Breathe Deeply & Rhythmically
Drink Plenty of Water
Get Plenty of Sleep
Eat Healthy, Nutritious Food
Exercise & Move My Body
Take Short, Timed Naps As Needed
Write, Sketch & Doodle in My Journal
Enjoy Happy, Healthy, Gentle Touch
Love & Care for Myself
Love & Care for Others
Express & Share My Feelings
Know Who to Trust & Rely On
Celebrate My Differences
Count My Blessings
Be Grateful, Express Thanks
Be Proud of New Skills & Successes
Think Creatively & Positively
Be Courageous and Bounce Back
'Behave' and Follow Rules (Pick 'Battles')
Get Curious, Not Furious
Start Every Day Fresh (A Clean Slate)
Accept What I Cannot Change
Change What I Can When I Can
Accept and Celebrate "Mistakes"
Limit Overall Screen Time
Avoid Repetitive & Violent Gaming
Do My Personal Best
Draw, Paint, & Sculpt (Play Doh Anyone?)
Practice Reading, Writing & Math
Play, Create & Dream
Be Open to All Kinds of People
Listen to All Kinds of Music
Learn a New Skill
Have Faith & Believe in Myself
Say Nice Things to Myself & Others
Do Nice Things for Myself & Others
Expect Good Things to Come
Set Goals and Make Plans
Be Prepared and Organized
Make Choices, Take Action
Love to Learn, Grow, Change
Set Healthy Limits & Boundaries
Let Go of the Past, Surrender, Trust
Enjoy the Moment (Be Present)
Create the Future (Visualize/Dream)
Take Responsibility & Apologize
Forgive Myself & Others
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Kwil knows that we are all 'perfectly imperfect' exactly as we are and that embracing our uniqueness is the key to wisdom, wonder and wellness. He also knows that we are easily influenced as 'creatures of habit' with repeated thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and beliefs that have a big impact upon the quality of our lives.
It is only when we reflect upon experience, expand awareness, and deepen understanding that we may let go of some habits and embrace other happier, healthier ones over time.
As the great psychologist Carl Jung reminds us, "The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases." He also says, "To be 'normal' is the ideal of the unsuccessful.' While we may be inspired by others and even playfully compete in some endeavors, it is so important to be the happiest, healthiest version of ourselves!
As Kwil suggests, "Go slowly, 'thought-fully,' and always, always remember to 'row, row, row your boat GENTLY down life's stream. . . . merrily, merrily, merrily life IS but a dream!'"
Just BE who YOU are
And DO what YOU do
Then all of life’s treasures
Will come to you!
In fact, they’re INSIDE you!