Wellness Toolbox

In your Wellness Toolbox, list the tools that help you feel better and stay well

Here are some Wellness Tools you shared with us:

My Wellness Tools are as follows:
Definitely Diet and Exercise. I eat healthily and walk most days, whether this is getting from A to B or going on a walk for an hour at the weekend, all walking is good. It’s all exercise.
I listen to relaxing music when I find the radio too much and when I want to relax and unwind.
I listen to positive affirmations: Louise Hay 101 Power Thoughts is one of my favorites. These can be bought on CD.
I do meditation every evening and drink herbal tea.
I take time to go to a Coffee meetup each week. This gives me a social outlet where I can meet people and also gives me a chance to practice and improve my social skills in a relaxed setting. It also is an excuse to dress up and put on some make up, which is all good.
I make time to watch a movie at the weekend or read a book.
I do homemade beauty treatments and try to be kind to myself and be compassionate towards my self.  Anonymous

One of the Wellness Tools I use is what I call a Feelings Pyramid
I have been using them for the past 5 years since the loss of my youngest daughter and found them to be a way of releasing these intense and overwhelming emotions.  I use them because when I am in this place I am living a very black and white view of the world, the feelings pyramid allows me to bring colors back into my world even when the colors are very hard and painful to acknowledge.  KC

Click here to read more and to learn how to make a Feelings Pyramid

Yoga classes once a week
 – Love & Sex – 
Gluten-free eating
 – Supplements & vitamins
 – Gemstones on my body
 – Walking
 – Outdoor sports – 
Massage – 
 – Shiatsu – 
Breathwork – Weeding my garden
Volunteering – 
Close contact with friends – 
Crafting – 
crocheting –  Swimming
 – Kayaking – 
Creating vision boards
 – Peer Support Groups
 – Feng Shui – 
Learning New Things
 – Staying Away from Toxic People – Reading – No TV in My House – Hot Tubs, Steaming & Swimming – NAMI Support Group for Family Members – X-Country Skiing – Hot chocolate with Cayenne – Chicken Enchiladas with Beans & Rice on Friday

“Every evening before bed, I write a message to my daughters with a dry erase marker on their bathroom mirror telling them something that I love about them, or an expression of my pride for something special they accomplished that day. In the morning when they are getting ready for school, whether I am there or not, they have a message of love to them from my heart. They usually respond to the note with something silly, or with “We Love You Mom!” These messages have brightened many a day and are a great addition to my Wellness Toolbox. Sometimes just taking the time to show our pride , love, and gratitude for others may make a positive difference in their life and ours!” April Moulds Elliot

“I have an idea of a Wellness Tool that was thought up by my sister. Make a list of everybody you care about and those who care about you. That’s something that may lift your spirits when you’re feeling down and depressed. It shows who your supporters are.” Neale Gilson

“Have a day of breaks! Even if you have a really busy day ahead, taking breaks will be important to keep your energy levels up. Plan some really fun breaks, like a special cup of tea, a phone call to a friend, 15 minutes of reading time, a quick walk, or a fabulous fruit snack. It makes even a long and busy day fun, because you sort of h

Don’t Forget These Tips from Our Kids!
Play with my Dog and Cat. Play Dress Up. Keep Stones in my Pocket. Build with Legos®. Be Upside Down. Make Believe I’m a Horse. Draw Hills with Sunsets. Chew Gum. Kick a Ball. Go Down the Stairs on my Stomach. Snuggle with my Parents. Ride my Bike. Make a Fort. Tell Silly Jokes. Make my Cat Dance. Climb a Tree. Read a Book. Run!

Mary Ellen’s New Year’s Wellness Toolbox:
I have developed a personal tradition that I look forward to and enjoy. On the last day of the year, I spend some time with my friendly journal, writing down all of my accomplishments of the year. I include big things like losing 10 pounds and sticking to my exercise regime. But I also include little things like remembering to tell my spouse how much I appreciate him, and eating a healthy breakfast almost every day. I write down wellness tools that I have used, people I have thanked, people I have grown closer to, people whose company I have enjoyed and people who have amazed me with their compassion and dedication. I include a list of things I am thankful for, a list of things I enjoy looking at, and a list of things I love to do. I also take a few minutes to think about the losses I have endured in the past year–this year the loss of a friend who has been part of my life for many years, the the realization that I will never again be as young as I used to be or have quite as much energy. Be Well, Mary Ellen
Click here for Mary Ellen’s article on Developing Your Wellness Toolbox

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