Recharging!!

Difficult on a wild, wintery and wet day like today, but take a few moments out and imagine…….

Time away from it all.

Peace and quiet and a feeling of connection with nature.

Choose what you enjoy:- the beach the seaside, or coast the mountains by a river or canal in a park observing animals…

Source: Recharging!!

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Re-focusing, to notice the good things in our lives – boosts our mood.

imageIt is often more challenging to feel happy:-

as the nights draw in and the days become shorter

the days become dull and misty

the cold season rapidly approaches

But don’t dispair!!

A few minutes each day, to reaffirm what is good in our lives, can prevent this becoming a challenge.

Try these simple exercises to refocus your attention and boost your mood!

via 5 Science-Backed Strategies for More Happiness – Mindful

Autumn mists – leaves & little dog….get out there!

The weather has turned, it’s cool & misty.

The leaves are still on the trees & falling..

falling….

Before the weather gets too miserable – get out there!!

Walk with friends, children and little dogs!?!

Anything that encourages you to get the circulation going, air spreading throughout your lungs, legs pumping..😀

A sense of wellbeing – calm and tranquility as you observe the autumn colours, smell the changes in the season, kick the leaves and enjoy the sensation and the rustle.

Great for body and soul!

Celebrating friendships 👩‍👩‍👦‍👦

Do you have those friendships where you haven’t spoken or met for possibly weeks? You know… maybe you shared time as new parents, at college, or a particular work place together?

Challenging and emotional experiences make these friendships intense and special. How people get to know each other and bond over particular times, creates powerful connections. Nurturing these friendships and spending time, if only occasionally, can remind you of who you are and can be immensely supportive.

Ensuring you make time for these friendships by planning meet ups and social events is important. It helps to reinvigorate you and give you energy to move forward in the more difficult times of life. Connecting has the additional benefit of creating experiences and memories, which research suggests is not only bonding for the group members but boosts well being and happiness.

I  am lucky enough to have built a variety of different friendship groups and link up in different ways. The more fun ways the better and here are some examples:-

meet up for a coffee and chat at home or in a local cafe

light lunch at a local farm shop

a few drinks in town

bubble at a local spa

a walk together in the countryside, along a canal or riverbank, or up a hill

a visit to the seaside

a music concert or show together

Having these gatherings in the diary helps to focus you for working through what you need to for life to tick over. They don’t always have to cost much, in fact I find embracing nature is less costly and one of the most calming.

Just need to get the plans in the diary now!…..

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Connecting in a fun positive way helps motivate you and keep you keep connected to your life journey.

 

Recharging!!

imageTime away from it all.

Peace and quiet and a feeling of connection with nature. Choose what you enjoy:-

the beach

the seaside, or coast

the mountains

by a river or canal

in a park

observing animals in nature eg birds or mammals

a country home and gardens

beside a lake

in a forest or woodland

or wetlands.

Anywhere you can observe the sights, smells, noises, sensations and feelings of being in the fresh air.

Know you are alive by connecting with the Earth and our wonderful natural world.

For me there are several habitats I love but the beach or seaside is a favourite. The feeling of the soft fine sand between my toes, the sound of the crashing waves, the salty smell and breeze in my hair is enhanced when it is sunny and warm. It enables a relaxation to seep through my body.

Sitting or lying in this outdoor space with my senses alive I can reflect on issues of the day or more likely chill out………bliss!

When the weather is cooler testing muscles not used so regularly in a working environment to walk, clamber and explore brings a childish thrill.

This is the life 😃

 

 

 

Quiet time….just be!

A busy household – part time intense job, teenagers, step-teenagers, animals, music, driving, stress, older active mum, working away husband, friends, learning and running a household. Quiet time I ask?

Essential…if you are going to keep your mind calm, your body functioning and your mental health in one piece.We all know this on some level but it is trying to fit it in.

So we need to develop strategies to make it happen.

Find a peaceful place – where you don’t have to overthink of anything, time for you to focus on the here and now. Focus on you! Even if only for 10-15 minutes each day:-

Walk the dog

Sit in the park

Plan a relaxing bubble bath

Walk through countryside

Reading a book or magasine

Gardening

Play sport or exercise class

Sing

Painting

These are some of the things I have tried .Whatever allows you to have that feeling of tuning out or ‘flow’ , where your mind switches off and you can just be. Be in the moment.

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With people demanding of your time and energy for much of the day, you need and deserve this time and space to replenish your energy levels.

If this is difficult for you, I know I have been there, plan to make it a priority 🙂