✨✨✨ FREE MINDFULNESS WORKOUT ✨✨✨
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!
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??
We had another exciting week with the All Blacks parade in Wellington and the Guy Fawkes fireworks, great fun!
After the last rugby match last Sunday, I overheard someone saying that with the winning of the All Blacks, there would be a lot less domestic violence that day in NZ. And I found that upsetting. So this week the workout is about something a lot op people are not aware of. Over the years I have often heard people say it is good to give your emotions free reign, and express anger, but I have never agreed with that and this is why. Psychologist Brad Bushman explains it very clearly: “Maybe you have heard of the joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The answer is: “Practice! Practice! Practice!” My question to you is: “How do you become an angry, aggressive person?” The answer is the same: “Practice! Practice! Practice!” Venting is just practicing how to behave more aggressively.”
So this week’s practice is about growing awareness of your feelings of anger, frustration, annoyance etc. Do you easily fire up? First step is observering yourself and when you see you are getting wound up, or have acted angrily, bring your focus to your breathing and just follow your breathing for a couple of minutes until you feel your body has calmed down. This is not about beating yourself up for being angry but about praising yourself for being aware and taking the first step to changing! It takes practice to become a calm and more balanced person, but it’s not impossible.
As always, would love to know how you are doing, have a good week,
Last Monday before this school term ends. And time for another Mindful Workout.
If you are busy and work a lot, you might be looking forward to the holiday, only to crash as soon as it is there. Sounds familiar?
To prevend this, it might help to focus this week on taking more mini breaks. It’s important to acknowledge that your body and mind need breaks to reset, so you can keep going on doing what you think needs doing. That also means allowing yourself that you are free to take these breaks.
Now don’t get stressed, you don’t have to take long breaks, learn to take mini breaks instead. Take a minute just a couple of times a day and just unplug from all that is going on around you, that includes your phone, laptop and iPod. Just take a couple of deep breaths, stare outside the window, have a stretch. That’s all, set your timer for your first break in the morning, and at your first break, reset your timer for your next break, so you cannot forget!
Would love to hear how it’s going. Have a good week!
Here’s your all free Mindfulness Workout for this week.
We practice this in my 8-week training, and classes for this all round mindfulness training start again next schoolterm.
Mindful eating is a good way to set yourself in the here and now, to give your brain a break and to enjoy your meals more. You can become more aware of feeling full and it can also make you eat more slow and even less so you don’t overeat.
To make this easy for you, try to eat and drink only the very first three bites of every meal, and the first three sips of every drink, mindfully. That means using all your senses, and eating or drinking as it’s the first time you’ve ever tried this!
Let me know how this works for you!