31 Days of Wellbeing: Day 24

Day 24 of 31 Days of Wellbeing

I don’t know about anyone else, but if your Easter is anything like mine, I have over-indulged and spent many a penny on too many Easter treats. Like Christmas, it is a pretty overindulgent time of year. This is absolutely fine, but we must remember there are people out there who are struggling…perhaps with health, loneliness or homelessness.

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.Charles Dickens

Do you remember that episode of FRIENDS, when Phoebe said that you couldn’t donate 100% selflessly? I think she was right, and this is a positive thing because it means it is a win-win situation to give to others. They benefit from your generosity, and you benefit from feeling good about giving.

So today, make a donation! It’s so easy nowadays to do this – online or in person if you see a collections box. Give at least £5 and feel good about it – even if your self-esteem and/or wellbeing is at rock bottom, you have done something amazing today.

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31 Days of Wellbeing: Day 18

Day 18 of 31 Days of Wellbeing

We are going for a physical one today…well I say physical, but actually this will really support your mental wellbeing too.

Drinking water is like washing out your insides. The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues. Kevin R. StoneRead more at_.png

All I ask of you today is that you drink…although the following quote from NHS is from 2011, it still stands:

NHS Choices’ page on Water and drinks says: Your body needs water or other fluids to work properly and to avoid dehydration. That’s why it’s important to drink enough fluids. In climates such as the UK’s, we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated. (13 Jul 2011)

Please spend today avoiding all those sugary drinks. Stay away from diet versions as well which are laden with additives. If you don’t like drinking plain water, try flavouring it with lemon, orange, lime, cucumber etc. At the worst, have a little squash to give it some flavour. Tea and coffee – limit yourself to one cup today. Replace it with water and I promise it is increasing your physical and mental wellbeing…

31 Days of Wellbeing: Day 16

Day 16 of 31 Days of Wellbeing

I’ve had a couple of days off writing posts because I have had a very busy few days, and I was at risk of burning out if I kept pushing myself to do too many things at once.

Remember, there is only so much you can do and if you stress yourself out frequently trying to keep on top of everything, you will end up resentful, anxious and feeling down. I have been learning this the hard way recently, particularly at work. I am starting to realise the importance of not pushing myself into the stress zone by taking on too much, and by and putting pressure on myself to do everything to a perfect standard.

You can't pour from an empty glass.Take care of yourself.

So I’ve created this quote picture to remind me of this. I will download this image onto my phone so I can keep reminding myself all year about the importance of not taking on too much, of not stressing myself out with impossible high standards. Most importantly, this will remind me that I am better able to help others and share positive energy if I firstly take care of myself.

Where am I going with all this anyway? Your wellbeing activity today is to make your own quote picture to live by. Choose a quote which will remind you of something you should do this year to be happy and have a healthy mind/body. These quote pictures are very easy to make – I use Canva.

Happy creating and please share any that you make in the comments 🙂

 

31 Days of Wellbeing: Day 10

Day 10 of 31 Days of Wellbeing

Perhaps you’ve had a tough week, and sometimes that can make you feel like giving up on happiness and wellbeing. It can be easy to wallow in the sadness/anger that you feel because in some ways, that’s actually easier than pulling yourself back into the light.

Let’s make an effort today to move towards the light (or further if you’ve had a positive week!), rather than deeper into stormy clouds. A good start is focusing on an activity which might improve your wellbeing…and that is where I can help!

“Clutter is not just physical stuff. It_s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. It_s anything that does not support your better self” Eleanor Brown

Yes, it is time to declutter. The hardest part about cleaning and decluttering is getting started. I find as soon as you get started, you can get into the flow and you might even start to enjoy it! Put on that happy playlist you created yesterday so it becomes something more fun.

Don’t make this an overwhelming task – just aim to declutter or clean one room in the house today. If you do more, great, but it can be tiring and you might be very busy today, so even if it is one area in a room, that is awesome!

At the same time, I want you to also focus on decluttering your mind. Let’s face it, that is more important than our physical surroundings. I ask you to start with the physical but it can make mental decluttering much easier when you look around a clear room. Declutter your mind of negative thoughts and anything that doesn’t resemble self-love. It’s not easy, but make a conscious effort today to push away this darkness when it starts to inch into your mind.

Good luck and happy decluttering!

 

 

31 Days of Wellbeing: Day 9

Day 9 of 31 Days of Wellbeing

You know I love a good list from a couple of previous days…well time to make another, but with a twist!

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Berthold AuerbachRead more at_ https_www.brainyquote.comtopicsmusic

Today, make your happy playlist. Choose those songs which make you feel good, inspire you or just bring a smile to your face. I like to put on my happy playlist to and from work, as it pumps me up for the day ahead and helps me forget about the stress on the drive home. But put it on whenever you could use a pick me up!

Would love to hear some of the songs on your happy playlist in the comments 🙂

Some of my current happy playlist:

Sigala & Ella Eyre – Came Here for the Love

Pink – Raise Your Glass

Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance

Jamiroquai – Love Foolosophy

Green Day – Holiday

La La Land – Another Day of Sun

31 Days of Wellbeing: Day 7

Hello Day 7 of 31 Days of making yourself feel good and healthy 🙂

No lists today after the to-do lists and happy lists. Today I ask you to make sure you have time to yourself so you can actually do those things that make you happy.

