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Week Two!


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Week Two!

Posted by on 5 February 2018

Day 12 – Do some breathing exercises.

Why this is good for your emotional health and wellbeing? 

Focusing on your breathing is good for calming the body and mind if you’re feeling frustrated, stressed or anxious! Try the below breathing exercise...

Breathe

The above exercise should help if you've had a really stressful day and need to release any tension.

The below 1-minute breathing exercise clip might help when you're out and about and you need to take a moment out to focus... 

You can also try this fun animal avatar breathing website called Breathe with Me

Day 13 – Find something that makes you laugh so much that you cry

When was the last time you got a stitch from laughing too much?

Why this is good for your emotional health and wellbeing? 

Laughing is good for us as it relaxes our body, boosts our immune system, connects you with others, keeps you focused, releases anger, and makes you more forgiving.

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What makes you laugh out loud? Friends? Pets and animals? Sumo Suits? Babies and little children? Other people's laughs? Your brother or sister? Comedians? 

Lets get you chuckling with some of these videos…

Cat fail video 

Cat Photo bombs

Fainting Goat

Day 14 – You're really important. Take time out for some self-care. 

Why this is good for your emotional health and wellbeing? 

Taking time out for yourself reminds you that your needs are important. Looking after your body can make you feel good about yourself and life, and it shows others that you value yourself. We are more confident when we look and feel good. :)  

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When we're busy all the time and stressed out our body and minds can start to feel run down. Doing simple things like cutting your nails, washing your hair, putting on a face mask, eating something healthy like fruit, changing your bed sheets, and tidying your room all help us to look and feel better.

These websites has more tips on how to look after yourself:

YoungMinds - Looking after yourself advice

Anna Freud - on-my-mind self-care

Why not create a self-care box

Try creating a self-care box full of things that make you feel good about being you! You can include things in your box like:

  • Your favourite photos of you and your friends or family.
  • Items you like to see and smell.
  • Things you like to taste (like hot chocolate and marsh-mallows or cheesy biscuits!)
  • Things you like to touch or cuddle (like a cosy warm blanket, a cuddly cushion or your childhood teddy!) 
  • Things you like to listen to (your favourite playlist, maybe an old record or CD you like - tunes that remind you of a happy time you had with friends or family.
Day 15 – Take a soak in the bath or have a sing-song in the shower. 

Why this is good for your emotional health and wellbeing? 

Warm water (not too hot) calms the body and relaxes your muscles which helps if you are feeling tense or stressed out. 

How to have the best relaxing bath ever –

  1. Use the fluffiest, softest, towels and robe that you have.
  2. Add a tablespoon of sugar or honey to the water. Sugar can act as a natural exfoliate, whereas honey helps to keep your skin moisturised and soft.
  3. Make sure you have loads of bubbles.
  4. Dim the lights, and add a candle (you can use battery led tealights as they are safer).
  5. You could try bath salts. Bath salts help to relax your muscles, which is especially useful after a tough day. They help to reduce any inflammation, which will help you wind down before bedtime.
  6. Close your eyes when in the tub, you could even try using cucumber slices over your eye lids for the ultimate relaxation.

 

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Or if you prefer to shower, then we have put together a playlist of some of the all-time epic songs great to sing along to in the shower, listen on YouTube to our Epic Songs to Sing in the Shower

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Day 16 – Go for a coffee with your friend, and see how long you can chat for without checking your phone. 

 Checking phone

Ever get annoyed when you're talking to someone and they're too busy staring at their phone!

Why this is good for your emotional health and wellbeing? 

Spending so much time chatting to friends online through our phones, tablets and computers means we are not talking to each other as much face-to-face. Without face-to-face contact it is hard to maintain close friendships. Arrange some quality time with your friends to talk, listen and laugh without using your phones!

This video by Campaign to End Loneliness shows what it's like if we're not able to talk to anyone face-to-face, on our phone or online for a week. (Warning this video may make you feel emotional!)  

If you're feeling lonely go to our feeling lonely page for advice.

Day 17 – Do a good deed or offer to help someone. 

Why this is good for your emotional health and wellbeing? 

Doing a good deed warms your own heart and makes you feel good. Helping others gives you a new perspective and keeps you from focusing on your own problems. By focusing on someone other than yourself, you are reminded that you are not the only one in the world that has problems.

Kindness changes the world.

See if you can do a good deed for someone today! Check out the Random Acts of Kindness website too and join in with others to make a difference. Also go to the Action for Happiness website for tips.

This guy spent a year doing good deeds everyday! - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/luke-cameron-finishes-off-365-days-of-good-deeds-by-giving-away-365-in-cash-9952772.html

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