Decluttering Checklist:  KonMari Method & Tidying Up

Decluttering Checklist: KonMari Method & Tidying Up

KonMari Tidying Up CHECKLIST

Marie Kondo’s, Tidying Up, is this fabulous show on Netflix about how decluttering with what Sparks Joy for you.  Read about the KonMari Method, the health benefits of decluttering, where to start, and a KONMARI Tidying Up CHECKLIST.

In this article:

  • KonMari Method
  • Health Benefits of Living in a Clutter-Free Zone
  • Tidying Up: What to tackle first
    • 5 KonMari Categories
    • Decluttering Questions
      • Thanking each item
      • Give away or keep
    • KonMari Folding Method
    • Storage Organization after Decluttering 
  • FREE KonMari CHECKLIST

Free Printables

  • Decluttering Checklist
  • Self-Reflective Guide
  • Positive Affirmations

KonMari Method Decluttering

What is the KonMari Method?

Tidy = bring order, to arrange neatly

Well, you may have heard of the popular Marie Kondo and her show, Tidying Up, on Netflix. It’s unique, it’s fun, and it’s freeing.

You might be confused and wondering if I’m talking about a vacation or a decluttering method. Well, keep reading to find out how decluttering can be all these wonderful things.

Here are a few steps when you are de-cluttering and simplifying to help you move forward.

KonMari Meaning

The real meaning behind KonMari method...

The meaning behind the KonMari method is to bring joy and prosperity to your home, by living in a clutter-free zone.

There is something to this clutter-free idea.  The SpruceGood HousekeepingMartha Stewart encourage using the KonMari method to declutter and organize your home.

Health Benefits of Tidying Up

Perfect spaces are not practical, but living in a uncluttered space has many Health Benefits.

Benefits of Living in a Decluttered Zone

Psychology TodayLivestrong shares health benefits of a uncluttered space:

  1. Creates a sense of confidence and self-efficacy (seeing yourself as competent)
  2. Boosts energy and productivity
  3. Develops creativity
  4. Reduces anxiety
  5. Allows mind wandering and (sometimes) involves physical activity
  6. Reduces relationship and family tension
  7. Find lost treasures.
  8. Improves sleep
  9. Frees up your schedule
  10. Rids home of allergies
  11. Reduces financial pressures
  12. Helps address hidden behavioral issues

Celebrate Decluttering

Make it a special event. 

Get dressed up, or at least don’t wear your sweats with holes in them.

Here’s some ways to celebrate this special event:

Celebrate
  • Put on a fun outfit
  • Turn on some happy music
  • Take a before and after picture
  • Commit to decluttering

Celebrate being able to declutter and start afresh.

Visualize your dream space

Visualize dream space

Visualize what you want, what’s your goal for your home?  

  • Resting & rejuvenation space
  • Hosting family and friends  
  • Play space with your children or grandchildren
  • Creative space

Spiritual Focus Decluttering

Spiritually give thanks to your home for bringing shelter, memories, and a space for you to live.

This is such a unique focus while decluttering and organizing.  I believe this one added benefit is what makes the KonMari method so unique.  

Give thanks

Spiritually giving thanks and being thankful for what we have changes our focus from negative to positive, from grumpy to joyful, and from guilt-ful to thankful.

Thank you Marie Kondo for helping me change my mindest!  

More on mindset in this article.

Acknowledge your feelings.

The more we avoid our feelings, the more we suffer in silence.

The more we learn to live with our feelings, the more we live in harmony with ourselves.

We cannot separate our chaos and our clutter from our emotions.  So, how we can deal with our emotions and declutter at the same time?

There are tips on how to deal with feelings while decluttering in this article:

The KonMari Goal & Why it Works: Gratitude & Joy

Tidying Up: What to tackle first

Now, the next step is what to tackle first in your home.  

KONMARI Tidying Up Checklist preview

Download what to tackle first in your own printable KONMARI Tidying Up CHECKLIST!!

Declutter First

Choose what to keep first.

What is a favorite item that brings you joy?

Choosing what to keep may be difficult and seem stressful.

In this article, there are helpful self-reflection questions to ask yourself that can help you choose what to keep.

Choose one category

Choose one category to work on at a time.

This is where it’s different from most organizing and decluttering methods.  The KonMari Method focuses on one category at a time, not the location.

This really helps because focusing on one category helps you see all the items you own in that category.

Check out the categories below, there are 5 main categories in the KonMari method. 

KonMari Order of Decluttering

There is an order of decluttering.  

The KonMari method starts with clothes, probably because that’s the one thing we need each day and this category can get out of hand really quick.  

5 KonMari Declutter Categories

5 categories of KonMari Method

The main categories in order are: clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous, and sentimental. 

  1. Clothes
  2. Books
  3. Paper
  4. Miscellaneous (Komono)
  5. Sentimental

Each of those categories have sub-categories.  

For example, clothes can be further broken down when decluttering: tops, bottoms, jackets, socks, and so on.

KonMari Decluttering: Clothes

Gather all your clothes from around the house, including out of season clothes, pajamas, everything. Pile them on your bed or floor. Keep items that spark joy, and let go of all the other items.

Pick up each item and thank it for being there for you.  Now, ask yourself if each item sparks joy for you. Keep items that spark joy, and let go of all the other items.

KonMari clothes

KonMari: Clothes

  • Tops, shirts, sweaters, hoodies
  • Bottoms, pants, shorts
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Bras
  • Socks
  • Scarves
  • Belts
  • Jackets
  • Costumes
  • Uniforms
  • Swimsuits
  • Workout clothes

You can include these items now or later with miscellaneous (step 4), but now might be easier than later.

Clothes continued:

  • Shoes
  • Boots
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • Bags

KonMari Decluttering: Books

I love books, so much that I wanted a whole room for a personal library one day!  I hate to throw out any books, ever!  So, decluttering books takes on a whole new meaning with the KonMari method.  I need clean, ordered space around me to think clearly and work on my projects I really care about!  So, it’s worth a try!!  

KonMari books

First, assemble all your booksaround the entire house, and put them on your living room floor.  Now touch the books to wake them up, since they’ve probably been sleeping for awhile. Just don’t open them up to bring on false joy.  

KonMari: Books

  • Cookbooks
  • Textbooks
  • General books
  • Kids books
  • Magazines
  • Reference books
  • Phone books

It’s not about if the book is a good book, or if you might read it again one day.  The main question is does it bring you joy?  Will this book help you on your journey ahead?  If yes, keep it.  If no, give it away, quickly before you change your mind.

KonMari Decluttering: Paper

Okay, this would be my second hardest category to declutter.  I have piles of paper that I love to file and keep forever.  Yep, forever. So, getting rid of paper is a heavy task.  But oh so worth it if I can get to my desk again!!

Organize all of your paper, important and non-important.  Put it all on the dining room table and organize the papers into 3 piles: (1) papers that need attention, (2) papers you need to keep short-term, and (3) papers you need to keep forever.  

KonMari: Papers

  • Coupons
  • Receipts
  • Taxes
  • Files
  • Warranties
  • Instruction Manuals
  • Important documents (mortgages, birth certificates)
  • Bills
  • Greeting cards
  • Handouts
  • Recipes
  • Notes

TIP: Paper & Taxes

It’s also good to keep a few years of tax returns.

– Paper that needs attention (Bills to be paid, forms to be filled out, etc.)
– Paper you need  to keep short-term (Tax documents for the current year, warranties, etc.)
– Paper you need to keep forever (Contracts, mortgage paperwork, birth certificates, etc.)

If you still have too much stuff after going through all the papers, go through it all again.  This time you may be able to get rid of more papers you don’t need.

TIP: Scanning Papers

Try scanning papers that are important but you don’t want to keep around the house.

Now throw out everything else!! 

File each category and label it so you can easily file throughout the year.

TIP: Plan Purging

Plan a little time to go through the paper files on a regular basis, so it doesn’t stack up too bad.  Some people purge weekly, some purge monthly.

