Get More Energy: 5 Simple Do’s & Don’ts for Parents & Grandparents

Get More Energy: 5 Simple Do’s & Don’ts for Parents & Grandparents

Who doesn’t want more energy? Especially when you’re trying to keep up with children and grandchildren!

Energy Savers & Energy Drainers

There are two types of energy: (1) energy savers and (2) energy drainers. Of course I would like to always have more energy, so I am always looking for good ways to save energy!

But sometimes, when I am oh so tired, I cannot think straight! I tend to have all my energy drained and don’t know where to regain my energy.

Here comes Jill (Nana)!

This is where my friend, Jill (Nana) enters with 5 refreshing ways to regain energy! Jill is a grandmother and blogger who created www.adventuresatnanaland.com 🙂

As a fellow mom and grandmother, I know what it’s like to need to get more energy!! We all need more energy!! Especially if we want to keep up with our little ones (which is one of my biggest motivators to keep moving and stay in shape)!!

Ready for more energy? Read more…

Need more energy right now?

Dealing with the grandchildren all day or even for an hour can sometimes take it out of me. I get tired, especially in the late afternoon, and my energy level is just zip. . .zilch. . .nada. But then I look at the clock and think, “Oh my giddy aunt! How am I going to make it until their mother gets back??” I’m pooped and in desperate need of a nap. Help!! I’ve got to get more energy quick!

Can you relate?

Low energy creates moodiness, stress and a lack of concentration. None of these things are going to help you when dealing with the grandkids. Chances are, if you don’t get more energy quickly, you are going to be grumpy with them or worse. . .raise your voice and make idle threats (“idle” because you KNOW you won’t go through with it.)

It’s about that time when I start thinking about an energy pick-me-up. Just a little something that will breathe some new life into a tired, old body.

Over the years, I’ve developed a short list of Do’s and Don’ts that I follow when I need to get more energy. So, here is my list of what to do and what not to do.

Let’s start with what NOT to do.

DON’T:

1. Don’t Grab for Sugar!

The first thing most of us think to do is to grab for something sweet as a quick pick-me-up. Don’t do it!! This will only make you more tired and cranky later on. You’ll be more impatient and less mentally clear. That’s not going to work well when dealing with those grandkids.

Actually, the sugar might not even help short term. There is a new study that was just published in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews . These researchers analyzed data from 31 studies and nearly 1,300 people and discovered that sugar does NOT give you more energy or improve your mood. (Although, chocolate really DOES make me happy! 😉Just sayin’.) Their studies showed that ½ hour and also 1 hour after consumption, the sugar actually made things worse.

So, even if chocolate temporarily makes you happy (like it does me), avoid it until after the grandkids are gone home. Then, you can totally reward yourself with chocolate happiness for a job well done!

This “Don’t” includes sugary foods AND drinks. Which brings me to the next one on our list. . .

2. Don’t Chug Down Caffeine!

Another “go to” for most of us is a soda or some other drink with caffeine – Coffee, Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mt Dew. . .pick your poison. You may think this is giving you some energy now, but it will give you bigger regrets later.

What do I mean?

Well, for one, the caffeine raises your blood pressure immediately. According to the Mayo Clinic, the effects are short but dramatic. Let’s face it, none of us need that when dealing with the grandchildren! We need to get more energy NOT have a heart attack!

Besides, if you drink caffeine regularly, this won’t give you the pick-me-up you’re looking for unless you up your game and drink more than usual. On top of all of that, the sugar in a regular drink and the sugar-substitute in a diet drink only plays havoc on your overall health and weight. So, let’s not go there. . .

3. Don’t Sit Down or Lay Down!

Heavens! I know your tired, but don’t do it!

Remember this: Energy breeds ENERGY!

The antidote to being tired and having no energy is to MOVE.

When you sit, you signal your body to relax and make it think that it is time to slow down and take a rest. Nope! Not yet! That’s not the direction you want to go right now. You have to stay awake and alert when your watching the “young uns.”

*A little side note: If you do get the chance to grab a snooze while the kiddos are napping, make it a short power nap. If you try to sleep too long, BAM! You’ll be groggy and slow when you wake up. (Besides, if you accidentally sleep longer than they do, they just may get into the kitchen, spread flour all over the floor and counters, and then try to clean it up with water. Eeeeek! Oh, of course, that’s NEVER happened to me! 😉)

4. Don’t Grab for the Wrong Foods

Carbs, salt and fried foods will get you no where at this stage of the game. Carbs may give you some energy for tomorrow if you’ll be with the kids again, but today, they will just slow you down. Stay away from foods with “empty” calories such as chips, french fries, candy, cookies, and bagged snacks – you know, all the really good-tasting but bad — “waist”ing stuff!

5. Don’t Lose It on the Kids

If you’re anything like me, you LOVE your grandkids, but sometimes they just drive you nuts! Right? Be careful to keep your frustrations intact, because there’s a pretty good chance that you are on a pedestal in your grandkids’ eyes. If you lose your temper or get too angry, you may just crush that image.

Also, keep in mind that it’s probably not alltheir fault that you’re feeling moody, stressed or really tired. Yeah, you can put a little bit of blame on them, but you have to take some responsibility for whatever else is going on to make you feel that way.

Now that we’ve talked about some things not to do, let’s talk about some ways that you can get more energy and/or cut down on some of the stress.

Here’s my quick list of DO’s.

DO:

1. Do Get Moving

Earlier we talked about not sitting down. So the opposite of that would be to get up and get moving. Have a mini dance party with the grandkids. Take the little people out for a walk. Jog up and down a flight of stairs. Or whatever movement you like and will get you going.

