Mindful Monday: Purposeful Planner

 Mindfulness: being present in every moment, without judgement.

One of my favorite quotes to live by. Over the past year, I have been practicing mindfulness in ways that work for me. Something I have needed for awhile was a good planner to help me stay mindful. I needed something that would ease my anxiety and stress by keeping my thoughts and my life as organized as possible. I tried a few different planners and they never were enough. I tried several bullet journals but they were too much for me to do and I found myself stressing over creating it. Not helpful.

When I found Corie Clark planners, I was really hopeful they would be what I have been needing. When I first got my planner, I was really excited looking through it thinking “this is perfect!” And that it is! I did not realize how helpful it would become though.

The Corie Clark planners are all about living your life on purpose, simply. That sounds just like something I would love! These planners include 18 months chock-full of good stuff to not only keep you organized, but help you remain mindful and stress-free! There are sheets for goals, menu planning, budget, a task list, and daily plan-sheets that have everything you could ever possibly need to track!

These planners have helped me stay on top of menu planning and grocery shopping. They have made it incredibly simple to track my water intake, my to-do lists, even my monthly dreams and goals. It’s so important to keep track of all these things, but without the right way to do it all, it can be stressful to figure out the best way to stay on top of things.

Another thing I love so much about my purposeful planner, is that it goes along with a minimalist lifestyle. This planner truly is my key to staying organized and on top of things.

xo, Chels

**this is a sponsored post. I would never share anything that I didn’t fully believe in and use myself.

Mindful Monday: Manipura Chakra

Well, It’s Thursday, but who says that means I can’t share a #mindfulmonday post? Ha! Things have been really hectic in my life lately, and it’s definitely showing here. I appreciate that you are all still here though, and still supporting me. Although I don’t always have enough time to blog, I really enjoy it and love that I get to share it with all of you!

Today I wanted to share a little bit about the solar plexus chakra, also known as Manipura.

Location: Solar plexus

Chakra meaning: regulates fears, sense of personal power, and gut feelings. Connects to the ego.

Off balance: Low self-confidence, confusion, depression.

Color: Yellow

Affirmations: I do enough. I am more than enough. I accept myself and stand with confidence in my personal power. I respect myself.

Foods: lemon, turmeric, banana, pineapple.

Element: Fire

Aromatherapy: burning candle is best: lemongrass, fennel, lemon, lime.

Tips to Balance:

1. wear yellow

2.try some yoga poses: bow and fish pose are great for this!

3.use affirmations first thing in the morning, and before bed.

4.try this journal prompt: What are your favorite things about yourself and why?

If you are feeling up to it, share number 4 in the comments!

xo. Chels

MINDFUL MONDAY: SACRAL CHAKRA

Moving up into the next chakra: svadhishthana, also known as sacral chakra. Let’s dive right in!

SACRAL CHAKRA

Location: 2″ below belly button

Chakra meaning: The sacral chakra is all about emotions, sexuality, and creativity.

Off balance: Jealousy, guilt, possessive behavior, body shame, depression.

Color: Orange

Affirmations: I acknowledge my uniqueness. I am a creative being. I attract only nurturing relationships. My senses are alive, and well connected. I embrace my life with passion and joy. I am a radiant, strong, beautiful, and healthy being.

*tip: I think that saying these affirmations in the mirror is extremely powerful! Give it a try both ways so you can see (and feel!) the difference.

Aromatherapy: Orange, bergamot, clary sage, geranium, jasmine, rosewood. Best used in a bath or shower, as sacral chakra is associated with water!

Foods: Almonds, oranges, pumpkin, mangoes, coconut, melon, papaya.

Nature Element: Water, being in or by water. A bath works great! Sometimes even increasing your water intake is very helpful.

Yoga Sequence to Clear Sacral Chakra

MINDFUL MONDAY: ROOT CHAKRA

Good morning! I want to start diving into the chakra system for some of the mindful monday posts. Naturally, I will start from the roots (get it? I know, I have lame jokes!) with the ROOT CHAKRA.

Root Chakra

Location: Base of the spine/tailbone

Chakra meaning: The root chakra is your power base. Your ability to feel grounded, safe, and secure.

Off Balance: If your root chakra is off, you will notice things like low energy. alienated, anger, low self-esteem, lower back pain.

Color: Red

Affirmations: I am safe in this moment. I am secure in this moment. I am grounded in this moment. I trust more, and fear less. I belong to this world. I have all that I need in this moment. I am at peace.

Aromatherapy: cedar wood, ginger, clove, and patchouli. Earthly scents.

5 WAYS TO CLEAR YOUR ROOT CHAKRA

1.Spend time in nature.

2.Try these yoga poses: tadasana (mountain pose), uttanasana (forward fold), balasana (child’s pose).

3. Refelxology: get a foot massage, or try it out yourself. Rub the inner part of your heels.

4. Find a guided grounding meditation that you enjoy. Tip: sit with your legs folded on the floor to feel more grounded and get more out of your meditation.

5.Practice visualization techniques. One of my favorites is one I taught to a group when I was teaching yoga a few years ago. Imagine your legs filled with cement, holding you firmly to the earth. Imagine your root chakra spreading outside of your body, growing strong, thick roots into the ground, connecting you firmly to the earth.

Favorite online yoga for grounding/the root chakra: Yoga by Adrienne is my favorite and I turn to this anytime I feel I need a guided practice. She is amazing!

