35 Memorable Winter Family Traditions for All Ages

35 Memorable Winter Family Traditions for All Ages

Did you know that relationships are healing?  So, this winter season, how great would it be enjoy time together and build great relationships?  Here’s 35 memorable ideas to build Family Traditions for kids and adults this winter season.

I can’t wait to hear which one of these 35 is your favorite family tradition! Don’t forget to let me know on FacebookPinterest, or Instagram.

Memorable Winter Family Traditions for all ages

In this Blog Post:

  • Build Healing Relationships
  • Family Relationships & Traditions
    • 34 Memorable Winter Family Traditions for Kids & Adults
    • 4 Christmas Decoration Ideas
    • 6 Yummy Food Ideas
    • 5 Free Family Outings
    • 6 Affordable Family Outings
    • 9 Family Memory Ideas
    • 5 Family Game Ideas
  • Our Memorable Christmas Traditions
  • Join Moore Wellness Tribe

Build Healing Relationships

Positive Relationships help us heal by keeping us safe, connected, and resilient.

Family relationships can help us heal from stress, trauma, and challenges. Your family may be your own blood relatives or your family may be the people you choose to love. Create your positive daily relationships with those people who are important to you. 

Positive healing relationships can be built by creating positive memories together. During this Winter season, here’s some positive ideas helping all ages laugh, bond, and create memories.

Important: 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 needto talk to someone, wellness resources can help you find a counselor and other resources that may be helpful.

Family Relationships & Traditions

When families laugh, play, and work together, they build close bonds and family memories.  Creating memories every year together is what family traditions are all about.

Your family can build traditions at any time, starting this year and every year!

Disclaimer: Please note that this blog contains affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase through these links, the price will be the same for you.  And I’ll receive a small commission that helps support my blog and my family.  Hope you have a blessed day!

Winter Family Traditions for all ages

34 Memorable Winter Family Traditions for Kids & Adults

4 Christmas Decoration Ideas

Get the whole family to help decorate for Christmas, see their eyes light up with memories as you decorate the inside and outside of the house together. If your family is mostly adults, be sure to invite them over with cookies, something yummy to eat always adds more Christmas cheer.

“Do you remember this Nutcracker from our vacation?”
“I love this snowman family!”
“The kids will have so much playing with this Nativity Set.”

Decorate with Christmas decorations:

  1. Decorate with fun Christmas Decorations all around the house: tell some of your favorite Christmas memories while you decorate
  2. The Christmas Tree: put on Christmas Carols & sing together, we love to tell the Christmas story while we hang up ornaments, and we celebrate with cookies and hot chocolate afterwards
  3. Outside decorations on the front door & windows: hang a wreath or homemade garland or jingle bells, make a Christmas Tree out of paper handprints, make homemade snowflakes to hang inside the windows
  4. Make & decorate Christmas Cards & give to friends/family/neighbors: glitter, glue, construction paper, stencils or cookie cutters, markers or crayons, scissors (kid friendly for kids), and lots of stickers

6 Yummy Food Ideas

All ages love yummy food, whether it’s for holidays, football, or birthdays gatherings. Ask your family to come together to make some yummy food. Then celebrate with a feast.

  1. Make yummy cookies together: gingerbread people, sugar cookies, pumpkin cookies
  2. Make gingerbread houses together: so much fun to put together and get creative, and then eat after you’re all done, don’t forget to take pictures of your creations
  3. Cook a meal together: have one person fix a yummy appetizer early in the gathering, one teen or adult chop the vegetables, one person cook the main meat, and one person fix a side dish
  4. Fun snack mix — have fun choosing yummy ingredients (popcorn, M&M’s, pretzels, mini-marshmallows, flavored cereal, nuts and place each one in a bowl, gather around and make your own yummy snack mixes, add another level by choosing a few of your own recipes you just created and write them down as new favorite family snack mixes made by your very own
  5. Make your hot chocolate and coffee bar. Get out the marshmallows, creamers, flavors, and create your own speciality hot chocolate and coffee.
  6. Make homemade s’mores together. Use the microwave or fireplace inside, or fire pit or bonfire outside. They’re yummy, affordable, and fun.
Memorable Winter Family Traditions

5 FREE Family Outing Ideas

Our family loves to go on fun outings together!! And we have a lot of people in our family of all ages. So, we are always on the lookout for activities that an accommodate a lot of ages.

  1. Drive/Walk around and see Christmas lights! If you live by any special light shows and go see them together. Get in a large car (or a few large cars), or walk through a local area with lots of Christmas lights. It’s way more fun, memorable, and very affordable!
  2. Have a Picnic in a Park. Yep, if it’s cold, bring something warm to drink. Pack snacks and finger goods, something to keep little ones and older ones happy while you walk. Many parks have Christmas lights this time of year, so it can beautiful and memorable.
  3. Go out for hot chocolate/coffee and dessert. In New Orleans, Louisiana, we have a tradition of going to Cafe du Monde for ‘cafe au lait & beignets’. In your community, this may be going for hot chocolate and doughnuts, or coffee and cake. It’s a fun way treat!
  4. Visit your local assisted living, nursing home, or hospital to bring Christmas cheer. Homemade cards and singing a few Christmas carols is giving the best gift of all, your love.
  5. Go to Christmas Eve service together, and singing Christmas carols together.

6 Affordable Family Outing Ideas

There’s something magical about family gathering outside during the winter season. Maybe it’s the cool air and the holiday cheer all around. Since most families are budgeting gifts plus extra expenses, this list is all about affordable family outings.

  1. Ride a train or carousal. Go find something fun for all ages that would be a great memory.
  2. Bowling: Families of all ages can go bowling, it’s hilarious watching young ones roll that bowling ball. And for our family, quite competitive!!
  3. Putt-Putt (miniature golf): it’s great watching all the ages swing their clubs and try to get a hole in one. Make it a contest: lowest number of swings, largest number of swings, most determined swinger, most fun at swinging.Be a tourist in your town. Yep, go take that tour you’ve always wanted to take. This could be your gift to everyone and you’re making family memories at the same time.
  4. Visit your zoo. Our family loves the zoo every year, during any time of year. It’s so neat to see big bears swimming in freezing waters, they love it. The penguins and wolves are running around, too. Zoos usually have special events during the holidays, check it out.
  5. Go ice skating or roller skating together.
  6. Go see a movie together at the theatre. Choose a movie everyone will love and make a memory of it together.
Memorable Winter Family Traditions

9 Family Memory Ideas

Okay, so these are some of my favorite memory ideas for families in the winter! I love our family gatherings and I love Christmas, so it’s a double win!! Anything that can make it fun to get together, where we laugh, and tell stories is even better.

  1. Family Photo Sessions. Each year, our family takes a family photo together. This helps us remember each year, how each child has grown, and who we could be with each year. Include your pets in the family photo session, reindeer ears look really cute on our 4 footed friends.
  2. Wearing pajamas, matching is a plus. Eating yummy cookies or popcorn. Watching a family movie together.
  3. Paint nails: have fun and get creative with fun designs
  4. Wear ugly sweaters: make it a contest and vote on who has the ugliest sweater of all
  5. Read a favorite book together. Make it a tradition by reading it every year together.
  6. Sponsor a child, village, or farm animals to help those in need. One year, we sponsored animals in other countries for families to make their living off of (goats, chickens, cows).
  7. Make Christmas ornaments together. Some of our best memories were making affordable Christmas ornaments when I was little and when our kids were little. We cherished those ornaments, and still do for the ornaments that are still going strong.
  8. Watching holiday movies together. There’s so many holiday movies to choose from on Netflix, Amazon Prime Movies, Hulu, and just on TV!
  9. Video chat (Skype, FaceTime) with a family or friend who lives out of town, bring a smile to their face and yours. If you are not able to video chat, make a short video for them and send it to them.

