Article by Daniel Browne 04.02.15
With the post-Christmas slump and so called January blues coming to an end, a new month is upon us; Feel Good February! That’s right… Four weeks of blasting away the winter cobwebs as we head towards spring.
Doing all you can to feel good in February is important for your physical and mental wellbeing. After the excess of the Christmas period and the long, dull January that follows, we could probably all do with a boost to perk us up a bit. There are a whole range of things that you can do during February to make yourself feel good, and here are my top tips to help you do just that.
1. Make some time for fun with friends and family. There are times when we are all guilty of not making enough room in our schedules for having fun with the people we love and care about. Work and life’s other demands can get in the way, but it’s ok to say no to those demands now and again so you can indulge in simply enjoying life. So pick up the phone, get in touch with a friend or family member you haven’t seen for a while, and make a commitment to spend some time with them. It will do you and them some good.
2. Eat healthily. How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If you told yourself that you are going to eat a more balanced diet, keep at it. We get out what we put in, and eating healthily can have a positive effect on the mind as well as the body. Don’t deny yourself a treat though. If you want to have some chocolate, a glass of wine or a takeaway, go ahead and indulge. Just remember to have everything in moderation. Be healthy most of the time, but perhaps have a bit of what you fancy at the weekend.
3. Exercise. Maybe this was another of your New Year’s resolutions. Even if it wasn’t, the benefits of exercising are plentiful. You don’t have to go overboard and commit to an exhausting exercise regime. Even if you go for a twenty minute walk each day you will soon reap the benefits. You could even consider getting some friends together and turn your exercise into a social experience too.
4. Explore your artistic side. Whether you’re one for getting arty or not, expressing yourself creatively can be good for the soul. It can help you make sense of your feelings, not to mention be something fun to do.
5. Do something for charity. Whether it’s donating your time or money, there will always be something charitable that you are able to do in your area. Charities are always on the lookout for volunteers or donations, and my personal view is that volunteering your time to help a charitable organisation is not only useful for them, but incredibly rewarding for you. Even if you can only spare an hour or two each week, try getting in touch with a local charity that you would like to help out and see how you can get involved in volunteering. You’ll feel good about yourself for doing something worthwhile and will also be helping those in need.
So, what will you be doing to make yourself feel good this February?