Updated: Jan 21
When we find ourselves outside of our comfort zones, it can be a little overwhelming to know how to respond and bring ourselves back to a calmer state of mind. We are constantly adding tons of tools to our 'emotional toolbox', but how do we keep track of them... especially in moments when we can't necessarily slow down our thoughts?
Think of the things that you often carry with you when you leave the house. Your wallet, a key-chain, money, your ID, etc. The point is, there are all sorts of items we deem as 'necessary' to have on us at all times.
What if we take that same idea and apply it to an object that can provide us with mindfulness tools, in those moments we need them most? Join us today in making Pocket Journals where we can write down grounding techniques, breathing techniques, and mantras. Small in size, yet mighty in reward!
These pocket journals are great for gardeners of all ages to keep in your purse, your car, your children's backpack or even next to your bed.
FOLLOW ALONG WITH OUR VIDEO TUTORIAL OR USE THE WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS BELOW!
First, find two pieces of construction paper. Take one paper, hold it hamburger style (the long side being the vertical), fold in half once and then fold it in half again. Unfold the paper. Now turn your paper so that you are holding it hotdog style (short side is vertical). Fold the paper in half once and then fold it in half again. Unfold the paper. Hold your paper hamburger style, and using your scissors, cut horizontally 3/4 of the way across the first folded line (left to right). Go to the second folded line and do the same thing, but coming from the opposite edge of the paper (right to left). Go to the third folded line and cut it the same as the first folded line (left to right). Go back to the first strip that you cut and locate the first vertical fold. Cut vertically up 3/4 of that first vertical fold. Then fold the paper using and over, under, over, under pattern - almost as you would to make a paper fan. Once you have a small book of rectangular piece, measure a piece of paper to "bind" the book and be sure to apply glue to the spine of your folded papers. Be sure to let it dry and then fill with your favorite techniques!
Here are some of our favorite mini mantras to help induce mindfulness and inner peace:
-Do some petal breathing.
-Drink a glass of cold water.
-Listen to your favorite song.
-Call a friend.
-Take a quick walk.
What are you going to add to your pocket journal? Tag us in your pictures or send us an email!