Seasonal Self Care & ideas for each Season

Today I want to talk about Seasonal Self Care and how planning and thinking about our self care seasonally can help us take better care of ourselves.

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What is Seasonal Self Care?

So many people I chat with say that making time for self care is hard and it’s often the first thing to fall by the wayside when life gets busy and routines get changed up.

But what if we looked at our self care on a seasonal basis? For both the seasons of our life and the seasons of the year.

We know that self care isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach and that we have to work out as individuals what taking care of ourselves means (Hint – it’s not always about the bubble bath and pampering!). Different times in our life call for different ways to take care of ourselves. And I know that my self care in Winter looks very different to the Summer.

Perhaps part of our commitment to self care should be sitting down at the start of each season and working out how we can take better care of ourselves? It’s also a great opportunity to review and reflect on what’s been working and what hasn’t… to help us determine the self care that feels right for us every day and what works at certain times.

For me – journalling is a constant… every morning (about 90% of the time!) I write morning pages and every evening (99%) I write in my gratitude journal. Getting outside in nature is also a constant for me… but where I choose to go is dependent on the weather and the seasons.

Action Point:

Take a moment to think about the things you do regularly that contribute to your self care and figure out if they work every day or change up depending on the season.

Examples of Season Specific Self Care

Here are some examples of seasonal self care but remember – it can look different for everyone.

Summer Self Care
  • Wearing SPF daily
  • Meditating or doing yoga/exercise outside
  • Creating and listening to a Summer playlist
  • Visiting the beach or seaside
  • Making salads that use plenty of in-season produce
Autumn Self Care
  • Making crumble and other Autumnal recipes
  • Starting/getting back to a hobby that suits Autumn and Winter (like knitting, crochet etc)
  • Buy a new sweater or jumper to keep you cozy
  • Treating yourself to a new candle
  • Go for a walk somewhere where you can see the Autumn colours
Winter Self Care
  • Making sure you have warm layers to wear including hat, scarf and gloves
  • Trying out new hearty recipes for the slow cooker
  • Cozy yoga
  • Putting up fairy lights to add some twinkle
  • Have a regular early night where you cozy up with a book or to get more sleep
Spring Self Care
  • Visiting your favourite spot to see Spring flowers
  • Getting outside in the garden
  • Decluttering your space
  • Trying something new (a hobby or activity)
  • Use the extra evening light to walk in the evenings

If you have any season specific self care activity suggestions please do share them in the comments below.

More on Self Care

For more on Self Care take a look at these Self Care Ideas.

There are also plenty of Summer Self Care suggestions in my LOVE SUMMER guided journal. You can find out more about that in my Etsy shop. As well as Self Care the journal also guides you to:

It even comes in a kit with some summer themed self care items.

Remember – it’s not too late to make the most of the Summer season and plan out your Summer Self Care.

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Summer Bucket List Ideas

Today I want to share some Summer Bucket List Ideas with you.

A graphic titled What’s on my Summer Bucket List? with icons for 6 different Summer activities

What is a Summer Bucket List?

It’s a list of activities to do over the Summer season.

Some people have life-long Bucket Lists (a list of things to do before they kick the bucket.) There’s even a film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman called The Bucket List.

I love creating seasonal bucket lists – they help me to make the most of the season and to celebrate what’s unique about each one.

We usually display ours somewhere the whole family can see it. This reminds us of what we want to do and gives us ideas when we’re stuck for ideas.

