Fall Family Activities for All Ages

Fall Family Activities for All Ages

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What family activities brings your family together this fall?  I love finding Fall family activities for all ages and across generations.  This blog post lists favorite Fall family activities for all ages.  Read more to see what family Fall activities can toddlers, teens, adults, and grandparents enjoy?

There’s something about planning fun for all ages of our family that gets me excited & improves my overall wellness!  I love planning fun activities for our family all year long, especially during the season of Autumn!  

Family Activities Improve Wellness

Want to know how fall family activities improves wellness in mind, body, and spirit?

When my family is having fun, it fills my soul with a warm and deep happiness.  We have a lot of ages in our family, including my grandchildren and my grandmother. So, there can be up to 5 generations together sometimes.  Seeing so many smiles and hearing laughter is so healing.

Would you like to:

  • Make memories?
  • Grow Closer?
  • Build happiness?

Jump right into fall with one of these fun fall activities for your family!

Fall Family Activities for All Ages

We are planning a few fun activities for our family this fall, let’s see which activities we actually do and what activities are just for planning joy.

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

Fall Fun for Generations

Just recently, my mom was sharing fun ideas that we could do this fall. These are also ideas that have stood the test of time, she enjoyed them as a little girl and my grandchildren will get to enjoy them, too!  Do these sound familiar?

  • Prizes for costumes
  • Bobbing apples
  • Jumping in leaves
  • Caramel apples
  • Popcorn balls – a recipe from my great-grandmother

Here are more fun activities for your family of all ages this fall.

Pumpkin painting

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Yes, carving pumpkins is super fun and really messy. So, why not get out the paint and have some fun!  Any age can paint pumpkins, for young children I give them a clean paint brush and a water to brush on their pumpkin.  Even toddlers can paint with supervision and they have so much fun!

We try to paint outside whenever possible, or in the kitchen if it’s too cold or raining. (We’re in the south, we don’t get snow except on rare occasions.)  If inside, cover the floor with a drop-cloth or shower curtain, old towel, something to cover the floor from dropped paint.

What paint do you use on pumpkins?

From experience, make sure to use craft paint or acrylic paint so that it sticks and dries on the pumpkin.  We have high humidity and our pumpkins paint didn’t hold the year we used tempera paint.

For young ages, you can use tempera paint because it washes off the kids’ skin easily.  It will stay on the pumpkins long enough for a picture, and then fade away after it dries.  If you want the tempera paint to stay longer, put 50% glue and it will stick on the pumpkin but wash off your kids’ skin.  It’s a win-win.

Need ideas for painting pumpkins?  Check out these really creative and fun ideas from Country Living, pictures and instructions included.

Face Painting

All ages can dress up and have fun at parties with friends, family gatherings, school contests, and even work celebrations. What better way to go all out than to paint your face?  Todays Parents has 11 easy Halloween face painting tutorials to try at home before you go to the party.  Be sure and send me any pictures of your face painting, I’d love to see your creativity.

Make Delicious Hot Chocolate or All-Natural Pumpkin Spice

Something about fall and cold weather just makes me want a special flavored fall drink, like hot chocolate or chai tea or pumpkin flavored anything.  For an all-natural pumpkin spice creamer recipe, I’d like to try the one at www.fivehearthome.com by Samantha.  There’s also a maple hot chocolate recipe listed on Todays Parent.

Make a Pot of Chili or Gumbo

My awesome husband made me the best pot of chili when our weather first turned cool.  It was so good and for me, I can’t have tomatoes since I’m allergic to them. So, he made me tomato –free chili, and boy was it good.

He also makes the best gluten-free gumbo!  Down here in south Louisiana, gumbo is our special soup-like stew that is so good and such a comfort-food.  Haha, I know some of you are thinking we put weird things in our gumbo.  Nope, in our family, we just put normal food like chicken and beef sausage with a chicken stock.  Ooh, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Homemade Gumbo

Leaf Peeping in Autumn

Leaf Peeping is a new term for some of us, and now I’ve added it to my bucket list.

What is Leaf Peeping?  It’s traveling the U.S. to see and take pictures of beautiful changing colors of fall leaves particularly in the upper Midwest and in northern New England.

