Following months of lockdown, home-schooling and solitary working, I have recently introduced Wellness Wednesday to Dairy Diary
We spend half an hour or so, each week doing an activity to lift the spirits and regain some of our joie de vivre.
Here are some activities that we have tried, which you may also find helpful.
1 Take a sketchpad and draw a box. Decorate the box with anything you like – felt tips, paint, pencils, collage, in any pattern you like. Then close your eyes and imagine filling this box with everything that makes you feel anxious or stressed. Close the lid and visualise someone that you trust pushing this heavy box out of sight.
2 Take a slow wander through your local woodland or parkland and really focus on the sounds you can hear; listen to birdsong or the sound of water (if there is any). Then notice how many different colours you can see, in particular how many shades of greens there are.
3 Take a piece of paper and write I’m grateful for……. at the top. Play some relaxing music (there are lots of playlists on Spotify or Alexa) and write everything and anything you can think of.
4 Go outside and breathe slowly and deeply. Sit somewhere comfortable and watch the clouds. See what images you can see in the shapes they have formed.
5 Bake. And while you do so really notice the process: the textures of the mixture, the smell of the ingredients and, of course, the flavour of the finished product. As it’s Easter tomorrow you could bake these cute Mini Simnel Cakes.
I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.