This post is one going to be a short one, but I’d like to announce the 30 Day ‘Challenge’ I am hosting with Jules (@casualandupclose). Jules created a wonderful idea wherein you complete one challenge every day to improve your mental health. They are simple things like ‘smile at a stranger on the street’ but hopefully they’ll make a big difference to your day.
With mental health in mind, we are not forcing this upon you. I just thought it would be nice or you to complete a few of the things. Maybe take a screenshot so that’s it a little reminder in your photo album! The whole aim of the series Mental Health March is to take away all the challenges and stress thrust upon us in modern day life.
If you don’t know what Mental Health March is, I’ll explain a little further:
The ‘M’ in March Means Mental Health. This month I am sharing with you a series of mental health related posts. There is such a stigma attached to mental health and we all need to realise how disrespectful it is to overlook this issue. In the UK, about 30% of young people have mental health problems. That is a huge number – approximately 1 in 3 people! So, for those of you suffering, I hope these posts gives you some help. And for the other 70%, I hope these posts remind you to be more aware of your own mental health. Caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. So please tag along in this journey as we all share our thoughts together. An overwhelming number of people wanted to help in this cause so I’ll also share their perspectives on mental health too!
How are you really feeling today? What’s on your mind?
Please check out Jules’ blog. She has done an amazing job at helping me think up these ideas and also created the calendar for Mental Health March! I would also recommend you look at her beautiful feed on Instagram.
This year I would really like to try out a seasonal challenge in which I take photos each season and compile them in a post at the end of the month. Winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year: there’s the cosiness of Christmas, beautiful frost of a morning, and the very picturesque snowy hills. Here are all the photos I managed to capture of this wonderful time of year:
Which of these photos is your favourite?
My favourite has got to be the one of the lightbulb. I think the contrast of the hygge lighting and cold outdoors makes it look super cosy!
Don’t we all strive to achieve an amazing morning routine? Well, look no further than this post. I used to set myself unrealistic goals for the morning, and fail even before my first day. So many of us have to go to work and school; we don’t have the time to go to the gym and do a study session. Hopefully these tips can set yourself up for a flexible but structured healthy morning. As soon as you start doing these things, there will be an instant improvement in the rest of your day!
It’s really important to include some physical activity in your morning routine. Whether that be a few stretches or a full-on workout, anything to get yourself moving will make the rest of the day feel better. I do walk around the house quite a lot in the morning, and I also stretch a bit when I wake up. Most of us don’t have the time to go for a run, but if you do then make the most of it.
Humans used to always be exposed to the elements, but we don’t get much of that anymore. A breath of fresh air makes you feel so much better. In fact, go outside now and try it! At the weekend I go for walks but on a regular day I don’t have the time. It’s essential you do get a bit of nature in your daily routine; even better if it’s at the start of your day!
Do not skip breakfast! It’s my favourite meal of the day, and according to scientists the most important meal of the day. I am going to share my go-to breakfasts in a post later this month. You might not be hungry as soon as you wake up, so do a small task beforehand. I know a lot of people skip breakfast because they aren’t up soon enough! Wake up half an hour earlier and you’ll be able to sit down and eat (I wouldn’t recommend having an on-the-go breakfast, it’s uncomfortable and bad for you)
None of us have time for a face mask or a bath, but make it you mission to have a wash and dress up nicely. I know a hoodie and leggings is comfy, but it won’t provoke that working mindset. Then at the end of your work you can change! In the UK we have school uniform and it does help to form a divide between school/home. If you work from home, sometimes the line blurrs. Try not to let it!
Do what makes you happy
Just before you head off to work/school, spend a few minutes doing something that makes you smile. It can be a reward for getting all of the other tips done! I like to read while eating my breakfast. You might listen to music while walking to the bus stop. Just a small thing like that can make you feel so much happier! It’s also good for your mental health if you include a bit of ‘me-time’ in your mornings.
Those are all of the tips! Hope you enjoyed reading today’s post, and let me know if you want to see a part two.
When do you wake up in the morning? Or do you wake up in the afternoon?
This spring a few bookstagrammers and I are hosting a readathon. The aim is to complete as many of the prompts as possible. They’ll help to broaden your reading ‘sphere’ and hopefully let you discover new favourites. There will be no winner, as this readathon is purely for fun. All participants will get shoutouts on Instagram, so make sure you’re following the hosts on there! We would all appreciate if you shared your progress with the #springreadathon2020 or in the group chat. That way we can talk about the books you’re reading!
We are trying to encourage people to read more often. Hopefully it will motivate you to pick up a book when you don’t usually. There are a set of rules, but they are flexible. Don’t feel that you have to read a book for all of the prompts, you can double up!
If you don’t have Instagram, keep me up to speed via the contact page.
However, if you do have access to Instagram, drop your username in the comments below! I’ll add you to the group chat straight away.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment or DM on Instagram.