So onto the ideas…

Summer Bucket List Ideas

  • Make a Summer plan (draw up or use a calendar, mark out any plans you already have and then start filling in gaps with your Bucket List items)
  • Have a picnic
  • Visit the beach/seaside
  • Go camping
  • Eat in-season produce
  • Try tie-dye
  • Water balloon/gun fight
  • Get (or give yourself) a pedicure
  • Meet friends at a park or garden
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Make summer themed cocktails and/or mocktails
  • Play mini golf
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset
  • Have a barbecue
  • Make a Summer fruit salad
  • Go swimming
  • Take a walk in a shady spot
  • Create a summer playlist
  • Go out for ice-cream
  • Collect seashells and sea glass
  • Try a new summer activity like stand up paddle boarding or surfing
  • Visit some stately gardens (they usually have a great cafe for a meal/cake!)
  • Make ice lollies
  • Read a book set in Summer
  • Make some summer themed art

Make the most of Summer

There are even more Summer Activities suggested in my LOVE SUMMER guided journal which you can purchase from my Etsy shop.

I’ve created the journal to help you make the most of the Summer season and as well as creating your Summer Bucket List it will help you to:

  • think about goals and intentions for the Summer
  • plan out fun summer activities
  • create a summer happy list – of all the things you love about Summer
  • come up with a self care plan for Summer (including a list of Summer specific self care activities)
  • make a Summer playlist (there’s even a Find the Good Everyday Love Summer playlist)
  • capture and document your Summer memories

The journal comes with a Summer themed self care kit. You can read more about the LOVE SUMMER journal and self care kit and buy your own here.

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For other seasonal activity ideas and buckets lists – take a look at these posts:

What’s on your Summer Bucket List this year?

Summer Bucket List Ideas Pin showing an image of a rainbow windmill in some sand at the beach

Love Summer Guided Journal & Self Care Kit

Today I am so excited to share the latest Find the Good Everyday product with you! I have created a Love Summer Guided Journal and Self Care Kit and it’s available for sale now. There are 20 kits available in total.

This post contains spoilers! If you want the contents to be a surprise – you can go to this link and order your box without knowing what’s in it!

Read on if you’d like to know what’s included before you decide to buy… I’ve also filmed a video sharing the contents of the box. You can view that here.

A sneak peek at the LOVE SUMMER guided journal and self care kit.

How did it come about?

I’m a big fan of embracing and celebrating each of the seasons. Most of us have a favourite season and ones we don’t like as much. And sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in what we don’t like about a season. I had an idea to create seasonal kits (yes, the plan is there will be one for every season!) to help us find the good in the season.

I’ve previously shared lots of seasonal activity ideas and suggestions for making the most of each season… you can view all my seasonal posts here.

I’m a big fan of journals and journaling (as you can see here (morning pages), here (gratitude) and here (Find Your Happy)) so I created a journal for the main part of the kit. I have also created and curated other contents along the theme of LOVE SUMMER.

So what’s in the LOVE SUMMER guided journal and self care kit?

Photo showing the contents of the LOVE SUMMER guided journal and self care kit. Read on for the full list of contents.

The main element of the kit is a 20 page guided journal to help you plan and create an awesome summer. It’s an A5 journal printed in black and white – allowing you to decorate it however you wish. There are lots of suggestions and ideas to help you create your own lists and plans. It’s hand bound (by me!) and has plenty of space for:

  • setting seasonal goals
  • making plans
  • exploring what you love about Summer
  • creating a Summer playlist
  • writing your own Summer bucket list
  • and capturing your memories of the season

I wanted to create a kit to go with the journal to really help you decorate your journal, focus on summer self care and make the most of the season. So alongside the journal you will receive:

  • SPF30 lip balm in a summery flavour (vegan)
  • a heart shaped pink tea light candle – perfect for lighting while you write in your journal
  • Glow tea bag (individually wrapped) – Strawberry, cucumber, green tea and aloe vera – a lovely summery blend
  • Either: Heartea tea bag (individually wrapped) – Blackcurrant, rosemary, honey and hibiscus or: SLEEP tea bag (individually wrapped) – Spiced apple, vanilla, camomile and Passion flowers (vegan option)
  • Rose quartz tumble stone crystal – symbolises love and peace
  • Blue gel pen for completing your journal
  • Small roll of glitter washi tape in a lovely bright colour to compliment your journal
  • Small roll of decorative washi tape to match your journal
  • An affirmation card (I’ve created a deck of 24 affirmation cards, 1 will go in each box – like a fortune cookie type message!)
  • Some love heart sweets (vegan)

This will all be wrapped and presented in a pink A5 mailing box. All of the packaging is recyclable and I’ve had as much fun putting that together as I have the kits!