_It's not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It's necessary. _ – Mandy Hale

Get your diary out and make sure you plan in evenings and at least one full day this month when you can do exactly what you want. Plan in activities from your happy list – it is so important that you make your happiness a priority. You’ll find you have so much more positive energy to bring to other people and tasks after doing this.

See you tomorrow!

31 Days of Wellbeing: Day 6

Day 6 of 31 Days of Wellbeing

Hope your list writing went well…even if the list was in your head or had one item on it!

I am actually going to ask you to write another list today. Please don’t stop reading now, I promise this list is going to be different and not a list of chores.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ― Mahatma Gandhi (1)

It is time to write a list of what makes you happy.Writing the list can also make you sometimes realise that you are spending too much of your time doing the things you don’t really love…perhaps because you feel like you should. I know I am guilty of saying ‘yes’ to lots of different plans when what I really would love to do is snuggle on the sofa with my dog! Make sure you are writing down activities which you can do often – ‘travelling the world’ would be more of a goal than something you can aim to do often…unless you are lucky enough to be that wealthy!

The most important part comes after you have written this list of course, as what you need to do is make sure you are doing these things as often as possible. Do more of what makes you happy – your mental health will improve so much because you are showing yourself you care enough to do what you love and enjoy.

My Happy List:

  • Chilling with future hubby and dog on our very comfy sofa
  • Walking in beautiful surroundings
  • Weekends away in the countryside
  • Eating good food and drinking good wine
  • Dancing to great songs in bars (not everyday I should add!)
  • Getting an early night
  • Practising yoga
  • Spending weekend days with friends and family
  • Reading in bed
  • Writing blog posts 🙂

Enjoy writing your list!

31 Days of Wellbeing: Day 5

Day 5 of 31 Days of Wellbeing

Okay, I have a pretty simple task for you today…although I would recommend doing this at least weekly if you find it helpful. For me, it’s Monday and the beginning of a busy week. There are birthday and new home cards to send, save the date postcards to write (yes, getting married this year eek!), cleaning to do, people to call, arrangements to make etc etc. Thinking about all these tasks in my head makes me immediately panic, stress and get anxious. All bad feelings we want to avoid! There is one simple task which helps me feel better…

Today's to-do list_1. Write a to-do list2. Breathe3. Cross off anything that's not really important

For me, writing everything I need to do puts it into perspective (often it’s not as bad as I imagined in my head) and helps me to prioritise what is important. If you feel overwhelmed and the to-do list is too long, ask yourself:

  • Can an activity wait?
  • Can anybody else help me with something on the list?
  • What is most important to get sorted soon?

I imagine many of us do this regularly at work, but it is a helpful activity to do for life outside of work as well, rather than ignoring that horrible feeling of disorganisation and chaos.

Saying all this, a couple of pieces of advice:

  • Please don’t beat yourself up if you do not tick everything off on the list. Focus on what you have ticked off and be proud!
  • Do not spend all of your free time trying to tick everything off the list – make plenty of time to do the things that make you happy and relaxed 🙂

31 Days of Wellbeing: Day 4

Day 4 of 31 Days of Wellbeing

Hope everyone managed to let something go yesterday 🙂

Your wellbeing challenge today is a lovely one if you enjoy this activity. Some of you may be do this everyday already, therefore this could be an easy one! However, if it’s not an activity you have done much since studying, it could feel like a challenge…

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles William Eliot

Today, please pick up a book or Kindle and read (and I don’t mean Daily Mail articles!). I want you do this at a time when you would normally either be watching Netflix series back to back (guilty!) or when you would be scrolling mindlessly on your mobile phone. These activities tend to disengage your brain or have you looking at other people’s ‘glamourous’ lives and picking fault at your own. Reading can engage your brain, transport you to a magical world and get you thinking about important issues. All great things for your wellbeing!

If you struggle with reading and feel like you don’t have the time or want to make the time, start off with just one chapter per night before you go to sleep. That’s all I do at the moment, and it’s enough to take me away from the mindless Instagram scrolling for 10-15 minutes. I swear this makes it easier to relax and go to sleep as well.

Happy reading!

31 Days of Wellbeing: Day 2

Day 2 of 31 Days of Wellbeing is here…let’s continue to focus on feeling good about ourselves for at least one moment today.

I feel this is an appropriate time to suggest this activity because in the UK we are facing SNOWMAGGEDON! Therefore any of our UK readers may not be feeling like getting out and about. Even if it’s nice weather outside, sometimes you don’t feel like facing the world, but it is important that you do something just to get you off the couch. Otherwise, your physical and mental wellbeing will suffer.

“The very heart of yoga practice is ‘abyhasa_ – steady effort in the direction you want to go.”

Yes…yoga…I know it’s such a cliché to mention yoga when talking about wellbeing. But it works! I decided to do yoga every day in January to see if it made a difference. I had been to yoga classes before but never more than once per week, and the focus was always to make it a workout, rather than an activity to nurture the mind and body.

I followed the True series by Adriene on YouTube (all you need is a laptop, cable, TV and a yoga mat!) which that focused on getting to know your true self and finding what feels good for you. Knowing that every day I would carve out that time for myself made a massive difference – I noticed the way I handled stress and anxiety changed for the better.

All I ask is that you give it a go…and ideally give it a fews gos 🙂

Definitely check out Yoga with Adriene – she has lots of sessions specially for when you feel stressed, anxious, depressed, in a bad mood etc!