It’s the start of another new month, a new week, a new year – and so many of us are hoping that this one brings more happiness, more smiles, more relief and far less of the overwhelming worry and burn out that so many of us have been experiencing in recent months.
I hope that Christmas and the New Year holiday have given you all some real peace and relief, and that the stress that can come with those ‘festive’ days has been managable.
As always, we start the month with the Action for Happiness Calendar – and this month’s theme is a happier January; there are prompts each day to take a little time to make a smile – your own or someone else’s – and feed into the happier experiences so that they grow and thrive.
Remember that if you are struggling, there is no shame, no stigma, in asking for help. I am here to support you and can signpost you to the right services, or offer my own counselling support for some personal, one-to-one help. You can contact me here. – and there are a number of channels to help on this page.
It’s December – yet another month has passed, and we are at the fresh beginning of a new one. This month is one which many people can find difficult and painful in some ways – but, as this Action for Happiness calendar shows, it’s the very small things which can make a difference to others, and which can turn around a day (or a month!)
These small kindnesses also help us – doing something for another, an act of kindness, of services, of love and support, is a wonderfully healing and uplifting thing for the one doing, as well as for the one receiving.
October already! This year seems simultaneously to be flying past and endless – but somehow we are in October, nights are getting longer, weather colder, and it’s time to start thinking about cosy fires and hearty soup!
The Action For Happiness calendar this month focusses on Optimism – and there are, as always, some wonderful suggestions;
Isn’t it funny that we think of August as bright sun, peak of summer, long days and time outdoors – but September is immediately cosy, hot chocolate and soup, and all things fireside…
With that in mind, it’s the perfect month for self-care – and that’s the prompt from this month’s Action for Happiness calendar – with something each day that puts you at the forefront of your needs.
Small acts of self-care can add up to huge changes in wellbeing, so do save this month’s calendar, print it, keep it close at hand, and be kind to yourself every day.
I share the Action for Happiness Calendar every month, because I benefit from them personally as well as sharing them with my clients (and family, and friends, and social media audience!)
This month’s topic is Jump Back Up – and the idea is building resilience, and building skills which help us to manage any challenges that life brings without letting those challenges derail us. Building resilience doesn’t mean becoming hard – quite the opposite; it is flexibility, the ability to heal and self manage, and to moderate our emotional responses to unexpected situations or changes.
Each day there is a prompt – an action to take, a subject to think about, an opportunity to process something challenging and see just how well we can overcome it with the right mindset.
YOU are in charge of your life, of the way you face it; you can’t change how others behave or control every aspect of the world – but we can be fully in control of our own emotional responses, and our own behaviours.
If this is something you feel you need more support with, and if you want to leave the hurt the world has given you behind to live a free, content life with better emotional resilience I can help; you can contact me through this website, through Facebook, LinkedIn or email on email@example.com, or call me on 07849 037095 – you can also message or call via WhatsApp on the same number, and I offer video sessions for those who are still unable to meet in person.
Each month I share the Action for Happiness calendar, each full of suggestions for ways to improve your mental health and lift your mood in small, simple ways each day.
June is all about joy – and about finding it, creating it, sharing it and experiencing it each day, even if it’s a difficult one, in small ways.
Joy has been elusive for many people in the past year – so take a moment each time you feel overwhelmed or challenged, and indulge yourself in the little things that bring you happiness.
Meaningful May is a fantastic prompt – and as the sun shines and the days are longer, giving our space more colour and life we are also waking from our winter hibernation, our bodies and minds crave more outside time, more nature, more fresh produce and colourful food.
Follow what your body is telling you it needs, nourish yourself and your mind, and take time to be restful and attuned to your own thoughts. The prompts each day are great ways to build on that inner sense of wellbeing, and sharing that feeling with those who matter to us.
The prompt from Action for Happiness for April is activity. I know that when we feel low, or are struggling and feeling overwhelmed, it can be difficult to motivate our bodies into being active. I also know that the days I least feel like being active are the days I feel the most benefit from pushing myself to do something – even just a stroll around my garden, if I can’t face anything more.
Challenge yourself this month; try to add just a little more physical activity to your routines. You don’t need to go all-in and start training for a marathon, but being more active has a huge amount of benefits for body and mind. Now that some of the Covid restrictions are lifting and we are able to meet in small groups outdoors it’s the perfect time to meet a friend for a walk, or a bike ride with a loved one.
Each month I will share the Action for Happiness calendar because I know how important it is to take a little time where you can to focus on the positives and to give yourself a little kindness.
The announcement that we are in another Lockdown in the UK has left people reeling once again, and there is a lot of anxiety and anger. If you are struggling, remember that you don’t need to face these feelings alone, and that I can help you to find your feet and feel more able to face the challenges.
Contact me through this website, on my Facebook page, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me, on phone or WhatsApp, on 07849 037095