The festive season is now upon us and it can be a stressful time of year, perhaps more than ever in 2020. We’re encouraging everyone to take five minutes for their physical and emotional wellbeing with our 12 days of wellbeing.
Day 1: Connect 💙
Christmas is about being with loved ones. This year, whether it’s by video link or on the doorstep, make sure you connect with friends and family. And if you can spare the time, call someone who needs to hear a friendly voice with Age UK’s befriending service.
Day 2: Enjoy nature 💙
Take a winter walk! Access to nature is crucial for our mental health and millions of people re-discovered that during lockdowns this year. Meet someone for a socially distanced walk and feel the benefits of fresh air. Take a look at Ramblers GB for routes and tips.
Day 3: Don’t compare 💙
It’s easy to think that everyone is having a better time, especially when we’re spending lots of time at home, scrolling on our phones. This can only lead to unhappiness. Rather than spend time thinking about how you compare to others, take time to consider the things you can be grateful for. Psychology Today tells us the benefits of this practice.
Day 4: Watch your drinking 💙
It can be tempting to enjoy a little too much alcohol at Christmas when we’ve got several days off, but hangovers can make you feel terrible and have knock on effects for those around you. Check how healthy your drinking is with this quick quiz from Alcohol Change UK.
Day 5: Put your phone on silent 💙
It’s been a really tough year and Christmas might be one of the few times you’re able to be with family in 2020. Make the most of it by being present. Switching your phone to silent or even turning it off for a few hours can help you be more mindful and focus on the people around you.
Day 6: List your 2020 achievements 💙
Take the time to reflect on the things that you’ve managed to achieve over the last year. Time for reflection can help you set your intentions for the year ahead. Why not buy yourself a diary to keep 2021 organised? 2019 Print Futures winner Gillian Stewart is selling her beautiful hand bound notebooks and journals (last order day for Christmas delivery is 10th Dec!)
Day 7: Drop a card to a neighbour 💙
Wish your neighbours a merry Christmas with a card. Not everyone will be spending time with others, so even the smallest note can help people feel appreciated this festive season. It’s a great way to support a small independent business too, who need sales more than ever this year. Check out the justacard campaign for ideas.
Day 8: Get a good night’s sleep 💙
Lack of sleep can affect our mood and productivity levels. 1 in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers, and work often blamed. OneYou have some top tips, including:
🤳🏼 Put tech away well before bed
⏰ Keep regular hours
🤸🏼♀️ Be active during the day
Day 9: Don’t let spending snowball 💙
It’s great to give gifts to your loved ones at Christmas, but don’t let your spending snowball. Make sure you keep within your budget, and if you need support with spending and debt, there’s lots of tips and advice available.
Day 10: Get creative 💙
Doing something creative is a great way to focus the mind, and has even been compared to meditation due to its calming effects on the brain and body. Country Living have some fun ideas of festive decorations to make with the kids.
Day 11: Help someone out 💙
2020 has been the year for helping each other. Giving back to someone with an act of #kindness can increase self confidence and create positive feelings. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture but simply offering to help a friend or neighbour if they need it. Find your local Covid Aid UK mutual aid group.
Day 12: Put your feet up 💙
Make sure you take some time for yourself this festive season. Take a bath or find a quiet corner with a good book. Taking a break can reduce stress and allows you to recharge both your mind and body. It’s okay to say no to that Zoom quiz if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Need inspiration? Check out the current book charts on the The Bookseller website.
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