Originally for the month of May I had the idea of “spring cleaning” and organizing.
But as this pandemic has been ongoing, I decided right now, prioritizing mental health was key.
The pandemic has definitely changed routines and lifestyles, and often times, that can wear on us in many ways. Our mental health can struggle it hard times and I hope all of you are doing well.
I outlined a few things to do each week that can increase areas of mental health.
It is mentioned a lot but as you all know, sometimes we forget to take time for our mental stability. It’s not a selfish thing to make sure you yourself are doing ok. In fact, if you are mentally health, it greatly helps your relationship with your family and loved ones.
With that, here is my calendar below. There is a clickable link that you can print off as well.
For this first week it is encouraged to listen to an uplifting podcast for at least 10 minutes each day. Right now I have a few podcasts I am enjoying: “Better Than Happy with Jody Moore,” “The Joy Factor,” and “Stuff you missed in history class.”
As always I would love to hear more ideas. What keeps your mental health in check?
Hopefully you can find that peace you need to feel right now.
Be honest, I know you can’t talk to me directly but I will just say, if you need to talk to someone….just do it!
This is a very hard and challenging time and there is bound to be hard days so don’t feel bad or guilty about it.
Probably the worst thing you could do is bottle up your emotions and let them burst.
Know that you aren’t alone, this pandemic has some silver linings, but it is also really hard to stop all routines and quarantine.
With that being said, this month I shared my monthly goal which was to “Prioritize health.”
Each week I focused on different fitness or nutrition challenges. They have been challenges, and I have not been perfect, but setting goals for health really makes such a difference on your entire body, your entire soul benefits from your physical health and I could feel that.
So I encourage you to join me this week, the challenge is to walk or run for 25 minutes or more each day. Here in Utah we are able to walk and run outside and that is what I will be doing! However a treadmill or anything works great.
I promise you that if you prioritize “yourself” by taking 25 minutes out of your day to work on your physical health…you will be happy!
Also, this is a great way to incorporate your family…take a family walk or run or bike ride.
I am excited for this weeks challenge and I hope you enjoy it too!
With all that is going on in the world around us….I wanted to write and focus on how to deal with “times of trouble.”
First of all, I will acknowledge, that we ALL have times of trouble that we are constantly working through.
Ironically enough— we are all going through this troubling time of COVID-19 together. It’s not easy, it’s a very unsteady time, a hard break of routine, but one thing I’ve learned through multiple trials in life, is that when you look UP you can find the light.
What do I mean by looking up?
It can be a bit different for everyone, depending on your values and beliefs.
Physically, I do mean, look up…look around your room and your home and recognize what you have…the blessings that surround you everyday.
(Above:one of my blessings, a kind husband sleeping next to my beautiful baby girl)
Spiritually, look up to God. Pray to him, actually talk to Him. Feel His comfort and realize what HELPS you to feel his comforting embrace more.
And for some, spirituality may be more of meditation, or taking time to be quiet, getting lost in your thoughts, and thinking about the beauty and joy that is in your world.
Shut out the dark and gloom and focus your thoughts towards peace.
Mentally, look up by “waking up” everyday. Make your bed, get ready for the day. When you are down and upset, keeping your mind in a good mental state is not easy. It takes effort to push yourself mentally but it’s key.
Look around and take inventory of your blessings and write it down. Mentally stay positive, even just for the little things. Be glad you have clean, running water, or air conditioning, those little things that bring yourself joy.
Emotionally, look up by finding influential guidance in your life. For some- talking to a positive and uplifting friend or loved one is key. For others it may be listening to a positive or inspirational podcast.
Maybe it’s going on a walk to get fresh air and clear your mind of all the unnecessary clutter. Find what helps lift you UP emotionally and cling to that.
At the end of the day we all need to find what helps us to “look up” in times of trouble and focus on those positive, uplifting things in our lives.
Something we can all learn from this Covid-19 experience is that we are still in charge of whether we “look up” or “look down.”
Yes we have some hard times right now and they are real and unpredictable. However, obsessing and stressing about all the issues will only make life harder and enduring.
Perhaps our lifelong lesson from this worldwide pandemic is that we,ourselves, can learn to turn to the good. We can come together and fight through all the pessimism and heartache that of course is there…. but we can be strong and remember the good in the world.
(Above- we have had a lot of family time during this pandemic and that has been wonderful and memorable.)
At some point this pandemic will pass and hopefully we can look back and think yes, that was hard at times, but I got through it positively and fought a good fight with my ability to””look up” physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
So I ask you… how will you “look up” in times of trouble. What can you change so you aren’t sucked into a downward spiral?
Find those positive and uplifting things and hold on to them with all your might.
We will get through this, and guess what? I know we will come out better in the end!
Here’s what I have in my gluten-free cold storage.
As a family we always try to be prepared with food on hand “just in case” there is a food crisis.
For those that are gluten- free or have a food allergy, I highly suggest making sure you have enough food on hand just in case something happened and there was no place to buy gluten-free food.
I also suggest swapping out food items every 6-12 months to keep your food up to date.
Below you will see the youtube link for this video. Also below, you will see the written list of gluten-free items I keep in my gluten-free food storage. I hope this can be helpful to you or someone you know that has to eat gluten free!
Here is what I have in my Gluten-Free Cold Storage :
G-Free Chicken Stock
Progresso Soups (G-free labeled)
Variety Pack of Nuts
Hard Candy or Hi-Chews
Freeze dried fruit or veggies
G-free Protein Bars
As always, I would love your insight! What other items should I put in my food storage? Are you prepared yet? Right now is a great time to get prepared with food storage!
Who knew you would be homeschooling kids this long right?! Thank goodness for modern day technology so that school can be completed online. And yet, there of course is still time for kids to get in that much needed “play and creativity” time.
Here are five fun items I found on Amazon that can be helpful for your kids to get through the day.
All items are $30 or less and should add a lot of joy and fun to your household while in quarantine.
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1. Chalktastic liquid chalk markers can be used for:
5. Shrinky Dinks: TUPARKA 60 Pcs Heat Shrink Plastic Sheet Kit,Heat Shrinky Sheets Creative Pack,Including 10Pcs Blank Shrink Film Paper and 5 Pcs Shrinky Art Paper with Pattern,Hole Punch,Keychains,Pencils for Kids
Oh how I loved playing with shrinky dinks when I was a kid. This can be a fun way for your kids to utilize their artistic skills and abilties. Perhaps they can make gifts for people in the family, or just enjoy them for themsleves.
This product is easy and simple to use, and fun for kids of all ages!