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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Weekly Mindfulness Workout

Sunday was a great day to chill at home, the library, or at a museum! How did you spend it?? I got through loads of laundry and finished some crochet projects I have been working on for Little Sprouts for some time.
 
The image below is of a creative installation in the Christchurch Art Gallery. It hangs in front of the wall, and the shadows are part of the artwork, it’s awesome. It’s different from every angle. And you know, you are just like that! A beautiful piece of art, you can discover something new, everytime you look!
 
Mindfulness can help you by increasing your self-awareness in a healthy way. Learn to observe your self, your thoughts and your feelings. Learn to embrace yourself with kindness and acceptance when things are rough.
This takes practice, but you can learn it! Just take one step at the time. To be able to cope with difficult emotions, you can try to focus on your breathing first. As this will calm your nervous system and that will help you to regain your zen. You get a clear mind and a better view to investigate what it is, that is upsetting you. Is it something that has just happened? Is it having some negative thoughts? Just take your time to focus on your breathing, and to investigate and coach yourself in a kind way through this.
 
Have a great week!
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Happy Queen’s Birthday,

hope you are having a nice relaxed weekend. Did you go to Armagaddon? Or the NZ Art Show? Or maybe both?
Here’s another Mindfulness Monday Workout for you!
If you want to live a long, happy and healthy life, one of the things you have to be mindful of, is your stresslevels. You probably know that too much stress is bad for the body and mind, but did you know that not enough stress is also not recommended? You have to find yourself in the right stress frame, we actually need stress to perform best, but not too much! The ideal amount of stress is called eustress. We also need time to recuperate from stress.
So this week, see if you can discover a bit more about your stresslevels during the day. Are you mostly bored, and finding things too easy? Or are you constantly high wired, with not enough time to get back to healthy stresslevels? Or are you doing just fine, having a nice flow of stress for the best performances?
And if you think you have a busy life, see how you compare to our Queen, really interesting. Just enter your age and see what she was up to at when she was your age! Cool right??!! Here’s the link for it: http://www.keepingupwiththequeen.com
Have a great week,
Monique
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According to the keeping-up-with-the-queen website, this is the queen when she was my age. However, thanks to a very attentive reader of my blog, this is not the queen, but her daughter Anne!

Selfcompassion in words and actions

I had to be in Christchurch on Friday. Doing the workshop to become a primary school mindfulness facilitator.
I decided to fly out on the Thursday morning and make it a long weekend away, just for me.
Why?
Because it is ok to look after yourself and do something fun just for you! Selfcompassion in mindfulness is not only being kind in your self talk, but also being kind towards yourself in your actions.
 
This week how about doing something kind towards yourself? You have every right to do that. It helps path your way to a happy life, where you feel good in yourself and towards others. Go on, give it a go! If it feels a bit unusual, that’s ok, all new things can feel a bit odd in the beginning. Don’t let that stop you!
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Last Weekly Mindfulness Workout for 2015!

Hope you had a lovely long weekend. I had a quiet weekend with my family and enjoyed the nice weather. Here’s the new weekly mindfulness workout for you.
 
One thing you can do to slow down and be mindful is to stop multitasking. This will help you to really focus on what you are doing and doing it with more awareness can improve the quality too. This can be as easy as having your breakfast without being on your phone, and just focussing on your drinking and eating. It can be walking and taking in the view without planning your day in your head. It can be stroking your pet without ruminating or it can be listening to your partner or child, without keeping your eyes on the television or newspaper. So this week try to remind yourself to do one thing at the time, and doing it with all hour attention.
Now this might sound easy, but it might take some practice. And if you only remember it once a day, that is still more than not doing it at all!
 
Have a good week!

Something different

Hello everybody! It’s Monday all over again! This week I have something different for you for the Weekly Mindfulness Workout .
Mindfulness is also know as kindfulness. Learning to be kind to yourself and tame your critical selftalk. And to be kind towards others, all others. Being kind to others will give you a good feeling about yourself too. That’s probably why you sometimes can even feel a bit uncomfortable when people thank you for your kindness. As if there is no need to be thanked for being kind, as the other has already allowed you to feel good, by being kind to them! 😉
I was happy to help out at one of my favourite organisations on Saturday, and helped packing boxes for the babies. Little Sprouts always puts in a gift for the mums as well, which I love. I’ve taken it up on me to start gathering more gifts for the mums that receive these packs and that is why I ask you, if you have any suitable gifts for a new mum, to get in touch, and I happily collect it from you. This could be some body lotion, a cool scarf, anything you would have liked to get as a gift for yourself. Here’s the link to the Little Sprouts on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LittleSproutsNZ/photos/a.162570553931801.1073741825.162569747265215/224065787782277/?type=3&source=11
On the pictures you can see what a babybox looks like.
Thanks and have a good week!
Monique
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Everything mum will need for the baby in the first year, nappies, smoke alarm, thermometer, toys, merino sleeping bag, clothes etc etc.
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And a bodylotion for mum, with a tag & crochet heart. I made lots of these for the Easter Fundraiser Market.