5 Family Game Ideas

We love playing family games together, from cards to scavenger hunts to White Elephant Gift Exchanges! Look at my Pinterest Board: Holiday and Christmas Fun for more ideas.

  1. Play Hide the Elf and whoever finds it has to hide it again. This game can last for hours and days, making it all time favorite!
  2. Playing games as a family: Dominoes, puzzles, Yahtzee, charades, Monopoly, Candy Land, Life, Risk, Go Fish.
  3. Create a scavenger hunt of candy canes around the house. Whoever gets the most candy canes gets a prize: first hot chocolate or choice of Christmas movie that evening.
  4. Play Family Feud or Scattergories, with small groups of your family
  5. White Elephant Gift Exchange: every person brings one gift (bought or from home) usually affordable (under $10 for example), all the gifts go under the tree, each person draws a number (21 people = 1-21 numbers), number 1 goes first & chooses a gift under the tree, number 2 goes next: either choose a gift under the tree or ‘steal’ someone else’s gift they’ve opened, number 3 does the same and so on, if one person steals then the other person (whose gift is stolen) gets to either open a gift from under the tree or steal another gift. The white elephant gifts get pretty goofy and hilarious, some are great gifts worthy of stealing! Teens and adults love this game. If you have younger ages, make sure to have some gifts they they’ll love, even small gifts count!

Our Memorable Christmas Family Traditions

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Our family has done quite a few of these traditions, and we have so much fun together!! We have lots of ages, from babies to enriched ages, so we get pretty creative. Here’s some of our favorite combinations over the last few years:

Check out my Pinterest Board: Holiday and Christmas Fun for more ideas.

  • Family photo session first at a favorite city park. Driving through a big city seeing the beautiful city decorations for Christmas and all the beautiful houses all decorated. Going to Cafe du Monde for hot chocolate and cafe au lait and beignets. Then ending with riding around and seeing synchronized Christmas lights together.
  • Christmas Eve service at our local church, and Singing Christmas carols. Drinking hot chocolate and Christmas punch, while eating warm yummy cookies. Wearing matching pajamas and watching family Christmas movies together.
  • White Elephant Gift Exchange, decorating and eating yummy Christmas Cookies (sometimes exchanging Christmas cookies), playing games like cards and puzzles together, and decorating the Christmas tree together.

Family Life Application:

Which family tradition is your favorite? I’d love to hear about it.

Which family traditions will your family choose this year?

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Blessings,
Beth

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  • procrastination
  • relaxation skills
  • goal setting
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28 Self-Care Mindfulness Ideas: Surviving & enjoying the holidays

28 Self-Care Mindfulness Ideas: Surviving & enjoying the holidays

During the holidays, with stress and anxiety so high, who has time for self-care?  There is so much to do, so many gifts to buy, and so little time to do it all.  Lower stress, recover faster, and prevent burnout with mindfulness self-care!  Here’s quick self-care mindfulness ideas & mini-moments to help you survive and enjoy the Christmas holidays.  

In this Blog Post:

  • Self-Care Tips
    • Seasons of LIfe
    • Limited Time
  • Creative Self-Care
  • Mini-Moments of Self-Care
    • 5 Self-Care ideas you can do in 5-minutes
  • Mindfulness Self-Care
    • Relationship Mindfulness & Self-Care
      • Being fully present with people, including yourself
    • Physical Mindfulness & Self-Care
      • Body Gratitude
    • Spiritual Mindfulness & Self-Care
      • What brings you hope & peace?
    • Mental Mindfulness & Self-Care
      • Being present with one thing at at time
    • Emotional Mindfulness & Self-Care
      • Focusing on positive self-care builds positive experiences
  • Most helpful self-care
  • Join Moore Wellness Tribe

Important: 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 can help you find a counselor and other resources that may be helpful.

Self-care Tips 

Sometimes, it’s better if we start at the beginning of self care, keep it simple with mindfulness & mini-moments.

Yes, we could dream about going on a lavish vacation on a remote island with massages all day long.  But if that dream vacation is not realistic anytime in the near future, it may be more helpful to plan successful self-care for today.  

It is always better for my mental health when I am more realistic and look for self-care ideas that can actually happen.

Season of Life 

So, how much time do you have for self-care today?

Consider what season of life you’re in right now.  Haha, yes, I know it’s Christmas season and you’re busy with all the holiday shuffle.  What season of Life are you in right now?  

  • New parent = tired, learning new responsibilities, limited alone time
  • Student = brain dead, no time to read for fun, also short on funds
  • Sandwich season = responsible for children & caregiving for parents
  • New job = big learning curve, focus on new job, may be limited with money and time

Limited Time

Each of these seasons and other seasons of life may naturally limit your self-care in various ways.  So, this could be a great time for being creative with self-care.  

Self-care ideas are mindfulness mini-moments to help you survive and enjoy the holidays.

TIP #1: If you have limited time, try the Mini-moment self-care tips below.  

TIP #2: If you feel pulled in many different directions, try the Mindfulness self-care tips below.

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Creative Self-Care

What better time to get creative with self-care than during the holidays?  HAHA, like you have time to get more creative.  If you’re like me, you are stretched thin.  You are just trying to focus on getting creative with stretching your money for all the gifts you need to buy.

So, let me share creative self-care tips to help you during this Christmas season.

self care mindfulness ideas

Mini-Moments of Self-care

Use mini-moments of time and make them really count with these 5 self-care ideas you can do in 5 minutes.

You can do these mini-moments between buying gifts, working at your desk, or visiting family.  

Every minute spent towards caring for yourself is good self-care.

In just 5 minutes, you can improve your mood and relax your tight muscles.  Here’s five self-care ideas you can do in 5-minutes:

  1. Breath 
    • Take slow breathes for 5 minutes.  Use a timer and breathe to a slow, comfortable rhythm.  This helps slow down your body and your thoughts and emotions.
  2. Stretch
    • Stretch your body for 5 minutes.  Raise your hands above your head, stretch your neck, stretch your arms from side to side.  This helps wake up your body and mind, like turning on the lights in a dark room.
  3. Body awareness
    • Get up, step away from your desk or couch.  Ask your body what it needs: bathroom, walking, water.  This helps you listen to your body & identify what you really need.
  4. Eat a snack
    • Our bodies need nourishment and vitamins every few hours.  Keep up your energy with good snack.  This helps keep up your energy, your thinking, and your moods.
  5. Drink water
    • Adults need about eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day to stay hydrated, think straight, and help your body function best.  This helps hydrate your muscles, your brain, your gut, which are all important.

Mindfulness Self-care

Mindfulness is a big buzz-word these days.  So, what is mindfulness & self-care anyway?

