One thing that has helped me the most in life to get through the stressful times is to have other people that I can turn to for help. When life becomes exceptionally overwhelming, it’s impossible to do it alone.
Today’s mindfulness activity: who can you talk to?
Although there’s many people that I could have put on my list, I chose these top 5. These are people that I talk to at least weekly, and often daily, and who constantly give me support, encouragement, advice, and a listening ear. Today as I spent a few minutes thinking of and writing down this list of people I can turn to, I realized just how lucky I am to have friends and family who love and support me like they do.
For anyone interested, you can download the Meh Activity Book yourself, and use this page to create your own list of people you can talk to.
So here I am on my third day of mindfulness with the Meh Activity Book.
Today’s mindfulness activity: Balloons.
In the activity book, there are a few pages that talk about how you can use a balloon to address your negative thoughts about yourself and replace them with other thoughts. This can be done by writing your thoughts in the drawn balloon on the worksheet, but I decided to use real balloons for two reasons: 1) we already had some on hand and 2) balloons are fun.
As a lot of women (and men) do, I often dislike the way I look and have negative thoughts about my body. So that was the first negative thought I decided to address. I thought of the negative thought as I blew up my yellow balloon. Then I held the balloon and thought of a more reasonable thought to replace that one. My new thought was: “I am trying to eat healthy and be more active, and I do not need to look like a supermodel to look good. I am healthy and strong.” Then I let the balloon and the negative thought go.
I tried these with other thoughts related to my ability to do my best in my new job or my fear that I will never be able to know everything about my research area. And even though they were only balloons, my heart was a little lighter afterwards.
This particular activity is one that Deborah Malcolm, author of Meh, has used in presentations about her book. I hope it’s something you’ll all try out for yourselves!