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A place to explore ways to relax and reduce stress

February 1st - Train of Thoughts

Research shows us that anxious thoughts are often blown out of proportion, skewed, or just plain wrong. Nonetheless, thoughts have power. Why? Because thoughts influence feelings and behaviors. A simple thought passing through your mind can cause you to become distracted from the things you or working on or to make you feel worried or put you in a negative frame of mind. The good news is that we can train ourselves to take the power back. We can learn to pick and choose what thoughts we listen or react to.

Try to think of your thoughts like trains that come and go through a busy station; you can simply stand on platform and watch the trains go by. When the train (thought) arrives, sometimes it just passes by and sometimes it stops for a while. When the train (thought) hangs out at the station for a while or remains in our mind, and we may start to feel different emotions. It’s OK to feel things; that’s no problem. This is a good time to breathe in deeply and breathe out (use the breathing method from last weeks video :). Focus on the breath and not the train, because soon it is going to pass by. Watch as the train leaves and recognize that you have stayed behind.

Here is a short video which illustrates the Train of Thought idea:


Week #3

The focus for this weeks Mindful Monday is stress relief through movement. Do you know that just getting up from your computer on a regular basis and moving your body is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to relieve stress? Stretching, going for a walk, dancing around your room...these are all good ways to shake off some of the stress of distance learning and reset your brain so that you are able to get back to work. 

Yoga can help reduce stress because it promotes relaxation, which is the natural opposite of stress. Yoga can benefit three aspects of ourselves that are often affected by stress: our body, mind, and breathing. There are a lot of good, beginner yoga workouts on the internet. here are a few for you to try. 


 Week #2

This week we're going to practice Mindful coloring, which is similar to coloring like when you were a little kid! 

Mindful coloring is just expressing our feelings and emotions through the use of color, sometimes without even realizing that our color choices depend on our current mood.  It's a great way to relax, reduce anxiety, and take a mental break.

 If you have a printer there are plenty of website that offer free coloring pages you can print and color.  This site has several Mindful coloring pages you can print, in addition to other Mindful resources:

 If you don't have a printer, or simply aren't a fan of coloring on paper, there are online coloring pages you can access.  Check this site out for a sample:

 There are also several apps you can download so you can color on your phone! 


Week #1

Are you feeling stressed about the week ahead?  Or do you feel like there's a hundred things going through your mind and you can't focus?  If this is you, then you can benefit from some mindfulness!  

Watch this video for a quick 5 minute relaxation sesh to help you de-stress and re-focus.

Too busy to take 5 minutes out of your day?  Setting aside 5 minutes now can help you save time and energy later by allowing you to clear your mind and come-up with a more effective game plan!  Or, save this video and watch when you have a quick 5 mintues!