Mindfulness = being aware of the present moment

Self care = taking care of your whole self: mind, body, and spirit

So, mindfully taking care of your whole self is key to good self-care.  What does that look like?

Relationship mindfulness & self-care

Being fully present with people, including yourself.  

When possible, choose to spend time with people who love you, care about you, support you.  Good self-care is taking care of yourself.

This will help you enjoy the people you are with, plus improve your relationships.  Focus on the present moment with them.  Your family and friends will enjoy your presence, it’s the best gift we can give.

Being fully present also helps you focus on the present moment.  This can reduce anxiety, lower your blood pressure, and improve your mood.

Be fully present with friends, family, and yourself.  Improve your relationship mindfulness practice & your self-care:

  • Call a friend.
    • Talk to a friend or family member who you really want to talk to, and focus on really listening to them.  This will improve your relationships!
  • Connect with a friend:
    • Write a quick note to a friend (text, email, FaceBook, Snapchat), connect and be present with the conversation.
    • Send a Christmas card to someone you care about.  Thoughtfully write something you appreciate about them.  This can help you feel good, boosting your mood.
  • Visit with a neighbor or peer.
    • Visit with someone you know & learn 1 new thing about them.  Being kind to others can boost your mood and spirit.
  • Enjoy yourself.
    • Yep, just time to get to know yourself.  Ask yourself what you enjoy about yourself.  Write it down, put it where you’ll see it every day.  You are unique and wonderful, be present with yourself.

Physical mindfulness & self-care 

Body Gratitude

Appreciate your body, you are alive and your body is trying to keep you well.  For real, this is your body, so how are you going to love it?

The more we can accept our bodies & love our bodies, the more we can appreciate our bodies.  Then we are not fighting our bodies, less inner conflict is good for our whole self-care.

Appreciate your body & build your physical mindfulness & self-care practices:

  • Take a warm bath.
    • Soak for 20 minutes in epsom salt.  Be present to the warm water soothing your aching muscles now relaxing.  This helps relax your sore muscles, while also relaxing your thoughts.
  • Go comfy.
    • Wear comfortable clothes & shoes, be kind to your body.  Feel the comfy texture and fabric.  This helps you focus on the present moment & positive sensory materials.
  • Eat & enjoy.
    • Eat foods that help your body feel good.  Slow down with each bite and enjoy the taste of each bite.  This helps slow down your eating, thoughts, and chaos inside; all leading to better digestion & calmer thoughts.
  • Enjoy each mini-moment.
    • Be present & enjoy each Mini-moment mentioned above: slow deep breaths, stretch, body awareness, eat snack, drink water. All of these help you gain awareness to your own body, your own needs, and your daily health.

Spiritual Mindfulness & Self-care

spiritual mindfulness ideas

What brings you hope?  Peace?

We spend so much time picking out gifts, sometimes we forget to focus on our spiritual relationship with a higher power.  We are created for relationship with our God, our Creator.  

Focus on being present with your spirit, your deeper connection.  What brings your peace?  Gives you hope?  

Focus 5 minutes on connecting spiritually and giving thanks.  Improve your spiritual mindfulness practice & self-care with these tips:

A thankful heart is good medicine.

  • Sing & hope
    • Sing a song of thanks, hope, or joy with all your energy.  This helps fill your spirit with positive thoughts and hopeful energy.
  • Peace practice
    • Practice being at peace in your soul, your heart, your self.  We are so busy practicing to improve, to learn something, to compete.  This helps practice being at peace.  
    • Learn how it feels to be at peace.
  • Community
    • Gather with community who connect spiritually with you.  Be present with them and with yourself.  This helps you be more present and more in touch with people around you.
  • Gain awareness
    • Be aware of your mood, your thoughts, your experience as you connect spiritually.  This helps you grow in awareness and in understading of your own experiences.
  • Share hope & peace
    • Share hope & peace this Christmas season!  Practice sharing a bit of time, your smile, your helping hand to those in need.  This will help feed your soul, and fill your hope & peace in humankind.
  • Relax with peace
    • Be aware and focus on the calm, peaceful parts of yourself, this will help relax the tense parts as well.  This will help you grow your hope & peace within.

Mental Mindfulness & Self-Care

Being present with one thing at a time.

I think one the hardest thing during the holidays is the busy schedules and extra responsibilities.  To help relieve stress & improve self-care, it can really help to be present mentally with what you are doing.

Try focusing on one task at a time to improve mental mindfulness & self-care.  I know it’s hard, but it’s so worth it.  Here’s some tips:

  • Positive focus
    • Read something positive, motivational, or helpful.  Fill your mind with positive words & thoughts.  This will help you grow in positivity.
  • Recovery time
    • Give yourself time to recover from the hustle bustle.  Take a rest.  Say no to new commitments, no adding more responsibility.  This wil help you recover, rejuvenate, and refresh.
  • People like to be helpful.
    • You cannot do it all, you’re not superhuman, darn it.  Delegate or ask people to help out.  People liked to be helpful, tell them how much you appreciate their help.  
    • Be genuine.  This will help you grow a community of support.
  • Take a break break.
    • Look outside.  Watch a fun video.  Do something different to give your brain a break from the fast pace.  This will help you breath and gain a new perspective.

Emotional Mindfulness & Self-care

Focusing on positive self-care builds positive experiences

We have enough to worry about every day, so it’s vital to take time for positive self-care.  Yes, self-care in itself is positive, so what’s the point? 

Well, focusing on positive self-care builds positive emotions, positive thoughts, positive experiences.  

We all could use more positive experiences during the Christmas season.  Here’s some tips on gaining positive emotional mindfulness & self-care:

  • Laugh out loud.  
    • Look at funny animal videos, they’re hilarious.  Watch a funny movie.  This wil help you laugh and boost endorphines (happy hormones).
  • Turn negative into positive
    • Reframe negative thoughts into positive thoughts.  There’s usually a way to see a positive in every situation.  
    • If you’re strugglng, ask a friend to help.  This will help you have hope to keep moving forward.
  • Live-giving
    • Choose life-giving activities.  What give you life, passion, joy?  Make sure to do some of these activities during this Christmas season.  This will motivate you with reasons to live life fully.
  • Be around positive people.
    • The people you hand around actually influence your brain growth, your body health, your spiritual wellness, and your overall self-care.  
    • Choose them wisely.  Be kind to yourself.  This will help you to be more positive.

Which Self-care was the most helpful?

Share your more helpful self-care practices & help us gather more ideas to share with others.

I hope these Mindfulness & Mini-moment tips are helpful for you during this Christmas holiday season.  

If this information is helpful, please share it with a friend.  

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I’d love to hear about your journey towards wellness, including your favorite self-care ideas! What obstacles are in your way 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.

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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

 

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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How to Create 12 Multisensory Safe Spaces in Mind, Body, and Spirit

How to Create 12 Multisensory Safe Spaces in Mind, Body, and Spirit

Multisensory Safe Spaces
Life is stressful, so having safe spaces is essential.  Having a back-up plan  of safe spaces is very helpful when you’re in a potentially de-stabilizing situation.   Having safe people and safe spaces can be very helpful, but not always realistic.  So, when external safe spaces are not available, here’s how to create 12 multisensory safe spaces for internal safety & stability.

Important: 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 can help you find a counselor and other resources that may be helpful.

