Healthy Brain Means More To Gain

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A healthy brain means more to gain! As you grow older, your brain is going to change. Although some mental decline is to be expected, there are steps you can take to slow that decline and decrease the risk of developing dementia. Proper brain care can even improve mental acuity over time. These tips can —  and should — be practiced by people of all ages. Miles Kimball offers unique and affordable products to help you keep your brain in shape.

1) Exercise Regularly

Exercise not only maintains your physical fitness, but it improves your brain fitness, too. Blood flow to your brain increases during physical activity, which research shows can help counter the natural decline in brain connections. Over time, physical activity can lessen and even reverse some of the mental consequences of aging.

Exercising for 30 to 60 minutes several times a week can improve cognitive function and lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. You can get exercise by running, swimming, playing sports or even by walking around your neighborhood. If you need walking support, such as knee braces, ankle compression sleeves or mobility aids, you’ll find them at Miles Kimball, along with an assortment of at-home fitness tools and monitors.

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2) Get Plenty of Rest

The importance of sleep can’t be underestimated. Restful sleep helps clear abnormal brain proteins, improves memory, boosts concentration, reduces stress hormones and has other benefits for brain function.

Getting seven to eight consecutive hours of sleep every night, rather than two to three hour naps, is most beneficial. If you suffer from sleep apnea or other sleep conditions, Miles Kimball has an assortment of sleeping aids that can help. Order a CPAP mask, snoring mouthpiece, calming medicine or light-blocking blindfolds to help you rest.

3) Stay Mentally Active

Much like your biceps or calves, the brain is a muscle. If you don’t use muscles, they get weaker over time. Puzzles, games and activities that engage your brain will improve cognitive function and keep it in shape. You should aim to incorporate a variety of activities into your day to work different aspects of brain function.

Shop at Miles Kimball for active activities, such as crossword books, word searches, Sudoku, card games and jigsaw puzzles for adults. Try to limit passive activities, such as watching TV, since they don’t stimulate the brain as much.

4) Eat Healthy

When you put good things into your body, you get good things out of it. A healthy diet will improve brain function by providing the nutrients it needs. Plus, healthy eating gives you more energy and improves sleep, making it easier to take other steps to improve your health.

Some of the best brain foods include nuts, seeds, avocados, blueberries, fish, green leafy vegetables and eggs. Try to limit your consumption of sugar, fatty oils, alcohol, fried foods and red meat. If you’re craving something sweet, try dark chocolate. Shop our food department for healthy snacks and treats to stock in your kitchen cupboard.

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5) Stay Social

Research shows that living a solitary life increases the risk of depression, stress, memory loss and general brain atrophy. Look for opportunities to connect with friends and loved ones or make new friends in your community. Join a book club, host a game night, watch football with a group or call a few people each week. Remaining socially active will keep your brain strong and will help you feel happier overall.

Top Kitchen Gadgets

Two of the most important and time-consuming tasks you take on during the day include cooking and cleaning. These tasks have to be done, but they don’t have to be daunting. That’s when using top kitchen & cleaning gadgets are a must.

At Miles Kimball, we know how valuable your time is, and we want to make sure you’re making amazing food and making your house sparkle without completely exhausting yourself in the process. We offer a wide variety of gadgets for your kitchen, but we are most proud of our time-saving gadgets. If you’re looking for useful kitchen appliances that make cooking and cleaning a breeze, we have what you need.

Top Kitchen Gadgets

Food, family and friends go together, and cooking is something you do on a daily basis — sometimes multiple times throughout the day. To make the process easy, make sure you have the right products, including the ones listed below:

Baking Utensils

Once your treats have come out of the oven, you want to be able to serve them easily. In the past, you had to scoop cookies off the tray one at a time, but with the Mega Scoop, you can grab several at once. This ensures that everyone gets their goodies as soon as possible.

Mini Chopper

When it comes to time-saving technology, one gadget you should consider adding to your kitchen is a mini chopper. This appliance may be small, but it’s mighty — and it’s easy to use. Whether you are making salsa, chopping up nuts to put in baked goods or engaging in any other chopping or blending task, this mini chopper can handle it.