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So – what are you waiting for? Head over to have a look at the LOVE SUMMER Guided Journal and Self Care Kit… remember there are only 20 kits available so please consider buying as soon as possible if you do want to get one. Plus – the sooner you purchase – the sooner you can use the kit to make the very best of this Summer season.

I’m also selling full sets of the affirmation cards in a handmade popper pouch. And paper copies of Find Your Happy journal too. You can see everything in my Etsy store here.

A BIG thank you for reading this far. I really hope you like the kit and it helps you enjoy Summer.

My Spring Activity List

It’s time to share my Spring Activity List as well as some extra ideas to consider if you create your own list!

If you’ve been around a while you’ll know I’m a huge fan of celebrating each season and partaking in seasonal activities to make the most out of each one.

If you’re new here, HELLO! Lovely to see you. I hope you enjoy this post. I’ve shared more Seasonal Activity Posts at the bottom of this one. And please consider signing up for my newsletter where I regularly share seasonal prompts and other ideas to help you get more joy in your everyday!

My Spring Activity List pin image including a photo of my Spring Wreath

My Spring Activity List

Some of these activities aren’t specifically related to Spring but they are things I want to achieve this season.

  1. Get outside daily for a walk and out for a longer walk at least weekly
  2. 3 Random Acts of Kindness (one each month)
  3. Get something booked for a night away with the doggo (and the husband and kiddo too!)
  4. Catch up with friends that I haven’t seen for AGES!
  5. Keep a Spring Journal…and look at creating a Summer version that people can buy and fill out for themselves
  6. Get my hair cut, my brows sorted, a pedicure and have reflexology treatment (I’ve missed them so much during lockdown!)
  7. Find dog friendly places we can go to eat (pubs with beer gardens, cafes with outside seating etc)
  8. Have a Ploughmans lunch!
  9. Finish the Live with Intention course
  10. Leave the county to visit somewhere else (I’ve only left my county once since March 2020)
  11. Have a weekly Artists Date/Me date – try to come up with some Spring themed ones!
  12. Start sorting out my craft supplies

Extra Spring Activity List Ideas

If you’re keen to create your own Spring Bucket List these ideas might be fun too…

  • Plant flowers or seeds
  • Go on a bike ride
  • Go in search of lambs and other cute baby animals
  • Visit an open garden
  • Create a fairy garden
  • Spring clean and declutter
  • Celebrate Earth Day on 22nd April
  • Have a picnic
  • Visit a play trail / larger play area
  • Paint pebbles and rocks
  • Fly a kite
  • Visit the zoo or farm
  • Feed the ducks
  • Eat in-season produce
  • Try Couch to 5k
  • Write a poem or story about Spring
  • Redecorate a corner of your home with a fresh Spring feel
  • Read or do art outside
  • Watch the sunrise &/or sunset
  • Go rainbow hunting!

I have a Pinterest board all about Finding the Good in Spring – you’ll find heaps more ideas there!

Seasonal Activities

Check out all my previous Seasonal posts here and specific ones for each season at the following links:

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Wherever you are right now – I hope you can find ways to enjoy the Season you are in!

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Twenty Cozy Artist Date Ideas

Today I’d like to share some Cozy Artist Date Ideas.

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Earlier this year I posted some Fair Weather Artist Dates. And now the weather and seasons are turning cooler here in the UK I thought I’d share some artist date ideas for the Autumn and Winter months. I also have a post sharing 40 Artist Date Ideas from a couple of years ago.

What is an Artist Date?

