Hellllo there, friends! You've made it to Thursday - hooray! How are those goals going that you set at the beginning of the week? Make sure to take a few moments today to check in with yourself and identify any barriers that may be getting in your way - you've got this :)
Today I'm talking a little bit about mindfulness and a craft to go along with it.
How do you define mindfulness, or being mindful?
For me, I define it as being present in the moment and calmly acknowledging my any thoughts that are buzzing around in my mind. Sometimes it's hard to slow down and be present in our day-to-day lives though, isn't it? We're all so busy with work, school, kids, friends, significant others...the list could go on and on.
I do think it's important to take a break from the craziness each day and take a few moments to slow down and check in with ourselves. These few minutes (or longer if you have it) can look different for everyone. Some people might want to do a breathing exercise (click HERE for a good YouTube video for breathing) during this mini break. Others may want to go for a walk, do yoga, or maybe go outside and just observe something in nature.
Unfortunately, sometimes we aren't able to get outside or go for a walk when we're at work, and as we sit in our desk chairs we can feel the stress of the day building up. So, what can you do at your desk to decrease your stress and take a few moments to check in with yourself?
Make yourself a mindfulness glitter jar.
I know, this may sound a little bit silly, but watching the glitter fall in the jar does seem to have a calming effect that may reduce your stress. I've seen tutorials around the Internet a lot for these and usually the tutorials are targeted for parents to make with their kids. So, if you're a mom or dad and feel that your kid may benefit from these, go for it! I do believe that a person of any age can benefit from this though.
The jar can represent the mind settling (as the glitter settles to the bottom). You can also shake up your glitter jar and do some mindful breathing until the glitter settles.
If you like DIYs and crafting, just making this jar may help decrease your stress! It's a fun little project, so let me tell you how to get the glitter jar started...
For this project you'll need (all of my supplies came from Michael's):
- 1 mason jar
- 2 types of glitter (2 different sizes and any colors you want. I picked blue because I think it's a calming color, with some green and silver as well)
- Clear glue
- Something to stir with - I just used a throwaway chopstick
- Superglue if you want to glue on the mason jar cap to prevent leakage
The steps you'll need to take are:
- Boil enough water to fill your mason jar almost all the way to the top. You'll want to leave about an inch or so to have room to shake up the water.
- Once you've filled up your mason jar with water (be careful, it's going to be HOT, so use oven mitts if needed) you're going to take your clear glue and pour in about 2-3 tbsp. Once you pour it in you'll want to stir it up until you no longer see it. The more glue you put in, the slower the glitter will settle.
- I then let my water cool until it was only about lukewarm. From there, I took my finer glitter and poured in about a tbsp and stirred. I added some of my larger glitter and stirred again. I would say I used about 3-4 tbsp of glitter, but I didn't measure it out. Once you put the first "round" of glitter in, put the cap on and shake it up. If you aren't seeing enough glitter, take off the cap and put more in! You can also add 1-2 drops of food coloring if you want the water to be colored and not clear.
- Once you're happy with the amount of glitter, you can superglue the mason jar cap on to prevent leakage.
Voila! You have a glitter jar that you can keep at your desk. Remember, you can always make a smaller version to keep in your desk drawer at work if you don't want to share your glittery creation with your co-workers (they're definitely going to be jealous).
Let me know if you're going to try out the DIY mindfulness glitter jar, I would love to hear from you :)
See ya tomorrow for Friday Favorites!