KonMari Decluttering: Komono = Miscellaneous

Wow, this seems like a lot, because it’s everything else in your house and garage!! Except for anything sentimental, that’s the last category.  

Amanda @ loveandrenovations.combreaks this category down into a few subcategories to help her stay motivated and focused.  She has one blog post on kitchen & bathrooms, and another post on living spaces.

Komono includes all miscellaneous:

  • General
  • Kids items
  • Toys, games, puzzles
  • Pets stuff
  • Craft supplies
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Bathrooms
  • Garage
  • Shed
  • Porches
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Decorations
  • Bedding & Linens
  • Towels
  • Entertainment

Marie Kondo might say to do it all at once, not sure.  I say, whatever keeps you motivated and focused to keep going!

Consider the valuable space each item is taking up, and toss all the items not bringing you joy! 

KonMari Decluttering: Sentimental

This is a good category to be saved for last!  Because after you go through the first 4 categories, you will have a new mindset and be prepared to tackle the hardest things to let go of… sentimental items. 

Sentimental includes anything that is meaningful to you.  Whatever has value for you can also be sentimental to you. When you’re looking through your stuff, do you get emotional about even thinking about getting rid of any of it?  

Well, I get it!!  I am so sentimental with so many of my things, that I have a hard time getting rid of most of my stuff.  So, this method is such a game changer for me, because it is helping me reframe how to look at stuff I care about.

KonMari: Sentimental Items

  • Photos
  • Journals, diaries
  • Memorabilia
  • Scrapbooks
  • Personal letters
  • Heirlooms
  • Trophies

Keep reading to help you declutter & find joy:

  • decluttering questions 
  • sharing thanks 
  • give away or keep
  • KonMari folding method
  • organize after decluttering 

Need a Checklist?

Check out tips on how to work through deciding if each item brings you joy or not.  

Download these 5 categories in your own printable KONMARI Tidying Up CHECKLIST!!

Decluttering Questions

Ask a self-reflection de-cluttering question about each item. 

  • Does this Spark Joy?
  • Will this item help me move forward?
  • Will this help me toward my goal?

More helpful self-reflection questions in this article:

Does this Bring Me Joy? How the KonMari Method Brings Joy

Free Guide: Positive Affirmations

The KonMari key isgratitude plus joy!!  It’s that simple yet so important!!  

I hope you enjoy these positive affirmations and self-reflection questions as mush as I do!!

KONMARI Positive Affirmations preview

Download these KONMARI: Positive Affirmations & Self-reflective GUIDE!

You can use these positive affirmationsanytime and with anything in your life. Check out tips on how to decide what brings you joy.

Thanking Each Item

Thank each item for helping you, being there for you, having a purpose at one time.

Gratitude, being thankful, sharing thanks … this key ingredient in the KonMari method is vital to changing your mindset from guilt to thanks!

Read more about how to change your mindset and helping you find joy when decluttering.

Give Away or Keep

Ok, now we are getting to the point in the decluttering process that we are most familiar with: to give away or keep each item.

This is actually where most organization methods start, skipping essential steps of gratitude and finding joy.

Now that you have focused on one category, and have found joy with a most precious item.  It will be easier to decide what to give away and what to keep.

Put the item in the give away pile or keep pile.

Respectfully let go

Respectfully let go, donate (give away) or store items:

  • brings sadness or pain, does not bring joy 
  • not useful for this season in your life
  • keeping you stuck, not helping you move forward
  • just holding onto it because someone gave it to me, feel guilty giving it away

Respectfully allow these items to bring joy to someone who could use them right now.

FREE Self-reflective GUIDE

KONMARI positive affirmations preview

Download these KONMARI: Positive Affirmations & Self-reflective GUIDE!

STUCK? Not sure what to do?

If you’re struggling or stuck, that can be expected for a variety of reasons.  

Find tips to get unstuck in this article: Does this Bring Me Joy? How the KonMari Method Brings Joy.

Tips in article:

  • get unstuck 
  • move forward
  • clarify what joy means to you

KonMari Folding Method

Keep items are folded a certain way for more efficient use, easily visible and accessible.

Visual examples can be really helpful, check out my Pinterest Board: Home Organization & the KonMari method.  Here is where I pin my favorite KonMari Method tips, checklists, and visual inspiration.

Check out the visual images on my KonMari Pinterest Board of the KonMari method of folding includes all clothing & linens:

  • Clothing
    • pants
    • shorts
    • shirts
    • underwear
    • hoodies
  • Linens
    • towels
    • sheets, even the bottom sheet!!
    • wash rags
    • dish towels

Additionally, here’s a website with some pretty simple steps on folding KonMari style: goop.com

Organize after Decluttering

Yeah, now it’s onto organizing after everything is decluttered.

KonMari Boxes & Storage

The KonMari method is great at organizing all the joyful items into boxes and storage containers.

Storage boxes & containers help the new organization stay clean & easy to find. 

Store the items that are out of season in a storage container, maybe something you have around, like shoeboxes or baskets.  

This is also a great place to invest in organization trays for drawers, and boxes for closets.

Store Similar Items

Store similar items together so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for.

For example, keep short sleeve shirts together, then arrange them by color. Keep books you use often on the same shelf. Keep pots and pans in the same cabinet.

KonMari Decluttering Checklist 

KONMARI Tidying Up Checklist preview

Whoop, whoop!! I love checklists!!

Checklist make my life way more manageable and simpler. Need to know what to do next? Look at your checklist.

Download your own printable KONMARI Tidying Up CHECKLIST!! 

SUMMARY OF THIS ARTICLE:

  • KonMari Method
  • Health Benefits of Living in a Clutter-Free Zone
  • Tidying Up: What to tackle first
    • 5 KonMari Categories
    • Decluttering Questions
      • Thanking each item
      • Give away or keep
    • KonMari Folding Method
    • Storage Organization after Decluttering 
  • KonMari Checklist

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The KonMari Mindset & Why It Works: Gratitude & Joy

The KonMari Mindset & Why It Works: Gratitude & Joy

KonMari method sparks joy: clean and inspiring

Why Organize Now?

Inspiration & Bringing Joy

Want inspiration to tidy and bring joy to your home? The KonMari mindset has inspiring steps for those who are ready to dive in and create order out of chaos! Is this the tidying season in your life?

First of all, I love organization shows, they inspire me to organize and clean my space around me. Second of all, anytime of year is a great time to get rid of all the extra stuff around.  

In this article:

  • The KonMari Goal & Why it Works: Gratitude & Joy
    • The Real Goal of KonMari Method
    • One Reason KonMari Method Works: New Mindset
    • Guilt vs. Gratitude
  • Attitude of Gratitude
    • Being thankful brings joy!

Is this your season?

We all have seasons of life, some are in seasons needing calm experiences and others are in seasons needing order. What season of life are you in?

  • School/College
  • Raising children
  • Working full time
  • Supporting spouse or partner

After birthdays, Christmas, school year, we always seem to have extra stuff, right?  If this is your season of life that order would help, try a few tips from Marie Kondo, the guru who created the KonMari method.

So, let’s dive into what this amazing organizing KonMari method is all about.

Organizing for Mental Health

When my space is cluttered, it effects my mind, heart, and spirit.  I have a hard time keeping organized, which causes me stress, which causes sadness or disappointment.  

KonMari Method Checklists

To help me stay inspired (especially after I watched all the shows!!), I created a Pinterest Board: Home Organization & The KonMari Method.  Now, I can pin my favorite KonMari Method tips, checklists, and visual inspiration.

Want your own printable KonMari Method CHECKLIST?? More about the checklist in the next article coming soon.

De-cluttering Cleanses the Soul

There’s something soul-cleansing about de-cluttering! You get to decide what is important to you, how much joy it brings you.

You also get to decide what does not bring you joy. Therefore, you give it away.  

Viola!!

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clean space = calm space

So, when I have a clean and orderly space around me, I function better in so many ways!