The stairs one works well for me as I have a flight of 15 stairs that lead up to my bedroom! Yep, you read that right! It’s a great way for me to wake up a bit. . .and get a little exercise too. 😉 It’s also a great stress reliever to pound up and down those stairs a time or two!

2. Do Try Some Breathing Techniques

Whether you’re tired or stressed, these breathing techniques will literally breathe some new life into the situation. Try one or both of these:

Complete Breath– Get more energy

  • You can do this sitting or lying down (face up)
  • Close your eyes and relax
  • Let out all your breath
  • Take a slow, deep breath in through your nose. Let your chest and stomach expand filling with air (count to 5)
  • Hold your breath (count to 15) and then let it out slowly through your nose pushing out ALL the air (count to 10)
  • Repeat a few times – but be careful, you could get a little light-headed if you do it too many times.

Sounding Breath– Relieve stress

  • Lie down on your back
  • Let out all your breath
  • Breathe in slowly through your nose filling your chest, lungs and abdomen
  • Contract your throat a little and make a soft hissing sound as you let the air completely out of your lungs – make sure it is long and slow
    (Not quite sure how to explain this one exactly, but do your own thing. Just make the exhale long and slow. . .and a bit noisy.)

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3. Do Some Quick Yoga

(Don’t get all nervous. . .You don’t need to know anything about yoga to do this!)

This is a quick energy boost for when the afternoon sleepies come to grab you. Yoga can be super fun for the grandkids to do with you too! Most kids love to do yoga. . .not quite sure why, but they do!

Since this sequence is sooooo easy, the kids can just follow along. They will benefit from the stretching and movement as much as you will. Just let them have fun with it! 

Did I mention that you don’t need to know anything about yoga to do it?

Here is a quick yoga sequence that you can use to boost your energy quickly and relieve any moodiness that may be setting in. You can get the full explanations for each move and download a little graphic that shows the positions.

4. Do Grab the RIGHT Foods

Unlike some of the foods listed above that you should avoid, there are some good foods that will help get more energy to last throughout the afternoon. Try some fresh fruit, mainly bananas and apples. You can also try some nuts or trail mix, veges, yogurt, herbal teas, or hummus. The best thing to do is to keep a “snack” section in your fridge and pantry. The kids will undoubtedly like a snack too, so make it healthy for them as well.

5. Do Stay Hydrated!

I can’t stress this one enough. You might be surprised at how much energy gets zapped from you when you don’t drink enough. Although there are many opinions about just how much water you have each day, it’s safe to say that you probably aren’t drinking enough.

I’ve heard experts say you should drink anywhere from about ½ gallon to a full gallon a day. I don’t know what the right amount is exactly. I’m just going to tell you to increase what you’re doing now if you are low on energy. If regular water doesn’t do it for you, try infusing your water with some fruit or do a flavored water. . .but avoid the ones with added sugar.

Still Need to Get More Energy When Tending the Grandkids?

Last but not least. . .my last tip comes from the mouth of Captain Obvious: 

Get enough sleep!

This isn’t instant energy during the day while you’re tending your grandchildren, but if you know you’re going to be tending, try to get a good night’s sleep the night before. Sleep can cure so many things from bad moods and impatience to some of those nagging health issues.

Getting good sleep is vital to help you get more energy for your day no matter what you’re doing.

Don’t forget that anxiety and stress are energy suckers. Don’t let them ruin the time you have with your precious grandchildren. Relieve those two things with some of the suggestions above, and you will find some instant energy in your day and have plenty to go around for the grandkids too.

Just like your own children, your grandchildren won’t be little for long. Build those relationships by making the most of the time you have together. Don’t let a lack of energy spoil the fun!

Cookies & Milk for Everyone!

Jill is Nana to 14 (soon to be 15) Littles – her grandchildren. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for over 35 years. Over the years, they have magically melded into one entity known to the Littles as NanaPapa.

Jill has helped and inspired hundreds of grandparents navigate and nurture the relationships between adult children and grandchildren through her blog – Adventures in NanaLand

Join Jill, Papa and the Littles in NanaLand to get a free copy of 100+ Activities to Spend Quality Time with Your Grandkids and start building long-lasting memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!

Note from Beth @ MooreWellness.Life

Wow, thank you Nana Jill from Adventures in NanaLand. That was great info for all of us who want to gain more energy!!

I cannot wait to try these tips before and during the next week when I get to play with my grandchildren. I can just see me now… reaching for the instant energy drink and thinking wait, not that one!! Then instead reaching for a glass of water, doing yoga poses, and trying the breathing techniques with my grandbabies. Those were some of my favorite ideas that Jill mentioned.

What about you? What energy saver ideas did you like best? Which ones do you think you’ll try?

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I actually wrote a guest blog article about Self Care for Grandma’s on Nana Jill’s blog – Adventures in NanaLand

For all you moms out there, here’s an article for Mom’s Self Care, including tips on time management & getting self care!!

Speaking of ways to take care of yourself, here’s 5 weeks of self care to help you gain more self care!!

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How Moms Invest in Self Care & Manage Time

How Moms Invest in Self Care & Manage Time

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We all need time to restore, recharge, and rejuvenate to heal, to grow, and to thrive.  We all need more time for more self care, so how do we get it??  Keep reading for great ideas on to help busy moms: how to manage time, take care of yourself, and handle stress.

So how can we find the time to restore your health?
Time to recharge and grow?  Time to rejuvenate and thrive?

Good time management skills can help you be more effective, more productive and live with more meaning.

Struggle with Managing Time & Self Care

The struggle is real: balancing time and self care if difficult!  