Disclaimer: Please note that this blog contains affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase through these links, the price will be the same for you.  And I’ll receive a small commission that helps support my blog and my family.  Hope you have a blessed day!

What is Safety?

First, to get a bigger picture of safety, what’s does unsafe usually mean?

Unsafe = fear, danger, risk, harm

So, fear would be opposite of feeling safe.  I am usually afraid when I am in danger, or feel like I am in potential danger.

Being around toxic people, conflict interactions, and tense environments can seem potentially dangerous and risky. 

De-stabilizing situations can cause  a person’s reaction  to spiral, increasing in anxiety, triggers, fear, addictive patterns, and unhelpful behaviors.

So, now let’s tackle what safety usually means:

Safe = protected, unharmed, secure, 

  • Being in a safe environment
  • Having safe people around you
  • Making safe choices
  • Having an inner peace of safety and stability
  • Feeling comfortable to be yourself
  • Having confidence to follow your dreams

Now that we understand what safety is, we can focus on how to create safety.

Back-Up Plans

I came away from a Sandtray Therapy training with a playlist of our favorite anthem songs.  These songs lift me up, give me hope and stability, and surround me with safety.  These songs are now part of my back-up plan to lift me up when I’m in a de-stabilizing situation.  

This reminds me of how Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step Addiction Recovery Groups focus on always having a back-up plan.  So, when a recovering alcoholic is feeling tempted, their back-up plan includes having 10 people ready to call to help them.  

It’s important that these 10 people give encouragement, hope, and a reason to stay on track.

Just like back-up plans give:

  • Support
  • Hopefulness
  • A way to stay safe

Moms Carry Back-Up Clothes

How many moms carry back-up clothes for their little ones in their diaper bag? The back-up clothes sure come in handy when your little one gets all messy and suddenly has to change.  

Having a back-up plan is like having an extra set of clothes to wear when you spill coffee all over you. Back-up plans can help when you’re feeling unsure, surprised, or scared. 

Unique Multisensory Safe Spaces

Unique Multisensory Safe Spaces

Check out these 12 ways to create safe spaces, each with specific examples and ideas.  Then maybe you will be able to find ways to create your own personalized safe space.  

In the list below, there are style attributes in parenthesis ( ) listed next to each safe space,  These attributes describe different learning styles and unique qualities people prefer.  Sometimes, people need a coping skill that matches their learning style or unique preference. 

Multisensory approaches can meet people’s unique needs, offering specific coping skills for different situations.

Multisensory approaches:

  • Mind/thoughts
  • Body/kinesthetic
  • Spirit/spiritual/mindfulness
  • Heart/emotions
  • Auditory/music
  • Verbal/auditory 
  • Sensory/touch
  • Nature/spiritual/kinesthetic

Other times, it can help to try something new, especially if you’re in a dry spiritual season of life. Life transitions bring new changes and a need for learning new coping skills.

Create 12 Multisensory Safe Spaces in Mind, Body, and Spirit  

May these coping skills bring you peace, safety, and stability to move forward and grow on your journey of life.

1.     Playlist of Songs: empowering(music/auditory, spiritual/mindfulness)

  • Start with 1 favorite song, add a 2nd inspiring song, add a 3rd comforting song
  • Sing out loud, helps gain mastery and empower confidence 
  • Write the words out to your favorite 3 songs, these are your theme songs

2.     Affirmations (mind/mindfulness, verbal, auditory)

  • Empowering Affirmations
  • Kind Affirmations
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Self-Compassion Breaks

3.     Body movement = Symmetry moves, bi-lateral stimulation (body/kinesthetic, spiritual/mindfulness)

  • Walking, moving each leg and each arm
  • Hug – give yourself a hug, wrap your arms around your chest & shoulders, tap your shoulders, squeeze yourself withlove
  • Yoga poses — Child’s pose

4.     Go outside (sensory, spiritual/mindfulness)

  • Touch a tree
  • Feel the air/wind
  • Sit in the sunshine

5.     Meditations (mind, spiritual/mindfulness, verbal, auditory)

  • Apps — Hearing a calm voice lead you through a meditation
  • Affirmations– reading them out loud to yourself
  • Self-Compassion Affirmations– read & write them for yourself 

Insight Timer app

Calm app

6.     Grounding (spiritual/mindfulness)

  • Grounding steps – intentionally walk, firmly place each foot on the ground
  • Feet on the ground/floor – Place your feet firmly on the floor, being present
  • Sit on the ground/floor– Feel the ground beneath your seat

7.     Body Scan (body, mindfulness)

  • Notice tense & relaxed parts of your body
  • Start at your head and work your down towards your feet.  
  • Moves your thoughts focusing on your body and gets the thoughts out of the cycle stuck in your head.

8.     YouTube: Meditation Relax Music (auditory/music, spiritual/mindfulness)

  • Watch calming scenes of nature
  • Hear beautiful calm music
  • Relax your mind and emotions 
  • Signing bowls
  • Flowing water

9.     Hands-on activities: both hands (kinesthetic/body)

  • Knitting
  • Cross-stitch
  • Painting
  • Play dough
  • Baking
  • Draw with the opposite hand

10.  Mini Nature (outdoors/spiritual) (sensory/touch, spiritual/mindfulness)

  • Stones, gems, rocks, sea shells – feel how smooth, calming 
  • Tea lights, candles, string of lights– see the light and feel hope
  • Mini-sandtray, Zen sandtray– touch the sand, be present

11.  Visual Encouragement (visual, kinesthetic/writing)

  • Write down encouragement on color note cards
  • Hopeful Scriptures
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Visual sketches

12.  Comforting objects (sensory)

  • Weighted blanket 
  • Shawl
  • Energy bracelets
  • Miniatures 

What Creates Safety for You?

So, why not come up with list of resources that create safety.  Start with familiar resources that feel safe, empower hope, and encourage you.  Then brainstorm ways that could be calming, kind and caring to yourself.

Real Life Application:

Considering the 12 Multisensory Safe Spaces:

  1. Which is the most helpful?
  2. What resources help you feel safe?
  3. How does these resources help you feel calm?
  4. What resources help create a comfortable space for you?
  5. Which resources empower you and help you feel confident?
  6. What fills you with hope and inner peace?
  7. Which safe space are you the most likely to use?

Write these items down, you’ll be more likely to remember them and actually use them.

How was this information helpful?

I hope these 12 Multisensory Safe Space ideas are helpful for you, creating a sense of safety and peace right when you need it.  If this information is helpful, please share it with a friend.  

I’d love to hear from you and how these 12 safe spaces help you. 

Join the Wellness Tribe

I’d love to hear about your journey towards wellness! What obstacles are in your way 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

 

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

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TOP 125 Wellness & Relaxation Gift Ideas on Amazon in 2018

TOP 125 Wellness & Relaxation Gift Ideas on Amazon in 2018

Looking for Christmas gifts?  Birthday gifts?  This can be a stressful time of year, so much to do, so many gifts to buy.   I’m curating the TOP 2018 Wellness & Relaxation Gift Ideas this holiday sea son.

I love wellness & relaxation gifts!!   It’s like having your own relaxation & personal spa in your own home.  

Want help finding gifts?

