September 24, 2021
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10 ways to create comfort in your life
It’s not normal to experience the amount of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty most of us have felt this year. And it’s been challenging for many to find any relief or comfort, yet we desperately need it. Many folks are great at creating comforting moments for others, but when it comes to being intentional about creating comfort in their world, well, not so much.
You can be intentional, even in times of extreme stress, about building soothing moments into your day that allow you to escape. If you’re thinking you just can’t afford to do that, here’s hoping you will reconsider. You really can’t afford not to. We all need moments that allow for a break in the action to hit the refresh button. It’s good for us, and it’s good for the people around us.
Ways to create some comfort in your life:
Make a list of all the things you love that make you happy.
Do some of those things daily.
Indulge in your favorite comfort meal.
You know, all the stuff you would typically say, “I shouldn’t be eating this…” Eat that and savor every second of it guilt-free.
Take time out for a walk.
Make a point of looking up at the sky, watching the trees, and looking for wildlife. Pay attention to your breathing. Avoid thinking about things that are stressful in your life at the moment. Literally, take a break.
Watch a funny show or talk to that friend who always makes you laugh.
Listen to soothing music, read a book or magazine, work on a puzzle, or on your hobby.
Doing something that distracts you from the day’s stress and anxiety can be relaxing and bring comfort.
5 ways to help your child be more confident
The goal of parenting is to raise competent and self-reliant adults. You may be shocked because parents often think about raising “their” children. In reality, you’re raising someone’s future spouse, someone’s prospective employee, and someone’s future parent. For your future adult to be successful, things like communication, conflict management, and interpersonal skills are necessary. Additionally, being self-aware and confident is vital.
For your child to have confidence, it’s important for them to appreciate or value their own ability to complete a task. They build confidence by doing something or even attempting to do something they have never done before, not by just your words complimenting their ability. So how do I help develop a confident child? What are the ways to help my child be more confident?
Here are ways to boost confidence in your child:
✅ Teach them to learn new skills.
✅ Help them find their interests.
✅ Effort matters, so don’t quit.
✅ Let them fail.
✅ Model confidence for them.
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Margo Mathis, wife to her husband of 2 years, Jebediah, dog momma to Maggie, and the Marketing Assistant here at First Things First. Take a peek at her recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
✨Enneagram Test I absolutely LOVE the enneagram test. It helps you better understand yourself, what triggers you, and how you react to certain dynamics and emotions. Knowing my enneagram has helped me grow and appreciate certain qualities in myself. In case you’re wondering, I’m a type 2, where my fellow 2s at?🤗
🎧 SHE Podcast by Jordan Dooley is definitely for my ladies out there (Although you fellas might be inspired too!) This podcast is packed full of personal development that is sure to spark a fire in you! I enjoy popping my headphones in and taking a nice walk while I listen.
📲 Rain App is amazing and FREE! My husband and I don’t go a night without falling asleep with the help of this app; it drowns out all other noise. You can choose from tons of sounds or mix and match your own soothing tune. Great for kiddos who have a hard time sleeping.
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