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I often hear about people who have a gratitude journal or write down a list of what they are thankful for each evening. It’s important to always be thankful, but I have never taken the time to write down a list. I believe that we are to have a thankful heart and that we need to focus on the many blessings given by our Savior.
My November Mini Goal: Be Thankful and Look for Joyful Moments. Record the Moments in my Mom’s One Line a Day book each day
While I was originally going to try keeping a gratitude journal in November, I decided to do a variation of it. I have the Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book and don’t write in it as consistently as I would like. The book includes one page for every day of the year and on each page it has room for 5 different years. I use the book to write in some of my daughters’ milestones but also like to write down things they say or do. I use it to write down memories and enjoy looking back at it. It’s helpful to write things down as I know I would otherwise forget much of what they say and do!
I am so grateful for my girls and so I’m going to try and write in the book consistently in November. Because I will be in the fog of life with a newborn, it will help me to step back and look for the joyous moments in my days.
Your November Mini Goal: Pick one of the ideas below!
Write down 3 things you are thankful for each night
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Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. — Emilie Buchwald
It’s fall! This is the perfect time to enjoy a fall book or two with your children. Curl up under a blanket inside or bring it outside to soak up the sun and enjoy the crisp weather before it turns into winter. Read about the leaves, apples, pumpkins, thanksgiving, and more.
I am sharing just a few fall books we enjoy. Go to Amazon to add the books to your collection or head to your library to check these out. Here are some of the best children’s books for fall:
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse This book will get your children ready to carve pumpkins! My girls loved to pick their favorite pumpkin expressions.
We like to keep the after school schedule simple around my home. Because my daughter comes home tired and exhausted from her school day, we don’t currently schedule any activities after school. I like to have my kindergartner come home to do what she enjoys most…free time to just play.
Here are a few of the activities that we enjoy once my daughter gets home from school:
Because I know winter is not too far away and the after-school time will be cold and dark, I want to take advantage of this beautiful fall weather. After school is a great time to have the children get outside and play! It seems like my kindergartner gets plenty of time to run around and play at school, but if your child has been at a desk all day they may need the time to get fresh air, exercise, and a change of scenery.
After being away all day, my girl likes to just sit on the couch with me right when she gets home. We go over everything in her backpack and she tells me about her day. I know that she might not want to do this when she is older, so I love the time!
Same as above, some days she just needs a little mom time when she gets home. We may snuggle on the couch reading books together.
Bake a snack together
My girls enjoy baking, so this is a great time to make a snack together. The girls most often help me make pumpkin bread or energy bites. Pumpkin bread is the perfect fall treat. Energy bites are the perfect thing to put in your children’s lunches, so I try to have a batch on hand. They are tasty and my whole family enjoys them.
Free play with siblings
My kindergartner loves to come home and play with her sister. I am thankful that they play so wonderfully together. Some days it’s best to just step back and let their imaginations run wild. I love listening to the scenarios they come up with!
Play a game
We don’t have a free-for-all with tech time at home, so getting to play a game is a bonus that my girls love. My kindergartner enjoys de-stressing with a little educational screen time.
Amazon Underground is a catalog of over 3,000 free games and apps that are 100% FREE when you download. The games and apps can be downloaded on your Amazon Fire tablet or Android smartphone and the “Actually Free” games and apps can provide a fun break in our day.
We all have days that we are tired, weary, stressed, frustrated, and struggling with patience.
Small everyday stressors may be unavoidable some days, but finding a way to deal with stress and minimize the impact is key to the atmosphere of your home. As a mom, I know that my stress-level impacts my children and I try to keep my stress levels down. There are so many things we can do to decrease our stress levels in a natural way. Creating healthy habits can help to minimize stress and help to lift our moods.
While I can keep the small every-day stresses in perspective, I still need to find ways to get out of a down moment or stressful day.
This is my main stress reliever. I start to get unpleasant when I go too long without exercise! If you are not exercising consistently, start by adding small amounts of exercise into your day. If you have trouble getting motivated, remember that the first step out the door is the hardest. Once you get out and exercise, you will rarely (if ever!) regret it.
Getting outside can restore your mental energy, relieve stress, improve concentration and focus, and improve your mental health. This article provides a list of the many other benefits of getting outside. I would guess the more time you are outside, the less you are sedentary. Get fresh air, exercise, vitamin D, and a change of scenery by getting outside. This is also great for children! Check out this scavenger hunt printable if you need an activity for your kiddos outside.
Use the Spire Fitness Tracker to let you know when you are getting stressed or have been sitting around too long. Then head outside for a quick break!
Look for joy
Even when frustrated, there is often a joyous moment around the corner. Even when my children are acting up and frustrating me, it’s usually only a few minutes later that I think they are most wonderful. I end up laughing with them and being completely overcome with love. A child’s laughter can bring you back.
When frustrated, I remind myself just to wait for the joyful moment as it’s probably just minutes away.
Ask Him for help. Lay your concerns on Him and trust that He is with you.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~ Philippians 4:6
Let go. Don’t strive for perfection. Do not strive to do it all.
Take a look at your schedule and commitments. Simplify what you can in your home. You may find non-essential tasks that are only causing stress.
It’s just not worth the pressure. I know that many struggle with this, but pick your priorities and stick them. Decide what you care about for yourself and your family and focus on that. Don’t let others expectations or standards wear you down.
Reset. Change gears.
If I have had a long day with my girls, a simple change can help to reset our day. If the kiddos are getting antsy, get outside or plan an activity to wear them out. Some days this is obvious and easy. Some days this will feel like too much work, but it’s often worth it.
This is key! You will have much more energy, your brain will function better, and your physical health will improve. Your body restores itself while sleeping, so your entire body will thank you when you start to make sleep a priority.
If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources:
Remember that we have all we need. Everything we need. His grace is enough.
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
Deep, slow breathing
When you start to get stressed or anxious, your breaths may become short and shallow. The Spire Mindfulness + Activity Trackerpicks up on your breathing rate and can notify you to take a few deep breaths. It can alert you in the moment and suggest breathing exercises that lead to putting you in a calmer and focused state.
If you are not good at sitting down quietly and breathing slow, the Spire Activity Tracker will guide you.
In addition to tracking your breath, notifying you if you are tense, and walking you through breathing activities, the Spire Activity Tracker also tracks your steps and active minutes. At the end of the day, I can see if I met my active minutes and step goals. I can set up notifications to notify me when I have been sedentary for a set amount of minutes.
What is your favorite way to reduce stress in your own life?
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