Today is supposed to be the bluest day of the year, people are on a tight budget due to the festive period and pay day seems a long time away but it is also a time to be thankful for what we have, making the most of precious family time. Whether it is the gloomy weather, short day light hours or these long winter months that lead to feeling depressed here are some great tips for feeling good.
Cheap and Cheerful Film Day
Transform your living room in to a cinema, gather your duvets, popcorn, even a tray of tapas, a feel good movie, candles and spend a few hours having fun, relaxing and spending quality time as a family.
Spa Day at Home
Gather up all those toiletries you received at Christmas and treat yourself to a pampering. Hair, nails, feet, give your body the works. You can also ask your partner for a massage and reciprocate. If you cannot afford to have your hair dyed at the salon buy a home dye kit and do it yourself, it is surprising how good you feel with no grey roots. You can also make some smoothies and healthy snacks to enjoy whilst the treatments are on going.
Make a special cake, we all have so many leftovers in the cupboard from Christmas so use them up and I find the best cakes are the ones where you throw everything in. Let the children make cookies and decorate them, Gee loves being creative with icing and decorations and it is a sure way of keeping them entertained for a few hours.
Wrap up warm and brave the elements, yes it’s cold outside but you will feel so much better for the fresh air. Children love exploring open spaces so have fun, look for bugs, make pictures with twigs and stones but most of all enjoy everything that is free around us.
There is nothing better than random acts of kindness, go out of your way to make somebodies day special, visit an older neighbour, surprise someone with an unexpected gift, it doesn’t have to be anything major, even a please and thank you can bring a smile to somebody’s face.
Start a daily Happy Book in which you write one sentence a day on something good that has happened. A Happy Book is a wonderful place to keep all your good memories and you can look back and realise that life isn’t as dull as you thought.
What makes you happy, I would love to hear your thoughts?