Here’s just a few ways a calm space helps me:

  • More time to enjoy life and spend less time cleaning.
  • Think more clearly because my thoughts stay organized.
  • Focus on my goals because I’m less distracted, with less stuff around.
  • Feel calmer & more at peace in calmer, peace-filled spaces.
  • Better connection with myself, my God, and my friendships in spaces that bring me joy.

Why KonMari Method?

Great question because there are many great cleaning and organizing methods.  I kept wandering what all the hype was about the KonMari Method. So, I started watching Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix, Tidying Up.  

There’s something fun about watching Marie get so excited about people’s messes.  She even jumps up for joy when she sees a big pile of clutter that might make some people run.  She’s so fun and inspiring to watch.

KonMari’s Goal

Marie Kondo’s goal of the KonMari method is not to force yourself to eliminate your things.

MooreWellness.Life blogs about Marie Kondo’s real goal.  Tip: the KonMari method is NOT to force yourself to eliminate your things.  Learn more about the Real Goal of the KonMari Method…
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Did you hear that???

The Real Goal of KonMari Method

The goal of the KonMari method is to confirm how you feel about every item you possess.

Goal = to confirm how you feel bout every item you own

Which brings up the question: how do you feel about the items in your home?

How do you feel?

Many times, we are just trying to survive and feel so much pressure about giving away stuff that we get paralyzed and avoid it all.

Avoid Clutter vs. Joyful Declutter

The more we avoid our clutter, the more our clutter grows into overwhelming mountains of more stuff! This never-ending cycle can be broken… there’s some great tips ahead!

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Avoiding clutter brings more pain.

Dealing with clutter can actually help relieve discomfort. Knowing how to deal with the clutter in a positive & joyful way is the key!

That’s why it works so well in so many areas of life actually.  

Allow feelings to flow

When we can allow our feelings to flow like a river streaming pass us, we can live in harmony with ourselves.

Otherwise, we are fighting ourselves and our feelings, getting exhausted while at the same time getting sick physically and mentally.

Allowing feelings to flow can help us realize:

  • Feelings are temporary
  • This feelings will pass
  • Others have experienced something like this
  • I am not alone
  • My feelings are trying to help me

One Reason KonMari Works: New Mindset

This is where the magic happens internally, I think. 

Starting off with a certain attitude will help you tidy up, it’s the one reason I think the KonMari method works.

What’s your current mindset on tidying?

New Mindset: Being Thankful

Marie Kondo starts off by greeting the house with gratitude and invites the home owners to greet their home with gratitude, too. 

Have you thanked your home lately?

How often do you stop and thank your home for giving you shelter?  I know I personally have not done that since I moved in, which is too many years ago.

Share Thanks

MooreWellness.Life blogs about the KonMari method and how the more we are thankful, the less guilt we feel.  Here are tips on how to show thanks while tidying up…
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Start by taking a moment and sharing thanks! Give thanks for your home for giving you shelter & your clothes for helping you feel beautiful.

  • Giving thanks
  • Sharing intentions
  • Spreading hope

By starting out with gratitude, it teaches us to be thankful for what we have and how it has helped us. 

It is a beautiful tradition to practice, intentionally be grateful.

Guilt vs. Gratitude

Many times, we feel guilty giving away items we own.  It’s hard to deal with the guilt, which holds us back from tidying.

Gratitude lessons the guilt.

The more we are thankful, the less guilt we feel.  

  • Feel less Guilt about giving away the items we care about
  • Associate less Guilt about the items people gave us
  • Let go of the Guilt about items that we might use one day

When you’re feeling guilty about giving something away, try being thankful for the item instead.  It will warm your heart with joy. 

Here are tips on how to show thanks during tidying up.

Attitude of Gratitude

This attitude of gratitude changes everything in my opinion.  

Being thankful lessons the guilt.

Be thankful for the items that have helped you and have been there for you.

Marie Kondo teaches the home owners to give thanks to each item they are considering.  

Being thankful

  • Thank you shirt for being there for me.  
  • Yeah, Thank you pants for helping me look good.  
  • Oh, and Thank you socks for keeping my feet warm.

Instead of getting all upset and feeling guilty with your mountain of clothes, try showing thanks and appreciation for the times your clothes have helped you.  This changes our attitudes while cleaning out our clutter. 

Now, the we each can giving thanks for our stuff one item at a time.  This gratitude gives us closure in a sweet, caring way.  

Now, the next step is what to tackle first in your home.  

More on that topic in the next article!

SUMMARY OF THIS ARTICLE:

  • The KonMari Goal & Why it Works: Gratitude & Joy
    • The Real Goal of KonMari Method
    • One Reason KonMari Method Works: New Mindset
    • Guilt vs. Gratitude
  • Attitude of Gratitude
    • Being thankful brings joy!

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Free Printables: Decluttering Checklist of the KonMari Method & Where to Start

  • Decluttering Checklist
  • Self-Reflective Guide
  • Positive Affirmations

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Does this Bring Me Joy?  How the KonMari Method Brings Joy

Does this Bring Me Joy? How the KonMari Method Brings Joy

Can the KonMari Method & Marie Kondo help bring you joy?

Ok, I found a show that really does bring joy in my home, especially helping with organizing & decluttering!! I love watching Marie Kondo on her show, Tidying Up, on Netflix.  I started watching the first season and before I knew it, I was on season 6. 

In this article:

  • Ask Yourself: Does This Bring Joy?
    • Moving forward brings joy
    • What to Keep Forever
  • Bonus: Joy Scale
  • Where to start & why

Tidying Up on Netflix Brings Joy

Have you seen Tidying Up on Netflix?

It’s a fresh of breath air for me, there’s something unique about her style of organizing and decluttering! It’s changing the way people see clutter, mess, and disorder.

Well, keep reading to learn how to organize and bring joy!

Ask Yourself: Does this Bring Joy?

The most important self-reflection question Marie Kondo asks is “Does this bring me joy?”

Self-reflection questions help confirm how you feel about every item you possess.  

Most Important Question

Ultimately, this is the most important question to ask yourself:

Do I feel joy with this item?

Does this bring me joy?

Let’s say you’re going through your clothes, you pick up each item and ask yourself this one simple question: Does this bring me joy?

What does ‘bring joy’ mean exactly?

Excited Joy

Well, if the item brings you excited joy, you might:

  • feel proud wearing it
  • love the way you felt when having this item
  • maybe you feel really excited about this item
  • feel happy when around this item

Feel stuck? What joy?

If you still feel stuck and unsure about how an item makes you feel, you may not be sure if the item bring you joy.

Any Spark of Joy?

So, prioritize by finding one item that you know brings you true joy.

  • Choose what you really love & find joyful.
  • Do you see anything in here that clearly sparks joy for you?

When you are going through clothes for example, it might help to choose a piece of clothing that you love to wear.  One person may choose a favorite bathrobe, another might choose a favorite shirt.  

Your favorite items bring will bring you joy.

Now that you have chosen what you really love and find joyful, you will know what that feels like for that clothing item to bring you joy.  

Still stuck? Read below for my very own bonus tip I use with the KonMari method.

Moving Forward Brings Joy

Moving forward can be difficult.

Sometimes, you may have trouble moving forward, and feel overwhelmed.  When these emotions flood over you, it can be difficult to logically decide what to keep and what to let go of.

  1. With each category, ask yourself what will help you move forward.
  2. Maybe you could start by tackling a less difficult area. Then work your way up to a harder area. Read the next article, about which areas to tackle first.
  3. There are self-reflections questions that can help you move forward. 

De-clutter questions to ask yourself:

  • “What would I like to bring with me in the future?”
  • “Will this item be beneficial in my life going forward?”

What to Keep Forever

It’s actually okay to choose certain special items to keep forever!!

As you are focusing on each category, find the one special item that means the most to you. 

Keep Forever Question:

Ask yourself this question:

“What’s the number one item that you will never let go?”