Have you felt the struggle?

Can you relate to feeing like there’s not enough hours in the day?

I think I have felt the most overwhelmed when time is limited and I still need to complete a task.  When time is running out, and I feel the pressure to finish the task, that’s when I have lost my temper with my kids or been the most impatient with myself. 

Feeling hurried, being late, and running out of time causes stress on ourselves and on those around us.

Have you felt overwhelmed when running out of time?

I remember as a young mother when I realized that I lost my patience with my children in the mornings as we scurried around trying to get ready for school. Those mornings I was running behind were the times I felt overwhelmed and knew we were going to be late. 

I did not like the way I talked to my kids when I felt hurried, I was not proud of my impatience nor the way I handled the whole ordeal.

My lack of time management and lack of planning caused chaos in scheduling and emotions, as well as hectic relationships.

I would feel so overwhelmed when I felt hurried.  It can be difficult to focus on what’s really important, especially when if may feel like there’s never enough time.

It’s hard to manage time when you’re really tired.

The other aspect that makes it hard to manage time is when I’m really tired. Fatigue causes my brain to be foggy, my emotions to be extra sensitive, and my body to be sluggish.  Many of us struggle with feeing tired and balancing work and rest.

What to do when everything around you is in chaos.

When your responsibilities seem out of control and chaotic, or your dreams seem unattainable, it could be that time management skills could be helpful. 

Setting boundaries with time management can bring order to your goals and help prioritize your to-do list.

How do you protect your time?  Time management skills can help you protect your time for what’s most important in your life.

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Time Management Skills Improve Life Management

Managing your time can help you:

  • Find more free time
  • Reach your goals
  • Improve relationships
  • Increase productivityat work and home
  • Greater satisfactionin life
  • Gain more energy
  • More time for self care and hobbies!

Want more time?

Manage time = Manage self

Time management skills can improve your time for self care, responsibilities, and live your life to the fullest!!

Want more self care?

Ultimate Self Care mini-course includes 9 ways to renew self care!

Managing your time can help you find the time for self care in your daily routine, says Suzanne Brown of Mompowerment.com.  Brown shares time management tips for moms, parents, and any hard-working adults that can help you find more time in your day for self care.

Time Management Tips

  • Time Batching is grouping similar items and focusing on one group at a time. Suzanne uses the Pomodor method of working 25 minutes and taking a 5-minute break. Those breaks can refresh your mind to work harder and faster. For more details on how to block time, read the blog post: Create More Time.
  • Work during Peak efficiency times. Choose to do your best work at your peak time, when you are most efficient. Are you a morning person, if so, choose the morning time to work.  Are you a night person, then maybe working later in the afternoon or evening might be your best time.  Try a few different times and take note when you work more efficiently.
  • Slow cooking can save you time and cleaning, it’s putting a whole meal in one pot and it magically cooks it in a few hours. So by supper time, your meal is all ready. Look at my Pinterest Recipes board for more slow cooking ideas to help you balance work and wellness.
  • Special Toys to keep your little ones busy so you can get things done. This is one of the best tips when you have little children around you who want your time usually when you need to take a phone call or cook supper for your hungry family.

Create Special Toy Time:

Create a special box of toys, and only bring this special box down when you really need uninterrupted time to focus on 1-2 specific tasks.  I used to have a special box at the top of a closet that I would pull out about the time I needed to make supper and return phone calls.

It doesn’t work if you pull down the special box more than once a day, then it’s not really special, it’s just a part of their everyday toys.  Save this special box for a special time for your children and yourself.

This way, this special toy box is reserved for special play time.  You will get time for specific uninterrupted tasks and your children will get their special play time.

Consider this as self care for your children, they will love it when you bring out these special toys for your children.

Special Toys Ideas:

  • Play dough, plastic table cloth, tools to use with play dough: plastic knifes (not sharp), rollers, cups, child-safe cookie cutters
  • Miniature house, cars, and people for children can play for long time creating their own stories.
  • Toy animals your children likes to play with: plastic dinosaurs, cats, dogs, fish, snakes, farm animals, wild zoo animals
  • Sensory bin: foam shapes, shoe box of fuzzy balls and measuring cups, bendable pipe cleaners, plastic container with beans and tools to play with (spoons, measuring cups, funnels, plastic animals).

Redefine The New Self Care

Harvard Business Review writer, Amy Jen Su, encourages leaders to redefine self care as more than just physical health. Amy describes viewing time from different perspectives as also being helpful in increasing self care.

How do you define self care?

Broaden your definition of self care while you consider what is important to you, what you’re attuned to, and what you need to be your most effective and authentic self.

  • Consider what is important to you for self care?
  • What do you need to be your most effective and authentic self?
    • What brings you joy?
    • How do you nourish yourself or how could you nourish yourself?
  • In what ways could you invest in yourself?

Basic Self Care

Pay attention to your mind, emotions, relationships, environment, resources, and time.  Mindfully pay attention to your body and see what it needs. 

Our bodies need the basics to survive,

and self care to thrive.

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Are you getting the basics: a good night’s sleep, nourishing foods, plenty of water, shelter to rest, clothes to keep comfortable?  

If your body is missing basic needs and physically deplenished, this will effect everything you do.  You may feel sluggish and tired without enough sleep, brain fog and sick without healthy nourishing foods, and dehydrated and headaches without enough water.

If you are missing basic needs, then it’s important to start with the basics first. 

Basic self care is the only way you’ll have energy to strive towards bigger self care goals.

Once you have the basics down for self care, mindfully pay attention to your mind, emotions, and spirit.  Do you have close friendships, mental challenges, spiritual calmness?

