Day 17 and the sunshine is nowhere to be seen.
Our gardens and green spaces will be glad of the rain though. I’m trying hard to find the positives in everything at the moment.
I struggled with motivation yesterday, so I decided to do something different and picked up a sewing project that I’ve had on the go for many years (still not finished!). This reminded me of the Five Ways to Wellbeing advice:
“A review of the most up to date evidence suggests that building the following five actions into our day to day lives is important for wellbeing”
Connect – With the people around you; family, friends, colleagues, at school and in your community. We are having to be creative at the moment but video calling, texts, emails, cards and letters are all possible. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Keep Learning - Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and confidence and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Try something new or rediscover an old interest. Set yourself a challenge you will enjoy achieving. You might learn something new whilst supporting your children with their home learning, or choose something just for you.
Be Active - Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. There are no hard and fast rules, find something that suits you and that you ENJOY, and get up and have a go.
Take Notice - See what is around you, catch sight of the beautiful and remark on the unusual. This is why I keep reflecting on what I’m grateful for. Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you; try some mindfulness techniques. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
Give – We’re not talking money here, but kindness. Do something nice for someone, volunteer your time. There are opportunities to volunteer to call lonely people or write letters to older people who do not use the internet. When lockdown is over, you could join a community group. Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
So, if you’re feeling low or struggling to put on that ‘happy face’ for your children, try and find a bit of time for yourself to put some of things into your day. It may only take a few minutes but could all add up to you feeling a whole lot better.
If your mood is constantly low and you don’t feel that you are coping, please get medical advice and support. Services are still working, although in different ways. See yesterday’s flyer.
Rainy Day Fun
Try a Micro Treasure Hunt - Everyone gets a matchbox, or similar sized container, to fill, and ten minutes to find and fit into their matchbox as many tiny whole objects as they can. Tiny things that would fit in the matchbox could include a paper clip, a safety pin, a pea, a button, a piece of LEGO, a bead, etc.
Put on wellies and coats, get active and jump in the puddles!
Look after yourselves and stay safe.