From just before New Years Eve to somewhere around the middle of January we’re bombarded with articles, emails, adverts, and all sorts of other messages that tell us that we should be trying to change. But what if that’s not what we want to do? That’s why we’re launching #HappyYouYear.
- Waking up, remembering he has to go to work today, groaning, and going back to sleep.
- Snoozing the alarm seven times.
- Getting up and thinking ‘I can’t believe the rest of the world has to do this every day’.
- Realising his suit hasn’t been washed after the last time her wore it.
- Giving his suit a cursory sniff and a quick febreze.
- Trying on a million other outfits just in case this year’s the year he decides to mix it up a bit.
- Deciding against mixing it up a bit.
- Saying ‘hey, it’s Christmas’ as he contemplates a healthy breakfast and instead goes for a slice of cold pizza from last night.
- Telling himself throughout the morning that he’ll start work in ten minutes and never quite managing.
- Getting yelled at by Mrs Claus and all of his head elves for getting under their feet all day.
- Insisting on putting the bows on all of the presents.
- Insisting on checking every part of tomorrow’s Christmas dinner “isn’t poisoned”.
- Getting in trouble for eating all of tomorrow’s Christmas dinner at lunchtime on Christmas Eve.
- Being put to work crossing the bottoms of the sprouts to keep him out of the way.
- Remembering he never bought Mrs Claus a present.
- Panic shopping in the frozen North Pole tundra.
- Getting a red cup North Pole Starbucks.
- Finding nothing of any use, so visiting gift.wonderush.com and sorting it there.
- Wondering how to break it to Mrs Claus that she’s going to have to move to the UK so she can take advantage of her brand new Wonderush subscription.
- Planning all of the sweets he’s going to eat when Mrs Claus is away having fun and is no longer there to keep an eye on him.
- Apologising to the angry elf who’s had to hunt him down after he disappeared and went shopping on the most important day of the year.
- Being marched back across the tundra.
- Heading straight to the stables to find his reindeer shaking their heads in exasperation.
- Getting into his sleigh and performing his pre-flight checks.
- Wishing there was someone to listen to his safety announcements.
- Beginning to check that all of the presents have been packed, but losing the will to live halfway through and deciding just to hope for the best.
- Wondering why Will Ferrell never comes along for the ride any more.
- Putting on his ‘jolly Santa’ face and getting on with it.
November can be kind of rubbish. In fact, winter in general can. It’s grey, it’s probably raining (or, god forbid, snowing), it’s cold, and you often can’t walk from point A to point B without being hit by wet umbrellas every ten paces. Add to that the fact that nobody else seems to be in a good mood either, and, well, things start to look pretty bleak. That’s why we’ve made a list of seven suggestions of uplifting activities you might like to try. We can’t guarantee that they’ll work for everybody, but it could be better than nothing.
Now hear us out. While a room full of people making a lot of noise doesn’t immediately sound like it’d be uplifting, this is a room full of some very cheerful people. There’s a certain amount of teamwork that goes into the whole thing that really makes you feel part of something cool. While you make an effort to keep time with everybody’s rhythm you’re left with very little brain space to think about other things. Plus, if you’re feeling annoyed all you have to do is bash that drum just a little bit harder. Everyone’s a winner.
We have all kinds of yoga classes to suit all tastes, whether you want to sweat out your problems, experience anti-gravity for a little while, or take it more gently. Yoga is renowned for making people feel calmer. It emphasises breathing techniques and focus on posture which, if you’re anything like us and slightly erratic, leaves little room for thoughts about anything else. Plus there’re all of these other thoughts that tend to invade your brain at inopportune moments, pushing out the bad mood.
It could be boxfit. It could also be a martial art, or a long walk in a rough neighbourhood. Although actually, we categorically do not recommend the last one. But there’s a great deal of satisfaction to be gained at the end of a rough day by really letting loose and hitting something (or someone who is wearing pads) repeatedly. Boxfit is the acceptable face of that. The heart rate increase doesn’t hurt either, and the endorphin rush afterwards is an added bonus.
It almost goes without saying, really, but meditation is a great way to calm down and refocus your energy when you need a lift. While focussing on your breathing and your surroundings sometimes feels like the most difficult thing in the world, it can be surprising how easy it is to get into the swing of things. Not that there is a swinging element to meditation. If there is you might find you’re in the wrong class.
Whether you’re the kind of person who listens to music that enhances your feelings or whether you try to use music to change them, it’s a great way to cheer yourself up. We could even take that further and suggest you try learning an instrument (more on creative pursuits later) or getting all of your feelings down on paper by writing a song. There are all kinds of music-based activities out there, whether you’re looking to create or simply to listen, and it could be just the thing.
The need for laughter is something that runs deep in human nature. It’s a genuine, evolutionary thing. It makes us feel connected to those around us, and release endorphins like nobody’s business (#science). Sometimes, after a crap day, the best solution is simple: Call a few mates, get a few drinks in, and have a laugh. The one thing that can really help with that whole ‘laugh’ part is a trip to a comedy club. They’re dotted all over London, and you never know what amazing acts you’ll get to see.
We touched on this when we talked about music, but sometimes the best solution is just not to think about whatever it is that’s bothering you. (we’re not advocating ignoring your problems, but nor are we actual professionals in this field, so here we are.) It’s very difficult to do that if you have nothing else to occupy you, and that’s where creative activities come in. Whether you’re putting your energy into something crafty, something arty, something writing-y, or something else, it’s nice to take your mind off things.
If we’ve tickled your fancy with any of these, or if there’s something else you’re looking to try, you’re welcome to hit the ‘browse’ button in the top corner and have a look at everything we have going on. Don’t forget – if there’s something you particularly want to try but you can’t see, you’re welcome to get in touch and let us know. We love suggestions.