  • What does your mind, emotions, and spirit need?
  • How could your environment and resources support self care?
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Self Care = Self Compassion

Being compassionate to yourself can help you bounce back through tough times faster.

Self care is another way to say self love.

The more you love yourself, the more you will love others!  The more you practice loving yourself, the more you will want to love others.

  • How can you be compassionate to yourself? Today?
  • In what ways can you show yourself love?
  • What would help you bounce back faster through tough times?

Self care includes honoring the value, impact, and contribution you bring.

You are valuable!

  • How do you honor yourself?
  • What type of self care would honor yourself?

Take time for yourself just as you take time for your children.

Teaching your children how to manage time will also teach them how to manage themselves.  Your children will learn to take care of themselves, just as you show them how you take care of yourself.  The more your children practice self care, the better they will bounce back from adversity and love others, because they know how to love themselves.

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Improve Mental Health with More Time

If you enjoyed this article, great!!  There are 3 more articles related that may help you improve your mental health even more… creating more time through boundaries (article #2), creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals (article #3), and finding peak time and space (article #4).  See below for the links.

Series: Time Management

  1. Time Management Skills Improve Self Care: How managing time helps you manage & improve self care.
    ***THIS BLOG POST***
  2. Create More Time with Time Boundaries: How to create more time in your routine, in your day, and in your health.
  3. S.M.A.R.T. Goals: How to set achievable S.M.A.R.T. goals.
  4. What is Your Peak Time? How to accomplish your mental health goals by finding your peak time & space.

Manage Time = Manage Self Care

I hope this journey of improving your time management skills helps you find more time for your self-care and your wellness.

I’d love to hear from you, please leave me a comment, or join me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Blessings,
Beth
P.S. If you need someone to help to talk to, counselors and mental health professionals can help provide support resources on:

  • time management
  • stress management
  • procrastination
  • relaxation skills
  • goal setting
  • personal development

Disclaimer: This article has resources about restoring wellness, and is based on my research and my experiences.  This information is not meant to take the place of counseling or therapy.  If at any time you feel uncomfortable or need to talk to someone, wellness resources may be helpful.

How to Make Fairy Gardens & Great Family Memories

How to Make Fairy Gardens & Great Family Memories

Hi Ya’ll, I’m Beth Moore and I love Fairy Gardens because as a Sandtray Therapist, creating a world with miniatures can be a fun and easy way to express yourself & boost mental health! So why not create Fairy Gardens with your family for Mother’s Day? My mom and I both love Fairy Gardens so this is a win-win for both of us! Our kids and grandkids all love it, both boys and girls! Just give it a try. Create gifts & memories as a family!

In this Article:

  • Boost Mental & Relational Wellness
  • Fairy Garden Ideas
  • How to Make Fairy Gardens (with YouTube video)
  • Fairy Garden Ideas
  • Fairy Garden DIY Party
  • Miniature Fairy Gardens

Boost Mental & Relational Wellness

Building family memories and expressing yourself creatively can help boost your mental and relational wellness! Thanks to Suzi @ StartaMomBlog.com for teaching me the tools to create a blog to share my creativity and passion boosting wellness!

Relational wellness includes building and maintaining relationships with family and friends. Every moment you choose to be present with your family and friends, and invest in time creating special memories, you are choosing the value and importance of relationships & friendships.

Good close relationships help people live longer, live happier, and live with more purpose. Invest in your relationships, create together!

Fairy Garden Ideas

So the idea came around through my cousin who created the cutest fairy garden. She sent us the cutest picture and we all oohed and ahh-ed.

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories.

Then her mom (who is my aunt) made an outside fairy garden, with a beautiful water garden. Don’t you just love the water features?

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories.

Wait, it didn’t stop there! Another aunt got excited about making a fairy garden and made one celebrating Easter for her church! How creative!

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make spring fairy gardens & even ideas for celebrating Easter for families of all ages with miniatures.

That’s when my mom and I got so excited about our idea… why not have a Fairy Garden Party!

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories.

How to Make Fairy Gardens

Okay, now to the fun part… making your own fairy garden!! The good news is you can make a Fairy Gardens that are affordable & easy, as well as amazing and unique!

That’s what this article is about: Fun & DIY Fairy Gardens for families! The ideas as limitless, woohoo!

How to Make Fairy Gardens with the Entire Family

There are so many fun ways to make fairy gardens with the entire family for holidays, 4th of July, birthdays, and any family gathering!

All ages can create fairy gardens, let the fun begin!!

YouTube Fairy & Mini Garden by Garden Answer

Wow, thanks to my aunt for sharing this video with me from Garden Answer, who makes amazing YouTube videos about how to garden.

The video shown here is the cutest Fairy & Mini Garden by Garden Answer. Check out that amazing water feature, now that’s one I’d like to add to my fairy garden!!

Green Thumbs & Fairy Gardens

Those with green thumbs can choose beautiful plants with such variety! I’ll show you some more pictures soon.

The options seem limitless for fairy gardens when you have a green thumb. It’s amazing what people can create!

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories.

Plant Materials for Fairy Gardens (by Better Home & Garden):

  1. Silver Sprinkles
  2. Spikemoss
  3. Weeping Fig
  4. Polka-Dot Plant
  5. Gray Lavender Cotton
  6. Mexican Heather
  7. Golden Japanese Stonecrop
  8. Wood Sorrel
  9. Fuschia Begonia
  10. Elfin Thyme

Fairy Garden Ideas for Non-Gardeners

It’s totally okay if you are a non-gardener and still like the idea of creating a fairy garden. I have good news, there’s plenty of ideas about gardens created with alternatives, so you don’t have to use plants

†Materials (non-plants) for Fairy Garden:

  • Artificial plants 🙂
  • Floral foam
  • Pebbles, Marbles
  • Fabric
  • Fairy Garden Decor (have fun:)

Fairy Garden DIY Party

Who’s coming?

