Boost your happiness and wellbeing with our self care activities for November
WHAT IS SELF CARE?
Simply looking after yourself – putting time and effort into choosing to do activities that make you feel good and promote happiness and wellbeing. It feels good to feel good!
WHAT ARE SELF CARE ACTIVITIES?
They can literally be anything that makes you feel good – as simple as spending 5 minutes meditating or 10 minutes sat with your feet up and a cup of tea. Maybe taking a 10 minute walk each day – anything that promotes good feelings and wellbeing.
SELF CARE IDEAS
We LOVE our feel good monthly challenges – it just takes a little focus and effort each day to make sure I always squeeze in something that’s nice, makes me happy or is just good for my wellbeing.
So here’s our feel good activities and plans for November
It’s cold, it’s damp, it’s dark oh so early, but we’ve got 30 ways to have a totally feel good November.
1 – snuggle with a good book
With the rain beating at the windows, take time to curl up on an armchair, snuggled under a blanket with a steaming hot cup of tea to hand and immerse yourself in a really good book.
2 – make proper toffee apples
Cook up a pan of sticky bubbling bright red toffee and swirl apples into it. Perfect little bonfire night treat. You can get our delicious toffee apple recipe here.
3 – fluffy pyjamas
Treat yourself to some cosy, fluffy pyjamas that would be perfect for slipping into after a cold winter walk.
4 – make some rocky roads
Throw together a tray of rather festive rocky roads, we’re talking an irresistible combination of chocolate orange and cranberry… fluffy little marshmallows and a crunchy biscuit base.
5 – bonfire and fireworks
Well this year it probably won’t be possible to take time out and visit a local bonfire and firework display. But you could still have a bonfire at home or just light the fire-pit or wood burner.
Nothing beat’s watching a bonfire burn whilst eating baked potatoes, sipping mugs of minestrone soup, munching sticky hot dogs or a dish of black peas (you might need to be from Lancashire to have eaten this bonfire treat – fancy making some of your own? Head over to Chocolate & Beyond for an authentic bonfire black pea recipe.
6 – coffee and gossip
Even if you can’t invite a friend over you could still zoom and indulge in coffee, slabs of cake and of course a catch up on all the latest gossip.
7 – sort out your wardrobe for winter
Take out and store all those summer dresses and strappy vest tops and bring in the jumpers, the long sleeved tops, the dresses and woolly tights.
We’re just a bit addicted to the KonMari way of organising clothes here at Daisies & Pie… it’s a happy thing!
8 – cook up a big Sunday roast dinner
Take time to cook up a big roast dinner with all the trimmings, invite over some family or friends… and if you didn’t want to do all of the cooking, then throw a pot luck dinner and ask everyone to bring something. For a really lazy short cut to a roast dinner we love the Slow Cooker Brisket recipe.
9 – random act of kindness
Always room in your life to be kind – especially now.
10 – plan Christmas
Get organised ready for the busy festive season and do a little list writing. It’ll help you be clearer about what needs doing, buying, making, giving, borrowing and visiting. Totally does away with the need for the panic buying and mad running around nearer the day.
11 – chill out in front of the fire
Spend the evening snuggled on the sofa by the fire. A glass (or mug) of something nice to hand and just enjoy the vibe. No fire? No worries, you can still get a good atmosphere with some nice big church candles and lanterns.
12 – winter beach trip
If current guidelines allow then get your wellies on, add some layers, throw on a scarf and gloves and head out to the seaside for some fresh air and a bag of chips, with a wooden fork of course.
13 – buy an extra gift
There’s lots of Christmas present appeals at this time of year. Just pick up an extra little gift whilst you’re out shopping doesn’t have to be anything expensive, it’s the thought that counts. You can find out more over at The Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal.
14 – don’t put it off
If you’ve been putting off something for a while now… you know the type of thing – moving some old stuff into the loft, fixing the dripping tap, mending the fence… get it done. Pick one thing and do it!
15 – dance
Music up loud, windows thrown open and dance like nobody is watching, even if they are.
16 – update a room
Maybe treat yourself to some new bedding, perhaps some new cushion covers, or freshen up a tired room with a coat of paint.
17 – stir up Sunday
Be all traditional and take part in stir up Sunday. Mix up together a homemade Christmas pudding… with a backing track of Christmas songs, oh yes! We like the Jamie Oliver Christmas Pudding recipe.
18 – volunteer
Always feels good to spend a little time giving something back.
19 – plant up some pots of spring bulbs
Plant them up now and they’ll be bursting into flower come the first signs of spring and they’ll look lovely by the front door.
20 – add a touch of winter
Collect up and bring indoors some interesting looking twigs – twisted hazel is always good, but any bare twigs will do.
21 – visit a farmers market
If you can then visit a local farmers market but if they’re all cancelled due to current regulations then try to buy something from a local business to support your local traders. Many of them are selling via Facebook – take a look.
22 – mull some wine
A simple winter recipe perfect for warming up with after a long Sunday walk in the freezing cold.
Ingredients for mulled wine:
- bottle of red wine (Shiraz or Merlot work well)
- orange sliced into rounds
- a grating of nutmeg
- a cinnamon stick
- 2oz demerara sugar
How to mull wine:
- Tip all the ingredients into a pan.
- Stir slowly over a low heat to melt the sugar.
- Allow to warm through nicely.
- Simply scoop ladlefuls into cups and enjoy.
23 – make a scented orange garland
Simple, beautiful and fills the house with a delicious aroma. Create your own scented orange garland by following the Patti’s instructions over on Garden Matters. A really pretty and natural decoration for the holiday season.
24 – declutter the house
It’s a good idea to have a clear out at this time of year – get the cupboards organised and pack up anything you no longer want, need or love. Anything that’s still in good condition just drop at the local charity shop or recycling centre. Tidy cupboards are a happy thing and a good declutter is a very happy thing!
25 – crafting with the kids
26 – theatre trip
The theatres may be closed right now but you can stream theatre performances and still enjoy a little of the vibe. Try checking out Whats On Stage for more information and ideas to support closed theatres.
27 – tv dinner
Throw together a really quick TV dinner, a comforting childhood classic… beans and cheese on toast, a sausage and ketchup barmcake or order in a pizza.
28 – squeeze in some exercise
Just a 20 minute brisk walk each lunchtime – it’ll make sure you see some of that day light as well as increasing your fitness.
29 – winter BBQ
Light some lanterns, string some fairy lights, fire up the wood burner for extra warmth and get the BBQ rocking.
30 – pamper night
Treat yourself to a total pamper – grab your products and head off to the bathroom, light some candles, pour a glass of something chilled and sparkling and pamper yourself from top to toe.
I think for me more now than ever – spending time as a family is super important – and I kinda love the inspirational quotes about family love and happiness from Proud Happy Mama – they always give me a little boost when I need one.