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The Mindful Kind

The Mindful Kind, hosted by Rachael Kable, shares exciting insights into mindfulness journeys and provides listeners with simple and effective practices to incorporate into their own lives.
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Dec 28, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 110 of The Mindful Kind podcast, featuring ten tips to help you start the New Year more mindfully!

Tip 1 is to wake up in the morning and before you jump out of bed, just absorb the moment.

Tip 2 is to do a journaling practice. You could listen to episode 40 of The Mindful Kind podcast, called Mindful Journaling, for more ideas on this if you like, but a simple technique is just to get a blank page and try to let your thoughts flow on to it. 

Tip 3 is to eat something mindfully. 

Tip 4 is to set yourself a goal (you might like to listen to the goal setting series of the podcast starting from episode 81) and then every time you work towards that goal, do so mindfully. 

Tip 5 is to do a body scan. 

Tip 6 is to use a breathing technique. 

Tip 7 is to stretch your body. 

Tip 8 is to mindfully nourish your body with water. 

Tip 9 is to use an aromatic mindfulness tool, for example, a candle, a meal, beauty products, dishwashing liquid (as you wash the dishes), or flowers.

Tip 10 is to use an affirmation.

I hope you have a wonderful start to the New Year! 

Dec 21, 2017

Welcome to episode 109 of The Mindful Kind podcast about dealing with the unexpected. 

In this episode, discover my top four strategies for experiencing challenging moments and moving forward, including:

  • Take a quick break before you react
  • Ask yourself "what is the best way I can handle this?"
  • Bring yourself back into the present moment and take things one step at a time
  • Acknowledge your feelings and practice self-compassion

If you would like to follow me on social media, you can find me @rachaelkable.

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind!

Dec 14, 2017

Welcome to episode 108 of The Mindful Kind podcast!

This episode is all about The Mindful Christmas Challenge and I'm super excited to share it with you:)

Don't forget to join me on Instagram @rachaelkable and Facebook to see my daily posts about The Challenge and be sure to watch The Mindful Kind Video Blog 5 when it goes live on Youtube on December 15th! Subscribe to my channel to stay up to date: https://www.youtube.com/c/rachaelkable 

Also, if you're taking part in The Mindful Christmas Challenge via social media, be sure to tag me and use the hashtag #mindfulxmas

The Challenge will begin on 18th Dec, but feel free to join in whenever you like. 

Day One (Dec 18th):  Make a Christmas card and write a kind note inside

Day Two (19th Dec): Do a random act of kindness and notice how it feels

Day Three (20th Dec): Wrap a gift mindfully

Day Four (21st Dec): Make a delicious Christmas treat

Day Five (22nd Dec): Go on a Christmas lights adventure

Day Six (23rd Dec): Take a Christmas photo

Day Seven (24th Dec): Spend time with the people or animals you care about

If you would like to see the blog post about The Mindful Christmas Challenge, head over here: www.rachaelkable.com/blog/the-mindful-christmas-challenge

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind!

Dec 6, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 107 of The Mindful Kind podcast and the final episode of the mini-series about communication!

This episode is all about how to move on from challenging communication, when you may be feeling hurt, upset, sad, or vulnerable. 

I share tips such as being honest about how you're feeling with someone who can support you, engaging in self-care, respecting your needs and boundaries, and more!

I've also created a wrap up blog post of the communication series, where you can download a 20-page workbook filled with tips, strategies and activities (for free!). Here is the link: www.rachaelkable.com/blog/the-communication-series 

Don't forget to check out The Mindful Kind podcast on Spotify and be sure to listen to my interview with Katherine Mackenzie-Smith on The League of Extraordinary Introverts:) 

If you would like to support The Mindful Kind podcast on Patreon, head over to www.patreon.com/themindfulkind 

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind! 

Nov 29, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 106 of The Mindful Kind podcast and the sixth episode in the mini-series about communication!

In this episode, you'll discover more about communicating effectively with yourself, which means being able to listen to your thoughts, feelings, wants and needs (and nurturing all those things!). 

The strategies covered in this episode include:

To subscribe to my newsletter, head over to: http://www.rachaelkable.com/newsletter-sign-up 

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind!

Nov 23, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 105 of The Mindful Kind podcast and episode 5 of the mini-series about communication!

In this episode, you'll discover simple ways to practice communicating, including:

  • Using social media (with 4 top tips!)
  • Letter writing
  • Walking and talking
  • Sparking conversations with strangers
  • Creating meaningful communication habits

Don't forget to check out The Mindful Kind Video Blog: https://www.youtube.com/c/rachaelkable

And be sure to subscribe to The Mindful Kind podcast on Spotify!