Nature Walk or Scavenger Hunt

There’s something invigorating about walking outside in the cool air.  Here’s some ideas while you’re outside this fall:

  • Take your family on a nature walk and collect leaves.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt and find as many nature items as possible. Pair up 2-3 people and write down all the nature items you see: different leaves, flowers, pine cones, seeds, nuts, trees, animals, water features (creeks, ponds, lakes), clouds.
  • Boost your vitamin D with sunshine and breathe the air outside to refresh your body!
  • Take family photos

Family Camping

Maybe when you went on a nature walk, you wanted to stay outside for longer than a day.  This can be a great time of year to make plans to go camping with your family. Before you say this is out of your league, be willing to listen to a few alternative ideas to camping.

  • Glamping: glamorous camping is where camping meets luxury
  • Backyard camping: put up a tent in your own backyard, enjoy the comfort of home nearby, and it’s a great way to practice camping with little ones
  • Cabin camping: for those who need a good bed, bathroom close by, and even a kitchen to cook may want to choose a cabin
  • Rent a RV: ever want to go RV’ing?Some may even be considering buying a RV one day, this would be a great way to try it and see how you like it.
  • State Parks: beautiful nature, secure with nature park rangers, and learn all about the animals and nature you’re staying near just by talking to a park ranger
Family Activities in Fall

Family Photos

The fall is a great time to take your family photos!!  Taking pictures this fall will give you time to get your photos back in time for holidays and gift giving!  Outdoor photos with nature as the background make some of the most beautiful photos!  Have fun with choosing your outfits, the nature scenery, and some fun ideas for family photos.

Family photos make great gifts:

  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas gifts
  • Gifts anytime of year for parents and grandparents!

Fun Fall Food Ideas

I love fall food, from baking pumpkin cookies to smelling apple cider.  Here’s some great fall ideas for your family to create together.

More Fall Family Activities

If you want more fun activities for your family of all ages, check out these great links.  They’ve mentioned some great ideas and I’ve shared some of them in this article.

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

I hope your fall is full of fun with your family that improves your wellness.  Join Moore Wellness Tribe to be able to receive wellness ideas, connect with other people who love wellness, and encourage holistic wellness in mind, body, and spirit.

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

Blessings,
Beth

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What is Your Peak Time? How to accomplish your mental health goals by finding peak time & space!

What is Your Peak Time? How to accomplish your mental health goals by finding peak time & space!

Improve your mental health by finding your own peak time and peak space to accomplish your goals: self care, mental health, and career goals!

better mental health with peak time and peak space

Summary of this post:

What is Your Peak Time?

How to accomplish your mental health goals by finding your peak time & space!

  1. How to Find Your Peak Time
  2. Carve Peak Space to Focus

Series: Time Management Skills

This is a 4-part series on time management skills.  Each article guides you through how to improve your mental health with better time management.

If you haven’t read the first few articles, that would be good place to start to build a good foundation on the importance of improving mental health with better time management through self care (article #1), creating more time through boundaries (article #2), creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals (article #3), and finding peak time and space (article #4).

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

What is Your Peak Time?

How to accomplish your mental health goals by finding your peak time & space!

By the end of the day, do you wish you had accomplished more goals?  Any goals?

Do you wish you could get more done?

Finding your Peak Time can help you get your most accomplished goals done & in less time!

peak time = peak elf

  1. How to Find Your Peak Time

Whenever you are at your best, that’s your peak!  So during the day when you have the most energy, that’s the time to focus your productivity.  During your peak time is when you will be the most efficient and get the most done.

Maybe you’re a morning person and you accomplish more before 8:00 a.m., great so you’re peak time is early morning.  Or maybe you’re a night person and accomplish a ton in the late hours of the night, ok so this is your peak time at night.

Whatever your peak time is when you feel your best, you mood is up and you feel the happiest during this time of day.  Peak time may be the best part of your mental health that day.  Get your most important tasks done in your peak efficiency time.

Real Life Application (Find Peak Efficiency Time):

Tip: Write your answers down, this will help you remember your peak time & be able to actually apply it to your life.

  • What’s the best time of the day for you?
  • Do you think clearer in the morning, afternoon, or evening?
  • When do you have the most energy? Better focus?

Peak Tasks:

Now that you know when your peak time is, let’s look at how to focus on getting the most out of your peak time.

