Monthly Top 3- September 2020

Each month Her. Wellbeing. will provide you with a ‘Monthly Top 3’ List. This will include items, products, services, practices or entertainment that are tried and tested and sure to boost your wellbeing!

September has been a month of focusing on connection with the little people in my life to build upon their emotional intelligence, self-growth and resilience. What I’ve found in focusing on this for them is that I’ve reminded myself of how important it is to be kind, connected and in tune with myself too. Working in the space that I do, I know how important these things are to our holistic wellbeing, but it’s always nice to have fun little reminders through the eyes of a child, and it’s so sweet and magical when the little people in our lives end up being our greatest teachers of these lessons.

Read below about a couple of amazing tools I am utilising with my children that our whole family will reap the emotional benefits from. During the month I’ve also been introduced to an amazing initiative making a real difference in indigenous communities, that supports Warningakalina women in the Northern Territory to have a livelihood and share their culture, whilst producing divine natural products that care for your hair and skin in the best possible way.

Her. Wellbeing.’s Top 3 for September are;

  1. Kindness Advent Calendars by Sharing Kindness- helping you to bond and strengthen your connection with your children, whilst teaching the pivotal lesson that kindness starts within, and that if we are kind to ourselves, it will build a strong foundation for sharing kindness with others.

OK, this one is for all the mamas out there (or anyone who has a special little person in their lives). I know that Christmas is still a few months away, but my children have already started talking about it! I recently came across an absolutely beautiful advent calendar that focuses on encouraging kindness rather than collecting more treats or toys. This year, I’m definitely giving these to my children in the countdown to Christmas rather than the usual cardboard tasting chocolate versions that never get eaten, or the Ooshie or Lego versions we’ve had the last couple of years (let’s face it, does anyone really need more Ooshies or Lego to add to the 100’s scattered around the house already?!?).

The Kindness Advent Calendar is absolutely stunning by design (think classic Scandinavian woodland animal themed Christmas deliciousness!), and each day there is an easy-to-do kindness challenge that will suit children of all ages (and parents alike). The ethos behind the calendars is that acts of kindness make a massive difference to the people on the receiving end of the kind act, but also for the children’s own self-confidence and understanding of themselves and their emotions.

Using these calendars that focus on kindness and connection will help to shift children’s focus away from just getting something materialistic, to building positive habits, practicing gratitude, strengthening relationships, and encouraging their own self-confidence and resilience. The kindness challenges aren’t necessarily solely focused on the children giving to others, but also on teaching the pivotal lesson that kindness starts within, and that if we are kind to ourselves, it will build a strong foundation for sharing kindness with others.

What I love about these calendars is that they also offer the opportunity for parents to have so many ‘teachable’ moments with their children and provide a daily focus for deeper conversations around what it really means to be kind, considerate, and grateful- to others, but also to themselves. Also, in such a busy month of the year leading up to Christmas, it’s a nice opportunity to set aside time each day to solely focus on your children in a fun and interactive way. The experience will be bonding as you navigate each challenge together and focus on something other than the hustle and bustle that December can sometimes generate.

I will also be challenging myself to do each and every one of these challenges alongside my children each day in the lead up to Christmas. This will enhance my own wellbeing by tapping into a little child-like magic of Christmas, and focusing on connection that is so good for the soul.

If you’d like to check out these beautiful advent calendars for your own children, or as a gift for a lucky little person in your life, head to the Sharing Kindness webpage.

Sharing Kindness has very generously offered Her. Wellbeing. readers a 15% discount with code HERWELLBEING

  1. ‘Weeds and Flowers Board Game’ by Grow Your Mind– Encourages fun and connection between players whilst building up their resilience, compassion and mindfulness.

This is another one for all the mamas and women with a special little person in their lives. This is a beautiful adaption of the classic board game Snakes and Ladders, which is based on positive psychology principles to build resilience, compassion and mindfulness.

Through playing this game you can begin building an understanding of the 4 key areas of the brain, the characteristics that help us flourish, and about how our actions can impact our experience of life’s ups and downs. 

My family are big on board games, and this one has become one of our favourites. It is visually appealing (so pretty!) and the insights it offers both adults and children into human behaviour are so great. It gives concrete examples of positive behaviour and limiting behaviour that children can understand (For example, you might land on a ‘weed’ square that says “You say something is boring before trying it”, or a ‘flower’ square that says “You make a mistake and you try again”). Hence you get to progress or go backwards in the game.

It’s a great conversation starter with children to gently talk about helpful and unhelpful behaviours and how they can affect so many aspects of our everyday experiences and relationships. I find it’s a great way to bring up examples that we ourselves have had and how we can approach the situation in a more positive way next time. It allows these conversations without pointing fingers, in a fun and light-hearted way, and positively reinforces those behaviours that help us progress, and highlights those behaviours that can hold us back.

Go and check out Grow Your Mind – they also have other beautiful products that help parents to build-up their children’s emotional intelligence and enhance their wellbeing as well as the board game.

  1. Bush Medijina– an amazing initiative to make a real difference in indigenous communities and support Warningakalina women to have a livelihood and share their culture, whilst caring for your skin in the best possible way.

During the month a friend introduced me to Bush Medijina, a beautiful initiative supporting Warningakalina women, developed to share their culture with others, and to preserve their traditions and knowledge for future generations.

Using recipes passed down to them by their mothers, aunties and grandmothers, they hand-make all of their beautiful body products in the Northern Territory. They create effective and fresh body products using high quality wild harvested, natural and organic Australian ingredients (with amazing and natural scents!!). All products are handcrafted using traditional methods combined with modern techniques to create their own unique take on their elders’ bush recipes.

Anyone who knows me knows I am the biggest advocate for non-toxic skincare, and this is as natural as it gets! Bush Medijina produce and sell body butters, lip balms, hair oils, body scrubs, balms and soaps.

I also absolutely love the ethos behind Bush Medijina. It was created out of a desire of Warningakalina elders to address the need to build culture and capability to positively impact the livelihoods of women, children and families. Anindilyakwa Services Aboriginal Corporation (ASAC) introduced the Bush Medijina program to strengthen values, knowledge, culture, and community wellbeing in communities that suffer from the effects of poor health and life expectancy, low school attendance, low employment and safety standards, and high rates of youth suicide, crime and domestic violence. The program is governed by an all-female board, where eighty percent of the team are indigenous, and all board members are women. 

There are just so many facets of wellbeing addressed by this program, particularly women’s wellbeing in those communities. But also for the consumer, these products are absolutely unique and nurturing, with all-natural ingredients. Not only are you caring for your skin in the best possible way by using them, but you’re also supporting such a magnificent movement to make a real difference in these communities and supporting Warningakalina women to have a livelihood and share their culture.

To purchase some of these luscious products and learn more, head to Bush Medijina.

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