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Daily stress. Anxiety. Feelings of self doubt and endless brain activity keeping you awake at night. Sound familiar? Same. Doesn’t it just feel like there are some many things around us that trigger negative feelings and distraction? It’s constant. Luckily, mental health and self care are at the top of everyone’s lists these days and I for one am so so thankful for that! There is a great support network amoungst social media users in these areas and lots of tips flying around.
But, how can you support yourself?
Well, there are many ways! Have you ever tried mindfulness? It’s not some hippy trend, it’s a really helpful tool that can help with daily struggles. I’ve been using mindfulness for a while now. It was recommended to me by a friend, starting small, I was listening to the popular app Headspace. It was great for a while, but I’ll be honest, I struggled with a few of the meditations and ended up putting more pressure on myself to be the best at being mindful. Crazy right. I also thought it was pretty expensive (£10 a month! That’s a lot on top of Netflix, Spotify, Audible etc etc).
Anyway, finding your vibe is a process and for me, little and often is definately the way forward.
- the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
- a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique
So what the hell are they?
Easy. A pack of cards. 45 to be exact. 45 little days of mindfulness. 45 little tasks to set yourself that help you feel more present within your life.
The cards are split over 5 categories:
Kindness – Random acts of kindness not only help to boost your mood but can also make the recipients’ day. Each Kindness card has a different action you can take designed to offer kindness towards the outside world.
Ritual – Building rituals into your daily life can be incredibly beneficial to your wellbeing. They can help you to slow down and connect with your actions in a world in which we are so used to racing through everything we do. Each Ritual card has a different short activity which can be turned into a ritual that can be incorporated into your daily routine.
Gratitude – Make time to stop and appreciate what makes you happy. Gratitude cards will remind you to look out for the little things daily in order to create greater overall happiness. Each card holds a different gratitude exercise to action daily.
Journal – Journalling is an incredibly powerful way to reflect on how you are living and what you could be doing differently to be more fulfilled. The Journal cards offer up a number of questions to help you dig deep and figure out what changes you might need to make, if any. When the same card is selected a second time, think about whether you can answer the question in the same way or what might have changed in your life that affects a new answer.
Reflection – Take 10 minutes of your day to reflect on the quote on your chosen card. Focus on how they apply to your life in the present and how you can use the meaning behind the words to better yourself and your life. When the same card is selected a second time, reflect on any changes you might have in your response dependent on where you are in the present moment.
If cards don’t really sound like your thing, that’s cool. LSW Mind Cards have also just launched a really awesome self help e-book and an audio clip to help you wind down.
I downloaded the e-book and got through it in an evening. Amazing value for money! I’ve tried journaling SO many times. I keep it up for a few days and forget or have no idea what to write. You know, I don’t often want to look back and read that I had sausage and mash for tea and my favourite thing about the day was going to bed. The e-book has journalling sections which have a set of questions to answer each evening before bed. It makes progress tracking more manageable.
If you feel like winding down for 10 minutes, maybe give the audio a try? For the same cost of an over-priced coffee, you could find your audio zen…
Taking ten minutes out of your day to listen to something relaxing and centre yourself sounds like a long time, but I guess it isn’t and I feel that it really helps.
Do you think you’d give any of these a try? Let me know if you’ve already tried other techniques. What worked? What didn’t?