One more thing I would like to add, for all of you who like to journal. Here is a great prompt: Are there any belief patterns that still influence you that are no longer valid?

This is also something I like to often stop and ask myself (post-partum anxiety, you guys). Then I get the chance to really acknowledge that what I am feeling is possibly not valid and not something my energy needs to be put toward. For example, today I went for a run. Outside. Alone. In broad daylight. I was terrified for my life… but why?! I live in an incredibly safe town, and it was 2pm. I was fine. I stopped mid-run and thought, “is this valid, or is this my anxiety?” Anxiety. And it’s a liar! (J Harshe! xoxoxoxo) I was able to keep going and felt great after!

My root chakra is off balance, and I am working to get it back on balance. How do you think yours is? Have you ever worked on balancing your chakras? Please share your story in the comments, on Instagram, and you know you can always email me too!

Thank you for reading, and have a super-grounded Monday 😉

xo, Chels

MINDFUL MONDAY: MINDFUL EATING

Happy Monday, everyone! I know the majority of people don’t love that saying, because they don’t like Mondays. But Monday’s are great! There is something that feels so lively and fresh about a Monday that I always look forward to. I have made Monday’s into focusing on being mindful, in every way. Monday’s are usually when I’m implementing new habits and ideas, and it’s something I always look forward to doing.

I’ve been trying really hard lately to practice mindful eating. If you don’t know what that is (I didn’t!!) then stick with me here for a moment while I explain! Mindful eating is basically the act of taking time to be present with your meal, to digest your meal, and to enjoy the experience of nourishing your body!

Seriously, most days I don’t sit down to eat until dinner! I’m sure other stay st home parents can relate to that. I always feel like I have to be multitasking and eating was always feeling like something I had to squeeze in between folding laundry, playing with my kids, etc. What it always seems to come down to is basic self-care, making sure you eat, making sure you get to use the bathroom when you need to, all things I (and many other mothers) seem to struggle with daily. Mindful eating just goes a bit deeper, giving yourself the time to eat properly, and it truly does make a difference.

The science behind mindful eating: 

  • it takes about 20 minutes after eating for your brain to register satiety (fullness)
  • mindful eating enhances satiation
  • mindful eating can improve immune function
  • it can improve digestion
  • improves gut health, mind function, and lower stress

 

Tips for mindful eating:

  • use your non-dominant hand
  • do NOT multi-task while you are eating
  • use smaller plates and a larger cup for water
  • choose some soothing music to listen to while you eat
  • engage in conversation between bites
  • chew eat bit 20 times
  • close your eyes while you chew, to allow yourself to focus on the food

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Let me know if you guys try this and what you think! It has been life changing for me. I try to eat this way for breakfast or lunch. I am working up to doing it every meal, everyday, but it’s practice! I definitely feel a lot better when I allow myself the time to eat mindfully, and it is soooo worth it!

I also need to say that I have loved hearing from those of you who have been trying out mindfulness, keep the emails coming! I love hearing about your experiences, thoughts, and ideas. I would appreciate hearing more about what you guys want to hear/learn about on the next #mindfulmonday 🙂

xx, Chels

 

MINDFUL MONDAY

“Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it faith. Feed it truth. Feed it with love.”

Good morning beauties! Being mindful can seem really difficult and overwhelming. So today I wanted to share  three easy tips with you guys that will make mindfulness a simple, everyday thing. These are all things I do to try to keep myself as present as possible. It’s still something I’m working on, too!

  1. Put your phone away. How often are your present while scrolling through social media? Never. Obviously, we are all going to be on our phones sometimes (that’s why I’ve chosen to follow people who uplift me and never give me the feeling of being “less than.”) but we need to break away sometimes. Forget about your phone for a few hours and give your kids your full attention, or yourself your full attention. You will be surprised to see how much of a difference forgetting about your phone will make in how present and aware you are!
  2. Send your useless thoughts away. This is something my sweet mother in law is always reminding me to do, and something I personally need to get better  at doing. Each time you have a useless thought (worrying about the future, stressing about the past, or anything negative in general) imagine sending the thought away in a bubble. I think that the biggest part of mindfulness is not to no longer have those thoughts, because we all are, but to recognize when they are happening and let them go as quickly as you can. This is something that will take a ton of practice, but it is so easy to try!
  3. Breathe through your stressful moments. Being stressed is so useless, am I right? Yet, it plagues so many of us, myself included. As you guys know, postpartum anxiety is something I am still struggling with, but this can be used for any stressful moments in anyone’s life! Anytime you are finding yourself lost in your head stressing about things you have no control over, stop and breathe. Try doing the previous tip, and just breathe through it until you feel a little better. This is something we have always done with our kids, and Amelia is really great at it. Anytime she is feeling overwhelmed, or upset, she stops and breathes deeply, then says she feels better! Wise little lady, that one! She is also always reminding those around her to breathe whenever she can sence they are not okay (even baby brother, which is just about the sweetest thing!).

These are all useful, simple things to try everyday, any day, at any time you feel they are needed. In my opinion, the biggest thing is to train yourself to recognize when you are NOT being present, and do your best to move on. It’s not easy, and it takes practice, but we are all in this together, and no one is expecting us to be perfect in any way!

Let me know if you try any of these today, and what you thought about your experience. You can comment here, or contact me on my Instagram!

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xo, Chels