We are half way through our mini mindfulness challenge and so I thought I would give an overview of some of the posts I have shared. The challenge continues for a further two weeks so come and join us on the Embrace Fertility Facebook page or the secret support group.
A selection of posts and pictures
Day 14: “Yesterday I made a decision which caused upset to others. I did not do so intentionally but still the thoughts that circled my mind today included: “I should have made a better decision.” “I wish I could change it.” “I wish I hadn’t upset them.”
I combine CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) with mindfulness in my courses and one-to-one therapy and I remembered this diagram (shown above) that I created to illustrate how to deal with repetitive negative thinking.
I cannot rewind time and make a different decision but I did have the power to apologise for causing upset and explain why I made the decision that I did.
Applying this simple model to your thinking can help give you perspective and allow you to take creative action.”
Day 12: “If you have not already heard colouring, yes quite literally with crayons, is a great way to relax and be mindful. Weleda do a gorgeous colouring book teamed with five of their gorgeous smelling shower gels. The link? Being mindful while showering. Pay attention to the feel of the water on your skin, the sounds around you and the scent of your shower gel. The mindful colouring pack is currently on sale check it out on my online shop in the Christmas sale section: Visit online store now.
Day 11: First yoga class today – it felt so good to move mindfully. Try mindful walking to get you started.
Day 9: “Ruby Wax’s latest book. I heard her speak on mindfulness a few years back and really enjoyed the way she brings humour to the sad, painful and difficult in our lives.
“Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we invented this concept and now we let it rule us. Ruby Wax shows us how to de-frazzle for good by making simple changes that give us time to breathe, reflect and live in the moment.”
Day 4: “I’ve had a rather tough day with sciatica and my whole leg and back cramping to the point of actually yelping! Mindfulness has been a fantastic tool for tuning in to that pain and helping it to ease. This is an interesting diagram of how mindfulness can help us with the unwanted physical sensations we experience.”
Day 3: “So what is mindfulness? Check out my blog to find out: www.embracefertility.co.uk/what-is-mindfulness/”
What is the challenge?
So I challenged myself to bring mindfulness back into my daily routine and I invited you to join me. Let us each take just 5 minutes a day to sit and do nothing! You can focus on your breath or part of your body. I have recorded a five minute mindfulness MP3 to help you get started as part of your free facility support pack, just Click Here.
It has been proven that by making a public declaration of your intentions you are far more likely to succeed so I invite you to make a declaration either on the Embrace Fertility secret community group page. To join click here and tick box. I will be writing about my own progress on the page and the Embrace Fertility public page.
For how long are we doing this?
I’m posting daily images on my Facebook pages for four weeks and I’m planning to do the Embrace Fertility 5x6x7 challenge. 5 mindful minutes, 6 days a week for 7 weeks. It takes just 7 weeks to form a new habit and since I want mindfulness to be part of my daily routine I know I need to keep at it for a prolonged period of time to rebuild that habit. So what challenge you setting yourself, would you like to join me for a week, a month or the full seven weeks?
I want to really embrace this
If you would like to learn more mindful practices and have the MP3s and exercises to support you then the 4 and 10 week online courses to support those trying to conceive, going through fertility treatments or who are now pregnant following infertility would be perfect. Includes membership to the Embrace – More Mojo online community.
I would have never have got this far without the support from the online group, and the techniques and tools I learnt on the Embrace course. Every time I see a pregnant woman I think “yes please!” No longer do I sob for hours thinking ‘why can’t it be me’, instead I feel warm and happy to know that although my journey is longer than theirs, I will be a better, more balanced person, and a better mother for it.
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Over to you
Are you with me for my mindfulness challenge? Come and join us in the Embrace Fertility support community to join in the conversation and download your free fertility support pack which includes the five minute mindfulness MP3 to get you started.
One to one
I am a cognitive hypnotherapist, NLP and emotional freedom technique practitioner. I offer one to one support on Skype/Facetime and in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK. To read about how cognitive hypnotherapy can benefit you while trying to conceive read ‘Can hypnosis get you pregnant?’. Contact me to book your free 20 minute consultation to discuss how I can support you on your journey to motherhood. Let me know when would be the best time to ring you.