Consider how many people will be creating fairy gardens, just you or your whole family or a few friends? This will determine how many supplies you’ll need to gather and buy, or ask everyone to bring certain items.

What type of miniatures?

Choose miniatures based on your age group (breakable/older, plastic/younger) & the type of gathering space (small, large, indoors, outdoors). Have fun 🙂

DIY Fairy Gardens

Creatives (people who love to create) can have a fantastic time at creating their on Do-It-Yourself fairy gardens & accessories!

There are so many DIY fairy gardens, the ideas are really limitless.

Want more ideas? Browse through 200+ pins about Fairy Gardens on my Pinterest Board:

Fairy Gardens

Keep reading for the HOW TO STEPS & DIY FAIRY GARDENS …

Shopping for Miniatures & Fairy Gardens 

Miniatures and Fairy Garden supplies/accessories can be bought almost anywhere! Here’s a few places I love to shop for miniatures and fairy garden supplies:

  • Amazon (fast shipping and so many items to choose)
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Michael’s
  • Big Lots

Some of the best customer reviews on Amazon were given to these top 4 miniatures for fairy gardens:

Joykick Fairy Garden House Kit – with Opening Doors

This is one of the cutest houses & fairy kits. It has over 200 reviews with 5 starts, unbelievable!!

Buy Now!

Joykick Fairy Garden Ancient Tree Kit

I just love big trees, and this one’s features are adorable. Look at the climbing trees for fairies and animal creatures.

Get it here!

Joykick Fairy Garden Caravan Kit 

Glamping, RV’ing, and Tiny Houses are all popular right now! Create your own miniature caravan with this kit!

Get it now!

Mood Lab Fairy Garden Fish Pond Kit 

Beautiful pond with fish, 3 fairies, plus a swan & bridge!

Yes, I want it!

How to Steps & DIY Fairy Gardens

Now we are getting exciting!!

Your whole family can make fairy gardens together! Seriously!!

How to make a Fairy Garden in 4 easy steps:

  1. Choose indoor, outdoor, miniature, gardening or non-gardening. There is no wrong choice, you can decide whatever fits your wishes.
  2. †Gather fairy garden supplies & accessories. You can get supplies from many stores, around your house, and even in your yard.
  3. Get your soil and plants. You can keep it simple or go a little (or a lot) crazy on the plants and flower selection(s).
  4. Create your fairy garden & have fun 🙂

Gather supplies & put them in all in cute containers, like my mom did here in planter trays; creative & functional.

  • Fairy Houses & Huts
  • Animals, Birds, Snails, Dogs, Horses
  • Fairies, Gnomes, Angels
  • Unicorns, Pegasus
  • Pebbles, Stones, Gemstones, Sticks
  • Signs, Decor, Furniture, Swings, Chairs
  • Trees, Water, Creeks, Ponds, Mountains

Ok, so now you get an idea of all the different kinds of fairy gardens you can make.

Let kids & all ages have fun!

This is the perfect opportunity to create fun lasting memories with all ages in your family, from little kids 2 years old to aging adults, all ages can enjoy creating fairy gardens.

Even my two-year old grandson had a blast creating his own fairy garden out of wild animal miniatures. Look how cute his fairy garden turned out.

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories for all ages.

You can create a fairy garden out of so many materials for any age. Young children can play for a long time with dirt and miniatures, let them have fun. They are building life-long memories with their family, how beautiful is that!

Variety of gardens to create Small Worlds:

  • Dinosaur World
  • Mystery Island
  • I Spy My World
  • Miniature Memories
  • My Family
  • My Favorite

Here are more pictures of fairy gardens our family created from 2 years old to aging adulthood, we all loved it!!

MooreWellness.Life shares how to make fun fairy gardens, ideas with DIY miniatures, and gifts for family memories.

What’s Your Favorite Fairy Garden?

Have you created a fair garden? I’d love to see it, send me a picture on my FaceBook page.

Do you have another favorite fairy garden? Is it one you saw on this blog?

Did you make a fairy garden? Post below and share it with us, we’d love to see it! Share your Fairy Garden with me:

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SUMMARY OF THIS ARTICLE:

  • Boost Mental & Relational Wellness
  • Fairy Garden Ideas
  • How to Make Fairy Gardens (with YouTube video)
  • Fairy Garden Ideas
  • Fairy Garden DIY Party
  • Miniature Fairy Gardens

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Frugal Mother’s Day Ideas

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Stay Connected

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Connect with me & let’s create a Wellness Lifestyle!

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Join the Wellness Tribe

I’d love to hear about your journey towards wellness!  What’s your biggest struggle?

I hope you join us on your journey of improving your wellness.  This tribe is a gathering place to improve wellness & connections, receive life-giving coping skills, and restore health in mind, body, and spirit.

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I’d love to hear from you, please leave me a comment, or join me on FacebookPinterest, or Instagram.

Blessings,
Beth

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  • relaxation skills
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9 Ways to Develop Self Care: Plus using Sandtray Therapy for Self Care

9 Ways to Develop Self Care: Plus using Sandtray Therapy for Self Care

Hi Ya’ll, I’m Beth Moore and I love Sandtray Therapy!!  It all started for me when I did my first sandtray in graduate school for counseling.  Viola, I had immediate insight into my reality by looking at my little miniatures in my world.  My heart was changed and I knew this is what I wanted to specialize in as a counselor.  Read more about 9 ways to develop self care….