Onion Chopper

Onions can be a pain to chop, unless you get an Onion Chopper. This is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can have; it’s easy to use, chops onions and other items uniformly, is quick to clean and small enough to store on your countertop.

Multifunction Slicer

During your cooking endeavors, you may find that you need to cut up some fruits for a healthy snack or to add to pies. If you’re looking for some technology for saving time and money, getting the 3-in-1 Multifunction Slicer is a good option. With three blades to choose from, including a pitted fruit slicer, basic slicer and apple slicer, you’ll have all the tools you need to cut fruit up quickly and easily.

Top Cleaning Gadgets

Cleaning your house with a family is tough, but it doesn’t have to take up your entire day. With the right essentials in the kitchen and throughout the rest of your home, cleanup can be quick and easy.

When it comes to taking care of small messes and/or cleaning while on the go, a sweeper is beneficial. For carpeted areas, the Bissel® Carpet Sweeper can pick up dirt, food particles, pet hair and more. To clean on hardwood, laminate or tile floors, you need the Magic Sweeper.

Gadgets that Save Time

Cooking and cleaning are two tasks that can take up a lot of your time during the day. However, with the right products, you can save yourself a lot of hassle. At Miles Kimball, we have many different products to make cooking and cleaning as easy as possible. Check out our selection today!

Looking for other tips and tricks for the home? Check out our blog on Summer Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips and get up to speed on more gadgets for the upcoming season.

2021 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Top Gift Ideas

Top Gift Ideas for 2021: Unique, Exclusive Items

The internet has changed the way we choose our gifts. It also has radically offered new and more insightful products from which to choose. The top holiday gifts ideas for friends, family and co-workers are literally at your fingertips when you shop at Miles Kimball. You’ll find something for everyone on your list in our online inventory, including unique, exclusive products that can’t be found in any department store or big box stores. We’re highlighting a few of our favorite gifts from Miles Kimball that have been tried-and-true favorites for thousands of our customers. These 2021 Gift Guide ideas include some of our best-sellers that are guaranteed to be a hit with your family and friends.

The Holiday Highlight: Gifts

For Christians, holiday gift-giving goes all the way back to the story of the birth of Jesus, when the Three Wise Men brought their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the town of Bethlehem. Today’s gift-giving, particularly beginning in the 20th century, has become not only a Christian tradition, but a secular tradition as well.

No matter where they live and who their culture speaks of as the “gift giver” (whether it is Santa Claus the Americas, Los Reyes Magos in Spain, Christkind in Germany or Joulupikki the Yule goat in Finland), people all over the world agonize over Christmas gifts year after year. Some may think about it and plan all year long, thoughtfully choosing their gifts with much care and attention; others wait for the very last minute and make a mad rush to their nearest department store to choose from the shelves’ slim pickings. One thing is certain: Christmas gifts are the highlight of the Christmas season for all!

Christmas-Themed Gifts

Some of the top 2021 gift guide ideas include an item from our “Christmas Made Easy!” Collection, which is our hub for holiday-themed décor, candy and personalized gifts. Take a trip through Ornament Land, where you’ll find the perfect ornament for everyone on your gift list. Personalizing an ornament is a tradition in some of our customers’ families and they come back year after year to customize an ornament with a name and/or a date. Personalized ornaments are a way to build memories that are long-lasting.

Christmas home décor is also a popular choice as top gift ideas at Miles Kimball. We have a fantastic assortment of décor, including personalized items, Christmas kitchen items, cheerful wall décor, holiday lighted displays and more. For those people in your life whose gifts stump you every year, top gift ideas for them could be found by taking an easy virtual stroll through the Miles Kimball Candy Shoppe. Here is where you’ll find some of the best selection of old-fashioned candy favorites.

