Find the joy in learning about yourself and others. From supporting a greener world to treating yourself to some time to practise mindfulness, we share 10 things to do this June
How to Help Your Child with Worry and Anxiety by Lauren Callaghan
Children can become anxious and overwhelmed in the same way that adults can. Clinical psychologist Lauren Callaghan shares an exploration of how anxiety can manifest itself within small children, and how best to help them rationalise it. Including conversation starters and activities, this guide looks to help parents help their children.
(Out 10 June, Trigger Publishing, £9.99)
2. Out and about
Why not make the most of the warmer weather and longer days? Cook up some pasta, invite some pals, and you’ve got yourself a picnic. Or even have a proper midday break by taking lunch outside, and spend some time with a few friends. Set a time and day, find a spacious park, and you’ve got yourself a date.
(For recipe ideas, head to nutritionist-resource.org.uk)
3. Put on a show
Pilates is a great way to get everyone involved in some light exercise. Aiming to relax any tense muscles rather than stretch them, pilates is a gentle but rewarding way to get your blood flowing. The movements can be completed on a mat, or on the living room floor, and help to build strength as well as aiding good posture.
4. Lend us your ears
With more than 9,000 titles, Listening Books is a wonderful way to listen to stories on the go, or to discover new authors. Working also as a charity which provides easy access to books for those with an illness or condition that affects their print reading ability, you can not only enjoy your own audiobook experience, but also help make it possible for others, too!
If you enjoy spending the sunny evenings working on crafting projects, Amber has plenty of inspiration to share. Crafting with her children in mind, Amber has a whole host of highlights on her page to guide you through making everything from edible artwork to tote bags.
(Follow @damasklove on Instagram)
6. Tech Tip-Offs
Too Good to Go: End Food Waste
Reducing food waste is a great way to positively contribute to a greener planet, but for restaurants and fast food chains this can be difficult. Too Good to Go lets you purchase food from your favourite cafes and fast food restaurants that would otherwise go to waste, from £2 a bag. Simply use the app and pop to the venue to see what surprises you’ve got.
(On the App Store and Google Play)
7. Square eyes
The Great British Sewing Bee
Whether you’re a sewing machine sensation or a knot needling newbie, have your scissors at the ready for the sixth season of The Great British Sewing Bee – hosted by comedian Joe Lycett. Bound to inspire you to get crafty, follow the amateur sewers as they snip their way through weekly challenges to be crowned GBSB 2021 champion.
(Available on BBC iPlayer)
8. Treat yourself
The Bees Knees Journal
Living in the present can be tough when there is a lot going on around us, but taking time out of the day to think about things you’re grateful for can be a lovely way to appreciate the little moments that bring you happiness. The Bees Knees Journal has 272 pages that encourage you to explore your feelings, and forgive yourself when things don’t go as planned.
(£35, shop online at thebeesknees.co)
9. The conversation
Cervical Screening Awareness Week
This year there are additional challenges facing those who are due a cervical cancer screening, but it is as important as ever to attend the appointment. Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, who organise this awareness week each year, want as many people to know that by attending a screening, you are reducing your risk of disease and putting your health and wellbeing first.
(14–20 June. Visit jostrust.org.uk for more information)
10. Get going
If you’re looking for a way to keep yourself motivated when it comes to exercise, Kyra Pro may have the video content for you. With home workouts to soundtracks from Mamma Mia to Ariana Grande, there is a dance workout to suit every mood.
(Search Kyra Pro on Youtube)
To connect with a life coach or discuss ways that you can work on your own mental wellbeing, visit lifecoach-directory.org.uk