I'm all about doing the best that you can for your mental health, and improving it in simple ways - you're never going to cure a mental illness using just basic actions, but there are definitely ways that you can help yourself stay more positive on a day to day basis - and it's good to keep on top of positive actions that you can do for yourself even if you don't suffer from mental illness. It's always nice to take some time out of your life for yourself, to do positive things and things that will improve your mood and help you to stay happy in 2017. So, when NRS asked me to get involved in their #stayhappy2017 campaign, I was more than happy to give them a hand.
You can find a whole set of cards of ways that you can stay positive made by the NRS here, but I've picked my favourite above which is "Explore Where You Live" - something that I'm really keen on. Although a lot of the NRS campaign is full of nice ideas, some involve taking a lot of time out of your life in order to arrange, keep up with, or are ongoing projects. I find that exploring where you live is not only satisfying, but it's something that you can do with even the smallest amount of time on your hands.
Katy and I live by a park - a park that we rarely venture to unless we have a particular reason (a reason that is usually cheesy chips as there is a cafe in said park), however when we took a friend there a few weeks ago, we remembered how much that we loved the fairy houses, the wishing stone patch, the pirate ship made from driftwood; the place around us is truly beautiful and I'm almost annoyed at us for not exploring it more, not spending more time enjoying it. Generally, I wish we explored the area around us more; not just in terms of events and activities as mentioned on the NRS card, but also in more simpler terms of just going out and enjoying the area and nature around me.
I find that when you look around your area like a tourist, like you've never seen it before, there's so much more to see -and Katy and I often do take time out to visit Liverpool in this way, wandering around and spotting things that we normally wouldn't if we just followed our traditional routes and went to where we always go to eat and drink. It's more the action of getting out of the house that helps me personally, but finding new places, graffiti and places to eat definitely does come with it's own sense of satisfaction.
If you've got any ideas, I'd absolutely love to hear about how you plan to #stayhappy2017!
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