This was the last day of my week of mindfulness using the Meh Activity Book. I’ve been surprised and delighted by how much 30 minutes a week has helped me get into a better state of mind for my new job and for facing life more generally.
Today’s mindfulness activity: the healing power of nature.
Today, I went for a walk. I am lucky to be quite close to little nature spots, and I chose today to go to one of my favorite ones. This is a place where I often go running in the mornings, and it’s a good place to think, get some fresh air, and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Luckily today was warm and sunny. I didn’t take my page from the Meh Activity Book with me on my walk, but when I came home, I wrote down some of the things that I had seen, heard, and felt. It was a good reminder that being outside and having that quiet space to think can be a perfect environment for being mindful. The exercise is an added bonus too!
Thanks for following my week of mindfulness! Remember that you can download the Meh Activity Book for free and work on your own journey to be more mindful of your thoughts and feelings. Many thanks to Deborah Malcolm, who created this lovely activity book and the even lovelier wordless picture book from which it stemmed, Meh. If you want to learn more about Meh, visit the Meh product page.
Today’s mindfulness activity: filling the fish tank.
The 30 minutes of mindfulness activities with the Meh Activity Book today makes me think of a phrase of the movie Finding Nemo. The phrase is, “Just keep swimming.”
I really enjoyed coloring these adorable fish and making a few of my own (although they do not look nearly as nice or detailed as the ones from the worksheet). As I was doing it, I was thinking about that phrase, “Just keep swimming” and how hard it can be to stay afloat sometimes amidst stress and anxiety. I guess it’s best to just take things one day, one hour, one minute at a time. Just keep swimming!
It seems very fitting that today’s mindfulness activity has to do with focusing on tasks to do one at a time because with classes starting next week, my to-do list is feeling very long.
Today’s mindfulness activity: breaking down the mountain.
I love how this page of the Meh Activity Book illustrates how tasks on a to-do list can quickly pile up and overwhelm us. I know that the way I evaluate and measure my day’s productivity and my worth is directly tied into my completion (or not) of all the items on my to-do list. Yet, waking up to see that long list of things to do can sometimes freeze me with the anxiety of “the mountain.” How in the world can I complete everything that I am supposed to do? Sometimes the stress of it is so bad that I end up wasting time procrastinating or hiding from my list because I cannot bear the thought of tackling everything.
So today, I took a moment to re-evaluate my to-do list. I tried to prioritize the most important things (putting them at the top of the list) and then I went to the first item and spent a few hours tackling it.
I actually had a very productive day today, but I noticed that I didn’t feel nearly as overwhelmed as I usually do. Once I had made my prioritized list, I tried not to look at it as a whole, but just to move on straight to the next task once my previous one was done. I tried my best not to get too distracted by other things that come up during the day (like non-urgent emails), and by the end of the day, the mountain seemed a lot more manageable.
It was a simple mindfulness activity, but a very useful one!
Why is it sometimes so difficult to articulate the things we are good at or the things we like about ourselves?
Today’s mindfulness activity: filling my head with positivity.
This page of the book suggests filling the head on the page with what you like about yourself or with other things that make you happy. I was having difficulty coming up with a good list for the former, so I chose to go with the latter.
I filled my head with hugs, cake, diet coke, Scotland, artichokes, writing, books, bubble baths, and rainy days. What makes you happy?
Hi, I’m Rachel Noorda (co-founder and editorial director of ThunderStone Books). I do not usually write personal posts for this blog, but Deborah Malcolm’s Meh Activity Book has inspired me to try a week of mindfulness.
To me, mindfulness is being aware of how I am feeling and thinking. Mindfulness is being present and doing activities to stay calm and keep from being overwhelmed. The Mental Health Foundation defines mindfulness as “an integrative, mind-body based approach that helps people to manage their thoughts and feelings.”
I’ve recently started a new job teaching at a university, and my husband and I have moved 1200 miles away for said new job. Needless to say, there is a lot of stress and anxiety that goes along with a big move and a new job. I was trying to think of ways in which I could be more aware of how I was feeling and take action to help minimize my anxiety. That’s when I decided to use the Meh Activity Book for a week of mindfulness.
Today’s mindfulness activity: coloring.
Things are busy, so I decided to set aside just 30 minutes (a manageable amount of time) to focus on mindfulness each day. For day 1, I spent the time coloring two pages with crayons. I am not an artist, as should be clear by the quality of my coloring, but I’ve found in the past that coloring is a nice way to keep my hands busy and relax myself while I think about the day.
I’m looking forward to Day 2!
You are welcome to download the free Meh Activity Book and work on your own week of mindfulness. We could all use some time to be more aware of our feelings, thoughts, and mental health.
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