An Artist Date is an idea from a book by Julia Cameron called The Artist’s Way. I’ve blogged about the book HERE.

And this is what Julia Cameron says about Artist Dates:

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” —think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

I don’t think you have to class yourself as an ‘artist’ to enjoy the concept of an Artist Date so why not give it a go?

20 Cozy Artist Date Ideas

  1. Make a blanket fort/den! You could create a cozy spot to watch movies or hide away in
  2. Try a new recipe – something seasonal that’s warm and comforting
  3. Bundle up in layers and head outside to explore on a rainy or cold day (remember “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!”)
  4. Take yourself on a seasonal treasure hunt – seek out conkers, acorns, anything interesting looking and crunchy leaves
  5. Make art using or inspired by the seasonal treasures you found (examples include: a collage, painting, drawing, poem, nature writing piece)
  6. Try some knitting or crochet and create a blanket to keep you warm on the chilly nights (or maybe some hand warmers if you want a smaller project!)
  7. String up some fairy lights and spend an evening by the light of them rather than big overhead lights. Bonus points for no screens!
  8. Make your own list of activities you want to try during the darker evenings of Autumn and Winter. Then pick one and do it.
  9. Have dinner or a meal in darkness. (You can go to restaurants to do this and you don’t know what you’re eating! Or you could just try with a favourite meal at home)
  10. Visit a local art gallery or museum and find something that inspires you
  11. People watch in a cafe or a shopping mall – invent stories for the people that pass you by
  12. Take a notebook or a sketchbook to a cafe, order a hot drink and let your imagination run free. Why not try the Find Your Happy Journalling workbook?
  13. Create a photo-book or scrapbook of your Summer adventures
  14. Plan outfits to wear the brightest colours on the greyest days (I love wearing rainbows! example 1, example 2)
  15. Watch a fireworks display (UK specific due to fireworks night!)
  16. Plant garlic on the shortest day – to harvest on the longest day
  17. Plan a Spring or Summer garden (real or imaginary) – what would you plant? How would you design it?
  18. If you celebrate Christmas – make your own Christmas decorations or tree ornaments (or something similar for a celebration you take part in)
  19. Invent your own seasonal drink (like the Costa Christmas Drinks and winter warmers like Spiced Apple Tea)
  20. Re-imagine a popular Christmas/Festive story or movie – how could you put a twist on it or change the genre?

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Don’t forget to check out my Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas (some may even work in the colder months) or my original 40 Artist Date Ideas post.

And do let me know your own cozy Artist Date Ideas in the comments below.

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Find Your Happy is the perfect companion for your Artist Dates. It’s full of journalling prompts which you can try during your artist dates and also helps you generate ideas for future dates. You can read more about it here. And buy your own copy here.

Autumnal Things that make me Happy

Let’s talk all things Autumn today. Specifically the Autumnal things that make me happy. I love finding ways to celebrate and embrace the seasons and I love making lists of things that make me happy.

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Autumnal Things that make me Happy

  • The colours – this one’s obvious but it has to be top of the list. I love spotting the colours of Autumn as they start to appear
  • Crumble – apple is my favourite and it’s the typical Autumn dish for me
  • Roast Dinners – we tend to eat more roasts as the weather turns to the colder months
  • More opportunities to see Rainbows in the wild…with the often changeable weather the rainbow possibilities are higher!
  • Nature is full of treasures in Autumn…we love looking for conkers, acorns and other seasonal treasures
  • Crunchy leaves…the best thing about walking in Autumn!
  • Hedgerows of blackberries to nibble on…if you can get past the thorns to pick them
  • I can finally start using all the blankets I collect again. There’s usually one flung over the back of every chair in our house
  • Listening to the rain on the roof (I can do this all year round if it rains but it’s happens a lot in Autumn). I find listening to and watching the rain really soothing
  • Soaking up every last drop of sunshine…as Autumn comes around I find myself more grateful for any sunshine and blue skies we have
  • Cozy clothes – hoodies, cardigans and scarves – my preferred clothes are the ones most like pyjamas!
  • Wrapping my hands around a warm mug of tea (or decaf coffee or hot chocolate)
  • Autumn means it’s nearly my birthday!
  • Using the stationery I bought in the Back to School madness
  • Getting crafty…once Summer is over I tend to get more crafty and creative. I’m currently taking a Beginners Sewing Course locally. And I’ve been writing penpal letters and sending some happy mail
  • Finding it easier to spot birds, squirrels and other critters as the trees lose their leaves