Top Gifts for Bakers and Cooks

There is someone in all of our lives who loves to bake or cook. If this describes someone you know or love, Miles Kimball has the top gifts for kitchen gurus. Create a small gift basket and include some of our top sellers, such as a fabulous kitchen gadget, some new kitchen towels or a brand-new set of spice measuring spoons. A cookbook is always a great choice as a top gift for someone who loves to bake or cook. Some of the best cookbooks are available here, filled with full-color photos, new meal ideas and easy-to-make weekday dinner ideas.

Great Gift Ideas for Kids

Kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, Godchildren: These are some of the most fun-to-shop for folks on your list. Shopping for kids allows you to reminisce about your Christmases as a kid, too — what was your favorite gift? Did you have a special memory? What was your favorite holiday tradition?  Miles Kimball has so many unique kids’ gifts for all ages, including the youngest on your list to those tough-to-buy-for ‘tweens. Shop kids’ apparel and accessories, including personalized tote bags and jewelry. Inspire their inner artists with our craft, activity items and books. We have a great selection of paints, stickers coloring books and crafting items that will keep them busy. Of course, you can’t go wrong with toys. We have nostalgic-style toys, wooden blocks, dolls and other fun toys with which they’ll love to play.

Personalized Gifts

Of course, some of our most popular gift ideas are those that can be personalized. Custom, personalized gifts are some top-selling selections on the Miles Kimball website and there are really some amazing options here for literally everyone on your list. Customization makes any gift more special and ensures that they’ll know you put time and thought into their gift. It may look like a lot of extra effort was put into it, but only you’ll know how easy it was to personalize that gift! Find personalized travel items, custom gifts for animal lovers, children, personalized gifts for him, custom gifts for her and everyone in between!

It has never been easier to find the top gift ideas for everyone on your list. Of course, if you need help choosing the right gift, we’re here to help! Contact us by email, phone or fax and we’ll be able to help out with any part of your gifting journey on our website.

Don’t forget to check out some of our other great blog topics like the Perfect Personalized Gifts.

Personalized Gifts: The Perfect Christmas Gift

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Personalized Gift Giving

Many gifts given during the Christmas season often aren’t the best-of-the-best: They’re afterthoughts or mass-produced items that are hastily chosen at the very last minute. Finding the perfect Christmas gift is often an overwhelming thought. Today’s busy schedules and hustle and bustle lead to rushed choices, too. Miles Kimball has a world of gifts at your fingertips. Want to make a special gift even better? Personalize it! We are here to help you Find the Perfect Personalized Gift.

Easy Personalized Christmas Gift-Giving at Miles Kimball

There are so many factors and questions that go into choosing the right Christmas gift, including will it be something the recipient likes? Will he or she immediately want to return it? Does it scream, “I waited until the very last minute to buy this?”  At Miles Kimball, we think that your Christmas gift choices should be both simple and thoughtful. There is no better way to make an item more personal than to customize it. Luckily, we make personalizing your Christmas gifts (as well as other special occasion gifts) accessible to all of our customers.

Our personalized gifts offer a special something for everyone on your list, from the youngest members of your friends and family to the oldest. Receiving an item that is personalized makes gift-giving special and unique and ensures that the item is something they’ll treasure, not eventually give away, donate or throw out. Customized gifts also make the recipient feel extra-special, seen and understood.

Personalized Kitchen, Home and Outdoor Gifts

There is something uniquely special about giving a personalized Christmas gift that can be used or displayed inside or outside the home. We offer personalized gifts for the kitchen, personalized home décor and personalized outdoor items that they’re guaranteed to love. Have someone on your list who loves to bake and spend time in the kitchen? Our personalized kitchen gifts include kitchen décor and practical items they can use every day, like our Together is My Favorite Place to Be Wooden Planter Box (which can double as napkin and condiment holders on the dining room table), the Personalized Chef Apron by Sawyer Creek Studio™ and our ever-popular Personalized 2-Quart Stoneware Crock. For home décor, don’t miss our Personalized Floral Slate Plaque. Have someone who loves to decorate their garden? Our personalized outdoor décor is a not-to-miss opportunity to get them something they’ll love to add to their outdoor collection. 