Now you will remember your fullest feeling of joy with your special item, and be able to measure other items to your joy scale.  

Read about my tip that helps me… BONUS: Joy Scale

BONUS: Joy Scale

This is my very own tip that helps me when I’m stuck. Using it with the KonMari Method really helps me move forward!

When emotions get the best of us, there are coping skills we can use that can help us regulate our emotions. One of the coping skills I use often and I’ve seen it help my clients is the scale.

Emotion Scales

Scales are used to help measure emotions, to understand how intense you are feeling an emotion. Scales are a Solution-Focused Therapy approach that help measure the intensity of something, to get a bigger picture of how intense is it.

For me, sometimes it’s easier to measure a feeling on a scale (similar to levels) to understand it’s depth of meaning for me.  If this makes it harder or more complicated, you don’t have to use this scale for de-cluttering.  

Joy Scale

Here’s how the Joy Scale works….

  1. Imagine the feeling of joy on a ladder with 10 rungs (levels). 
  2. Consider the feeling of Joy on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 = being the most joy you can imagine feeling, and 1 = being no joy.  
  3. Ask yourself: “What would I feel about this item on a scale of 1 to 10?”

Cut off level 

With 10 levels on your scale of Joy, what level would you like to indicate it’s time to give an item away? 

Now, what number is your cut off?  

For example, if a 10 is my ultimate joy when I have my favorite dress on, then a dress at a level 5 might be my cut off level. So, I would give away anything that I’d rate at a 5 and under.

SUMMARY OF THIS ARTICLE:

  • Ask Yourself: Does This Bring Joy?
    • Moving forward brings joy
    • What to Keep Forever
  • Bonus: Joy Scale
  • Where to start & why

RELATED ARTICLES:

Where to Start & Why

Great news, there are 2 more articles to help you get more organized and help you de-clutter your space!

Why The KonMari Method Works

Why de-clutter, organize, and clean your space where you live?

Seriously, de-cluttering can be overwhelming.

Check out the simple goal of The KonMari Method and why it works!

Where to Start with The KonMari Method

Now, the next step is what to tackle first in your home.  

Where do you start??

More on that topic in the another article! Yep, that’s 2 more helpful articles about Marie Kondo’s: The KonMari Method.

RELATED ARTICLES:

KonMari Checklist

Helpful?

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

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Difficult Life Transitions & Transformations: How to Manage & Thrive

Difficult Life Transitions & Transformations: How to Manage & Thrive

Difficult life transitions

Life transitions & transformations can be so difficult and you may feel overwhelmed and anxious, wondering how to survive. During transitions, we are forced to change and deal with intense emotions and may need a few good coping skills.

This article includes tips on how to manage & thrive through difficult life transitions. This can be a time of renewal, purpose, and hope.

Read more about how to transform and have a 2nd chance to create a meaningful life.

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.

How to Create a Meaningful Life through Difficult Life Seasons & Transitions

In this article:

How to Transform through Life’s Transitions:

  • Transitions & Transformations: Problems or Opportunities?
    • 2nd Chance Transformations
    • Your Time, Your Choice
  • 4 Stages of Transformation
    • Beginning of a New Season
    • New Development in Mind-Body-Spirit
    • Shedding Old Ways & Cleaning Out the Old Stuff
    • Create an Intentional Life Full of Meaning
  • Transitions & Transformations: Messy and Beautiful
  • 3 Tips for an Easier Transitions & Transformations
  • Bonus: Life Seasons & Transitions

Transitions & Transformations: Problems or Opportunities?

Do you feel stuck in a transition, like this new season was suddenly dropped on you? 

Transitions can feel overwhelming and throw us off our familiar routines!!  If that’s not enough, Transitions can also be hard on relationships with those we care about, making our entire life feel upside down. 

Wait, does it have to be that way?  Transitions don’t have to be all bad… we actually have an opportunity to Transform & improve for the better!  

WHAT?? You may ask…

2nd Chances: Transitions & Transformations 

When Transitions happen, we have an opportunity to transform into who we want to be.  

Transitions can be intended and then other transitions just happen without time to prepare.  

Intentional Transformation can be rejuvenating and meaningful.

Intentional Transformation

So, even after an Un-Intentional Transformation, there is still an opportunity to Intentionally Transform & grow into who you want to be.

Intentional Transformation can be helpful & healthy, an opportunity to grow and develop, a chance to live a life that is amazing and meaningful!!

I am intentionally choosing to transform versus transformation happening to me unintentionally!!  

Will you choose to embrace your transformation?

Your time, your choice, your voice... Intentional Transformation.

Your Time, Your Choice

You have a choice on how you will respond to the transition.  

This is your time! This is your choice!  

You can intentionally choose to transform for the better.

That’s what I want to do, live a transformational life of deep meaning and help others do the same.

How do you transition & transform for the better?

4 Stages of Transformation

Let’s understand what the 4 Stages of Transformation are first.

I love the idea of transformation, the beauty of new beginnings and 2nd chances.  

Examples of Transformation

Examples of transformation in nature and entertainment are in this article: Year of Transformation: Hope, Butterflies, and Trauma Recovery

Difficult Transitions

But in reality, transitions can be difficult when we’re in the middle of it, messy and muddled.  To bounce back quicker and better, sometimes it helps to have guidance seeing the bigger picture and knowing we are not alone.

From life experience and from a little research, I summarize Transformation into 4 stages.  

4 Stages of Life Transitions & Transformations: How to Manage & Thrive through Difficult Life Seasons.
4 Stages of Life Transitions & Transformations:
How to Manage & Thrive through Difficult Life Seasons.

Stage 1: Beginning of a new season

The beginning and infancy of a new season, new life, new beginning can be so …

  • scary and unsure
  • exciting and joyful
  • many emotions, ups and downs

New seasons take lots of energy!

There are so many things to learn in this new season, so there will be a big learning curve.  The more you learn, the more you’ll need to rest and rejuvenate.  Learning takes a lot of energy!

It’s the time absorb knowledge around you from mentors, teachers, and those who have gone ahead of you on the journey.

The more flexible you can be at this stage, the better you will embrace the changes happening.  

Yet, many times I don’t even know it’s a new season until I’m in the middle of it, like in stage 2.

Stage 2: New development in Mind-Body-Spirit

Personal, physical, and spiritual development are just a few ways to grow during transformations.

In the middle of transitions, there are so many opportunities for personal growth and development.  This 2nd stage is the development stage of life-giving resources.

The more life-giving resources you have when transitioning, the easier time you’ll have with change and transformation.

Life-Giving Resources:

First of all, what is life-giving?

Life-giving resources are anything that give you life, brings you joy, helps you feel better. This can include: 

  • people who help you be the best version of you 
  • places that help rejuvenate you when you visit 
  • activities that make you smile 
  • things that give you positive energy

Develop Life-Giving Resources

So, how do you develop life-giving resources?  Consider what resources give you life, vs. drain energy from you.  Now, think about how you can develop more life-giving resources.

  • Personal development includes
    • developing self-identity, friendships, self-confidence. 
  • Physical development includes
    • developing physical goals, limitations, and awareness of health.  
  • Spiritual development includes:
    • forming a sense of a higher being, a higher purpose, and a higher intention in daily life.

Want more help developing Life-Giving Resources?  

Check out the FREE Worksheet –> Personal Growth: Life Seasons & Transitions

Stage 3: Shedding old ways

This 3rd stage is an uncomfortable stage of transformation, yet necessary and vital for the complete cycle of personal growth.  So, let me share how I practice this stage intentionally.

The idea of shedding old ways is not really a positive image to me.  I first think of the snake shedding his skin.  WAIT, don’t run… there’s a better image than that…

A tree shedding it’s leaves…

The key for me is to remind myself of the natural image of a tree shedding it’s leaves during a fall season. 

The tree has to shed it’s leaves to hibernate for winter, and to to get ready for spring. There is hope around the corner… spring is coming.