Let’s consider prioritizing the time & goals on your to-do list by importance.  Prioritized peak tasks can help you accomplish your goals in smaller baby steps.

Smaller, achievable goals can also be called tasks.

There are many time management methods that can help prioritize tasks, one method is by Covey and can be used with any tasks.

  • How important is this task?
  • How urgent is the task?  Does it need to be done today or can it wait?

Another way to prioritize tasks is choosing the Most Important Tasks (MITs) of the day.  These MIT’s are towards your long-term goals, not really the daily tasks that have to be done like unloading the dishwasher.

Self Care Peak Tasks

An example of peak tasks could include self care:

  • soaking in a bath for 10 minutes
  • reading a fun book for 20 minutes
  • sitting outside for 15 minutes.

All of these improve my mental health, what about you?

What peak tasks improve your mental health?

Real Life Application: (Peak Tasks)

  • Choose one big goal per day, and decide the evening before what that goal will be and when during the day you’ll tackle it. Write down the one big goal to reinforce remembering the goal.
    Example: Finish writing important proposal letter.
  • What are the 3 most important tasks that I could do today that would bring me closer to my goals?
    Example: Task #1: Confirm team meeting to work on proposal letter.  Task #2: Eat a good meal and take vitamins before team meeting.  Task #3: Get plenty of rest before the team meeting.
  • Focus on the top 3 goals or tasks per day, more items could cause stress and may most likely wait or not get done.  What would be your top 3 goals or tasks today?
  • Review your time, goals & tasks.  Are these top 3 goals today helping you work towards one of your bigger long-term goals?

preview of Free Printable S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Analyze how you spend your peak time.

Get a clear picture of what goals you are trying to achieve.  You can keep a time log and track your progress.  By each hour of the day, write down what you accomplished, especially during your peak time.

Just the act of writing it down helps you stay accountable to yourself, whether you wrote down 2 hours on FaceBook or 2 hours researching blog post.

Daily Schedule

9:00-10:30 morning routine

10:30-12:00 blog post

12:00-1:00 lunch break

1:00-6:00 clients **Peak Time**

6:00-9:00 supper & family time

9:00-10:00 Pinterest research 🙂

Are you focusing on your peak tasks during your peak time?

Review how you spend your time and what you do with it.

This will help you prioritize your tasks, and realistically see how much time it takes to complete a task.  I review my schedule usually at the beginning of a new semester/season.

These new seasons are when I have a new schedule and need to review my time to tweak my schedule to make it work better.

This includes reviewing my time and my space to help me accomplish my goals and function better.

How could you improve your schedule and space,
to function better and improve your mental health?

  1. Carve Out Peak Space to Focus

Carve out a niche in your personal & work space to help you focus on your priorities and be more at ease.  If you’re uncomfortable in your chair or at your desk, you’re gong to be shifting around looking for a better spot or position.  The more you have to shift for comfort, the more time you lose on your work.

Better comfort is accomplished by less interruptions plus self care, which all together equals great time management.

Consider carving out a niche for your peak space at home or work that is comfortable and helps you focus.  The more basic items of necessities you have around you, the less you have to get up to go find them.

Peak space = Better focus

peak space to focus

8 Necessities to carve out in Peak Space to increase focus:

  1. proper light
  2. comfortable seat
  3. good height for work desk
  4. feet touching floor (or a stool can help your feet touch, easing pressure on your lower back)
  5. a back pillow (good support and it eases back pain too)
  6. quiet and uninterrupted if possible
  7. basic personal needs: water, snacks, tissues
  8. basic working needs: pen, pencil, eraser, paper

To create a more comfortable and relaxing environment to improve your mental health, download this infographic of 10 Relaxing Self Care Ideas for Your Peak Space, for your own space.  Make this space your safe space to be creative, nurtured, and relaxed.

10 Relaxing Self Care Ideas for Your Peak Space

 Nurturing and soothing self care items in your personal & work space.

10 relaxing self care ideas

Real Life Application:

  • How can you space boost your self care?
  • In what space can you carve your niche?
  • What will help you have less interruptions in your space?
  • What are your favorite items you need in your space?

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Summary of this post:

How to Find Peak Time:

How to find the best peak time & space to accomplish your important goals.