How about You?

What would you add to this list? I’d love to know what Autumnal things make you happy? And what’s your favourite season? Let me know in the comments below.

Other Seasonal Posts

I love writing about the seasons. You can read all the posts here .

If you’re looking for more Autumn posts try these:

And if you’re somewhere that’s celebrating Spring time try these instead:

And don’t forget to come and visit me on Instagram where I’ll be sharing more Autumnal Things that make me Happy.

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Wishing you an awesome Autumn or a splendid Spring wherever you are in the world!

My Favourite Nature Spots

Today I want to share some of my Favourite Nature Spots. I’m taking part in 30 Days Wild this month which is run by The Wildlife Trusts and encourages us all to get outside in the wild and closer to nature. I’ve been sharing my acts of wildness over in my Instagram stories so be sure to pop over for a look.

I love spending time outside in nature. It’s imperative to my self care, mental health and well-being. Being outside and amongst nature features on my happy lists as well as my recent Fair Weather Artists Date Ideas post.

I try and get outside every day – even if just for a short walk. And I realised on a recent walk that wherever I’ve lived I’ve usually had a collection of favourite nature spots to visit to get my fill of fresh air and being closer to nature. Different spots have their own highlights which I want to share with you.

My Favourite Nature Spots

My Favourite Nature Spots
Meadows

A meadow is somewhere you can lay back in the long grass and watch the clouds roll by. Hear the long grass swish as you walk through it. Seek out meadow flowers and wildlife. My dog used to love running around in the meadow near our Wellington house and it always felt like an adventure when we walked through it. I have found a local meadow which I often walk through to reach the towpath – at the moment it’s full of beautiful wild flowers with lots of butterflies and bees buzzing around.

Woods

I always feel like a walk in the woods helps me breathe much better – thanks trees! This is a great place to visit when it’s raining as I love the sound of the rain through the trees and usually manage to stay drier than if I’m out in the open. I can remember walking in woods as a child and I think there’s a lot of magic in them. It always feels like the perfect place for fairies!

Rivers

One of my current local favourites is a walk along the towpath beside the river. I can join the path at various places (from the city centre to out in the countryside) and take in the sights along the river. It’s a great place to spot different insects and birds. I like stopping on the bridges and gazing down into the water to spot fish and insects. Our local river is a great place to see swans, ducks and moorhens.

Beaches

I sometimes feel sad that I don’t live near a beach currently. In Wellington I was lucky enough to live within a few minutes of the South Coast and it’s wonderful beaches. The beach is somewhere I head to blow the cobwebs away. And I also enjoy seeking out beach treasure – shells, sea glass, sea pottery and other wonderful things the tide has washed up. I can happily spend hours on the beach – in all weathers (as long as I have the right clothing!). My son thoroughly enjoys playing with sand and paddling too so it’s great for family days out.

Cliffs

Being up high and looking out to water is great for giving some perspective and usually helps me to see the bigger picture. Cliffs can be a good place to visit when the tide is in and you can’t get to the beach. I got married on a cliff in New Zealand. We were overlooking the Tasman Sea with South Island in the distance and it was a stunning location to celebrate our vows.*

Parks

Wherever we’ve lived over the years (& particularly since we’ve had our son) we’ve always had favourite parks to visit – big and small. When you’ve got kids it’s great to find ones with elaborate play areas (& a cafe nearby doesn’t go amiss either!). These days we like country parks where there’s always lots to explore. I find you don’t have to go too far away from the play areas to find the quieter spaces. Essex has some great play trails which are great for keeping the kids busy as you explore.