Self care is really self-authoring, being real, being attuned to your self, finding your whole self again.

Download free printable:
9 Ways to Renew Self Care Mindset

Drink from a full cup!
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In this Article:

  • My First Sandtray
  • 9 Ways to Develop Self Care
  • Sandtray Summit 2019 in Atlanta, GA
  • AST (Association for Sandtray Therapy)
  • RIST (Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist)

My First Sandtray

So, let me take you back to what it felt like to do my first sandtray.

I’m sitting there thinking well this will be fun, we all got to choose miniatures that represent our family members. How cute are these little miniatures in my hand.

Then it’s my turn to go first, so no problem. I explain each of the miniatures as I place them on the floor in front of me, forming them in a nice & cute little circle. Ah, my family close in a circle, how lovely…

Where are you?

Until my peer and friend looks at me sweetly and calmly and asks…

“Where are you?”

I look at her perplexed… what do mean where am I?? I am, of course, right there….

Where am I?

I glance down at the floor in front of me.

Tears form so fast in my eyes and fall down on my knees.

I cannot deny it.

I am not there.

How did this happen?

I forgot about me.

I’m not even in the circle with my family.

There is no miniature to represent me, because I forgot about myself.

There was no denying it because it was true.

I had forgotten myself.

Self care is really self-authoring, being real, being attuned to your self, finding your whole self again.

Download free printable:
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Drink from a full cup!
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Has that ever happened to you?

Have you ever forgot about yourself?

Sometimes, you may work so hard for everybody else in your life, that you’re exhausted?

You take care of your children, your spouse/partner, your parents, your family, your friends.

But what about you?

What happens to all the people around you, if you are not even there?

I mean really, if you’re not able to be there at all, say you’re gone.

How could you help them then?

You can’t.

So, how important is self care?

Self care is more important than caregiving.

That may sound contradictory.

How could self care be more important than caring for others? I mean, think of a mom’s self care being more important than her children. Sounds backwards?

Self care is really self-authoring, being real, being attuned to your self, finding your whole self again.

Download free printable:
9 Ways to Renew Self Care Mindset

Drink from a full cup!
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9 Ways to Develop Self Care

How do you develop self care?

Self care is really self-authoring, being real, being attuned to your self, finding your whole self again.

Beth Moore, PLPC 2019
www.moorewellness.life

In my experiences, there are 9 ways to develop self care as a priority in my life.

Why not try it? Read about 9 ways to develop self care.

#1: Self Care is Self-Authoring

Self care is really self-authoring, where you tell your story about your life from your perspective. You get to write your story. You get to decide how your story unfolds, what’s written in the next chapter.

The more you care for yourself,

the more you can write your own story.

#2: Self care is being real.

How can you take real care of yourself if you’re not being real?

If you are being fake, you cannot truly take care of your basic needs and desires.

Self care requires being real about what you really need, what you really want, and what you really desire.

Self care is being real about your:

  • needs
  • wants
  • desires

#3: Self care if being attuned to your self.

If you are trying to please others, how will you truly take care of yourself and even know what you need?

You have to be attuned to your self,

to take care of all your needs.

Especially your basic needs, the longer you ignore those body signals, the more physically sick you’ll become.

Self care is really self-authoring, being real, being attuned to your self, finding your whole self again.

Download free printable:
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#4: Self care is finding your whole self again.

This way can take awhile, especially if you are a trauma survivor.

Trauma survivors work so hard at surviving, that they have to forget about their body’s signals to slow down and rest.

Self care is taking the time

to listen to your body, mind, and spirit

to see what each part of you needs.

#5: Self care is being present.

The first step of self care is identifying where you are, so you can find yourself again.

Sometimes, I’m going so fast I can barely slow down, and it feels like I’m going ninety different directions.

So, just taking the time to realize where you are can be helpful.

Am I present in the here and now?

Once I realized I was missing from my priority, I could put myself back into the circle again.

#6: Self care is choosing you.

The second step of self care is choosing you.

Oh, the relief when I can finally go get my own miniature and include my miniature of myself into the family circle, oh how good it feels.

Self care is really self-authoring, being real, being attuned to your self, finding your whole self again.

Download free printable:
9 Ways to Renew Self Care Mindset

Drink from a full cup!
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#7: Prioritize self care and loving self.

Consider how to prioritize your self care. How important is self care?

It may be really important, but just hard to make time to actually do it.

What happens if you forget self care?

Forgetting Self Care

The difference between seeing myself forgotten and remembered will stay with me for a lifetime.

I”ll never forget how it felt to put myself back into my family circle, literally and symbolically.

You see, I had felt so guilty prioritizing myself as I went to graduate school, that I felt guilty not spending as much time with my family.

So, I couldn’t see how I would prioritize my self and my self care!!

#8: Model Self Care for Your Children

Then I realized, I was modeling self care for my children.

My children would follow my example and take care of themselves the same way I took care of myself.

So, really choosing self care is better for your children.

Now, I’m not saying to neglect your children, there’s a balance of taking care of yourself and taking care of your children. The key is finding the balance to continue your self care while taking care of your children.

Choice of Neglect or Self Care

So, I had a choice:

  • Continue on the path to neglecting myself, and teach my children to neglect themselves
  • Change my path and prioritize my self care and remember my self, teaching my children to take care of themselves and remember their care as a priority.

Choosing Self Care

I continually choose to dive into self care every day, creating a habit, creating a lifestyle of self care.

I see my children taking care of themselves better, too.

