Hello and welcome to my blog! It’s Friday, and no I won’t push myself to write a poem, just like I didn’t push myself to write a throwback post yesterday. I think it’s a good thing to realize when you need to rest, and as much as I love blogging, juggling it with parenting, opening a business, trying to write a novella, and trying to promote my published books is a bit overwhelming. So im throwing the blogging schedule out of the window and im adjusting my expectations during my sons 26-day vacation. My top priority is mindfulness and wellness. I’m on a wellness journey and this app called Mindtales is helping me step by step.
I use many apps, but for this week, my focus is on Mindtales. I’m trying to build healthy habits and combat negative thinking patterns that are causing my depression by using CBT techniques. I’m very familiar with cognitive behavioral therapy, as I’ve been practicing them and reading about them for year’s, but this app integrated them in a wellness plan that includes meditation.
My wellness journey on Mindtales:
Learn about managing your stress through guided meditation, belly breathing meditation, pleasant activity scheduling, and alternate nostril breathing.
I did them all, but what worked for me the most was guided meditation.
Identifying your negative thinking by putting your thoughts on trial, assessing your core beliefs, body scan meditation, and writing a gratitude journal.
All of these worked for me except thoughts on trial.
Overcoming unhelpful thinking patterns through mindfulness of sound meditation, busting myths about emotions, lowering expectations and having a more realistic outlook, and reviewing values and setting goals in alignment with values.
These were all very helpful methods and they helped my mood by reminding me of what really matters.
Learning to self regulate your emotions by practicing STOP stress buster, silent meditation, scheduling worry time, setting SMART goals, and writing a mood diary.
I only tried silent meditation so far and it wasn’t helpful because I didn’t put headphones on so I could hear the noise of cars and everything. I may try it again with headphones.
I’m thinking of taking a break from the blog for a few days. I’m feeling very overwhelmed and pulled in different directions. I’m probably going to keep writing but I won’t pressure myself to write every day. I will write in my drafts when I get the whim, but I will focus during the coming week on spending quality time with my son, watching movies, working on my shops, sending proposals on Upwork, and finishing my wellness journey on Mindtales.
I will be back just in time to say goodbye to 2021 and to recap what a wonderful blogging year this has been. A lot has happened this year and it’s good to look back and reflect so that you can go forward with a better outlook.
I will be binge-reading blog posts in addition to other things. I will also respond to comments so feel free to say hi but I won’t click post on anything new for a few days (probably a week) because I want to find my natural blogging rhythm.