Lakes & Lochs

I find lakes and lochs more calming than the sea. During my 5 years living in Glasgow I spent a decent amount of time near Lochs. We used to regularly visit Loch Lomond and also spent time in The Trossachs. I also love the Lake District in England and Lake Taupo in New Zealand.

My Garden

Sometimes I forget this one! Out the back we have a small patch of grass, some pebbled ground and paving. We don’t have any flower beds at the back but we are hoping to create one soon (perhaps for growing some veggies). We do have a bird table and enjoy seeing what birdy visitors come to visit! I want to try and spend more time in my garden this year. I’m hoping to create a small pond as part of my 30 Days Wild activities and hope that will encourage me to spend more time out there.

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Have I missed any good nature spots from my list? What are your favourites?

Do you have a special place outside that you go to think or blow the cobwebs away? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

*PS – Are you signed up to receive my monthly newsletter? I’m planning to share photos of some my favourite nature spots in the next one. If you’re keen to have a peek you can sign up here!

Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas

Today I want to share some ideas and inspiration for Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas.

A while back, I shared Forty Artist Date Ideas and it’s a well visited post on this blog. So I thought it was about time I come up with some more! Here are some new Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas. (I have also shared some Cozy Artist Date Ideas for when the weather isn’t so fair!)

What is an Artist Date?

The idea of an Artist Date is from a book by Julia Cameron called The Artist’s Way. I’ve blogged about the book HERE.

Here’s what Julia Cameron has to say about Artist Dates:

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic” —think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.”

Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas

Twenty Fair Weather Artist Date Ideas

  1. Beach-combing – look for shark teeth, seas glass, shells, crabs, sea pottery, seaweed and other ocean treasure. Bonus points for finding a message in a bottle!
  2. Forest-bathing – get out amongst the trees, hug them, gaze up at them and breathe in all the beautiful oxygen they produce
  3. Lay on the grass and make up stories about the shapes in the clouds
  4. Build sandcastles
  5. Draw pictures and messages in the sand
  6. Build a cairn ( a man-made stack of stones) – how high can you go? I find this really meditative.
  7. Buy an ice-cream or ice-lolly you remember from childhood (ideally from an ice-cream van that you chased down the street!) and enjoy it
  8. Rent a boat, canoe or pedalo (this may be easier with a friend!)
  9. Attend an outdoor concert or movie
  10. Send a postcard to yourself from a distant land (or the next town!)
  11. Stop everything to listen to the dawn or twilight chorus
  12. Take art outside – drawing, watercolours, poetry – the addition of a breeze, fresh air and insects may have interesting results!
  13. Visit an open garden or somewhere not always open to the public (my county has a special weekend where places are opened up and you can apply for tickets)
  14. Play or practice a summer sport – tennis, boules etc
  15. Create a summer nature journal documenting (drawing or photos and words) flora and fauna you have encountered
  16. Create a garden ornament or a place for wildlife (e.g. bug house or bird house)
  17. Try tie-dye or another fabric dying project (it’s good to do this outside in buckets)
  18. Sit on a bench in the park and watch the world go by. What inspires you?
  19. Try your hand at cocktail or mocktail making – remember the gaudy accessories! (& enjoy your drink in the sunshine)
  20. Create a fairy/miniature garden to tend – let your imagination go wild.
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I’ve fallen out the habit of regularly scheduling artist dates lately but coming up with this list has motivated me to get back into weekly whimsical dates with myself!

Do any of these ideas inspire you? I’d love to hear your own ideas for outdoors and Fair Weather Artist Dates.

