Mindful Gift Ideas

We can all admit that we have at some point completely forgot to buy someone a gift for the holidays and if your reading this you might have as well.

I have put together a small arrangement of gift ideas that are a bit more personable and thoughtful and I hope that you will be able to find them useful for at least a few people this holiday season.

Scent | Most people can appreciate a nice scent such as a candle that you make yourself or purchase and there is a wide variety of handmade candles to choose from to make that certain someone feel special.

Essential oils are also an amazing gift idea for someone who has dabbled in them or has spoken about their interest in using essential oils.

Scents such as peppermint, lavender, and orange are a few great options for most people and are also really lovely when combined.

You could even consider gifting them an essential oil diffuser to further enjoy their essential oils with and to brighten up their home.

Taste | One thing that I know that I also appreciate in a gift, is something edible.

With food you can rarely go wrong especially when you have a good idea of what that person likes.

A fragrant tea or specialty coffee blend make a lovely gift especially when gifted in a mug and can be widely personalized to that person’s specific taste.

Baking treats for someone is also a wonderful way to show them your love or even just buying them some of their favorite chocolate or guilty pleasure. The art of creating a plate filled with a beautiful arrangement of cookies and fudges will never get old and will most certainly be appreciated.

Mind | Another option of gifts that requires a little more though is one that can stimulate their mind, whether that be a book that they might like or even a coloring book to help them relax and pass the time.

Maybe you could pay for an Audible subscription for them or subscribe for a monthly magazine to be delivered to their home.

Or  you could buy them a gift card to enjoy a spa day, get a massage, or take a trip to their favorite coffee shop or restaurant to promote their wellbeing and give them something to look forward to.

 

It is important to remember this time of the year that the holidays aren’t about getting presents or even giving extravagant gifts. It is about truly appreciating the people around you and taking an extra moment of time to let them know how special they are to you.

Gift giving is such a small part of that so remember to not just focus on the material side of things but to also give the gift of yourself and your time to the ones dearest to you.

It’s the Little Things: Lessons in Slow Living

Today is about the little things. I tell myself this as I push through with the few hours of sleep I had the night before, that precious time having been assaulted by one of my worst migraines yet.

This blog post isn’t about chronic illnesses but I can’t turn a blind eye to the fact that it was very much my illness that helped me to see how important those little things are.

When you live in a constant cycle of sickness you really start to noticing and greatly appreciate the importance of little accomplishments and moments of pleasure in life.

Life is made up of little moments, moments that can so easily go unnoticed or unappreciated.

We look to the lives of others and often envy the excitement and the adventures that they have in their life, thinking that our dull and routine based existence is incomparable.

We are seduced by the idea of living outrageously and freely and since few of us actually have the ability to live our life like that we tend to try to live through the lives of others.

If we spend so much time wishing away the quiet days and the weeks that often run into the other, we risk missing those moments in life that can bring just as much joy.

A large part of slow living is the act of seeing those things around you and not being so caught up in the whirlwind of thoughts and dreams that we miss the beauty that has already blossomed in your life.

Like I mentioned in my post on lessons in solitude: finding joy through silence  here, there is a certain kind of beauty when it comes to silence and solitude and enjoying your own company.

It is the little and seemingly unimportant things in life that make it worth living. Too much excitement and adventure will eventually catch up to you but living your life aware of those precious moments found in stillness will help to nourish you daily.

So pause. Pause your body, pause your mind, pause the need to keep moving, and look around you. Stop looking for perfect or amazing and see the ordinary things that you’ve been over looking all along.

Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. we risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary ~ Brene Brown

Four Ways to turn a Bad Day into a Wellness Day

Today didn’t start off very well, I never really sleep peacefully which means my mornings always feel a bit forced and sluggish and I just kind of woke up to a bad day which happens to all of us sometimes.

You can either choose to continue in a bad mood for the rest of the day or you can do your best to turn it around into something that you can be proud and thoroughly enjoy.

I wanted to share four things that I often do when I’m having a bad day to try to cheer myself up and incorporate a little wellness into an otherwise unenjoyable day.

Take A Bath:

I love a good bath any day of the week but when it comes to days that just seem to be going down hill, taking the time to enjoy a long bath is a wonderful way to bring stillness to a frazzled mind.

Add some of your favorite salts and oils, grab your bath entertainment, and sit back and let the bad vibes soak off.

Talk To A Friend:

One of the best ways to shake off a bad mood is to call up or text a close friend, friends are there to support you and bring joy to your life so don’t try to block them out just because of a bad mood.

Have them tell you a story or perhaps just a summary of how their day is going whether it be good or bad, misery loves company after all.

Make Something:

This can mean whatever you want it to mean, whether you enjoy cooking or crafting. The point is to just make something that brings you joy during the process as well as when its finished.

I personally love to bake on days that aren’t going so well, not only do you have something to be proud of once your finished but you also have something delicious to enjoy.

Take A Nap:

I saved the best for last because this tip is by far my most successful way of beating the blues on a bad day.

There are some days that I just don’t have the time or the privacy to really go into a full wellness day so setting aside twenty to thirty minutes for a quick cat nap almost always does the trick.

It’s important to remember that there really aren’t any good and bad days, everything that happens in our life can either have a negative or positive impact depending on our reaction and mindset.

Your life is only as good as you make it so decide to have a good day and good things will follow.

So those are my four tips for turning around a bad day, I hope you found them helpful and if any of you have any specific things you like to do to cheer yourself up on a bad day leave a comment bellow, I would love to hear them.

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