  1. Find Peak Efficiency Time
  2. Carve Peak Space to Focus

4-part Series: Time Management

This is a 4-part series on time management skills.  Each article guides you through how to improve your mental health with better time management.

If you haven’t read the first few articles, that would be good place to start to build a good foundation on the importance of improving mental health with better time management through self care (article #1), creating more time through boundaries (article #2), creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals (article #3), and finding peak time and space (article #4).

Series: Time Management

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

I hope this journey of improving your time management skills helps you find more time for your self-care and improves your wellness. I’d love to hear about your journey towards wellness and what helps you find more time for self care?

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

Blessings,
Beth


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

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

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Dream Goals: How to simplify & achieve S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Dream Goals: How to simplify & achieve S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting

Want to finally achieve your dream goals & improve your wellness?  Every time I use S.M.A.R.T. Goals, I feel calmer, accomplished, and mentally healthier.  Read how 4 steps can help you create and achieve your S.M.A.R.T. Dream Goals.

Struggle accomplishing goals?

Goals seem too big?  Or maybe not big enough?  Maybe there is a big dream goal you’ve been wanting to accomplish but are having trouble getting there?

How to Set Dream Goals

In This Blog Post:

Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals

How to set, brainstorm, and plan achievable S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

  1. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
    ** Free Printable: S.M.A.R.T. Goals **
  2. Brainstorm Goals
    ** Free Template: Brainstorming Simplified **
  3. Simplify Goal Setting into Baby Steps

Series: Time Management Skills

  1. Time Management Skills Improve Self CareHow managing time helps you manage & improve self care.
  2. Create More Time with Time Protective BoundariesHow to create more time in your routine, in your day, and in your health.
  3. Achievable S.M.A.R.T. Goals: How to set, brainstorm, and plan achievable S.M.A.R.T. goals.
    ***THIS BLOG POST***

Setting Achievable Goals:

Improving time management can help you reach your goals, improve relationships, and increase productivity.

How to create & set Achievable S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

  1. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals can help you achieve your dreams, as well as both long-term and short-term goals!

5 S.M.A.R.T. Goals

S.M.A.R.T. Acronym

(Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely)

S = Specific             

The more specific you goal is, the more likely you are to achieve it.  The act of writing it down actually helps you brain remember it the goal is more likely to completed.  Example: I will get in shape by walking (versus I will get in shape).

M = Measurable

Measuring a goal helps you know how you can achieve it. Otherwise, how would you know when you’ve accomplished the goal?  Example: I want to walk for 10 minutes a day, 3 times a week.

A = Achievable (Attainable)

The goal needs to be actually attainable, otherwise, it is not a realistic goal.  I like to ask my clients, is this goal easily achievable?  Example: walking 10 minutes a day may be more achievable than walking 1 hour a day.

R = Realistic

Goals must be realistic to achieve.  Make sure you have the resources and the time to invest in reaching this goal.  Example: It is more more realistic that I will do aerobics inside rather than walk outside in the freezing temperature.

T = Timely

Timely goals have a time limit, such as a deadline, will help the goal be accomplished.  Choose short-term goals like daily goals, weekly goals, and monthly goals (versus long-term goals like 1 year or 5 year goals).

Real Life Application:

  • Choose a goal that is so easily achievable that it is laughable, then you’re highly likely to succeed. The more you succeed reaching goals, the more you’ll continue to set goals and work towards your dreams.
    • What is a self care goal that is easily achievable?
  • Plan self care as S.M.A.R.T. goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely
    • Schedule self care for 1 hour each week
    • Make a plan for 10-15 minutes of self care each day
    • Plan self care for a half-day or a whole day every season/semester

S.M.A.R.T. Free Printable PDF

Download these 5 free printable S.M.A.R.T. Goals for your fridge,
or bulletin board, or on your desk.preview of Free Printable S.M.A.R.T. Goals

  1. Brainstorming Goals

Brainstorming can help you solve problems, think of new ideas, and reach even bigger goals.  Here’s tips for brainstorming goals in a group and as an individual.

