Your loyal Mindful Maniac here, with all of a sudden– gasp– a huge chunk of glorious free time, since it is that amazing time of year that rhymes with schmoliday schmrake! (Holiday Break). I must admit, at first the rapid switch between schedule-runneth-over-mode to dream-amount-of-lounging around time kind of threw my brain for a loop. But once I reminded myself “no no, Hales, this is a good thing to have unstructured time,” I decided to welcome all these newfound minutes and hours as a precious opportunity to get a lot of self-care and me-time-in. And hopefully a spike in blog posts come out of that 😉
Today’s DIY trick was inspired by the notion that as busy, bustling, human beings, we sometimes need REMINDERS to slow down, or be in the moment, or go easy on ourselves. So then I started pondering- where is one most likely to get reminders from? I had a professor who once recommended we put words of affirmation on our mirrors. I once had a Lyft driver who had taped notecards with messages of positivity across every square inch of available space between his steering wheel and dashboard. While these ideas certainly made an impression, I was looking for something a little less Stuart Smalley, (SNL fans, anyone?) a little more just-between-me-and-the-universe.
In considering which physical objects I interact with on a daily basis, it dawned on me that I open and close my wallet multiple times throughout the day– whether it’s getting out my Clipper card, putting away my Clipper card, or retrieving my credit card to purchase yet another Contigo coffee thermos from Amazon. If one considers the anatomy of the wallet, you’ll notice there are pockets upon pockets to tuck a little note to yourself without it falling out.
So here’s my DIY mindfulness & self care pitch (because depending on your message, it could fall under either category) : Make yourself a wallet-sized-just-for-you-note and tuck it in your wallet so that it grabs your attention during your most multi-tasking, in-transit moments of the day. The card can contain anything from a collage of images to a tiny-handwritten note to yourself to several words that sum up what you wish you were reminded of more often. Here’s the nitty-gritty below:
DIY: Make Yourself a Wallet-Sized Mindfulness Card
Why: Because happiness/self-care/mindfulness/be-in-the-present reminders are just as important as calendar reminders
Cost: Under five dollars, depending on what you have to pick up from CVS/Walgreens; Free if you have all the materials needed.
Time required: Two minutes or twenty minutes, depending on how crafty you get
Materials Needed: Index card (or cardstock or posterboard material); scissors; pen…Optional: Images of your choice, decorative accents like colored marker or stickers
Some mantras to get you started: Not sure what to write to your future self as in-between-reminders? Here’s a list of some of my favorite phrases or mantras:
- You are doing enough
- The lyrics to Three Little Birds
- There’s no wrong answer here
- Hakuna Matata
- Perfection is the enemy of progress
- The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step
- You are allowed to be a masterpiece and a work-in-progress simultaneously.
- Be present
- Be here now
- Leap and the net will appear.
- Throw Kindness around like Confetti
- Treat yo self
- Be yourself–Everyone else is taken.
- Focus on your breath
- She believed she could, so she did
- Be the reason someone smiles today
- You’ve got this
- What a wonderful world
- With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? (Oscar Wilde)
And then there’s the one that I think I’ll add to my notecard: Invincible AF (I’ve got one heck of a Winter & Spring 2018 coming up, between going back to grad school while maintaining this first-year-teacher role, working full time, and training for a half marathon)
Instructions: Pick your mantra/reminder/message-to-you. Cut your paper down to credit-card-size. Write your mantra/reminder/message-to-you. Decorate as desired. stick someplace in your wallet that you know you will see. This one’s important! Don’t let it get shoved behind the business card of your boss from your first internship (if you’re like me and have a hard time getting rid of things).
If you could remind yourself of something every day, what would it be?
Yours in mindfulness & self care,