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind. 

Nov 15, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 104 of The Mindful Kind podcast and the fourth episode in the communication mini-series. 

This episode is all about encouraging others to communicate by:

  • Creating supportive environments
  • Asking open-ended questions
  • Engaging in active listening
  • Offering positive rewards for communication efforts
  • Exploring outside normal comfort zones
  • Being non-judgemental

I'd also like to reassure people that learning to communicate is a work in progress and it's great to learn and grow along the way.

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind!

 

Nov 9, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 103 of The Mindful Kind podcast and the third episode in the mini-series about communication!

In this episode, I've shared all my top tips for public speaking (by the way, I was terrified of public speaking for a really long time!).

1 // Feel whatever you need to feel and try to be non-judgemental

2 // Make decisions in advance (such as what you'll wear, how you'll travel to the event etc)

3 // Prepare for the possibility of forgetting your words

4 // Use memory tools, such as note cards, slides, or a workbook

5 // Use a mnemonic device

6 // Include interactive sections

7 // Start with something simple to talk about

8 // Use your hands

9 // Make eye contact

10 // Don't worry if people aren't paying attention

11 // Breathe

12 // Exercise the morning of your presentation

13 // Remember that you probably don't appear as nervous as you feel

14 // Balance out negative thoughts with positive thoughts

15 // Know that what you say matters!

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind!

 

Nov 1, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 102 of The Mindful Kind podcast!

This is the second episode of the mini-series about communication, so if you haven't already, you might like to listen to the episode 101 for an introduction to communication. 

In this episode, you'll discover more about assertiveness, including:

Tip 1 // See the situation from another person's perspective and notice if it would actually be helpful for you to share your real opinion.

Tip 2 // Know that it's ok to change your mind. 

Tip 3 // Try not to take it personally if someone doesn't respond well to your assertiveness. 

Tip 4 // Be assertive as soon as possible to avoid over-thinking it.

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind. 

Oct 26, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 101 of The Mindful Kind podcast and the first episode of my new mini-series about communication! 

First of all, here are the two links I shared for my new video blog and Patreon page:

The Mindful Kind Video Blog- www.youtube.com/c/rachaelkable

The Mindful Kind on Patreon- www.patreon.com/themindfulkind

This episode is about communication and the role it can play in our everyday lives. 

I share some examples of how my attitude towards communication has changed over the last few years and how I go out of my way to practice communicating. 

You'll also find out how to connect with others if you're feeling alone via helplines and support groups. Just a quick reminder that some great helplines in Australia include Beyond Blue, Lifeline, Relationships Australia, Mensline Australia and the Anxiety Recovery Centre. 

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind!

Oct 19, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 100 of The Mindful Kind podcast! I'm so excited!:) 

In this episode, discover 10 big lessons I've learned from my time as a podcaster. 

1: Just because you think you can't do something, doesn't mean it's true. 

2: Encourage yourself and engage in positive self-talk.

3: Do things your own way!

4: Embrace challenge and celebrate efforts. 

5: Focus on your values and intentions during times of stress and uncertainty. 

6: Always be open to learning more about yourself. 

7: Make a positive impact on the world. 

8: Keep your expectations open. 

9: Judgements can hurt (and not just in the way you might expect!).

10: Follow your heart:) 

Be sure to check out my brand new video blog, now available on Youtube! I'll be sharing even more about mindfulness and I'm so excited to connect with everyone via this wonderful new platform. You can check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCjQWFBfUV0

And be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel so you won't miss any videos!:)

I hope you have a wonderful, mindful week. 

Oct 12, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 99 of The Mindful Kind podcast about exercise and mindfulness!

In this episode, I share some of my thoughts and beliefs about exercise and how they've changed over the years. For example, I used to feel like exercise was a chore on my to-do list, when I now look forward to the many positive impacts exercise has to offer. 

I also talk about 3 different connections between mindfulness and exercise:

1- Mindfulness encourages us to learn to listen to our bodies. To slow down and nurture our needs and also to rise to new challenges when we're able.

2- Mindfulness helps us connect more with our bodies and be present while we exercise (rather than wish it was over or count down time!).

3- Exercise presents many great opportunities to be mindful as it creates many sensations in our bodies which we can then pay attention to.

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind.  

 

Oct 5, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 98 of The Mindful Kind podcast. 

