Wellbeing Over Winter
Fill your time with things that make you smile or laugh.
Make your house a sanctuary, a place of restoration.
Ever heard of the Danish term Hygge (hue-gah)?
Get creative and calm your mind.
Creative activities can be compared with meditation in their calming effects on the brain and body.
- Do some doodling. You don’t need to be ‘good at art’ to doodle. Listen to your favourite song and lose yourself in a piece of paper
- Get crafting. Make some Christmas gifts, knit yourself a pair of gloves…
- Learn a new skill
- Do some journaling
- Play an instrument
If you have a smart phone or computer, then accessing the following could be beneficial to you.
- Podcasts. There’s so many to choose from stories, wellbeing and comedy to sports.
- Wellbeing apps are a great way of checking in on yourself and can be helpful reminders to getting calmer
- BBC Sounds has some great musical mixes including chill out and focus. They also have a listening section where you can find audiobooks, food & drink and health and wellbeing.
Remember to breathe deeply and in doing so, your body will send a message to your brain telling your nervous system to calm down.
- Get into mindfulness. Even if it’s just for those 10 minutes in the shower on a morning. Ask yourself are you in the shower feeling the warm water falling onto your back or are you at work/making your breakfast/writing the shopping list. Try being in the shower in mind and body. You’ll soon notice your breath slowing and deepening
- Meditation. Theres plenty of guided meditations available on Inkwells social media and website pages
- Yoga teaches us to breathe deeply while building strength and flexibility.
Being kind to ourselves and those around us is the key in creating happiness and confidence.
- Here are ways you can achieve this:
- Forgive yourself
- Make a gratitude diary
- Write a list of all the things you have achieved
- Rid the negative. Sometimes this could just be not watching the news for a while or unfollowing that negative person on social media.
- Get out into nature. You could bring nature to you and help it by feeding birds and hedgehogs, etc.