Make Memories with Personalized Photo Albums and Frames

For those who love to fill their lives (and their homes) with photos of loved ones, you can’t go wrong with our Exposures collection of photo albums, pages and personalized photo frames. Whether you purchase an Exposures album and additional pages to create a ready-made memory book for a special occasion like a wedding, a family vacation or a family reunion or you provide them with a blank slate to offer a solution to their organization photo challenges, these are always welcome, thoughtful gifts. Photo frames are available for everyone on your Christmas list: grandma, grandpa, mom, dad, members of the military and kids.

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Kid’s Love Personalized Gifts

Personalized Kids’ Christmas Gifts

Sometimes it’s the most fun to shop for the youngest people on your Christmas gift list. We have some awesome personalized Christmas gifts for kids. Kids love all sorts of gifts, but gifts with their names on them make these items even more exciting! Shop everything from personalized tote bags and backpacks, Personalized Children’s Rockers, Personalized Children’s Piggy Banks and other kids’ items that they’ll love.

Pet Lovers, Office Essentials and More

There is truly something for everyone in our collection of personalized Christmas gifts at Miles Kimball, including must-haves for pet lovers and our popular personalized calendars and custom stationery. Many of our customers return year after year to purchase a calendar for someone in their life who looks forward to having an up-to-date calendar in their home at the beginning of the new year, particularly one that doubles as a dish towel after the year has passed, like our personalized calendar towels.

Personalization: Easy to Do

Up until recently, it has been both expensive and difficult to personalize a gift. Not anymore! Miles Kimball makes it easy to create a personalized Christmas gift that has been created just for them. When you customize an item with us, it couldn’t be easier. This service has been a Miles Kimball brand hallmark since we first began our business back in 1935; our personalization is still performed in-house.

When shopping our website, just click on the blue “Personalize It” button and follow the prompts. You’ll see clearly how many lines and spaces are available to personalize, and we’re always here to help if you have difficulties or questions during the personalization process. You can also check out our Help and Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to some of the questions we hear most often. Our goal is to personalize the perfect Christmas gift and keep you coming back every year for more! Don’t forget that our personalized gifts are also a perfect choice for everything from weddings and anniversaries to birthdays and graduations. You’ll find custom gifts for all of those occasions here.

Gift giving during the holidays doesn’t have to impersonal, last minute or difficult. Thanks to our personalized gifts at Miles Kimball, you’ll delight your recipient with products that they’ll use, remember and cherish throughout the years.

Make sure to check out some of our other great post like Glitter Christmas Ornaments, Healthy Morning Routines and 3 Easy Tips for Mental Health.

Glitter Christmas Ornaments: A Sparkling Addition  

If there is a theme to Christmas décor, it’s that it’s shiny. Foils, glitter, lights: Even the biggest scrooges can’t resist the sparkle of tinsel accents, lighted decorations and string lights that brighten up the landscapes during this most wonderful time of the year. Glitter is something that goes hand-in-hand with Christmas, accenting everything from windows and garland to holiday cards and, our favorite, ornaments.

The History of Glitter

To understand how the popularity of glitter ornaments became such a highlight during the season, you must know a little about the origin of glitter. Nurembürg, Germany, the home of the famous Christkindlesmarkt (said by many to be first Christmas market, dating back to the early 1600s), was the birthplace of glitter’s forerunner, tinsel. Tinsel was invented during this same time as the market’s inception from shards of shredded silver, and was wrapped around lampposts, trees and statues.

Glitter: An All-American Phenomenon

The story from this shiny Christmas holiday decoration to modern glitter leads us across the Atlantic Ocean to a farm in New Jersey, where a German immigrant cut scrap material into tiny pieces in the 1930s. It was first mentioned in a New York Times article in 1942, stating that the city’s residents used it to provide “additional scintillation” to their home and to store windows. It took 30 years for patents to be filed on these special machines that cut foil. Today, glitter is everywhere.