Choose self care & feel guilt-free, you’re choosing to care for yourself so you can take better care of your children.

My level of self care reflects how well I’m doing, and vice versa.

#9: Choose self care daily.

The journey of prioritizing self care is a continuous journey every day.

This is a continuous journey for me, prioritizing self care and choosing it daily. I had to choose every day during graduate school, and every day since then.

I have a few close friends that will gently ask me how my self care is doing. Especially the more stressed I am, or the busier my life is getting.

The busier I get, the more self care I need.

The more I choose self care each day:

  • I can handle problems better
  • The calmer I am inside
  • I find joy easier throughout the day

How many ways do you develop self care?

How do you continuously choose self care this week?

Am I remembering to take care of myself today?

How can I take care of myself in this moment?

Self care is really self-authoring, being real, being attuned to your self, finding your whole self again.

Download free printable:
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Drink from a full cup!
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You can only drink from a full cup.

I LOVE this quote!!

Seriously, I’ve tried to drink from an empty cup, and there just isn’t anything there.

So, it’s vital to take time and priority to fill your cup up, regain your energy, restore with life-giving sources.

Sandtray Summit 2019 in Atlanta

So, this is where it all comes full circle (again in my life).

I’m sitting at the Sandtray Summit in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.A.). And the theme on one of the cards on my table reads, “You can only drink from a full cup.”

Oh, do I know this lesson, so true and I so needed to hear this during the busy seasons of life.

So, I take my miniature cup and water and put it in my sandtray, representing putting priority on my self care, my needs, my dreams.

I am choosing myself,

I am taking care of me,

I am following my dreams.

Self care is really self-authoring, being real, being attuned to your self, finding your whole self again.

Download free printable:
9 Ways to Renew Self Care Mindset

Drink from a full cup!
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AST (Association for Sandtray Therapy)

Part of my dream is practicing as a counselor using Sandtray Therapy. It’s so life-gving and transforming for me.

My dream includes getting to now serve on the Association for Sandtray Therapy (AST) that was recently formed in April 2019!!

People have asked me if they can join AST, and the answer is …

Right now, mental health professionals can join AST.

Soon, others who love sandtray as a sensory tool, coping tool, and reflection tool will also be able to join AST. Some of these people may be teachers, parents with children who have autism, spiritual directors, pastors, college professors, preschool teachers, youth directors, program directors at assisted living facilities, and more.

Here’s the link for more information, and remember, the association for formed April 2019, it’s being formed by its members!!

www.a4st.org

I am honored to be on the AST (Association for Sandtray Therapy) Board of Officers and I’m so excited to grow alongside my fellow Sandtray Therapists.

Self care is really self-authoring, being real, being attuned to your self, finding your whole self again.

Download free printable:
9 Ways to Renew Self Care Mindset

Drink from a full cup!
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RIST (Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist)

This season of life is amazing for me. There are so many circles being formed and completed and connecting.

I’m diving in as a RIST (Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist) and finishing up my provisional license hours for LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). 

I love using Sandtray Therapy and Play Therapy with clients in Louisiana, teaching about integrative therapies, and finding new ways to heal our whole mind-body-spirit. 

I use Sandtray Therapy to help me and my clients visually see how much self care is happening, or maybe the lack of self care that’s missing in life.

How do you choose self care?

In what ways do you choose yourself?

Maybe your self care looks different than mine, that’s totally okay.

Self care looks different for each person, as unique and as personalized as you are your own person.

May your self care journey be enriching, enlightening, and enjoyable.

Beth Moore, PLPC 2019
www.moorewellness.life
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SUMMARY OF THIS ARTICLE:

  • First Sandtray
  • 9 Ways to Develop Self Care
  • Sandtray Summit 2019 in Atlanta, GA
  • AST (Association for Sandtray Therapy)
  • RIST (Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist)

How do you FIND HOPE? 

I’d love to hear what BRINGS you HOPE?

Share it with me!

Let’s keep sharing HOPE 🙂

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Stay Connected

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Connect with me & share how you find HOPE. 

Join my Wellness Tribe & be the first to hear about wellness coping skills & life-giving resources.

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Read about how to find & create hope!

All 27 tips & activities included in the Ultimate Hope List are actually in more detail here in this blog post.

27 Ways to Find Hope: During Difficult Times

Ultimate Hope List preview

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You get 2 PRINTABLES in 1 FREE DOWNLOAD!!

17 Ways to FIND HOPE
+
10 HOPE Activities

Download: Ultimate HOPE List

You can find hope in your daily life with the ULTIMATE HOPE LIST.

This ULTIMATE HOPE LIST can help improve your wellness journey! 

DOWNLOAD the free ULTIMATE HOPE LIST

Helpful?

I hope this info is helpful for you on your life journey.  

If so, please share it with a friend and let us know how it has been the most helpful.

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Join the Wellness Tribe

I’d love to hear about your journey towards wellness!  What helps you gain wellness?

I hope you join us on your journey of improving your wellness.  This tribe is a gathering place to improve wellness & connections, receive life-giving coping skills, and restore health in mind, body, and spirit.

Join the Moore Wellness Tribe

I’d love to hear from you, please leave me a comment, or join me on FacebookPinterest, or Instagram.

Blessings,
Beth

Need help finding a counselor?

If you need someone to help to talk to, counselors and mental health professionals can help provide support resources on:

  • time management
  • stress management
  • procrastination
  • relaxation skills
  • goal setting
  • personal development

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Ultimate Hope @ ACA Conference

Ultimate Hope @ ACA Conference

Ya’ll, I found Ultimate Hope at the ACA Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, such a blessing at the perfect time! Have you ever needed hope during difficult days in your life? Download the Ultimate Hope List just in time!!  The week after I posted it online, I really needed Hope. Can you relate? Where do you find hope?

