1st February 2018Category: Working Carers
January can be tough with cold wet weather (and even snow) plus Monday 15th January is described as being ‘the most depressing day of the year’. It’s easy to feel low but there are lots of ways to feel good, do good and move on from the January Blues.
This week’s article looks at ways to make you feel special rather than feel blue.
Create a playlist of music you love that you know makes you smile. You can make the playlist on a streaming service, phone or a CD. However you want to do it, music can take us back to a place, a period of time or just energise us to fight the day. Hearing music you love changes your emotions, outlook or even gets you dancing so give it a try.
Let’s be honest there can be times when we focus on the negatives in our life. We can complain or moan without realising. Sometimes doing a small positive action each day can change our outlook. Everyday, before you go to bed, write down 3 things you are grateful for. For example, I am grateful for the free slice of cake I was given or for having a warm home to come back to everyday.
Having a chuckle and laughing out loud can make any grey day seem brighter. So get yourself down to the Florence Arts Centre, Egremont on the 24th February for a Charity Comedy Night in aid of West Cumbria Carers. For more information click the link.
It might just be having a bath, painting your nails or a facemask. Try spending 15-20 minutes each week focusing solely on your body and making you feel good. It is also saying to yourself, that you deserve ‘me’ time and it is ok to look after your body.
The shortest day of the year was 21st December so ever so slowly the days are getting lighter for longer. It’s surprising how an extra few minutes each day can make a difference.
You may not have heard of it but there is a popular challenge that starts on the 1st January called the 1penny challenge. On the 1st day of January you save 1pence, 2nd January it is 2pence. It increases by a penny each day for everyday for the next year. You might be thinking that you are too late to start, well that’s not true. You can calculate how much the amount is for every 4 weeks so you just pay the amount into savings on payday or for this month pour out your pennies in your purse or look in your drawers. You will save over £650 by the end of the year so you won’t have the money woes for next January. Just Google 1 penny challenge and you will find print outs available.
How many of you have taken photos and they are just sitting on your computer or your phone? I bet you never look through them or you have photo albums collecting dust. Why not go down memory lane? Laugh at that outfit you were made to wear when you were a kid or refresh your memories of a holiday you took with family.
Our Volunteer Project has been chosen for the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund. This means that every time a member shops at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on Co-op brand products and services goes into the fund, including the sale of shopping bags. This funding will be used to provide additional counselling sessions, through volunteer counsellors, to carers in crisis. More information can be found here.
If you like to read but struggle to find the time, why not give yourself 10 minutes a day. This is a small chunk of time that allows you to escape. It means you can actually get through that book sitting on the side.
Are you a Mariah Carey behind the shower curtain or a Tom Jones on the country roads? Singing out loud to songs (even if you don’t think you can sing) releases tensions in your body and helps to de-stress.
Ok this one isn’t exciting or a positive mood changer but we all have bills to pay. But wouldn’t it be great to pay less for the essentials like electricity. Spend time comparing your bank account, insurance renewal or electric and gas and you might be surprised by how much you can save. Websites such as Money Saving Expert and Money Advice Service are really helpful.
January can feel like a long month after all the socialising of December. Why not organise you and your friends or family to go to our Fashion show on 15th March 7pm at Energus. There will also be a pop up show with clothes from high street retailers and raffle too. Tickets are £5. For more information please contact Michelle McGibbon on 01900 821976 or click this link.