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Although crafters everywhere have a unique love of glitter all year long, there’s just something special about it during Christmas. Glitter ornaments offer something uniquely special to your Christmas tree, setting off the lights in such a way that is magical. Glitter ornaments reflect the light on your Christmas tree and illuminate your décor, making it absolutely irresistible.

Glitter Ornaments in Ornament Land

The Miles Kimball company’s origins began during Christmas of 1935, so naturally we love the way that glitter can be incorporated into the holiday season. We have dozens of glitter-accented ornaments in Ornament Land that will brighten up your Christmas tree, holiday décor and put you in the mood to celebrate. In Ornament Land, you’ll find a delightful assortment of glitter ornaments. This assortment includes our famous personalized name and date ornaments. It also includes a wide range of glitter-accented ornaments that feature Christmas favorites like stockings, Christmas trees and Santa hats.

Glitter Glass Ball Ornaments

Glitter ornaments are a popular choice for personalized gifts here at Miles Kimball, particularly our personalized glass ball glitter ornaments. Our Personalized Name OR Date Glitter Ornament lets you choose between several colors of classic glass ball ornaments, including blue, gold, green or red, and allows you to personalize these ornaments with your choice of either a name (up to 12 letters and/or spaces) or a date with glitter. This option is perfect for a themed tree for kids, grandkids and/or pets, or allows you to purchase a themed ornament that commemorates a specific year. Another popular option is our Personalized Name AND Date Glitter Ornament, which allows you to highlight both the year and an individual’s name. This double-sided glitter ornament option is not only a fantastic option for your Christmas tree, it makes an extra-special gift for everyone from friends and family to co-workers. These thoughtful personalized glitter ornaments are Miles Kimball best-sellers for good reasons! They’re beautiful, welcoming and allow you to personalize your tree with sparkling shine that is guaranteed to be enjoyed all season long.

Glitter Christmas Accent Ornaments

Celebrate traditional scenes and signs of the season with glitter-accented ornaments that feature Christmas favorites, such as Christmas stockings and Santa hats. Stockings and Santa hats are Christmas décor items that are everywhere during this time of year — from the heads of carolers on the snowy streets to stair bannisters and fireplace hearths. They are also perfect with which to trim your tree, especially when they have glittering accents and personalized features. Our Personalized Birthstone Glitter Stocking Ornament makes a great gift; you can personalize it with not only a name, but a birthstone color as well. The brightly colored glitter corresponds with the owner’s birthstone, such as amethyst purple for February birthdays, emerald green for May and aquamarine blue for March — just to name a few. These Santa stockings are also available in “plain,” where they’re personalized with a name and come in the traditional Christmas red. Love Santa hats? Then our Personalized Santa Hat Glitter Ornament is a must-have. It is personalized with both the name of your choice (one line, up to 12 letters/spaces) and the year.

Glitter Family Ornaments

Family ornaments are a customer favorite, too! Choose between glitter Christmas tree ornaments that feature custom personalization for up to seven members of your family. Choose from the Personalized White Christmas Glitter Tree Ornaments or Personalized Green Christmas Tree Ornaments. A delightful Personalized Ornament Family Ornament is also a great choice, which allows you to personalize this piece from two family members to six family members.

Shop and Explore at Miles Kimball

These are just a few of our glitter Christmas ornaments available on our website. There are dozens of others that are just waiting to be explored in our inventory, so browse Ornament Land for your favorite glitter ornaments and decorate this year’s Christmas tree with extra pops of glitter — a Christmastime favorite.

Start the Day Off Right: Healthy Morning Routines

Rise and Shine to a Healthy Morning Routine

There are hundreds of morning quotes and sayings that communicate the importance of starting the day off right. From, “be willing to be a beginner every morning,” to the wise words of popular children’s book character, Lemony Snicket: “Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”

The importance of starting your day off right, along with a good attitude and putting good habits to use, is a vital part of making the most out of your life. Everyone has their own ideas about what constitutes a perfect morning: is it a brisk walk? A morning meditation with a cup of coffee or a hot tea? What about a good breakfast or a special beauty routine that makes you look (and feel!) your best. We’ve put together a few suggestions on some easy ways to help jumpstart those healthy morning routines so you can rise and shine, be the early bird that catches that worm and don’t snooze — or lose!