Brainstorming Tips for a Group:

Group guidelines:

  1. Write the problem down clearly for everyone to see.
  2. Each person takes 5 minutes to write down as many ideas to solve the problem.
    • All ideas are acceptable
    • Ideas don’t have to be practical or realistic… that’s handled later.
  3. Everyone shares their ideas out loud if the group is smaller than 15.If the group is larger than 15, break people into smaller groups of 5-10 so everyone’s ideas are heard.
  4. Write the ideas on a large white board or those wonderful giant sticky notes.
    • See what similarities the ideas have in common. Jot down the ideas into main categories.
    • Rank the categories by order of importance, based on the group’s high ranking priority.
    • Then rearrange the categories in the high ranking order of importance.
    • Be sure to acknowledge everyone’s ideas, especially the ideas that may happen at a later time, meaning the lower ranking ideas.
  5. Now you have the top brainstorming ideas.

Individual Brainstorming Tips:

  1. Write the problem down in the middle of a blank page.
  2. Take 5 minutes to write down as many ideas to solve the problem.
    • All ideas are acceptable
    • Ideas don’t have to be practical or realistic… that’s handled later.
    • Like mind-mapping, write the ideas down around the problem in the middle.
  3. See what similarities the ideas have in common. Jot down the ideas into main categories.
    • Write the ideas on a white board or those wonderful large sticky notes.  Writing the ideas down on a larger space can help:
      • slow the brain down to focus on these main categories
      • visualize the main categories with margin for creativity to happen
    • Rank the categories by order of importance.
    • Then rearrange the categories in the high ranking order of importance.
    • Be sure to give yourself a congratulations for thinking of so many ideas, thanking yourself for the energy, time, and creativity you put into this project.
  4. Now you have the top brainstorming ideas.

Real Life Application:

Brainstorm goals and dreams you would like accomplish in the future.

  • What problem would you like solved?  Write it down.
  • For 5 minutes, write down as many ideas to solve the problem.
  • What similarities do your ideas have in common? Jot down the ideas into main categories.
  • How important are these categories of ideas?  Rank the categories by order of importance.  Now you have your top brainstorming ideas.

Download this Free Template: Brainstorming Simplified brainstorming simplified free template

  1. Simplify goal setting into baby steps.

Simplify large goals into smaller goals that have baby steps.

Start with Baby Steps

If you have a one-year goal, simplify the long-term goal into monthly goals, then simplify the first month’s goal into weekly goals, and the first week’s goals into daily goals. These daily goals may even be better simplified into baby steps.

chart simplify goal setting

Simpler goals = achievable goals = successful goals

The simpler & smaller the goal = the more easily achievable it is and the more likely you are to achieve it and succeed

If the goal is still overwhelming or too much:

  • extend the deadline
  • revise the goal to be more realistic
  • review the key elements in S.M.A.R.T. goals. (smart, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely)

Tips for Simplifying Goal Setting: 

  • Get started with a small task for 5-10 minutes
  • Find 5 minutes in an hour to do one baby step
  • If you’re having trouble succeeding with a baby step goal, try to break it down further to smaller baby step goals, or tasks.

Real Life Application:

  • What is one baby step idea for self care that would be so easy to do?
  • What are self care breaks you can do in 5-10 minutes?
  • Listen to your body: Lay down, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, stretch your shoulders and neck (where we usually hold our tension), get up and walk around, give your eyes a break, eat a snack.

Summary of this Blog Post: 

Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals

How to set, brainstorm, and plan achievable S.M.A.R.T. Goals.

  1. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
    ** Free Printable: S.M.A.R.T. Goals **
  2. Brainstorm Goals
    ** Free Template: Brainstorming Simplified **
  3. Simplify Goal Setting into Baby Steps

Anytime I use these 3 Time Management Skills, I see an improvement in what I can accomplish as well as improvements in my self care.  I get a whole lot more done using time management skills, and I feel calmer and not overwhelmed.

Series: Time Management Skills

  1. Time Management Skills Improve Self Care: How managing time helps you manage & improve self care.
  2. Create More Time with Time Protective Boundaries: How to create more time in your routine, in your day, and in your health.
  3. S.M.A.R.T. Goals: How to set achievable S.M.A.R.T. goals.
    ***THIS BLOG POST***

I hope this journey of improving your time management skills helps you find more time for your self-care and improves your wellness. I’d love to hear about your journey towards wellness and what helps you find more time for self care?