            Seedling –> tree –> shedding leaves  –> flowers 

I need to allow the shedding of the old ways that are no longer helpful, to have room to accept the new ways that are way more helpful and healing.

Create, Grow, and Beauty through difficult Transitions & Transformations
Transitions & Transformations

Beautiful growth

Create –> Grow –> Beauty

Comfort fills me when I consider the tree sheds to hibernate and then to Grow. As long as I remember that there will be a Beautiful growth as the goal, it will help me shed the old ways.

This is all part of a cycle, with each stage having it’s own season:

Stage 4: Live an Intentional Life

How to Thrive & Create a Meaningful Life through Difficult Life Seasons, Transitions and Transformations.  Read more about tips to handle...

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Create new ways to live an Intentional Life full of meaning

Ah, to breathe in new life is so beautiful and so hopeful.

The stage is worth every minute of the struggle, the pain, and the growth challenges of the first 3 stages. 

Stage 4 is worth the wait!

Well, because now, you have a choice on how you respond.

You get to choose how you want to live!

Living an Intentional Life full of meaning

Stage 4 is all about your choices, your voice, your time!

What is Intentional Transformation?

First, Transformation is …

  1. A thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. A time for renewing, revision, reshaping.
  2. Metamorphosis = A time of transfiguration, conversion, changing.
  3. Induced or spontaneous of one element into another by a significant process
  • A time of shifting, adaptation, adjustment, modification.
  • A season of diversity, innovation, reconstruction, revision.
  • A time of transition, development, progress, and regeneration.

Now, Intentional means…Done on purpose, deliberate, intended, considered, studied, purposeful, willful.

In conclusion, Intentional Transformation means…

            Deliberately and willfully renewing and reshaping a part of your life into another significant form.

How can you transform?

  1. You have a choice to deliberately and willfully transform.
  2. Choose a part of your life that you want to renew and reshape in a significant way.

Need help? Here are helpful tips that can help you on your journey to live a life full of meaning.

Transitions & Transformations: Messy and Beautiful

Transitions & Transformation can be messy, but oh so worth beautiful.

Beginning, Middle & End of Transitions

Beginning of Transitions & Transformations

At first, it can feel uncomfortable and awkward.  Shifts can begin to happen inside, a shift in values, beliefs, expectations, and perspectives.  

There are times it may be hard to figure out what is going on in life, when things feel different.  

Tips on how to manage & thrive through difficult, scary, and shaky life transitions.

Whoa, that’s a lot of shifting going on, right?  At times, it feels like a big earthquake, and can seem shaky and scary.

Remember, to grow into a butterfly, you have to be willing to get messy and go into that chrysalis (like a cocoon).

Middle of Transitions & Transformations

During this time, you may be wandering around trying to find your way, not sure of what is happening really. It can be lonely and sad.

This can be a confusing time and it may be helpful to find a friend to walk with you on this part of the journey.  The key is finding the right person to support you.

Keep in mind, this is the time to shed old ways to make way for new & more helpful ways.

So, if you’re not finding support, search for a group of encouragers online or visit your local church or support group.

End of Transitions & Transformations

You’re almost to the end, don’t give up yet!!  This is the hardest part because you’re probably exhausted and wondering what happens now.

Well, this is the time to create your new path for what’s important to you.  

Take time to brainstorm what brings you Joy

  • what’s important to you
  • become who you want to be
  • intentionally life a life full of meaning 

What Brings You Joy

New article coming soon … What Brings You Joy: Transformations learned from KonMori Method & Marie Kondo

3 Tips for Easier Transitions and Transformations

3 Tips for easier Intentional Transformation

Yep, change is hard for many of us.  So, it can be helpful to have guidance from a friend to help you along the way.

Here’s a little guidance, I hope it is helpful.

3 helpful tips

These are 3 helpful tips to help your transition & transformation be a little easier.  This is from my own experiences and research from clients and other personal growth experts. 

#1 tip: Connect with others.

First, we need support and connections with others, without it we literally don’t thrive or live as long. 

Seriously, people who have little to no friendships live a shorter lifespan.  Research even states that people with few close friendships don’t thrive or meet their goals as well.

"Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much." Helen Keller

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

So, let’s get out there and invest in healthy, life-giving relationships!   

Share with a friend how you are struggling and ask your friend to support you.  As they support you, you may feel stronger and be able to handle your transition easier.

Studies show:

  • You can live longer when you are in relationships with other people
  • You can thrive and you are more likely to meet your goals in relationship with people

#2 tip: Accept and embrace change

Acceptance is key to being able to transform and grow. 

Without acceptance, we just fight it and struggle more.  I talk more about Embracing vs. Fighting Transformation in this article: Year of Transformation: Hope, Butterflies, and Trauma Recovery

Here’s a few helpful ways to accept and embrace change:

  • Try to accept each day and each moment as it happens.

One day at a time is usually enough to handle during times of change. 

  • Try to see the transition from another perspective.

Ask a trusted friend how they would handle this transition if they were experiencing it.  You don’t have to adopt the same perspective, sometimes it can help just to see from another perspective. 

  • Think of the bigger picture.

How will this change effect your life long-term?  Is there hope that things could improve?  

Tip #3: Go with the flow & be flexible.

As life changes, be willing to go with the flow.  Being flexible may sound easy, but it’s literally something we need to practice doing. That’s how it gets easier, practice being flexible in mind-body-spirit.

Is there one thing you could do,
to help this transition be easier for you?

Usually, we fight change.  So, if you were working alongside change, how could you make your life a littler easier?

Download morehelpful tips like this in the FREE Worksheet –> Personal Growth: Life Seasons & Transitions

Choosing Transformation for the Better

This changes everything, because you get to choose how you transform this time!  You get to intentionally choose!

BONUS: Life Seasons & Transitions

Download more helpful tips like this in the FREE Worksheet –> Personal Growth: Life Seasons & Transitions 

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.

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Blessings,
Beth

Need help finding a counselor?

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  • procrastination
  • relaxation skills
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  • personal development

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Traumatic vs. Intentional Transformation

Traumatic vs. Intentional Transformation

Have you ever been through a Traumatic Transformation?  And now you want to choose an Intentional Transformation that is rejuvenating and meaningful with joy, purpose, and hope?  Read  more on www.moorewellness.life

Have you ever been through a Traumatic Transformation? Imagine being able to now choose an Intentional Transformation that is rejuvenating and meaningful. In this article, there’s tips on how to cope & heal after traumatic transformation.

In this article:

Read more about how to heal after Traumatic Transformation through Intentional Transformation.

  1. How to cope & begin to heal after Traumatic Transformation
  2. Different Types of Transformation
  3. How to tell the difference between Traumatic and Intentional Transformation
  4. Options during Intentional Transformation

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.

Types of Transformation

Trauma is sudden, involuntary, no control.  It disconnects people from helpful resources, sense of safety, healthy coping skills, and connections of love.  ~ Tara Brach, 2011

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Whenever someone goes through a sudden, involuntary, and frightening event that they cannot prepare for nor control, it can be a traumatic transformation.  

This traumatic event disconnects the person from their helpful resources, sense of safety, healthy coping skills, and connections of love.
(Tara Brach, 2011)

Traumatic Transformation: 

  1. unexpected, unprepared, unstoppable, and involuntary
  2. frightening experience
  3. disconnects from resources, safety, coping, and love
Trauma is sudden, involuntary, no control.  It disconnects people from helpful resources, sense of safety, healthy coping skills, and connections of love.  ~ Tara Brach, 2011

Read about how to cope and heal from Traumatic Transformation on www.moorewellness.life

Involuntary Transformation

Involuntary transformation means a person has no choice if it happens.  They don’t get to prepare, to be ready, to choose to embrace it.

Frightening Transformation

Traumatic transformation can take awhile to get over; not having a choice to transform from something frightening is a game changer.

A few examples of Traumatic Transformation include bullying, abuse, neglect, accidents, and natural disasters.