Early to Bed, Early to Rise — Without the Use of a Smartphone

Good morning habits begin with good sleeping habits. We all know those healthy sleep habits, such as going to bed at the same time, getting exercise during the day, limiting alcohol and caffeine before bed and using your bedroom only for sleeping. It’s also important to wake up at the same time every day, preferably with the use of a quality alarm clock — instead of that smartphone. Experts say that smartphones in the bedroom can disrupt the quality of your sleep. It can also be tempting to check those texts, play a round or two of your favorite game or pop into your preferred social media account when you wake throughout the night. Keep that smartphone off your bedside table and opt for a traditional alarm clock, such as one of our alarm clocks available for sale at Miles Kimball. Add one of these digital or analog clocks to your bedside and replace the phone that is hampering your quality of sleep, as well as your good morning routine.

Nutritious Breakfast for a Healthy Morning Routine

A Good Breakfast is the Start of a Good Day

We’ve all heard that breakfast is an important meal of the day, but not just any old breakfast counts. Although a delicious stack of pancakes with butter and maple syrup may sound amazing, it’s not doing a whole lot to start your day off healthy. A whole lot of carbs will leave you feeling hungry before lunch. A high-protein breakfast will help keep you satisfied for longer, allowing you to do your job without succumbing to the dreaded munchies, heading off to snag that last donut in the breakroom or reaching for that bag of chips. Luckily, creating a healthy breakfast isn’t hard or time-consuming, particularly when you opt to use one of our small kitchen appliances. Whether you’re whipping up some scrambled eggs and bacon in our compact electric skillet or you’re toasting your favorite whole grain bread in one of our toasters, you’ll always be well-equipped to tackle breakfast head-on! Don’t miss our microwave cookers, including our microwave egg cookers and microwave bacon cookers, too. (Hint: These quick and easy meal-makers are great for easy kids’ breakfasts.)

My List: Count My Blessings, Practice Kindness, Breathe

Start off your day by making a list. Why? Lists can help you prioritize your day and get things done efficiently. Psychologists have said that lists are also important for our brains: they provide structure, make sense out of jumbled thoughts and are black-and-white reminders of what was accomplished. Whether you have a journal in which you keep your thoughts or you reach for the closest piece of scratch paper to make your daily list, starting your day off by writing out what needs to be done is an important exercise in productivity. Check out our planners and calendars from Miles Kimball to keep important dates and occasions at your fingertips. Also, don’t miss our other organizers and other great stationery options, which include great personalized options as well!

Get Active for a Healthy Morning Routine

Rise and Shine: It’s Exercise Time!

A daily walk or jog is a great way to energize you and get you ready to face your day. Studies have suggested that those who dive right into early-morning exercise routines are more likely to stick with it and to reap additional benefits, like improved productivity throughout the day and improved fat burning. There is also something to be said about doing something that is good for YOU first thing in the morning — before you worry about spouses, kids and work. To help motivate you to exercise in the morning, download an audio book or tune into your favorite podcast. Even better, add your favorite four-legged friend. You’ll both benefit from this early-morning routine that is healthy and uplifting. For great footwear options, don’t miss our selection of comfortable walking and active shoes, slippers and other styles at Miles Kimball.

Healthy Habits Worth Getting Behind

Getting the most out of your life begins with healthy habits. How you begin your morning is important. Do you have a special morning routine or healthy habit that you recommend? Leave a comment down below to let us know how you start your day off right.