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

Blessings,
Beth

preview of Free Printable S.M.A.R.T. Goals

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

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
Traveling Improves 
Mental Health with 9 Benefits

Traveling Improves 
Mental Health with 9 Benefits

Ever wonder why traveling is good for your mind, body, and spirit?  Traveling improves mental health, boosts happiness, creativity, and motivation.   Read more about how traveling improves mental health with 9 benefits!

Washington, DC Trip got me back in shape
in mind, body, and spirit!!

I love traveling, it inspires me, renews my perspective, and enriches my mind, body, and spirit. 

In This Blog Post:

How traveling improves mental health with 9 benefits:

  1. Motivation with soul-giving experiences
  2. Beautiful sights & cultures
  3. Being alive
  4. Meaningful steps
  5. Manage stress & negative thoughts
  6. Enhances creativity
  7. Community connections
  8. Magical & inspiring
  9. Boost happiness
Traveling improves mental health walking up steps at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
My Trip Favorite: Walking up the steps to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Traveling
Improves Mental Health
with 9 Benefits:

This trip was my first trip to Washington, D.C., and I had no ideas how meaningful it would be.

1. Motivation with soul-giving experiences

Traveling improves mental health and physical health with motivation and soul-giving experiences.  There was so many experiences on my trip that inspired me and reminded me of positive reasons to move and be alive.

Going to see the beautiful sights at my nation’s capital was awe-inspiring for me.  My soul was deeply touched at the Korean Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and the Roosevelt Memorial. 

My favorite is the Lincoln Memorial. As I walked up those steps and considered all Abraham Lincoln achieved bringing our people together, our nation into unity, I was deeply moved.

Seeing the artwork of da Vinci, Monet, van Gogh, and Degas at the National Gallery of Art sang peace deeply to my soul.

I am motivated to get up, move, and have soul-giving experiences.  If you want to be motivated to get up and move more, read how traveling can improve your physical health.

2. Beautiful sights & cultures

Traveling improves mental health by seeing beautiful sights and cultures.  For me, traveling gives the opportunity to experience beautiful sights & immerse myself in the areas’ culture and community.

Eleanor Roosevelt world peace at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Eleanor Roosevelt @ The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“The structure of world peace…
rests on the cooperative effort of the whole world.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.

The more I got moving and saw so many beautiful sights in Washington, DC, the better I felt inside.  For instance, seeing the Roosevelt Memorial reminded me of how one person can influence many people to better themselves.

3. Being Alive

Traveling improves mental health by giving us gratitude for being alive.  My grandmother says:

Everything is a blessing, because we are alive to experience it.

My Mimi

I was also very moved at the Korean Memorial walking among the tall statue soldiers, imagining their fear of the unknown and the danger. 

Korean Memorial and World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Korean Memorial and World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

My own mortality and very life became clearer, as I walked around the Vietnam Wall.  The World War II Memorial reminded me that I had 2 grandfathers serve in that war. Such a grateful feeling just to be alive.

4. Meaningful Steps

Traveling improves mental health by inspiring us with motivation and meaningful experiences. 

The most beautiful experience for me was walking up the Lincoln Memorial steps.  A few years ago when I experienced a serious illness, I would not have been able to go up any steps.  This was a magnificent feat for me, one I had envisioned my whole life.

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Improving Mental Health at the meaningful Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Meaningful and emotionally moving, that was the Lincoln Memorial to me.  This Memorial represents freedom, unity, resiliency, and humanity.  This travel experience was definitely an important part of improving my mental and emotional health.

5. Manage stress & negative thoughts

Traveling improves mental health by helping manage stress and negative thoughts by boosting positive emotions and thoughts.  Before my trip to Washington, DC, I was struggling with managing stress and negative thoughts.

The more I saw different cultures and people in Washington, DC, the more I remembered how we are all one people, striving to embrace the beauty around us and connect to one another. 

I forgot about my own negativity and self-focus.  Instead I focused on how amazing our nation is and how far we have come, and yes, how far we can create an amazing nation together. 

Sometimes we need to be reminded that our lives are about more than ourselves, we are here on earth to be in relationship and to be connected.  We can help each other and support one another on our journeys.

