Positive Thinking Day is coming up!

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Good morning, another happy week ahead of me!
Thursday my 8-week class finishes, HURRAY for my Northern Suburbs group!
This Tuesday is Positive Thinking Day, and for this week I challenge you to make every day a Positive Thinking Day!
Positive Thinking Day is a time set aside each year to concentrate on all things positive. An American entrepreneur started this day in 2003 so that people could commemorate the many rewards that can be found in thinking positively.
How to Celebrate Positive Thinking Day:
If you are not sure what to do to celebrate, here are a few suggestions.
1. Start the day positively by saying “Today is going to be a good day!” This will set the tone for the day ahead of you.
2. Say some affirmations. These are positive sentences about you or your circumstances that can give you boldness, confidence and self-esteem.
3. Hang around with positive people.
4. Show gratitude for the simple things in life.
5. Read or watch positive, motivational books and movies.
6. Be kind to someone today.
7. Finally, the best thing you can do for yourself and others, today and everyday is to SMILE.
Have the best week!
Monique
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Welcome Spring!

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Welcome Spring and September! After three years I’m still getting used to that combination! For most of my life, Spring was in March! (In The Netherlands)
 
Mindfulness teaches you to be more calm and self aware, which helps in responding better to all that happens daily in your life.
By having a more laidback approach to yourself and others you will feel more happy and your relationships with others around you will improve too!
 
One of the things to look out for, is how much you are sabotaging yourself, in living by rules and demands, the should and should nots, that we have come to live by.
 
So this week, be on the look out for all the selftalk that happens in your mind that start with “I should……” or “I should not…..” And than ask yourself, if you really have to? Do you really want to? Or is there a good reason why you should not?? Think about what is good for you, how is it helping you? You are allowed to make your own choices, even if they are different from day to day!
 
Have the best week,
Monique
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We had a lovely walk along Oriental Parade on Saturday. I’m glad we did, as Sunday it was raining all day!!

Mindful Eating

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And here we are in August! This week I will be looking forward and planning my courses for the rest of this year and for 2017! Yes it is only 5 months to Christmas and 2017!
 
To get ready for my Mindful Eating Course that is coming up, I will give you an appetizer this week!
 
Did you know that your tastbuds get easily bored when you’re eating? We often eat mindlesly and don’t notice this. However bringing your attention to your tastebuds when you’re eating, and becoming aware of how something actually tastes can help you in preventing overeating.
So this week, we will start with small mindful eating steps.
Whenever you eat, try to rate the taste of the first bite on a scale of 1 to 10.
With 1 being very bad tasting, and 10 being absolutely yummy delicious best taste ever. After that, rate your second and your third bite.
 
That’s all. Looking forward to reading your discoveries!!!
 
Have the best week,
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Friends really are family!

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Mindfulness helps in making friends with ourselves. It also makes you aware of how connected you are to others and to the world around you.
Did you know that best friends often look like each other, have similare beliefs, values and temperaments? It goes even further than that! Apparently you share about 1 percent of their genes, similar to you and your nephew or niece!! So friends really are family!
 
In busy times however, these very close friends might be overlooked more easily than others. As we know they will understand, and be there for us always. This week I want you to reach out to those friends you haven’t seen or spoken for too long. Make an effort and try to connect with three of them this week. I will too!
 
My 8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction starts Thursday, I have a few spots left. I’m also doing a fun talk/workshop at the Peninsula Preschool tonight, looking forward to both!! Ask me anytime if you would like me to come to your workplace too!
 
Have the best week,
 
Monique
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Feel good about you, rewire your brain!

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Did you know your brain is wired to focus on negative things and to quickly forget about positive things? Because that’s what helping for survival!
However that makes us easily forget all the good things we do.
If you want to feel more postive about yourself, you need to train your brain to focus on the things that are good about you. This might feel a bit uneasy at first, but you will get good at it, really quickly!

So this week, every day, take a moment to pause and think about what was good about you so far today. And when you think about it, also bring back all the sensations about it. The sounds, the smells, what did you see, how did it feel. That is important to really make the change.

Have a great week!
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ps I hope the people that planned to plant persil all around the Wellington Station, feel really good about themselves. Because I love it! Did you know??

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Unhelpful thinking, weekly mindfulness workout.

How time flies when you’re busy! Here’s another
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This week builds upon last week’s workout. If you’re not feeling the way you want to feel, first you can calm yourself down by focussing on your breathing.
The next step you can take, is to notice your thinking. Often what we feel, is caused by what we think. When you learn to be more mindful of your thoughts, you will discover the thoughts and regular patterns of thinking that cause unwanted emotions. For example thoughts that start with “I should” of “I should not” give you stress. Or you might have other unhelpful thoughts.
 
So this week, try to get some insight in your unhelpful thoughts and thought patterns.
 
It is important to realise that when things happen, emotions will happen too. It’s normal to feel upset when sad things happen! That’s when you need comforting.
 
Have a great week!
 
Like the picture? Lovely gift from a friend! Who are you going to spoil this week?
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Take in the good

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Hope you had a great weekend and are ready for another week! Your brain is made to remember all the bad stuff and this doesn’t help if you want to feel happy. The good news is, that you can train your brain to focus on the good stuff, and gradually you will do this more automatically and you will start to feel more postive, happy and relaxed and worry less!
So this week, keep asking yourself all through your days “so what else is good here?” Doesn’t have to be big things, anything will do.
 
Have a good one!
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10 reasons you should sign up now

I’m bringing my 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to Lower Hutt again!!!
 
Here are 10 Reasons to sign up today:
 
1. Down to earth course.
2. By experienced psychologist.
3. Mindfulness is scientifically proven to work!
4. Manage stress.
5. Manage anxiety.
6. Manage depression.
7. Sleep better.
8. Be more calm and balanced.
9. Have more joy in your daily life, worry less.
10. Improve focus and attention.
 

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Are you doing things on automatic pilot at lot? Are you often busy in your head, thinking about the days and weeks ahead? Or going over and over again, about what has happened already?

If the anwer is yes, than unfortunately you miss out on a lot of things that are happening during the day. Things that are fun, beautiful, touching, nice, relaxing, lovely, awesome, delicious, and great! You are also more vulnerable for depression.

Luckily, with mindfulness, you can change this, by learning to live more in the here and now, and by living less on autopilot, so you have a happier life. Just by showing up for your life, right here, as it unfolds, by training your attention!

So this week, make a start by noticing when you are distracted. Noticing when you are running on autopilot, or just not taking in, what is right here.

8-week mindfulness stress reduction is back in the Hutt this term, pm me on Facebook, or look at the Facebook event for info or signing up.

Have a good week!

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# your problems, Weekly Mindfulness Workout

Good morning here is your Weekly Mindfulness Workout:
 
You might be inclined to solve problems by thinking about them over and over again. Sometimes this works.
And sometimes it doesn’t. There just isn’t always a perfect answer straight away, or there might never be a right answer. You just exhaust your brain, give yourself a headache, make yourself feel unhappy, anxious or upset. Often it is much better to acknowledge and accept that yes there is problem, for example something at work. Whenever thoughts about it, pop up in your mind, tell yourself ” there its is again, #work, I know” and relax yourself by focussing on your breathing for a bit and than do something else. Try it, it works!
 
Have the best week,
be happy!
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You can practice Mindfulness everywhere! There is alway your breathing and there is always something worth watching or hearing or feeling!