3 Easy Tips: How to Improve Your Mental Health

Are you unhappy? Feeling alone or blue? You’re not alone. Depression and poor mental health have become increasingly common in today’s world. According to, more than 43 million Americans struggle with mental illness. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Because they may experience many challenges in their lives, older adults are often a group that struggles the most with depression and poor mental health. They’re often less able to get out of their homes as well as they used to, which may lead to increased isolation. They may also begin to reflect on their lives, which can possibly cause regrets. In addition, they may begin to experience loss of their peers by old age. There’s a lot going on in the world of older adults that can affect how they feel.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

To stave off the blues, it is important to take care of your mental health. That means taking time for you, making good choices in your everyday life and surrounding yourself with positive people who nurture your well-being. We’ve put together a few tips that will help you improve your mental health. Below are some tips for improved mental health that are easy to apply in your life, helping you stay positive, connected and mentally well in the following years.

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Keep a Journal

Sometimes putting your thoughts down on paper can help you sort through them and make sense of any doubts, confusion or depressed feelings you may be experiencing. Journaling also helps you boost your sense of well-being, working both the left side of your brain (the analytical side) and the right side of your brain (the creative side). Sometimes just writing about what’s going on in your life, how you feel about it and what you can do to mitigate any confusing, scary or anxiety-producing feelings can help.

Some of the best mental health advice is to try to start your journaling with statements like “I want” or “I feel.” Keep your thoughts in the present tense and take a deep dive into those feelings. Investigate why you feel the way you do and how these feelings can be minimized. For example, if you’re experiencing anxiety about an upcoming social get-together or a class reunion, you can start by recognizing and writing down those thoughts, such as, “I’m feeling anxious about my 50th class reunion because I am nervous about seeing old acquaintances and friends after so many years.” Then, acknowledge the fears you have about the situation: “I’m afraid I won’t have anyone to sit with,” or “I’m afraid I will be judged by what I have done, or haven’t done, in my life.” After reflecting on everything that you’re afraid of, you can create solutions for those fears that can help you deflect them, reducing their effect. “I can reach out to a couple of old friends and make plans to meet them before any events, so I won’t be alone.”

Purchasing a pretty or colorful journal can make this self-reflective journey more exciting, too. Check out our journals at Miles Kimball for a convenient place to jot your feelings, your fears and your thoughts, making sense out of them and making them more manageable.

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Knitting, Sewing or Crocheting

Much has been made of mindfulness and the importance of quieting our minds. The act of sitting and focusing on the task at hand can be soothing and can stave off those depressive thoughts. In crocheting and knitting, the act of counting rows and stitches can be soothing in itself: at that moment, nothing else matters except for that row, that stitch and that loop. These quiet yet creative activities also let you have that selfish “me” time, which for some can be difficult, especially when so much of our lives have been spent taking care of others.

Think of knitting, sewing or crocheting as a mental health exercise. Crafts also take time away from your phone, tablet or other devices, all which have been proven to be detrimental to our brains and our mental health. Miles Kimball has a great selection of sewing, knitting and other crafting essentials, such as sewing machines, organizational items for hobbyists and fun gifts for those who love to craft.

Getting Organized

Clutter is proven to drag us down. The opposite, a neat, clean and organized space, is also proven to help boost our moods. Not knowing where you put your keys, your remote or a book can be stress inducing. Leaving items laying around can also lead to slips and falls. Having a lot of clutter around you is also bad for your allergies: knick-knacks are notorious dust collectors. In addition, people who live with a lot of clutter can be self-conscious about it. This can lead to keeping visitors, guests and family members at arms’ length, and can quickly lead to isolation.

Sometimes staying organized is easier said than done, however, especially if you are limited on storage space and lack handy organization items. Sometimes just incorporating some simple yet clever items to improve your storage can help you get your home in order. Miles Kimball has a great selection of unique storage and organization items that can help! Over the door storage racks can help eliminate clutter on the floors of your closets, in your pantries and in your linen closets. Shelf dividers can help organize towels, clothing and other items. Wooden shoe racks can help keep your shoes organized and will prevent them from becoming scattered all over the floor. When you’re seeking to become more organized, Miles Kimball has great storage and organization solutions!

Stay Mentally Healthy and Happy

Caring for mental health isn’t always easy, but it is 100% worth it. With our easy solutions to help boost your mood and to help care for yourself, you can stay mentally healthy and happy for years to come!