Traveling improves mental health, enhances creativity, boosts happiness, and creates meaningful connections: Washington DC
Traveling improves mental health, enhances creativity, and creates soul-giving connections.

Traveling boosted my positive emotions and my positive thoughts, which in turn helped me manage stress better, all improving my mental health.

Traveling also improves mental health:

  • decreases depression symptoms
  • less ruminating thoughts
  • lowers risk for depression

6. Enhances Creativity

Traveling improves mental health by enhancing creativity.

Every time I travel, my brain is seriously boosted with creative ideas one after another!  There’s something about seeing different cultures, various walks of life, new perspectives. 

My mind is expanded, my perspective is enhanced, and my creativity is unleashed.  I think of new blog ideas, creative counseling interventions, and cool solutions to solve problems.   Even a drive in the country, or to a new park can be invigorating.

Seeing new sights, meeting new people, expanding our mind, that all drives creativity.

Sometimes, we need to see new sights, meet new people, be challenged and grow to be able to be inspired with new creativity.  What inspires you?  What traveling experiences helped you grow with new creativity?

7. Community connections

Traveling improves mental health by creating community connections.  Traveling encourages interacting with people and making connections.  This was evident the evening we strolled onto a neighborhood park in Crystal City.

There lay an interactive chess board, pin pong tables, lounge chairs, and a nearby band playing an outdoor concert.  I watched an older couple pick up the chess pieces and begin to play a game together.  Young people, dog walkers, bike riders, families, couples, and strollers would pause to watch, give their two cents, nod in agreement and smile.

family fun community park chess game
Make Your Move: community chess in Crystal City Park, Arlington, VA.

How fascinating to observe all different walks of life, ages, cultures.  All gather to this corner park to enjoy games and leisure together in common play.  How beautiful to watch and smile together, connecting with one another and laughing in unity. 

Traveling bonds the people around you, strengthening the relationships over common experiences and shared emotional bonding.

Make your move!  How do you connect with people in your community? What is your common play activity bringing your friends/family together? 

8.  Magical & Inspiring

Traveling improves mental health with new opportunities, new perspectives, and new inspiration.

Magical and inspiring are the two words that described my Mindsight and perspective when I completed my trip to Washington, DC.

I remembered that a few years ago when I had experienced a serious illness, I could not have made this trip.  I am thankful I had the health and support to make this trip.

Being thankful for being alive sounds too simple, yet it’s all encompassing and a foundational truth to traveling. 

Traveling enriches my perspective of seeing how others live to appreciate my own living.  I find my passions again, experience inspiration to live a fuller life, and gain awareness that my life matters.

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Magical & Inspiring traveling to Crystal City & Washington, D.C.

9.    Boost happiness

Traveling improves mental health with new experiences, new adventures, and new exploration.

In fact, planning to travel even increases your happiness before you travel.  Have fun planning to visit new places and explore new areas.  Take some time before you travel to explore online and read reviews from other travelers, they will tell you what’s the best and worst and they’re usually right from my experience. 

I love to explore, try new adventures, and meet new people.  There’s something invigorating about new opportunities.  Boost your happiness: learn one new fascinating fact about the place you’re visiting, talk to someone who lives there and let them teach you about their community.

Boost happiness & brain resiliency with a new experience:

  • Try new foods
  • Explore a new neighborhood or park
  • Walk a new path
  • Play a new game
  • Learn a new language or phrase

As we travel, our brains are stretched, re-wired, flexible. Having new experiences increases our brain growth and re-wiring, increasing flexibility and resiliency.

Summary of how 9 traveling benefits  improve mental health:

  1. Motivation with soul-giving experiences
  2. Beautiful sights & cultures
  3. Being alive
  4. Meaningful steps
  5. Manage stress & negative thoughts
  6. Enhances creativity
  7. Community connections
  8. Magical & inspiring
  9. Boost happiness

Sometimes, we need to see new sights, meet new people, be challenged and grow to be able to be inspired with new creativity. 

What inspires you to improve your mental health?  What traveling experiences inspire you with new creativity?

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Blessings,
Beth

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Disclaimer: This information is not meant to take the place of counseling or therapy.  This article has resources about restoring wellness, and is based on my journey and my experiences.  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 might be helpful.

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