During a traumatic transformation, the person:

  • does not have access to their helpful resources
  • do not experience a sense of safety either
  • disconnect from resources, safety, coping, and love

Afterwards, it may be difficult to find the right coping skills and love from those who don’t understand what is happening to you.  

Intentional vs. Unintentional Transformation

There’s a big difference between Intentional Transformation & Unintentional Transformation.

In my research, it is interesting to hear the perspective that transformation is only intentional.  Most people talk about transformation like it’s always positive and always a intentional.

I disagree.  

Intentional Transformation

Intentional Transformation can be helpful & healthy, an opportunity to grow and develop, a chance to live a life that is amazing and meaningful!!

Yeah, this is awesome, right??  

Good news, you get to choose!!

Intentional Transformation 
can be rejuvenating and meaningful.  www.moorewellness.life

Intentional Transformation
can be rejuvenating and meaningful.

Keep reading to learn more about Intentional Transformation and how to Intentionally Transform. 

Before we jump in to understand Intentional Transformation, it’s important to understand that Un-Intentional Transformation happens.

This is where healing begins, by first recognizing the details of Traumatic Transformation.

Un-Intentional Transformation

Traumatic Transformation usually includes the person not getting to choose to transform.

Unintentional Transformation can be harmful, a hurdle of obstacles that are difficult and draining.

What is Unintentional Transformation?

Transformation happens sometimes whether you intend for it to happen or not.  Transformation can be forced, abrupt, random, and involuntary.

Examples: guilt, betrayal, verbal manipulation, bullying, trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional neglect, spiritual trauma, slavery, brainwashing

Not to be all gloomy, but it really matters whether a person gets to choose to transform or not. When a person is forced to transform, it can be very disheartening, terrifying, and traumatic.

How to cope after Traumatic Transformation

If you have been through a Traumatic Transformation, there are coping skills that can help you cope and heal.

During times of transition and transformation, it is necessary to find healthy coping skills. Here’s a few coping skills that may help you heal.

There are more coping skills that may be helpful as well, look at the bottom of the article for more coping skills.

Find support.

There are people who want to support you and who have been through traumatic transformations.  

If you cannot find a friend or family member, talk to a trusted teacher or pastor.

Sometimes, it may be easier to talk to a counselor and mental health professional who is trained to support you and help you with coping skills.  

Join the Wellness Tribe, I’ll send you encouraging notes and blog posts about self-care, helpful coping skills, and ways to improve wellness.

Give yourself compassion.

During difficult times, we can the hardest on ourselves.  We can expect ourselves to be perfect, but we’re not.

Of all the times, this is the time to give yourself compassion.

I share self-compassion practices in this article: 44 Compassion and Spiritual Self-Care Activities

Prioritize Self-Care

When we are struggling and trying to survive, it’s so important to prioritize our own self-care.

Remember, put the oxygen mask on yourself first, so then you can breathe and help others later.

Here’s 28 Self-Care Ideas that can help you survive and thrive.

Choosing Intentional Transformation over Traumatic Transformation

If you have been through a Traumatic Transformation, you still have a choice to Intentionally Transform when you are ready.

Intentional Transformation is Good

When you choose to Intentionally Transform, it is usually for a good reason. You want to have a second chance, be renewed,

I explain why Transformation is good in my first article in this series: Year of Transformation: Hope, Butterflies and Trauma.

There are 4 reasons transformation can be beautiful and meaningful.

  1. You get a new beginning, a new chance to start again fresh.
  2. A opportunity for new development (personal, physical, spiritual)
  3. Clean out the old stuff and shed old ways
  4. Living an Intentional Life full of meaning 

Voluntary vs. Involuntary

There is a huge difference between Intentional Transformation & Traumatic Transformation!! One is voluntary and the other is involuntary. One is intentional and the other is un-intentional.

Intentional: voluntary, done on purpose, deliberate, willful, purposeful, preplanned

Un-Intentional: accidental, abrupt, aimless, forced, purposeless, involuntary, hit-or-miss

Pivotal Moment

This is my pivotal moment in a trauma journey of overcoming health issues.  This time, I have a choice.  I can choose to transform into who I want to be.

I am intentionally choosing to transform versus transformation happening to me unintentionally!!  

You can intentionally choose to transform for the better.  This is your time, your choice, your voice.  Learn more at www.moorewellness.life

This is your time!
This is your choice!  
This is your voice!

You can intentionally choose to transform for the better.

What is Intentional Transformation?

Transformation =transition

First, what is Transformation? Transformation is …

  • a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance
  • a time for renewing, revision, reshaping
    • metamorphosis
  • a time of transfiguration, conversion, changing.
    • Induced or spontaneous of one element into another by a significant process
  • an adaptation, shifting, adjustment, modification
  • a time of diversity, innovation, reconstruction, revision
  • a transition, development, progress, and regeneration

Intentional =purposeful

Since the word “Intentional” means…

         = done on purpose, deliberate, intended, considered, studied, purposeful, willful

Intentional Transformation

Therefore, Intentional Transformation means…

         = deliberately and willfully renew and reshape a part of your life into a significantly better form

Intentional Transformation means to purposefully, deliberately, willfully renew and reshape a part of your life into a significantly better form.  Read how to intentionally transform on www.moorewellness.life

WOOHOO, this is exciting!! Can you hear the winds of change, this is your chance!!

3 Options during Transformation

What will happen when I don’t choose to transform?  Because we all go through seasons where we really don’t want to transform.

Well, there are many options that could happen.

Option #1: Things could stay the same for awhile. 

That would also mean that without change, things stay the same.  That’s good and bad.  

  • preserve, stillness, pause, perseverance, sustain

Yes, it’s good to pause, to preserve this moment, to persevere.  

There is a season to be still and sustain.  

For how long is the question.  

Things don’t stay the same for very long.

Option #2: Things could change without me being a part of the process.

Life is naturally changing, so if I try to stay the same, then I stay stagnate while the world changes.

Stagnate, dormancy, inactivity, immobility

That means I don’t choose to improve, or get a second chance.

  • lack of progress, delay, lag, setback, regression

Others around me or growing, developing, learning, transforming.

I don’t want to be regressing, stuck in a setback for long, or delayed.

Option #3: Things could change and I get to choose to be part of the process.

There is a season to be still, and a season to change.

I choose option #3, I want to be part of the process of transforming.

  • calm, harmony, peace, order

I choose to transform and strive for peace between people, harmony in my life, calmness in my soul, and order in how I do thing.

What do you choose to do?

Choosing to Transform

This changes everything, because you get to choose how you transform this time!  You get to intentionally choose!

In fact, you get to choose:

  • every belief surrounding transformation
  • each emotion evoked by triggers during transformation
  • your response of how you transform each moment

Real Life Application:

What season of life are you in right now?

Season of life

Do you recognize any of these seasons of transformation?  

  • New beginnings 
  • Development personally, socially, physically, spiritually
  • Uncomfortable shedding old ways
  • Shift in thinking, new perspective
  • Identifying new values
  • Living freely and fully

Live a Meaningful Life with Coping Skills

Coping Skill: Hope

Want to know how ordinary people live transformational lives?  You can overcome significant struggles to make something meaningful with your life, and help so many people! Read the first article in this series: Year of Transformation: Hope, Butterflies and Trauma.

Coping Skill: Mindfulness Self-Care

Self-Care and Mindfulness Ideas for mind-body-spirit to help you lower stress, prevent burnout, and recover from difficulty faster.

Coping Skill: 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.

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

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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My Year of Transformation: Hope, Butterflies, and Trauma

My Year of Transformation: Hope, Butterflies, and Trauma

The is my year of Transformation! Recently, I was inspired by a TED Radio Hour podcast: Transformation.  Listening to these ordinary people live transformational lives touched my heart deeply.  They had overcome significant struggles to make something meaningful with their lives, and help so many people!

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.