Want to know about fantastic deals & great gift ideas?  This is the perfect time of year to find great Wellness & Relaxation gifts.  I buy most of my Christmas gifts between Black Friday & Cyber Monday.  

I am curating fantastic deals and would love to share them with you!  

Be the First to Know!

Here are 3 ways to be the first to know about specials this season! 

Important: Please note that this blog contains Amazon affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase through these links, the price will be the same for you, and I’ll receive a small commission.  Hope you have a blessed day!

Categories of Wellness & Relaxation Gift Ideas

This blog post lists the TOP 125 wellness & relaxation gift ideas in 2018, with benefits & options.  Here’s the categories of wellness & relaxation gift ideas:

  • Aromatherapy: (16) holiday essential oils, (4) essential oil blends, (3) diffusers, and (3) carrier oils
  • Sound Therapy: (4) sound machines
  • Massage Therapy: (8) portable massagers
  • Light Therapy: (4) portable lighter therapy machines
  • Smart Watches (4) & accessories (4)
  • Fitness: (4) Yoga supplies, (2) Smart Digital Scales, (2) EKG monitor
  • Personal Spa supplies (8)
  • Homeopathic Relief (4)
  • Vitamin Supplements (35)
  • more Wellness Gift Ideas (20)

Wellness & Wholeness 

What is Wellness?  It’s the state of being in good overall health as a goal.

Wellness = Wholeness = Health

For many of us, we want to be healthy, whole, and well.  So, let’s do this together!  Let’s improve our wholeness, health,  and wellness.

Wellness & Relaxation gifts can help you:

  • Optimize health
  • Promote healing
  • Improve wellness
  • Enrich self-care

TOP 125 Wellness & Relaxation Gifts on Amazon in 2018

MooreWellness.Life helps all ages improve their wellness in mind, body, and spirit.  

This is a list of the TOP 2018 Wellness & Relaxation Gifts.  

This holiday season, we are enhancing mental health & physical wellness through:

  • wellness tips
  • relaxation supplies
  • gift ideas

Wellness Gifts: Aromatherapy

Essential Oils

I love my essential oils and my diffusers!!  Every day, I use essential oils to help with trauma recovery, anxiety, vertigo (inner ear dizziness), congestion, headaches, and sleep.

Benefits of essential oils:

Psychcentral.com and Dr. Axe both list many benefits of essential oils in boosting mental health & physical wellness.

  • Improve sleep
  • Uplift your mood 
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Support emotional well-being
  • Relax your body
  • Soothe sore muscles
  • Relieve pain
  • Improve digestion
  • Fight colds & flu symptoms

My favorite essential oils are Young Living, particularly for using in my roller bottles on my skin.

For diffusers, I also use some essential oils from Amazon.

TOP Holiday Essential Oils:

  • Peppermint  
  • Cinnamon
  • Orange
  • Nutmeg
  • Cedarwood
  • Clove bud
  • Ginger
  • Frankincense & Myrrh
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon oil
  • Passion flower 
  • Lemon
  • Tea Tree oil 

Favorite essential oil blends:

Aromaweb.com has over 130 essential oil and aromatherapy guides & articles.  Topics include: introduction to essential oils, safety of essential oils, what to look for when buying essential oils, and essential oil uses and applications. 

Essential Oil Diffusers

I love diffusers that look great in the space, from my home or my office.  

TOP Diffusers:

  • Room diffuser
  • Locket necklace diffuser
  • Locket bracelet diffuser

Options on Diffusers:

  1. Size of diffuser – match size of space
  2. Humidifier
  3. Ultrasonic
  4. Wood grain
  5. Color changing

The diffusers that light up are awesome night lights that can go off on a timer.  Most diffusers’ lights have settings so the light can stay the same color or change colors.  Children usually like the colors changing. so it’s fun and there are natural essential oils bring healing.

Where do you put Diffusers?

  • Bedroom
  • Living room
  • Bathroom
  • Portable for travel
  • Car
  • Office
  • Waiting room
  • Porches 
  • Patios

Large space?  

No problem, just look for a diffuser that has a large capacity so you can actually smell the delicious essential oils throughout the large space.  

Carrier Oils

I use carrier oil on a daily basis:

  • Carrieroil for essential oils
  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage oil

TOP Carrier Oils:

  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Jojoba oil

Wellness Gifts: Sound Therapy

I love my white noise machines, I have one in my bedroom and then a few at my mental health office.  I am about to get one for my living room and guest room.

“White noise works by reducing the difference between background sounds and a “peak” sound, like a door slamming, giving you a better chance to sleep through it undisturbed. If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, creating a constant ambient sound could help mask activity from inside and outside the house.” National Sleep Foundation

TOP Sound Therapy Machines

  1. Sound Machine
  2. Portable Sound Machine
  3. Sleep buds
  4. Apps

Benefits of Sound Therapy

  • Restful sleep
  • Relaxation sounds
  • Natural sounds

Options of Sound Therapy

  • Non-looping 
  • Night Light
  • Color Lights 
  • Fan

App: Insight Timer

My favorite white noise machine app is Insight Timer.

It’s free, it’s customizable, and it’s portable on your phone!  You can create your own favorite that you can use every night.

Wellness Gifts: Massage Therapy

Oh wow, massages are like heaven on earth!  

Massage Therapy = Bodywork = Manipulation Therapy = proper postural balance of muscles, joints, and the body’s neural-musculoskeletal systems.

Massages Therapy helps reduce pain, stress, and muscle tension. Portable massage therapy can be used by individuals, couples, and families. 

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Calms tension
  • Relaxes muscles 
  • Myofascial release
  • Relief for anxiety, headaches, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and muscle pain.

TOP Portable Massagers:

  • Hand Massagers
  • Neck Massagers, Back Massagers, Foot Massagers, Body Massagers
  • Foam Rollers
  • Massage Lacrosse Balls 
  • Muscle Roller Stick

Options with Massagers:

  • Heat
  • Rechargeable 
  • Kneading massage 
  • Deep tissue
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Muscle knots roller
  • Percussion massage
  • Vibration massage 
  • Chair massage 

Wellness Gifts: Light Therapy

During seasons of little sunshine, it’s important to get light to get enough vitamin D.  Many people need more vitamin D, so portable light therapy machines are convenient sources. 

Light Therapy can be used for:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Depression seasonally
  • Jet Lag
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Adjusting to a nighttime work schedule
  • Dementia

“Light therapy is thought to affect brain chemicals linked to mood and sleep, easing SAD symptoms. Using a light therapy box may also help with other types of depression, sleep disorders and other conditions. Light therapy is also known as bright light therapy or phototherapy.” Mayo Clinic 2017

TOP Light Therapy Machines

  1. Dawn Stimulators
  2. Light Boxes
  3. Natural Spectrum Light Bulbs
  4. Bluewave Technology
  5. Bright Light Sun Visors
  6. A Light on a Timer

Benefits of Light Therapy:

  • Energy lamp
  • Vitamin D supplementation 
  • Portable
  • Compact
  • Personal use

Wellness Gifts: Smart Watches

I LOVE my apple watch!!  My cousins LOVE their Fit Bits!  Either way, a smart watch is awesome when it comes to helping me improve my wellness.

I got my smart watch to monitor my heart rate and help me increase my steps.  Did it work?  Yes!!  And it helps me stand more so I’m not sitting too much in one day.