Find the Good at Christmastime (including a gift guide)

Today I want to share a few ideas to help you Find the Good at Christmastime. I’ve paired each idea with some gift suggestions – these might be good for adding to your own wishlist or for other people.

Christmas can be tough for people for a variety of reasons. But hopefully there’s some way to find some hope or magic somewhere. Recently – rather than festive spirit on the lead-up to Christmas I’ve noticed people becoming more stressed and angry. That doesn’t seem quite right does it? How did we lose our way? I’m sure watching several movies on the Christmas movie channels will help me answer that question and Find the Good at Christmastime!

Tips to Find the Good at Christmastime

Find the Good at CHRISTMASTIME

1. Embrace the season

I’ve spent festive seasons on both sides of the globe and found that celebrating Christmas in Summer has very different benefits to a Winter Christmas. Wherever you are in the world why not take some time out to enjoy the season?
When we lived in New Zealand we loved making plans to get outside and enjoy the sunshine over the festive season. Since returning to the UK I still like getting outside (away from the stuffy central heating) – I just need more layers!

Gift suggestions to embrace the season
  • Books about the seasons such as:
    National Trust 2019 Nature Month-by-Month – A Children’s Almanac
  • Appropriate attire for getting outside (wooly hats and scarfs in winter, sun-hats and suncream in summer)

2. Set the scene

Watching movies and reading books with Christmas themes helps me find my festive spirit. What are your favourite movies and books to indulge in at this time of the year?

Gift suggestions to set the scene

3. Remember self care

The lead-up to Christmas can be crazy busy for a lot of people. It can also be a lonely time. I’m going to make sure I mark out time amongst everything else for myself. As an introvert – I go a little crazy when I have to be social constantly! So part of my self care will be planning days with no interactions other than with my husband and son. We all love a pyjama day and will be planning at least one between Christmas and New Year.

If you’re stuck for Self Care Ideas please have a look at my list – designed to spark ideas that work for you.

Gift suggestions for self care
  • This would differ so much depending on the person but how about creating a self care kit? You could create one for a friend or loved one and perhaps gift yourself one this Christmas.
  • And new pyjamas might convince someone to take a PJ day!

4. Express gratitude

It’s the days where I struggle most to find and see the good around me that I most need to try! That’s why I keep a Daily Gratitude Journal.

And this is such a great time of the year to start. You can use a blank notebook, the notes app on your phone or add a line to your calendar/diary on a daily basis. To get started why not set yourself a reminder each evening before bed to write down something you are grateful for.

Gift suggestions to express gratitude
  • As a HUGE lover of stationery and notebooks I would always suggest giving the gift of a lovely notebook and pen.
  • There are some beautiful gratitude journals available. But even a simple, small diary for 2019 with equal space each day for noting down gratitude could work.

5. Help others

Perhaps one of the ways we can find our festive spirit is to help others. It’s easy to get caught up being busy with all the things we must do at this time of year – why not take some time out to do something to help someone else? This could start close to home – offering to help neighbours or family members with shopping or wrapping or what about some of the suggestions below…

Activity suggestions to help others
  • Write a Letter to an isolated, elderly person (deadline for sending letters is 14th December)
  • Donate to the local food-bank or homeless shelter (it’s best to contact them first to check what items they most need)
  • Give a one off donation or set up a monthly donation to a charity close to your heart
  • Contact a local charity to see if they need volunteers

6. If need be, hibernate

Hibernating definitely makes it onto my self care list! If you are feeling stressed or too busy – try to take a step back. Plan a cosy evening or hour to just sit and do whatever you like. This is where the Christmas movies, books and self care ideas come in!

Gift suggestions to help you hibernate
  • Cosy blankets or scarfs
  • Twinkly Lights
  • Movies and Books
  • A Notepad and pen (I’m fairly certain I could find a way to add stationery under every suggestion!)

7. Reach out

If you’re really struggling and not finding your festive spirit then reach out to others for help. You could make a date with a friend to try some festive hot drinks and cakes. Or send some notes/letters out with your Christmas cards. A text or a phone call to a friend or family member might make you feel better and also make their day too!

