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Color for Calm: 3 Free Resources to Try Now!

Color for Calm: 3 Free Resources to Try Now!

Coloring can activate calm and settle your nervous system. That’s why we include it as a resource in our MBAwareness Educational Program. Teachers and students alike benefit from a few minutes of coloring for calm.

According to this article by Positive Psychology, “mindfulness coloring allows us to switch off extraneous thoughts and focus on the moment.” While you can find a “mindful coloring” book at nearly any retailer, here are a couple of our favorite online resources for kids and adults

Customize Your Kicks

Who doesn’t want the chance to customize their own Converse, Vans, Air Force Ones, and other easily recognizable sneaker silhouettes? These fun coloring pages are from Kitchen Table Classroom Just sign-up to get access to her FREE Resource Library and you can download this 5-page coloring template along with a host of other cool art and home education resources! 

 

Words to Color (and Live) By

Kristina from Planes and Balloons has created these mantra coloring sheets that are equal parts calm and empowering. You can download her FREE trio of coloring sheets with words like “Be Still” and “Just Breathe” embellished with beautiful floral patterns.

 

Color What You Love

Not seeing what you need? No problem! Jump over to Pinterest and type in something you love, (like coffee) and add in “free coloring printable” and you’ll have a plethora of options to choose from! You can even try to create your own coloring pages with apps like ReallyColor.com! Don’t forget to Follow us on Pinterest for other mindful tips and tricks! 

 

Reboot + Recharge: a 20-Minute “Mini-Meditation” Playlist

Reboot + Recharge: a 20-Minute “Mini-Meditation” Playlist

We’ve got a lot going on in our daily lives. Carving out a few minutes of self-care can sometimes feel like a chore. One of the best ways to tap into your self-care needs is to notice what is happening internally. Use this 20-minute “mini playlist” to help you calm your nervous system so you can reboot and recharge.

{Im}perfect Now: March Featured Playlist

{Im}perfect Now: March Featured Playlist

“Being Uniquely YOU is the New Perfect.”

― Stephanie Lahartced 
This playlist was created with our 2020 whole self theme in mind, specifically on what it means to be perfectly imperfect.  Accepting imperfection can be a freeing experience. A grounding experience. It can also be scary to open yourself up to vulnerability. Each of these songs was picked because of the earthly vibes they bring to mind. Put this on, let your hair down, and know that in this moment, you are ok.

 

Looking for more? You can check out ALL of our curated playlists on our Mind Body Align Spotify. Be sure to follow our page so you get updates when new songs and playlists are added!

Believe in the Beauty of Your Dreams.

Believe in the Beauty of Your Dreams.

Three years from now, what will you celebrate?

 

If anything you wanted were possible, without considering the obstacles, what would it be? These are the questions we, the Mind Body Align team, asked ourselves this past month. The answers were not what we expected and yet they have spurred us into action in ways we hadn’t previously considered. 

You may be thinking, “how do I translate this into my own life?”  You’re probably already busy simply keeping up with your current obligations, which means, you don’t have a ton of extra time to daydream. But what if it wasn’t just a dream? What if you asked yourself these important questions and discovered something about yourself that allowed you to take an important step toward living that dream?

 

That’s not possible.

 

At first, the process may seem daunting. Your internal voices made up of habits and beliefs will chime in and tell you, “hey, wait….thats not possible because of….” and then if those thoughts go unexplored, you may believe them to be the truth. But what if you pushed back against those voices of doubt? What could you achieve if self-imposed limitations weren’t a factor?  MBA Founder + Life Coach, Annamarie Fernyak, offers her insight on the process. 

 

 

Annamarie’s 5 steps to living a life of infinite possibilities: 

 

1) Notice a dream or desire that you eliminated based on beliefs, habits, limitations, and obligations.

2) Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Do the work and be introspective; inquire into the nature of your choice.

3) Ask yourself the question: What about this dream is important to me?  This question will help explore and discover the value that you are honoring if you live this dream? Then ask the question: What is it about my beliefs, limitations, and obligations that are important to me? This will flush out the value you are honoring by living your belief, limitation, or obligation. Both the desire (the dream) and the expectations or responsibilities (habits, beliefs, obligations) are essential to discovering and understanding your values. Get to know your values so that you can make choices that support you in living your best life

4) Set the intention to listen to your “I cant’s” (“I can’t” usually sounds like, “living in Italy has been a dream of mine, but…” ) and, open your perspective to allow for more possibility and greater potential. A first step is to substitute the “but” in your language for the word “and”.

5) Be authentic! You are given your dreams and desires for a reason; allow you to be you.

 

 

You can read more about infinite possibilities in the blog post where these steps first appeared. You can also follow Annamarie on Instagram at @MindfullyAnnamarie

Looking for more mindfulness tips + techniques?

Join Annamarie, and our awesome staff of Mindfulness Educators,

at our monthly Mindfulness 101 class!

 

 

3 Quick Tips to Start Practicing Self-Love Now!

3 Quick Tips to Start Practicing Self-Love Now!

Self-love is about being more committed to your happiness than to your suffering in every single moment.”- Nitika Chopra

 

 

We all know that love is the main topic of discussion in February. Everywhere we turn we see hearts, candy, and cards reminding us to honor our loved ones with a token of appreciation, which is a lovely sentiment.  While you’re contemplating the perfect way to tell someone else how much you care,  don’t forget to tune into your own heart. Here are a few ways you can carve out moments of love for yourself:

Wake with a grateful heart.

 

Before your feet even touch the floor, take a moment to acknowledge what you are grateful for such as your health, your bed, etc.

Start your morning with an affirmation.

 

When sipping your coffee or washing your face try saying to yourself something like, “I am loved,” or ” Today I am capable of so much.”

Nourish your mind + body.

 

At lunchtime, fill up your water bottle and put on your favorite calming playlist or podcast. Take this moment to recharge and center yourself.

 

Looking for more opportunities to practice self-love?

 

Check out our podcast, Second Sip, which is a continuation of our wise-women conversations at MBA.

You may also enjoy our Girls Night In events.