I need to see a visual throughout the day, and it’s always with me, so it’s perfect.  Beautiful, convenient, and helpful, which is a win-win for me.

Benefits of smart watches:

  • Track fitness
  • Measure steps
  • Monitor heart rate
  • Meditation apps

TOP Smart Watches

  • Fit Bit
  • Apple Watch 

Smart Watch Accessories:

  • Straps
  • Charging Cables

Wellness Gifts: Fitness

We want to get in shape and feel good physically, so fitness products and accessories can be so helpful.   Plus stretching our body helps relax our thoughts and emotions as well.

TOP Yoga Fitness

Mindfulness exercises and stretches help center and ground the body-mind-spirit.  Practicing yoga and body movement can be done in a yoga studio or in your home.

Yoga benefits include:

  • Increased flexibility.
  • Increased muscle strength and tone.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury.

TOP Digital Scales

Benefits of Digital Scales

These type of scales are pretty cool.  Here’s what they can include:

  • Bluetooth
  • Smart scales – sync to your smart phone
  • Wireless 
  • BMI – body fat 

TOP EKG Monitor

Benefits of EKG Monitor

  • Wireless 
  • Measures heart rate
  • Monitors heart rhythm
  • Tracks heart symptoms 

Wellness Gifts: Personal Spa

Create your own Spa day in your home or office with these Personal Spa gift ideas.  Give the gift of spa to your friends and family, it’s a great idea for parties and host gifts.   

TOP Personal Spa Gifts

  • Hair scalp massage & shampoo brush
  • Telescopic back scratcher
  • Self massage tool for trigger point pain relief
  • Acupressure mat and pillow – pain relief, muscle relaxation
  • Dry brushing with body brushes for lymphatic drainage and cellulite treatment
  • Charcoal blask peel off mask
  • Blue (light) blocking glasses
  • Hammock for two

Wellness Gifts: Homeopathic Relief

When I have cold or flu symptoms or start to feel sick, I take homeopathic remedies.  It’s amazing how quick I start to feel better.  

Now, I’m not saying it’s overnight relief.  Homeopathic relief can take a little longer than pharmaceutical medicine to work, but you’re also not getting the side effects.

TOP Homeopathic Relief

  1. Boiron Oscillococcinum for Flu-like Symptoms
  2. Umcka cCold Care
  3. Boiron Arnica – pain relief
  4. Hyland’s Bioplasma

Wellness Gifts: Vitamins

Every day, I take vitamin supplements that are vital to my health and wellness.  Here’s the top vitamins that you can give as gifts to improve health & wellness.    

TOP 35 Vitamin Supplements

  1. Collagen Peptides
  2. Turmeric Curcumin
  3. Elderberry Gummies
  4. Vitamin D3
  5. Probiotic
  6. AREDS 2 Vitamin
  7. Kids Gummy Vitamins
  8. Magnesium
  9. Hair Vitamins
  10. Colon Detox Supplement
  11. Omega 3 Fish Oil Triple Strength
  12. CoQ10
  13. Ashwaganda
  14. Hair Growth Formula
  15. Creatine
  16. MCT Oil
  17. Holy Basil
  18. Whey Protein Powder
  19. Methyl B-12
  20. Glucosamine with Chondroitin Turmeric MSM Boswellia
  21. Biotin
  22. Women’s Gummy Vitamins
  23. Octane oil
  24. Emergen-C Dietary Supplement Fizzy Drink Powder
  25. Erthritol
  26. Calm Magnesium
  27. Activated Charcoal
  28. Super V Energy Complex
  29. Evening Primrose
  30. Ginseng
  31. Hemp Oil
  32. Krill Oil
  33. Milk Thistle
  34. Apple Cider Vinegar
  35. Ceylon Cinnamon

More Wellness Ideas

What other wellness & relaxation gifts do you love to buy for others or for yourself?  Share your favorite gift ideas, I’m gathering ideas for more blog posts.  Possible blog posts about wellness gifts may include:·     

  • Weighted blankets
  • Yoga mat
  • Eye pillow
  • Scented candles
  • Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp
  • Sensual massage oil with relaxing lavender, almond oil, and jojoba oil
  • Art glass aromatherapy diffuser
  • doTerra deep blue rub
  • Instant Pot Pioneer Woman LUX60 Vintage Floral 6 Qt 6-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
  • Water bottles
  • High speed blender
  • Glass electric tea kettle

Join this Journey towards 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.

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

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

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44 Compassion & Spiritual Self-Care Activities

44 Compassion & Spiritual Self-Care Activities

44 compassion and spiritual self care activities

I love essential self-care activities that are simple, affordable, and enhance wellness.  Especially self-compassion and spiritual wellness activities that can decrease anxiety, perfectionism, and judgment.

How can practicing self-care activities
help you grow in compassion and spiritual wellness?

Let’s see how many affordable self care activities can be done in 15 minutes and relieve stress!

In this blog post:

This blog post shares essential self-care activities that are affordable, simple, and enhance wellness:

  • Compassionate Self-Care
    • 4 Compassion Breaks
    • 10 Compassion Affirmations
  • Spiritual Self-Care
    • 10 Spiritual Wellness Activities
    • 7 Contemplative Spiritual Practices

Disclaimer: This article has educational resources about restoring wellness through trauma recovery, and is based on my research and my experiences.  This information is not meant to take the place of medical treatment, counseling or therapy.  If it would be helpful to talk to someone, wellness resources has information on how to contact a mental health professional in your area.

Compassionate Self-Care

#1 Self-Care Essential Activity: Self-Compassion

The first essential self-care activity may seem easy to do, yet sometimes we don’t even know we’re missing it.

Who do you give love to?

I am really good at giving love to others.  So it surprises me when I realize I am not giving love to myself.

Compassion and Self-compassion can be defined as giving love to others and giving love to yourself.  The difference is who you are giving compassion to, whether it’s to others or to yourself.

Are you hard on yourself?

Can you relate?  When you make a mistake, are you hard on yourself or loving to yourself?

Trauma Recovery & Low Self-compassion

Before I realized I needed self-compassion for inner healing, I didn’t even know I was being so hard of myself.  

Let’s start at the beginning of when I learned about self-compassion being vital in my own trauma recovery journey. 

Many people are hard on themselves; especially trauma survivors.  When someone experiences a trauma, they may blame themselves for somehow causing or not stopping the traumatic event.  So, from that point on, trauma survivors may have a hard time giving themselves  compassion and giving others compassion.

Opposite of Compassion

So what happens if we are stop giving compassion to ourselves and others?  The opposite of compassion is hatred, cruelty, indifference.  Other similar terms could be judgment, criticism, and insignificance.

Judgment and criticism can be familiar daily battles.  For me, It is especially difficult to admit and accept that I expect way too much from myself and that I cannot reach my own expectations.

I think I can always do better, always improve.  But this expectation drives me into perfectionism.

For example, I have a hard time admitting anything negative.  Especially when things are too difficult for me to handle (anxiety), or when I cannot reach my own expectations (perfectionism).  

Anxiety and perfectionism just burden me with more judgment.

Self-compassion is a healing path

Self-compassion heals self-judgment.

Having self-compassion gives me permission to accept when I’m being judgmental and critical with myself.   Then I am able to give myself compassion and love myself even when I make mistakes.

