5 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF WE–TIME
Just as me-time can become unhealthy, we-time can be detrimental if you don’t do it well. Don’t let things slide purely into negativity, as talking too much about your problems can keep you overly focused on them. Instead,
encourage positive we-time by trying some of these activities…
Have an appreciation
Arrange to get together with a friend over dinner and list each other’s best qualities – everything from your fantastic sense of style
and positive attitudes to your gorgeous smiles. It’ll give you both a boost and help you to see yourself with fresh eyes – plus, it’ll renew your sense of gratitude
for your friendship.
Whether it’s with friends, your partner or your children, signing up for a course can be a bonding experience – and, of course, you’ll learn new skills, which will boost your confidence. Ideally, choose something that gets you all out of your comfort zone. Some ideas for joint activities to try include rock climbing, dance classes or studying
a new language.
Think about volunteering
If you don’t have much time,
this might not be top of your list, but it’s well worth squeezing it into your life if you can. Research shows people who volunteer are happier, healthier, more resilient – and even slimmer. Local Facebook groups can be great ways to find out about everything from tree planting
schemes to mentoring.
Join a choir
Research has shown it eases stress and anxiety.
Plus, says therapist and coach Eve Menezes Cunningham, “Singing in a choir has been found to increase positive feelings, possibly partly because it
raises levels of oxytocin, the bonding hormone.”
It’s underestimated, but casual
chit-chat with neighbours can really boost your mood. Acquaintances don’t replace close friendships, but being able to make small talk with the shop owner down the road can help
you feel part of a community and give you a feel-good glow.
Signing up for a course can be a bonding experience – and you’ll learn new skills, which will boost your