Mind

"We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think" - Buddha. These mindfulness activities are designed to help you be present and engaged in the moment. All it takes is a few moments each day.

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    Mindfulness – Exercise Warm-up

    Mindfulness helps us to pause and take breath in amongst our busy lives. It helps to make sense of the changing world around us, and to focus on relieving tension, stress and anxiety. When thinking about relaxation techniques and activities to bring calm, exercise is often not thought to be closely related. One reason we avoid exercise is simply the way we view it – a task that must be completed, rather than something that can be enjoyed on its own. If we shift our mindset and think of exercise as a way to connect with our bodies and become more aware of all of the amazing things our bodies…

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    Mind – Learn a Language

    As the world shifts in the ways to deliver and receive learning, we are finding more and more opportunities to get the same great learning delivered online. Today’s Mind activity is all about trying something you may have wanted to do for a long time; learn a language! The amazing folk at Onehunga High School are offering free language classes, starting 4th May. So get the family involved and learn something new today! (or…on the 4th May!) You can find out all of the details HERE.

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    Mindfulness Moment – A snapshot in time

    As we take small moments in our day to practice mindfulness, to wind down and to give ourselves space to process the world around us, we can often find ourselves rushing. Rushing to get things ready, rushing to eat our meal, rushing to complete a task. Rushing to finish the day, only to start all over again tomorrow. It is common among mindfulness activities to make a conscious effort to write one thing that you are grateful for each day. It might be a gratefulness of the coffee you enjoyed with breakfast, the phone call you received from a friend, or something as simple as the sun shining. There are…

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    Mindfulness Moment – Let’s Colour-in

    You might think that colouring is only for kids, but research shows that colouring can be a helpful way to practice mindfulness; taking a few moments out of our day to relax, be present and reduce stress. Why not grab some pens, pencils, highlighters, whatever you have around, and have a go at some of these adult colouring pages.

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    Mindfulness Apps we LOVE

    With the number of websites and apps available these days, it can be hard to choose one which resonates with you and does everything you want it to. That’s why we wanted to share the Mindfulness Apps that we are loving at the moment, and maybe you will find one that you love too! Headspace Around since 2010, with now over 60 million members, Headspace offers a unique approach to mindfulness with guided exercises, videos and more to help you get healthier and happier. It teaches you the skills of meditation, with numerous options to help you find the one that works best for you, as well as different scenarios…

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    Stay Focused, Be Present

    As we shift our mindset and adjust to working from home, we are now faced with the difficulty of trying to concentrate with the possibility of increased distractions. These don’t even need to be human or animal-related distractions, they can simply be access to home chores or ‘quick’ tasks you think you can get done before, during or after work. By breaking down your tasks, and day, in to smaller chunks, you have the ability to achieve more by giving your body the breaks it needs to refresh and regenerate. There are many apps and techniques you can use to assist with this, but today we will focus on one:…

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    15 Spare Minutes? Read a Book!

    I’ve always loved reading, but truth be told as I’ve gotten older and my responsibilities started stacking up, I found I had less and less time to actually sit down and read a book. Now, the only time I have to read is either on an aeroplane or when I really REALLY don’t have anything else that I should be doing. Now, that doesn’t sound very relaxing to me.

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    A World of Knowledge

    The essentials of life are often quoted as follows: Someone to love Something to do Something to look forward to See every day as an opportunity to learn something new. An interesting fact! A new skill. Share your knowledge with others and let your creativity shine!

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    The Power of Music

    For today’s Mindfulness Minute, pick out your favourite song and listen to it, uninterrupted. Without agenda or without skipping through it. How does it make you feel? Does it remind you of someone? Something? A particular event or time in your life? Taking a moment to appreciate these small things can do wonders for our mood. What song did you choose?

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    Gratitude

    It’s important to show gratitude in what life brings. With gratitude, we have an opportunity to show an appreciation for the goodness around us, whether that be tangible or intangible. For today’s mindfulness activity, write down three things you are grateful for. They can be big or small, it’s all the same. It could be something as simple as being grateful for that freshly-brewed cup of morning coffee or the smile from your children. Showing gratitude has proven to elevate mood and helps you to feel more positive, relish on good experiences and build strong relationships.