TED Talks: Transformation

Here’s my summary of the amazing 4 interviews & snippets of these 4 TED Talks.

TED Radio Hour youtube video & podcast: Transformation

  1. Transformation of beliefs
  2. A new integrative life
  3. Transformation of beauty
  4. An un-examined life

Year of Transformation & Meaning 

That’s what I want to do, live a transformational life of deep meaning and help others do the same. So, let’s dive into what Transformation really means and how to do it.

Live a life of transformational deep meaning, and help others do the same.  Butterflies in field of flowers.

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.

My One Word: Transformation

This year is a Transformation Year!

My focus word for this year is Transformation: a new season of my journey in trauma recovery.  

At the beginning of each new year, I like to choose one word that is my focus word, my one word for the whole year.  I set my goals with this focus word, it explains where I am and where I am going, who I want to be, and what is important to me.

One Word 365 – there’s even a blog written about a lawyer grieving after the loss of their grandmother and brother

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4 Ways for Transformation

There are 4 ways transformation can be beautiful and meaningful.

  1. You get a new beginning, a new chance to start again fresh.
  2. A opportunity for new development (personal, physical, spiritual)
  3. Clean out the old stuff and shed old ways
  4. Living an Intentional Life full of meaning 

More details about these 4 Stages of Transformation coming soon in this blog series.

Accept it, Manage it

Name it, Tame it! That’s what Dan Siegel calls being able to name what’s going on & being able to tame it.  The big unknown is not so scary and wild when it’s named. Since now we know what to call it, we can accept it & manage it, woohoo!!

Accept it, Manage it

Transformation includes Hope

When I realized I was going through a Transformation, I felt such hope.  

Hope for the future, hope for my soul, hope for peace within.  colorful butterflies

Hope for the future, 

hope for my soul, 

hope for peace within.

Beth @ Moore Wellness.Life

Is Transformation for you?

There is a time and season to transform and renew, and a time and a season to withdraw and be still.

Time and season to transform and renew, time and season to withdraw and be still. colorful flying butterflies

There is a time and a season

to transform and renew,

and a time and a season 

to withdraw and be still.

Beth @ Moore Wellness.Life

For the 1-2 years, I have been seriously withdrawing, resting, and recovering from serious health issues.  For the majority part of my life, I’ve tried to balance my life with times of rest.  Now, I just have to make sure that my rest is a daily part of my routine.

What season of life are you in?

Are you going through a Transformation?

Year of Transformation & Seasons

Here are common times of Transformation, even though we may call them many names.  

Do you recognize any of these times in your own life?

Positive Times of Transformation

  • New Friendship
  • Different School/College
  • Newly Engaged
  • Newly Married
  • Additional Baby
  • New Job

Difficult Times of Transformation

Times of Transformation can also look different and be difficult times of change.

  • Loss of Friendship 
  • Death of a Baby
  • Loss of Marriage
  • Loss of Job
  • Death of a Loved One

Life Transitions

  • New Job
  • Changing Schools
  • Moving/new home
  • Empty Nest
  • Mid-Life

Embrace or Fight Transformation?

How did I know it was time to embrace Transformation?

So, my soul has been undergoing a Transformation for awhile, I just didn’t know what to call it till now. 

Now that I know it’s a time of Transformation, I have a choice to embrace it or fight it.

Harm in Fighting Negative Forces

Well, I’ve learned the hard way what it feels like to fight against what is already happening in reality. I have fought against being sick, against anxiety, against fears, and against trauma.

Confusing?  Yes, it may seem like those are all good things to fight against.  What could the harm in fighting and rejecting negative forces?  

Ah, well the more I fight against parts of myself and parts of my story, it compromises my health, my mind, and my spirit.  This is such a journey, to constantly learn how to accept reality and not avoid reality. Especially when reality is difficult and uncomfortable and frightening.  

The more I can accept difficult happenings inside me, the more I can accept transforming, shedding, and growing.

Beth @ MooreWellness.Life

Embrace Difficulty = Embrace Transforming = Embrace Growing

Year of Transformation Metaphors: Butterflies, Beauty and the Beast, and Birth

Researching Transformation reveals many similarities across genres: literature, science, spirituality, mental health, and theatre.  Here are a just a few examples of Transformation in my research:

Butterflies

Butterflies are the first thing I think of about Transformation.  They undergo an amazing metamorphosis (transformation) in 4 stages: 

  • egg
  • larva (caterpillar)
  • pupa (chrysalis)
  • adult (butterfly)

Download this Free butterfly life cycle coloring page

To become a butterfly, you have to be willing to let go of being a caterpillar.

To become a butterfly,

you have to be willing to let go

of being a caterpillar.

Beth @ MooreWellness.Life

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is a classic literature story about Transformation.  The Prince undergoes a significant change in his life to finally experience redemption: 

  • boy
  • beast
  • selfless beast
  • man 

Birth

Birth is actually what Transformation feels like at times.  There is a womb-like experience of unknown beginnings, then the development of life-giving resources, next a birthing process, then alive as a breathing human being.

  • egg
  • baby in the womb
  • birthing process
  • infant

During the birthing process, it can seem quite uncomfortable, yet you can see a little light at the end of the tunnel.

Real Life Application:

What season of life are you in right now?  Walking down a path in a field towards the beach and ocean.

Which season of life are you in right now?

Do you recognize any of these seasons of transformation?  

  • New beginnings 
  • Development personally, socially, physically, spiritually
  • Uncomfortable shedding old ways
  • Shift in thinking, new perspective
  • Identifying new values
  • Living freely and fully

Join the Wellness Tribe

I’d love to hear about your Transformation journey and your journey towards wellness!  What helps you during times of Transformation? What helps you gain wellness?

Join the Moore Wellness Tribe

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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 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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Sandtray Therapy Miniatures Help Trauma Survivors Heal

Sandtray Therapy Miniatures Help Trauma Survivors Heal

Sandtray Therapy Miniatures

As a Mental Health Professional & Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist I love how Sandtray Therapy Miniatures help people heal.  Have you heard of the movie, Welcome to Marwen, and how miniatures can help bring healing and hope to trauma survivors?

Seriously, this movie is inspired by a true story & I have my own story of how miniatures bring healing.

Want to know how Sandtray Therapy Miniatures help Trauma Survivors heal? Read more…

This blog post:

On this page, I’ll covers the who, what, where of Sandtray Therapy & Miniatures. I’ll also post an update on my FaceBook page when I find new & unique miniatures, woohoo!  

  1. Welcome to Marwen (movie)
  2. Why Sandtray Therapy?
  3. New Miniatures & Sweet Deals
  4. Miniatures for What Ages?
  5. 14 Places to Find Miniatures
  6. When to Find Miniatures
  7. Most Popular Miniatures
  8. Your Favorite Miniatures
  9. Join Moore Wellness

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 resources that may be helpful.

Welcome to Marwen (movie)

“Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town where he can heal and be heroic.”

https://www.welcometomarwen.com/synopsis/

Oh how I am so excited to see this movie!! Inspired by a true story, this is how how miniatures can help bring healing and hope to trauma survivors.

Universal Studios and Forest Gump’s director have created a movie about artistic imagination “restores the human spirit.” The main character, Mark (Steve Carell), finds hope again after meeting an empowering woman. He creates a fantasy world of miniatures that also equips him with strength in his real life.

This is how I help people, by having a safe space for them to create their world of miniatures. Teens and adults come to me for counseling because they are in a crisis and they’re overwhelmed.

People process their pains, their struggles, their dreams through miniatures in Sandtray Therapy. They find meaning, strength, and resiliency to bounce back from life’s adversities. They heal, they love, they live.

Why Sandtray Therapy?

Well, I was introduced to Sandtray Therapy in graduate counseling school getting my masters in Mental Health Counseling. There was one day that changed my life and specialized my calling.

I remember sitting down with my chosen miniatures representing my family. It was my turn to share about my family, and I enjoyed sharing. Then we took turns processing, one example is asking clarifying questions.