In this episode, I announce two exciting pieces of news:

1- I was recently interviewed on The Slow Home podcast with Brooke McAlary! You can listen in via iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or the website here: http://slowyourhome.com/199/ 

2- My blog was selected as a finalist in the Bupa Blog Awards:) If you would like to vote for me, please head over here: http://www.theblueroom.bupa.com.au/blogawards 

In this episode, I chat about simple self-care practices for time-poor people. Practices include:

-listening to happy or calming music

-appreciating good moments in life

-asking for help and support 

-eating nutritious food

-committing to getting good rest

-practicing mindfulness and meditation regularly 

It can also be really helpful to take small steps towards bigger goals and focus on one thing at a time. 

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind. 

Sep 28, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 97 of The Mindful Kind podcast and the third (and final) episode of the grief and loss series. 

You'll discover the remaining stories sent in by my community about their experiences with grief and loss, including their best tips on how to get through these challenging times. 

Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved with this personal podcast episode (including those who shared their stories and feedback and everyone who has listened!). 

I'm so grateful that this podcast has allowed me to delve deep into a topic which can be hard to talk about in everyday life- especially when support and open-mindedness are such important aspects of many people's healing processes.

I hope you enjoy listening!

Have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind. 

Sep 21, 2017

Hello and a warm welcome to episode 96 of The Mindful Kind podcast and part two of the grief and loss episodes. 

Discover more real stories from my listeners about their experiences with grief and their advice for getting through it. 

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who shared their stories, as well as the amazing listeners who shared their kind and thoughtful feedback about the first episode. I'm so glad it has opened up a wider dialogue for a topic which can be swept under the rug sometimes, and that people are now feeling less alone in their grief. 

As always, please seek support if this episode triggers any challenging emotions or memories. 

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind. 

Sep 14, 2017

Welcome to episode 95 of The Mindful Kind podcast, a very special episode created by some of my wonderful listeners. 

This episode is about grief and loss and it contains real stories and tips from people who have experienced powerful, heart breaking and incredibly moving stories. 

Please note that I have marked this episode as explicit because it does deal with a few heavier topics and I highly encourage you to listen at your own pace and seek support if you need it. 

I truly am so thankful to everyone who shared their stories- this episode means a lot to me and I hope it will be comforting for anyone experiencing grief to listen to and know they aren't alone. 

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind. 

Sep 7, 2017

Welcome to episode 94 of The Mindful Kind podcast and the final episode of the life balance mini-series!

Discover some of my favourite life balance resources, including:

The Life Plan by Shannah Kennedy (book)

Episode 123 of the Ultimate Health podcast featuring Jonathan Fields

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (movie)

About Time (movie)

101 Inspirations for Your Journey by Meredith Gaston (book)

I also wanted to say a special thank you to everyone who has left a review on Podbay- I absolutely loved reading all your kind and thoughtful words!

You might like to come and find me on Instagram (@rachaelkable) to keep up with my adventures:) 

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind.

Aug 31, 2017

Discover more about mindfulness and life balance, including how we can sometimes sabotage our happiness in life by wishing time away and waiting for a "perfect" future. 

Here are a few tips for being mindful of life balance:

Practice gratitude

  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Create a gratitude jar
  • Read 365 Thank Yous (John Kralik)

Become more aware of your needs

  • Listen to what your body needs
  • Take care of your mental health
  • Practice self-care
  • Engage in different life areas

If you would like to support The Mindful Kind, please head to www.rachaelkable.com and follow the link to donate!

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind. 

Aug 24, 2017

Welcome to episode 92 of The Mindful Kind podcast and episode 3 of the life balance mini-series!

You might like to check out my blog post about life balance protectors and disruptors (you'll also discover three simple tips for finding time for self-care): http://www.rachaelkable.com/blog/life-balance-disruptors-and-protectors

In this episode, you'll learn about three major challenges when trying to find time for self-care, including stressful thoughts, not having enough money, or having people in your life who don't understand why your self-care time is so important. 

You'll also find out why being mindful during self-care can help you make the most of your time. 

If you would like to support The Mindful Kind podcast, please head over to www.rachaelkable.com and follow the link to donate- I truly appreciate the support and there are many cool things you can get in return:) 

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind!

Aug 17, 2017

Welcome to episode 91 of The Mindful Kind podcast and episode 2 of the mini-series about life balance!

In this episode, discover more about the roles of life balance protectors and disruptors, including my personal experiences with both of them. 

I hope this episode shows you new ways to think about balancing your life and equips you with a few ideas for increasing the balance protectors you can use on a regular basis. 

You'll also hear more about how mindfulness can be a great balance protector!

I hope you enjoy the episode and have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind. 