Gift suggestions to help you reach out
  • A letter writing set to send some old-fashioned mail
  • Stamps for posting letters or notes
  • A coffee shop gift card to encourage the giftee to meet up for a drink

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I’d love to hear your ideas to Find the Good at Christmastime. Please leave a comment below if you have any suggestions. And what’s on your wishlist this year?

Read More about Finding the Good…

Find the Good In...series

I’ve shared other posts for Finding the Good at various times. You can find all of the posts in this series HERE.

In January I shared some ideas to Survive and Thrive in Winter which may also be useful.

Celebrating Summer and Anticipating Autumn

Today I want to spend a few moments celebrating Summer and anticipating Autumn.

It feels like we are approaching the cusp of the seasons at the moment. The last few weeks of the summer break are here and soon September will be rolling around. The shops are already losing their summer stock and gradually filling up with Autumn hues and knitwear! Before we know it it will be Autumn.

Celebrating Summer Anticipating Autumn

Celebrating Summer

Some of the things we’ve enjoyed this Summer:
  • Creating a summer scrapbook – Every couple of days I print out photos of our adventures and we stick them and memorabilia we’ve collected in to our scrapbook. It’s good handwriting practice for my son – he writes the date each day and sometimes a sentence or two.
  • Some great days out and nights away. We did Legoland for my son’s 8th birthday. We stayed overnight in a hotel and explored Milton Keynes while my husband was there for work. And we spent a fun morning at a local Museum for their Summer of Science event.
  • Quality time spent together. Often, during the school year, life can be a rush of school run’s, activities, work and chores. It’s nice to slow down over summer and spend more time together.
  • Crafting and creating – I feel like I’ve taken more time this season for creativity. I’m glad I decided to join in with the Boho Berry Self Care Challenge and I’m enjoying creating pages based on the prompts. We’ve also had fun with Shrinky Dinks. Check out my Instagram Story Highlight to see the kit we purchased and what we’ve made so far! (Poundland have the kits are £1 each!)
  • Being outside and feeling more connected to nature – running several times a week has helped me get outside and I’ve found some new spots to visit to witness the changing seasons. Our doors and windows have been open from early morning until late at night and it’s been great to see my son playing outside with local friends.
  • Reading together – we’ve been reading Harry Potter – right from the start. I’ll be sharing more about this in my Reading Rituals post coming soon. We’re up to book 2 and this is an activity that will likely straddle most of the seasons!

Anticipating Autumn

What I’m looking forward to next season:
  • Porridge for breakfast – I fell out of this habit and I am looking forward to get back into it when the weather cools. It always feels like a nurturing meal to start the day.
  • Getting back into cooking – it’s been so hot that I haven’t wanted to cook much. I’m really looking forward to cooking ragu and dahl and roast dinner!
  • Wearing boots and jeans. I need new boots – my current ones developed a hole just as the weather turned warmer (good timing) and I’ve lived in my sandals every since!
  • Walking and running amongst the Autumn colours. I started running in May and it’s been mostly hot since then. I always like walking my favourite paths in Autumn to enjoy the change in seasons and colours.
  • Getting back into a routine. I’ve enjoyed Summer immensely this year – it’s been great having a mix of busy out-and-about days and chilled out days at home…but I’m keen to review our routines and how they work for us in September.
  • GBBO! For the first 6 series’ I missed out on watching The Great British Bake-Off live as I was living overseas. Since coming back to the UK in 2016 I’ve found that Bake-off acts as a bridge between Summer and Autumn.

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I am enjoying trying to squeeze enjoyment out of the last weeks of Summer whilst also anticipating Autumn.

Which is your favourite season? What are your highlights of Summer? (Or Winter if you’re reading in the Southern Hemisphere!) And what are you most looking forward to about the next season?