SUMMARY OF THIS ARTICLE:

  • ACA Conference in N.O.
  • 3 Steps to Hope
  • Ultimate Hope List
  • Stay Connected
ACA 2019 Conference

ACA 2019 Conference

I can’t believe how awesome this year’s ACA 2019 Conference was in New Orleans!!

For 3 days, I was attending the ACA 2019 Conference in N.O.  It’s the ultimate counseling conference with leaders in our field and counselors from around the world.  (ACA = American Counseling Association)

Thanks to my professor and friend, Dr. Hermann-Turner for inviting me to be a part of the AADA booth @ ACA!!  

AADA = Association for Adult Development and Aging. AADA is a subdivision of ACA, and focuses on advocating for adults across the lifespan, including aging adults!

So, there I was in New Orleans, seeking hope in my personal and professional life!  Interesting how things have a way of coming together in the oddest places.

Believe in your dreams

I found HOPE in New Orleans!

Haha, that sounds funny doesn’t it? How could I find hope in New Orleans in the last 3 days? 

Especially when just 3 days ago, I had just posted a blog article about HOPE!

I get inspired by others who have walked in my footsteps, struggled, and overcame!

My Inspiration

I’d love to share where I find my hope so it can maybe help you find hope when you need it most!

Lately, I’ve been working on reaching out to others who SHINE HOPE in what they do and who they are! At the conference, in my personal life, and in my professional life, I need life-giving people and beautiful-positive energy pouring into me as I pour into them.

ACA Authors

Today I heard from bucket-list authors who have written some of my Counseling books and textbooks!! Feeling proud and honored to sit in awe and learn from great leaders in my field!! 

This workshop was amazing & has been at ACA for the past 15 years!! I hope it’s there every year, because I’d love to hear these authors every year!!

This panel of Authors were sharing their honest tips & advice for those of us with a dream to write books!!

ACA Book Authors

Is There a Book Within You to be Written?

Gerald Corey
Kellie Kirksey
Patrice Moulton
Michelle Muratori
Mark Stebnicki
George Williams
Robert Wubbolding
Mark E. Young

So, at the conference, I grabbed my courage and went up to a few well-known authors in the counseling field and asked for tips and mentoring. They were so nice and so willing to help me, wow, I felt honored and blessed to be a part of such sharing of HOPE!

My HOPE for YOU

I hope your journey towards wellness can be created with small steps towards inspiring goals, meaningful relationships, and life-giving transformation.

3 Steps to Hope

  1. Seek Support of faith-filled friends and Pray to a Higher Power (personal life)
  2. Find Mentors in your field and meet new Friends who seek similar goals (professional life)
  3. Reach out to people you look up to, ask for a small step of help (both personal & professional life)

Where do you find HOPE?

Ultimate Hope List preview

ULTIMATE HOPE LIST

I created 2 FREE Printables and put them together in this ULTIMATE HOPE LIST! 

The ULTIMATE HOPE LIST can help you: 

  • get inspired 
  • be creative 
  • and have motivation to live fully towards your dreams! 

I hope you enjoy these HOPE-filled ACTIVITIES & TIPS as mush as I do!!

GET 2 Printables in 1 FREE Download

You get 2 PRINTABLES in 1 FREE DOWNLOAD!!

17 Ways to FIND HOPE
+
10 HOPE Activities

Ultimate Hope List preview

Download: Ultimate HOPE List

You can find hope in your daily life with the ULTIMATE HOPE LIST.

This ULTIMATE HOPE LIST can help improve your wellness journey! 

DOWNLOAD the free ULTIMATE HOPE LIST

How do you FIND HOPE? 

I’d love to hear what BRINGS you HOPE?

Share it with me!

Let’s keep sharing HOPE 🙂

Beach with 2 chairs: Let's Connect

Stay Connected

I’d love to stay connected with you, here’s a few ways to connect with me and my Wellness community:

  1. Join Moore Wellness Tribe today! <– Blog Tribe
  2. Moore Wellness Facebook <– FaceBook page
  3. Beth | MooreWellness.LIfe <– Pinterest page 🙂 
  4. Moore Wellness, LLC <– Instagram page 

Connect with me & share how you find HOPE. 

Join my Wellness Tribe & be the first to hear about wellness coping skills & life-giving resources.

SUMMARY OF THIS ARTICLE:

  • ACA Conference in N.O.
  • 3 Steps to Hope
  • Ultimate Hope List
  • Stay Connected

RELATED ARTICLES:

Read about how to find & create hope!

All 27 tips & activities included in the Ultimate Hope List are actually in more detail here in this blog post.

27 Ways to Find Hope: During Difficult Times

Helpful?

I hope this info is helpful for you on your life journey.  

If so, please share it with a friend and let us know how it has been the most helpful.

Improve wellness together tribe

Join the Wellness Tribe

I’d love to hear about your journey towards wellness!  What helps you gain wellness?

I hope you join us on your journey of improving your wellness.  This tribe is a gathering place to improve wellness & connections, receive life-giving coping skills, and restore health in mind, body, and spirit.

Join the Moore Wellness Tribe

I’d love to hear from you, please leave me a comment, or join me on FacebookPinterest, or Instagram.

Blessings,
Beth

Need help finding a counselor?

If you need someone to help to talk to, counselors and mental health professionalscan help provide support resources on:

  • time management
  • stress management
  • procrastination
  • relaxation skills
  • goal setting
  • personal development

Graphics and article ©2019 Moore Wellness

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