Aug 10, 2017

Welcome to episode 90 of The Mindful Kind podcast and the first episode of the new mini-series about life balance!

The first activity in this episode is the Wheel of Life exercise (originally created by Paul Meyer). You can easily download a template online, or create your own!

  • Brainstorm your most important life areas
  • Draw a circle and divide it into sections (like a pizza)- approximately 6-10 slices
  • Label the slices with life areas, such as relationships, self-care, work, finances etc
  • Colour in the slices depending on how satisfied you are with the corresponding life areas

Set goals based on your Wheel of Life to bring more balance into your life. For more inspiration about goal setting, listen to episodes 81-86 of The Mindful Kind podcast. 

Remember that life balance isn't necessarily about splitting time equally! Being mindful can help us spend more quality time on our important life areas, while helping us realise when things have fallen out of balance. 

You can also journal to gain new perspectives on the balance in your life. 

Head over to www.rachaelkable.com for more mindfulness inspiration and you can also donate to support The Mindful Kind podcast!

Also, here is the link to my article on the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/well/mind/how-to-be-mindful-when-you-have-seasonal-allergies.html

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind. 

Aug 3, 2017

Welcome to episode 89 of The Mindful Kind podcast about cultivating self-worth. 

This episode is a follow on from episode 87 of The Mindful Kind about dealing with challenging relationships. Something I talked about was how building self-worth can help us deal with relationships and I thought I would dive a little deeper into that in this episode!

First of all, you'll hear some of my own experiences with having low self-worth and why I decided I wanted to improve it.

I mentioned some books which I found really insightful and helpful on this journey, including:

- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

- Quiet by Susan Cain

- You can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

Here are my two top tips for improving self-worth:

TIP 1 // Stop outsourcing your self-worth

Look at how you might be outsourcing your self-worth and choose instead to appreciate your personality, choices, individuality etc. 

TIP 2 // Use affirmations

Affirmations help us train our brains to think in new and more positive ways. For a great resource, check out Louise Hays website at: www.louisehay.com 

My latest interview was on the Live Immediately podcast with Mike Campbell (episode 49). 

And don't forget you can support The Mindful Kind podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/themindfulkind

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind!

Jul 27, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 88 of The Mindful Kind podcast!

In this episode, you'll hear all about my podcasting journey and an exciting announcement about my Patreon page at www.patreon.com/themindfulkind

Discover how "The Mindful Kind" came to be, some of the challenges and achievements I've experienced and how mindfulness has supported me throughout the journey. 

From 6 hours trying to record the first episode (and almost throwing in the towel!) to reaching thousands of people worldwide and surpassing a million downloads, I'll be sharing an honest look at podcasting and how it's changed my life.

I hope you enjoy listening and don't forget to check out my Patreon page for exclusive bonus episodes, transcripts and more:)

I hope you have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind. 

Jul 20, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 87 of The Mindful Kind podcast!

In this episode, I'm answering the most common question my listeners ask me, which is how to deal with challenging people. 

So, here are my top 5 tips:

1 // Acknowledge how you feel and show yourself some self-compassion. 

2 // Remember that your perspective/experience isn't the same as anyone's else's.

3 // Communicate! You might like to revisit episodes 24 and 60 for tips on mindful listening and communication. 

4 // Build you own confidence and sense of self-worth. To read an article I wrote on this topic, head to: www.rachaelkable.com/blog/mindful-and-powerful-confidence-tips

5 // Have a safe way to debrief (and don't send texts or emails about other people!). 

I hope you enjoy the episode and have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind:)

Jul 13, 2017

Hello and welcome to episode 86 of The Mindful Kind podcast (and the final episode of the goal-setting mini series). 

In this episode, you'll discover some simple (but fun!) ways to celebrate your goals, efforts and achievements. 

Tip 1 // Track your goals and set up a reward system

Choose fun ways to reward yourself for the goals you achieve by keeping track of your achievements via an app, journal, or other tracker. If you would like to download a free tracker I created, then click here to subscribe to my newsletter (this free tracker is part of a workbook which also includes an epic list of reward ideas and affirmations you can use when you achieve your goals!).

Tip 2 // Record all the steps towards your goals in a journal

Write about the achievements, the challenges, how you overcame those challenges, and anything else meaningful to you. 

Tip 3 // Use affirmations and positive thoughts, such as "I'm doing really well and I'm proud of myself."

You'll also discover some interesting research by Lepper and Green about their intrinsic versus extrinsic motivations in children. 

I hope you enjoy the episode and have a wonderful week, Mindful Kind!

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