I can be aware and accept things that are less than positive while giving myself self-compassion.

It’s important to choose to see things positively, and this is where self-compassion continues to becomes a pivotal healing path for me.  I can choose to love myself during difficult times, using self-compassion breaks.

Self-compassion Break

  • May I be kind to myself in this moment.
  • May I be safe; may I be strong.
  • May I accept myself, just as I am in this moment.
  • May I give myself any compassion I need.

Kristen Neff has 8 self-compassion exercises on her website, including this one in this blog post: www.self-compassion.org

This form of self-care can be practiced throughout the day, at work and at home, with family and just by myself.

10 Compassion affirmations:

  1. I can love myself when I’m being too hard on myself.
  2. I can give myself grace when I make mistakes.
  3. Being flexible and showing myself compassion helps me be kind to myself.
  4. I choose to show grace to myself.
  5. During difficult times, I choose to love myself.
  6. I choose to see through compassionate eyes.
  7. I can see things positively and with grace.
  8. For inner healing, I give myself compassion.
  9. I am being flexible and kind to myself.
  10. I am showing love to others, to God, to myself.

Practicing self-compassion is practicing self-care at the highest level.

Download Self-Compassion Positive Affirmations

  1. First, download self-compassion positive affirmations
  2. Second, receive an email and click confirmation to receive the download

Congratulations!!  You are now growing in positive wellness!  Post this on your fridge, desk, or mirror, wherever you’ll see it easily.

Oh, the freedom I feel when I am compassionate with myself.

As a result, when I am being more flexible and kind to myself, it is a lot easier to change my goals and be more realistic for myself.

The more I show self-compassion, the more I am sharing God’s love with myself and growing spiritually.

Reflection:

  • How can I share compassion with myself?
  • When would be a good time to share compassion with myself?
Practicing self-compassion is practicing self-care at the highest level.

Enhance Spiritual Wellness

#3 Self-Care Essential Activity: Spiritual Wellness

10 Quality spiritual self-care & wellness activities in 10-15 minutes:

  1. 10-minute meditation
  2. praying while driving (with eyes open 🙂
  3. reading a sacred text
  4. a walking prayer, where you walk and talk to God (quietly to yourself or out loud 🙂
  5. sitting outside in nature for 15 minutes
  6. laying down and resting
  7. being still and listening
  8. mindfulness practice (being present and aware, with acceptance and kindness)
  9. coloring a mandala
  10. prayer doodling  

Spiritual practices, such as mindfulness can help you grow in self-awareness, stay in the present moment, and grow in emotional regulation and self-control.  

Mindfulness can be simple or in-depth if you choose.  So, you can practice mindfulness during the day and night to help relax and calm the body, mind, and spirit.

How does taking care of myself help me grow spiritually?

Contemplative Spiritual Practices:

  1. Creative spiritual practices = journaling, music and singing, improvisation
  2. Generative spiritual practices = visualization, loving-kindness meditation
  3. Stillness spiritual practices = centering, meditation, quieting the mind
  4. Relational spiritual practices = deep listening, storytelling, council circle
  5. Activist spiritual practices = work and volunteering, pilgrimages, vigils and marches
  6. Movement spiritual practices = yoga, labyrinth walking, walking meditation, dance
  7. Ritual/cyclical spiritual practices = retreats, establishing a sacred/personal space, ceremonies and rituals based on spiritual or cultural traditions

The Tree of Contemplative Practices

Contemplative Tree of Spiritual Practices
The Tree of Contemplative Practices

For more information about contemplative spiritual practices, visit www.contemplativemind.org/practices

Grow Closer to God

You may hear that to grower close to God, you need to give up something.  Many people will sacrifice themselves for others, and stop focusing on themselves.

So, this focusing on self may sound counter-productive.  It may feel like you’re going against the norm and could be an obstacle to grow closer to God.

Consider the possibility that enhancing your self-care could help you grow in compassion.  

The practice of slowing down and practicing spiritual practices builds self regulation and compassion for self and others.  

How does sharing compassion with others help me grow spiritually?

The more compassion you have for yourself, the more compassion you will have for God and others.  Loving God, loving yourself, and loving others helps you grow spiritually.

Practicing self care can help you grow in compassion and grow in your relationship with God.

self-care activities = enhance compassion = grow spiritually

Self-care can help you grow closer to your self and help you grow spiritually.

Reflection:

  • What top 3 spiritual practices are you drawn to?
  • Which one spiritual practice would you like to try this week?

Summary of Blog Post:

Choosing to focus on self-care can help you grow in self-compassion, grow in building integrative wellness, and grow in your spirituality.

Practicing Self-Compassion

Building Integrative Wellness

Growing in Spiritual Wellness

I want to hear from you!

I hope this journey helps you improve your self-care and wellness.

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

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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Blogging Benefits Mental Health & Holistic Wellness

Blogging Benefits Mental Health & Holistic Wellness

MooreWellness.Life shares how blogging benefits mental health and holistic wellness.  Blogging helps create mental health space for me to heal and help others.  Would you like to learn how blogging benefits mental health, physical wellness, emotional wellness, and spiritual wellness?  www.moorewellness.life

It’s amazing how blogging benefits mental health and holistic wellness.  Blogging helps create mental health space for me to heal and help others.  Would you like to learn how blogging benefits mental health, physical wellness, emotional wellness, and spiritual wellness?

Benefits of Blogging

How does blogging benefits the mind, body, and spirit?

  • Create a space for healing & mental health 
  • Benefits of blogging for self and for others
  • Why an authentic blog is vital

I’d love to hear what you’re family does for fun, please send me pictures or ideas on FacebookPinterest, or Instagram.

Creating Mental Health Space for Blogging

I first started blogging to get my thoughts and emotions down on paper, to help me step back and look at them.  This safe space helps me process through everything swirling around inside me.

MooreWellness.Life shares how blogging helps create mental health space for healing.  Would you like to learn how blogging benefits mental health, physical wellness, emotional wellness, and spiritual wellness?  www.moorewellness.life

Blogging creates mental health space for healing.

Oh, the relief of the pressure unleashed was seriously helpful from the beginning.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t publish my first writings in my blog for a few years.  For quite some time, writing blog posts was just for my own personal processing and healing.

Why I Started Blogging… for Real

Well, it all started when I wanted to submit an application to be a Presenter at American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference.  This is my professional organization as a counselor, and it’s a bucket list item to present at this conference.  

On the ACA Conference application, they ask for your website.  Well, I didn’t have one.  

So, I thought, why not publish some of your writings on your blog?  Remember, up to this point the blog was private and not published to the public.

Thus began my journey into becoming a blogger.  First, I took an affordable and easy to understand “how to blog” e-course (details on that down below).  Then I began editing my writings to help others more.  

Oh the excitement!!  I found I love writing to help other people.  That is not a surprise considering helping others is one of my core values.

Risks for Blogging

For me, it makes sense to help others through my blog, which means the blog has to be public.

Oh man, to put your writing out there for the public is scary and risky.  What is people don’t like it?  What if they want to fix me (freely advice giving)?  

By being vulnerable, I’m taking chances with rejection and isolation.  

Blogging Brings Healing

Surprise!  Compassion & support are two of the biggest benefits I’ve been blessed to receive by blogging.  

