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It's December 1st and officially the festive period. But sometimes with the run up to Christmas, the social events and scramble to buy presents for all your loved ones things can get a bit stressful. So this week we looked at the emerging trend of Mindfulness Stationery, what it is and how it can help you relax over the busy festive period.
What is Mindfulness Stationery?
You may have already heard of this concept with the rise in popularity of adult colouring books and meditation apps, but mindfulness isn't something foreign or exotic. We practice mindfulness everyday when we take a second to collect our thoughts or write an extract in our diary to reflect on our day. In essence mindfulness is being present to the world around you but also, focusing on one single task, which is harder said than done!
How to Use Mindfulness Stationery?
Get off your computer and put pen to paper!
It may be simply purchasing an adult colouring book or a new drawing pad that allows you to focus on doodling and forget the stresses of everyday life. Whatever single activity you find relaxing and interesting it's important to find time for it at least once a week.
A very simple, and one of our favourite ways to incorporate mindfulness stationery into your daily routine is via a bullet journal. By keeping a track of your events and tasks bullet journaling using very quick points and lists provides clarity and planning to your routine.
One way of practicing mindfulness is by being present and not letting the chaos of the outside world get to you. By planning your day in your bullet journal you can differentiate between the urgent tasks and those that you can complete at a later date, meaning that your mind doesn't become fogged by endless to do lists.
Why use it?
With most of us spending hours working on a screen everyday mindfulness stationery allows you to put pen to paper and focus on one thing, rather than all the tasks you've got left to complete.
One mindfulness technique you could practice is to write a gratitude journal. Making a simple list in your diary of things that your grateful for that day, allows you to put any negative experiences into perspective and remember the things that make you happy. It doesn't have to be extraordinary either, if you're grateful for a really good cup of tea you had that day or that you found that free parking space right outside your house, that's fine, you can write down anything you want.
By writing down or colouring and focusing one task you can instantly get clarity and set a plan for the rest of the week, so everything becomes less stressful and more manageable.
We love Mindfulness Stationery because...
It's so easy to use! Pick up a journal you already own or a dot grid book from us and note down your activities. Alternatively you could doodle or colour in for just five minutes a day to escape from the mundane daily activities that we all have to do.
We find that by putting pen to paper and focusing on one thing for even just ten minutes we allow ourselves to relax and think up new ideas that we just can't replicate when we're busy on our computers or tablets.
If you're interested in Mindfulness check out the following links that we think give you lots more information and techniques to practice:
Mindful.org - For mindfulness writing techniques
Psychology Today - For tips on how to create mindful doodles
The Mighty.com - A real life account on how mindfulness stationery has helped everyday life.
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