“No one else is going to make you happy until you are happy with yourself first”
February as we know it, is the month of love which for some can be quite depressing, it’s a short month which can also sometimes feel like longest month of the year due to the long dark, cold and grey days!
The way I see it, is we have two options this month – to go through the month with a negative mind-set, feeling miserable and depressed or we can embrace this month as one step closer to spring, challenge our mind-set and learn to be happy with what we have already got.
Whether you’re single, married, a mum, a teenager, male or female we can all embrace a little bit of self-love in our lives. So, ask yourself what it is that you really like to do? How do you switch off? What do you wish you had more time for? Really think about these questions and set yourself the task of being a do-er this month, not a dreamer.
Time to make a change this February and learn to look after yourself, learn to say no and schedule in some ‘you time’ each week whether that be having a bath, going for a walk without your phone, taking yourself out for a nice meal or reading that book you always wished you had time for.
Make a change this month, do it for you and no one else!
This time of year is very exciting for a lot people! With all the Christmas decorations up around town, the Christmas carols, the classic Christmas movies on repeat, the ice skating, the sharing of gifts and the over indulging at countless Christmas parties throughout the month leading up to the big day itself!
However there is also so much decadence leading up to Christmas and for many people – it is all go, go, go!
So it’s also a time of year that can bring a lot of anxiety to people and I can totally see why. The pressure to go out shopping and buy numerous people the perfect presents, the financial pressures, the keeping up with the Joneses, the social demands, the family feuds, the deadlines, trying to get your tree up AND decorated (perfectly of course), trying to please every Tom, Dick and Harry, inevitably and frequently leads to a lack of self-care not to mention a high chance of catching the dreaded seasonal cold that is going around London this December.
Maintaining our health over the Christmas period is far more important for our mental health than it is for our physical appearance. Keep your body fit and healthy as well as your mind balanced. Try and take 10 minutes a day to yourself to press the pause button – whether it be doing some meditation, getting some fresh air and going for a walk, having a stretching session or even just listening to some music. Do something for you to prevent yourself from burning out, from getting stressed and feeling anxious.
So here is a friendly reminder to try not to get too overwhelmed by all the events and pressure and to also be mindful this Christmas of not only yourself but of the people that surround you because it’s certainly not all jolly for everyone.
Learn to embrace the good with the bad, because the magical day of Christmas will be gone within the blink of an eye. And have a fun one!