Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, to what you are experiencing in the present moment, not judging yourself, instead offering kindness and curiosity to whatever you notice. A simple way to practice mindfulness or start paying attention to the present moment is through the five senses; sounds, sights, smells, tastes and felt sensations. Begin to notice your five senses in a mindful moment...
Give a mindful moment a try:
Bringing awareness and intentionality to your breathing will help you feel calm, focused and able to be more present.
Try this simple breathing exercise:
Be KIND to yourself:
Take time everyday to intentionally be kind to yourself. Let kindness overflow from within…..let kindness start with you. Make a list of simple and doable ways you can be kind to yourself…….could be through simple self-care things you do and/or could be graciously shifting the thoughts you think about yourself.
Give this self compassion exercise a try:
There are many aroma smells that can bring balance to the nervous system and help your body and emotions feel calm. Also pairing it with the breath exercise can be very calming.
A few suggested smells that are calming:
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What are Eye Pillows and why are they important?
An eye pillow is a small pillow usually filled with, rice or seeds that you place over your eyes. The aromatherapy and light pressure of the eye pillow, when placed on the eyes, stimulates the nervous system to improve mood and lower heart rate. Specifically, the vagus nerve which regulates heart rate, digestion and is responsible for regulating mood. Because of the placement of the eye pillow, these nerves are massaged and therefore it can relieve stress and helps one feel at rest and calm.
A good rule of thumb is if you smell more rice than oil, add 1-2 more drops of oil. While essential oils are great, some can cause irritation on the skin, especially in the delicate eye region. In this case, less can be better. In the case that you add too much oil to the rice, simply take out 1/3 cup of the scented rice and replace it with 1/3 cup of unscented rice to try and diffuse the strength of the oil.
Keep your eye pillow in a dry and cool place to keep the rice fresh. Because it is a no-sew pillow, you can untie the knot and change the rice and scents to your pleasing. I would recommend changing the rice out at least every three months to keep the rice fresh. If you must wash the sock for any reason, please ensure that all the rice is emptied out of the sock before washing like normal.
The many uses of these No Sew Eye Pillows make this a perfect DIY craft project.. It is quick, easy and fun. Not to mention, a great sensory tool. They benefit your health and encourage relaxation.
Put your new aromatherapy no-sew eye pillow to use in Mindfulness Groups. (click for more details)
Some of the information about no-sew eye pillows came from Mosaic Kids Yoga
1. Keep it simple, more is not always better. Be intentional not indulging.
2. Practice Intentional Breathing. Inhale slowly into your belly 4 seconds. Hold for 2 seconds. Exhale slowly for 5 seconds. Repeat for 2-10 min.
3. Practice Mindfulness by taking mindful moments throughout your day. You can learn how to do a mindful moment at our online studio.
4. Using high quality essential oils that have calming properties.
Lavender, Frankincense or Stress Away are all ones that have calming properties. Inhaling or putting them on every 2-4 hours will bring calm.
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5. Take time to just BE instead of DO.
Self care is not selfish! Don't "do" self care....take care of yourself by participating in things that allow you to be still, to rest and just breathe.
May you enjoy your Holiday Season and take in the fullness of what it has for you.
Check out our December Mindfulness Groups or online studio (try a classes free).