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Easy Guide to an Easy Mind

By August 30, 2021October 29th, 2021No Comments

A well-being journal filled with ideas from Young People about things they do to relax, distress and generally cheer themselves up!

The journal doesn’t aim to tell young people ‘how to be happy’, but shares ideas from young people of their favourite things to do, while leaving space for users of the journal to create their own lists or activities that fit with the different sections. Some of them are simple and easy to do, like a playlist of feel good songs or think about the simple pleasures that we do day to day, while other section help us to think about how to get a good night’s sleep.

‘An Easy Guide to an Easy Mind’ is available here for free download

The design of the book tries to bring a personal scrapbook type look to it. Hours were spent cutting out letters from magazines to create page headings, and old typewriter was found to try give it an old look. The girls worked with an artist who helped them with the design, but also by bringing to life the girl’s ideas for a little cartoon figure (called Alan) who would pop up from time to time (including to the cover) to offer some tips.  So if the journal isn’t always the most slick professional looking book of all time,  this is (mostly) done on purpose.

If you like mindfullness colouring books, then we have a drawing especially done for the journal by Deirdre Burke, a local artist from Arklow who worked with the girls.

We would encourage you to share the journal, or links to this page if you think it might be of use to your friends

The Creators of the Journal

How do you cheer yourself up? Is there something you do that just helps to wash away the stresses of the day?

It was from a conversation around those questions that a Young Women’s Group from The Vault Youth Centre in Arklow put together a small journal called ‘An Easy Guide To An Easy Mind’.

The design of the book tries to bring a personal scrapbook type look to it. Hours were spent cutting out letters from magazines to create page headings, and old typewriter was found to try give it an old look. The girls worked with an artist who helped them with the design, but also by bringing to life the girl’s ideas for a little cartoon figure (called Alan) who would pop up from time to time (including to the cover) to offer some tips.  So if the journal isn’t always the most slick professional looking book of all time,  this is (mostly) done on purpose.

 

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