochet/

Have a good week!
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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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

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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

Upcoming classes and free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

31 May: Creative Mindfulness. 

17 June: Mindfulness for Kids workshop

24 June: All Good Colourers

7 August: 8 week Rewire Your Brain for Happiness, MBSR training. This succesful mindfulness training is for beginners and for those who have done a short training before. Integrate mindfulness into your daily life and get 10+ downloadable exercises to practice at home. Down to earth class.

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Mindfulness Workout of the week.
 
One of the things that always works, and is also part of the mindfulness for kids programme Pause Breathe Smile is that children are asked to smile as part of the mindfulness practices.
 
The body and brain are connected, they trigger each other and listen to another. You can use that, to influence how you feel. If you move your mouth into a smiley pose that will make you feel a little more positive. I bet you are trying it right now 😁
 
So this week, all you have to focus on, is to consciously bring your mouth to smile, a couple of times a day, and see what happens.
You can put a sticky note with a smiley face on your mirror, draw a little smiley on your hand, change your passwords to finish with SMILE, or set a timer a couple of times a day, anything to remind yourself to smile.
 
Have a great week!
M
🤗Healthy Mind, Happy Heart