This is to be the last of my Happy at home posts. It’s been great fun to do and I’ve learnt a lot, including some very simple (and mostly successful) recipes. It’s also confirmed my belief that being creative is good for your health and wellbeing.
How to stay healthier and happier for longer is how I started this series of posts on 2nd June) and that’s how I plan to end it – with some great advice.
I have my 3 Cs (Connect, Create and Carry On) to stay well, Phil Hammond has his CLANGERS. Dr Phil is a practicing doctor in Bristol, a stand-up comedian, and he is also ‘MD’ in Private Eye magazine. CLANGERS is a mnemonic – hopefully fairly self-explanatory
Connect – Learn – (Be) Active – Notice – Give back to others – Eat well – Relax – Sleep
Here’s Dr Phil explaining more about CLANGERS in relation to post viral fatigue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbdlMWXiHoc
If your mood is low, Dr Phil recommends you think of 5- 10 things to do before you listen to your negative thoughts. This could be listening to your favourite piece of music, watching an episode of your favourite sitcom, wandering around your garden (if you have one), treating yourself to a favourite snack, stroking your dog or cat – or someone else’s!
Some of you may also know the New Economics Foundations ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ on related themes? https://neweconomics.org/2020/03/five-ways-to-wellbeing-at-a-time-of-social-distancing
Connecting with nature
This has been a recurring theme over the past 20 weeks in my weekly mailings – whether it’s learning to identify birds and their songs or upcycling plastic containers to make feeders for your garden, or growing things. Here’s evidence about how nature positively affects our brains and bodies https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_nature_makes_you_kinder_happier_more_creative
The miracle cure
So, what is the ‘miracle cure’? Take a listen here and find out https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08250zd
Looking after ourselves
I’ve included some of the Action for Happiness calendars in previous posts. This month it’s Self-care September – https://www.actionforhappiness.org/self-care-september – very appropriate because we need to look after ourselves to be able to support others.
Happiness in dark times
Also from Action for Happiness, this is a lovely talk from Dr Maria Sirois https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnDVwGxMTto on how to grow through difficult times, including bereavement and other kinds of loss.
If you’re a ‘glass-half-empty’ kind of person, you might like to take a look at this list at the start of each week (or even each day!)
21 brilliant ideas to remake the world
There’s been lots of dreaming going on about how the world might be improved following Covid-19 and the enforced lockdown – I say ‘dream on’!
The Guardian newspaper recently published 21 ideas for making the world a better place and I think they’re wonderful and you can read more here https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/series/21-brilliant-ideas-to-remake-the-world. See also www.FrazzledCafe.org.
Do face masks matter?
Face coverings – how to wear them and how to make them – have been another recurring theme in these weekly mailings. Here’s a readable recent piece from the USA about the scientific evidence in favour of wearing face masks. https://www.wsj.com/articles/face-masks-really-do-matter-the-scientific-evidence-is-growing-11595083298?mod=wsjtwittertest19
And to lighten the mood… here’s how one artist has used face masks (and toilet rolls) to create a miniature world https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/08/tatsuya-tanaka-miniatures-covid-19/?mc_cid=fb485c4ecc&mc_eid=32bd839590 One to go with the pothole gardener’s creations that I shared some weeks ago? https://www.thepotholegardener.com
And finally… have a laugh
It’s a cliché to say that humour is the best medicine, but I certainly find a good laugh makes me feel better. August would have been the annual Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Festival. So, I’ve selected 5 one-liners from the 2019 Festival that amused me:
“As a kid I was made to walk the plank. We couldn’t afford a dog.” Gary Delaney
“I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the ‘brella’. But he hesitated” Andy Field
“I have two boys, 5 and 6. We’re no good at naming things in our house” Ed Byrne
“I never lie on my CV…because it creases it.” Jenny Collier
“I’m entering the worlds tightest hat competition. Just hope I can pull it off.” William Andrews
Click here for over 100 jokes from previous Fringe Festivals https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/edinburgh-fringe-106-best-ever-jokes-and-one-liners-261533
That’s it – best wishes and stay well
See other posts in the “Happy at home” series here https://enterpriseessentials.wordpress.com/category/happy-at-home