My fellow graduate counseling student asked me one simple question, “Where is your miniature?”

My Own Miniature

I was shocked, I mean, surely I was in the family. Before I could speak, tears welled up in my eyes.

I had forgotten myself, I was not in the miniatures of my family. The whole time, I had carefully chose each family member, and I had forgotten myself.

This reality was exactly what I needed. For years, in fact my whole time being a mother, I had put others first. This is all good, until you forget about yourself completely.

Miniatures are Visual Images

Nobody needed to say a word after that moment. I could clearly see that I had forgotten myself.

These miniatures represented my reality, my life, my own choices.

I had forgotten about the importance of taking care of myself so that I could take care of others.

Whenever I fly, the flight crew explain that parents need to put on the oxygen mask first. Because if you as the parent, put on your child’s oxygen mask on them first, you may pass out before getting your own oxygen mask on. Then your child will have no parent to help them survive.

During an emergency, put the oxygen mask on yourself first.

Sandtray Therapy Miniatures

Trauma Recovery & Sandtray Therapy

Sandtray Therapy Miniatures represent real life, emotions, visual images stored in our right brain.

During Trauma Recovery, this is so important to have therapy that can help survivors heal. Sandtray Therapy is a non-directive, client-centered therapy that focuses on the client’s needs, client’s strengths, and client’s goals.

Miniatures are used as tools to help client’s process what is going on in their lives, their struggles, their relationships, their dreams. Clients choose miniatures and share their interpretation of wha the miniatures represent to them.

Miniatures are safe representations, client’s can bury them in the sand, box them up, and even take them out of their world.

Sandtray Therapy & Integrative Brain Experiences

The right brain matches the visual image with what’s going on internally, then the left brain finds words to identify what the images mean. Sandtray Therapy integrates the right and left parts of the brain together, bringing healing from the start.

It’s a magical and healing experience. Client’s come away amazed at how this works. And my clients are usually adolescents and adults of all ages.

So, that is why Sandtray Therapy Miniatures mean so much to me, both personally and professionally. People can process difficult experiences and practice coping skills using miniatures for trauma recovery.

Miniatures are wonderful healing tools integrating mind-body-spirit.

Beth Moore, PLPC, Registered Integrative Sandtray Therapist

New Sandtray Therapy Miniatures

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New Deals on Miniatures

These are fantastic deals on Miniatures, which can be used for Sandtray Therapy and Play Therapy. I hope you have as much fun as I did finding favorite Miniatures for your play therapy room.

DC Comics Multiverse Justice League Mera Figure, 6″

The Incredibles 2 Mr. Incredible 6″ Action Figure

Calico Critters Families and Cottage

Sandtray Therapy Miniatures for what ages?

It’s important to know who the Miniatures are for, so you know what specific miniatures can be the most helpful.

Yes, I find treasures for me and I find Miniatures for my clients, too!  You don’t want a therapy room full of stuff you don’t use or need, so it’s important to know who you client is and will be in the future.

What ages are your clients?

Think about your average client population. What population group do you usually see in therapy sessions?

Miniatures by Age Group

Developmentally, if you see young children vs. teenagers, you’d choose different types of resources.  So, let’s look at a few resources examples from various populations.

  • Children: animals, babies
  • Teens: fantasy, princesses
  • Adults: gardens, mystery

I see a lot of teens and adults, so I am always looking for abstract miniatures. It’s great to think creatively and be flexible, so I look for miniatures that represent emotions & struggles.

What culture(s) would your clients identify with?

We live in southern Louisiana so the Mardi Gras culture is very big. Be sure to have spiritual & religious miniatures to represent your community where you practice.

This all matters because the type of Sandtray Therapy Miniatures will depend on your clients’ age group, interests, and culture.

14 Places to find Miniatures

I’m still growing my collection and I’ve been doing this for a few years.

There are tons of places to find Sandtray Therapy Miniatures!!  Everywhere I go I look for miniatures. Here’s my list of where to look for those awesome treasures, and this list is always growing.

1. Estate Sales — I find the most unique miniatures at estate sales: collectibles, small houses, metal animals, fairy houses, garden miniatures

2. Garage Sales — This is the cheapest place to find miniatures, I usually pay 25 cents per miniature at garage sales. Sometimes there’s a box of McDonald’s toys that can be perfect for Sandtray Therapy.

You can find garage sales in your local newspaper, and through garage sales apps.

3. Children’s toys — when you’re kids or a friend’s kids outgrow their toys and don’t play with them anymore, they may be more than happy to give them to you for free or a good deal

Local U.S. Stores to Find Miniatures

4. Grocery Stores — We all have to eat & we all go to grocery stores often, or at least I do!  Well, check out your grocery store toy aisle, they’ll occasionally mark down toys on clearance to make way for new toys.

5. Thrift Stores & Goodwill –– this can be a great place to find amazing deals because miniatures go for $1-$2, just have to keep your eyes open

6. Pharmacy — clearance toys and miniatures can be found here

7. Gas Stations — you can find tourist miniatures, like state emblems, state animal, college mascots, cultural miniatures

8. 2nd hand stores (Once Upon a Child) — I love to shop at Once Upon A Child in the toy section! I can find Sandtray Therapy Miniatures and children’s books, blocks and play therapy toys here.

9. Hardware & Garden Stores — Great garden miniatures & cool Sandtray Therapy tools, such as specialty sand buckets & shovels.

National U.S. Stores with Miniatures

10. Hobby Lobby — Fantastic toys and miniatures here at one of my favorite stores, yeah!!! You can always find Toob miniatures for $10 each, use the 40% off coupon on one, so it will be $6.

There are phenomenal animals, fantasy, and dinosaurs, plus other miniatures here! Good quality and anywhere from $4-$10 each. I just bought a beautiful unicorn and a pegasus here.

Every time I go to Hobby Lobby, I buy one miniature and use the 40% coupon on their webpage.

11. Dollar Store — Great toys and miniatures here, you just have to look for the good ones the will last for awhile. I just bought some Incredible miniatures and Winnie the Pooh miniatures recently for $1 each.

In the summer, this is a great place to get sand buckets & shovels.

Also, buckets or baskets are great here for your clients to carry around while they choose what miniatures to put in the Sand Tray.

12. Big Lots — I love the fairy miniatures here in the garden section, plus pretty cool miniatures in the home section sometimes.

13. Walmart & Target –– popular toys and classic miniatures are almost always stocked: family figures, Disney characters, DC Comic Superheroes, Legos, doll houses, dress up clothes, play kitchens

14. Sam’s Club & Costco — here’s where popular toys will be at good prices usually: doll houses, Marvel characters, cars, play kitchens & houses

When to find Sandtray Therapy Miniatures

The best time to find deals is around holidays, on clearance or close-outs, and online. 

Holiday Seasons

Look before, during, and after Holidays, that’s when Miniatures will go on sale.  The biggest clearance sales will be after the holidays.  Just know that’s also when there are less items.  

So, if you have any particular items you really want & need, get it when you find it, even if it’s before the holiday.

  • New Years
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Mardi Gras
  • Easter
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Hanukkah

Look for Themes in Stores & Online

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Vacation
  • Fall
  • School
  • Halloween
  • Winter

Clearance section at stores — check out stores’ clearance sections for deals

Coupons at stores — Hobby Lobby has a 40% coupon on their website’s home page, you can pull it up on your phone while checking out and they’ll apply it to one regular price item

Most Popular Sandtray Therapy Miniatures

 What are Your Favorite Miniatures?

What are some of your favorite miniatures?  Do you have any other places or ways to find great miniatures? Please share on our FaceBook page, we’d love to help find more miniatures for all.

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

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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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

Did you know that relationships are healing?  Here’s 35 memorable ideas to build Family Traditions for all ages this Christmas.  Read more...
https://moorewellness.life/34-memorable-christmas-family-traditions-for-all-ages/

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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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
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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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Blessings,
Beth

 

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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

 

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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