Rejection and isolation are the opposite of what has happened since I started blogging.

Blogging benefits:

  • personal growth, healing, and understanding myself better
  • connecting with people who are in pain & wanting healing
  • bonding with fellow holistic healers
  • creating opportunities in the world for healing & wellness

Blogging & Being Authentic

Being authentic as a blogger is vital to connecting to people!  If I’m fake, people will spot it immediately! 

In my blog, the more I can be real, authentic, vulnerable and not perfect, the more people can relate to me and connect.

Yes, there are risks of of nay-sayers being critical and it will happen the more I reach out. That’s part of the journey of growth. It’s worth reaching out and blogging to grow personally and get support from my tribe.

Blogging Benefits Mind, Body, and Spirit

blogging mind body spirit

There are so many blogging benefits in mind, body, and spirit.

Blogging for Physical Health

Whenever I am sick or struggling physically, blogging helps me slow down and recover.   

I can write a blog while laying in bed and resting my physical energy.

The University of Texas shares more physical benefits of short-term writing out thought and feelings: 

  • enhance immune function
  • lower blood pressure
  • decrease heart rate
  • reduce asthma and arthritis symptoms
  • lessen sleep disturbances in patients with metastatic cancers

Blogging for Spiritual Wellness

Connecting to my God, my higher power, is part of my approach to blogging.  I actually go outside more to write in a peaceful space and it calms my soul.  I connect to God being outside and love weaving in spiritual resources in my blog.

Blogging Improves Self-Care

Blogging has helped me stay focused on self-care and taking care of myself.  The act of writing is one of my ways I practice self-care.  It’s for me and it feeds my soul.

The more I take care of myself and maintain my wellness, the more I can help others!  Blogging helps me have positive resources and energy to take care of others I care about.

I also write about self-care practices, so that in turn helps me be accountable.  If I’m encouraging others to do it, then I need to try to do it myself.

Blogging for Mental Health

American Psychological Association (APA) supports expressing our thoughts and feelings in expressive arts include blogging, journaling, art, music, theatre, and dance.  

When we express our feelings and thoughts, we don’t keep them stuffed inside until they explode.  We process and are able to grow, to connect, to heal.

Just the act of writing slows down our brain and helps us slow down.  Slowing down increases a healing response in our nervous system, which in turn brings healing to our mind, body, and spirit.

Blogging for Emotional Health

Blogging helps enhance local support, as well as connect people to shared experiences of thoughts and feelings.

Even the act of writing to the public community brings people together, enhancing the mental health of the people connecting. This act actually lessens social anxiety and emotional distress.

I write out my thoughts and feelings in my blog posts to help boost wellness.  

How do you express your thoughts & feelings so that they don’t build up and explode on those you care about?

Blogging Feeds Wellness

Blogging benefits include increasing wellness in many areas of life.  Since writing improves wellness, blogging improves wellness.

The more I blog about wellness, the more my own wellness improves.  I’m passionate about wellness!

Did you know wellness heals pain?  Wellness equips people with the skills to recover.  We need wellness to mend, to restore, to be whole.

I blog about spiritual wellness, emotional wellness, physical wellness, and mental wellness. Just to name a few.

What are you passionate about?

Starting a Blog

Interested in starting a blog?

For years, I wanted to start a blog and share it, but didn’t know where to start.  It was so overwhelming.  And I have talked to so many moms and helping professionals who would like to start a blog but don’t know how to begin.  There are so many details to figure out.

One resource has changed my blogging world for the better, and I want to share that resource with you.  I am an affiliate of this resource, and I choose my affiliates very carefully.  I believe in their services, products, and how much they’ve helped me improve.

#1 Favorite Blog Resource

My number #1 Favorite blogging resource is by far Suzi @ Start a Mom Blog.  She’s an Industrial Engineer who used to work for Disney and now stays home with her little ones.  She has turned her blog into a full-time income and helps people, particularly moms start blogs!

 I started blogging through taking fabulous e-courses that taught me:

  • quick guides to navigating blogging
  • expert steps on creating a professional blog
  • affordable resources and tips on blogging

For months, I tried to create my blog and I wasted so much time just trying to learn the terminology and technology!  Suzi saved me months of time with each tip.  Her courses seriously save me mental, emotional, and professional energy to focus on what’s important to me!

I highly recommend one of Suzi @ Start a Mom Blog’s foundational courses!

How to Start a Blog

Here’s the top course I’d start with: Blog by Number.  This course has all the basics you need to know with great step-by-step details including videos and printables to walk you through it.

Blog by Number

Another great option is to get a bundle course, which includes Blog  by Number and more helpful courses.  The bundle: Start a Mom Blog, has two great options:

Start a Mom Blog – 5 Course Bundle

            I started with the Start a Mom Blog – 5 Course Bundle.  It has everything you need to get started, and bonus courses such as Ebook by Number. Because one day, I want to write an Ebook!

If you think you want more pictures on your blog, then the other option to start your blog might be the Start a Mom Blog – Beginning Bundle.  

Start a Mom Blog – Beginning Bundle

Suzi also offers a FREE course that is very helpful, too!

First Month Blog Plan

I Want to Help You!

I want to help you heal and increase your wellness.  How you may ask?  Through wellness skills like self-care ideas and coping skills.  Wellness skills can help boost resiliency, decrease stress, and overcome anxiety & depression symptoms.  

Would you take just a minute to answer this one question, your first gut response would be very helpful.

__ What was your favorite Wellness skill that you’d like to learn more about? (Not sure? Read some of the blog articles and let me know.)

A helpful list for BLOG FOCUS!
 
Every get distracted with what to do next?
 
Have a dream of writing a book?
 
The BLOG FOCUS can help you...
stay on track, see the next step, and go towards your dreams! 
 
1 FREE Download! 
5 Easy Steps
 
Don't forget to click the link below to DOWNLOAD The BLOG FOCUS!

www.moorewellness.life

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Free Printable: BLOG FOCUS

Here’s a free printable I made for myself to help me focus on my blog and my dream of writing a book!

I’m sharing it with you to help you improve your blog focus. That’s what bloggers do, help each other!!

Here is the link to download this free printable:

BLOG FOCUS

Join My Wellness Tribe!

I’d love to get to know you and what helps you cope through stress, find time for wellness & self-care, and overcome mental health symptoms.  

Struggling with emotional hurts?  Anxiety and/or depression symptoms overwhelming?  Trauma triggers causing fight-flight-freeze responses?

Moore Wellness Tribe wants to help you improve your wellness & give you support!

Mental Health Wellness Tribe

Join Moore Wellness Tribe today!

Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to improve your wellness.  Writing each blog article helps me feel happier, more connected, and thankful to be helping others improve their wellness.

I hope blogging benefits your mental health & holistic wellness.  

Join Moore Wellness Tribe to be able to receive wellness ideas, connect with other people who love wellness, and encourage holistic wellness in mind, body, and spirit.

Join Moore Wellness Tribe to be able to receive wellness ideas, connect with other people who love wellness, and encourage holistic wellness in mind, body, and spirit.

I’d love to hear what you’re family does for fun, please send me pictures or ideas on FacebookPinterest, or Instagram.

Blessings,
Beth

Need someone to talk to?

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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