It’s that time of the year again, the clocks are going back and the evenings are drawing in. Sadly it does tend to mark the ultimate end to any sunshine expected in Britain, but it’s not all bad news – the clock-change is also a reminder of the start of the cosiest time of year.
People in Britain are used to dark nights and grey days and have perfected the art of wrapping up for comfort, indoors and outdoors. Being wrapped up in five waterproof layers (that only leave your eyes visible) is perfectly acceptable before even thinking about leaving the house. On your return, dry clothes (yes, it probably rained while you were out) and the kettle are your priority as you immediately pull on your warmest loungewear, switch on the kettle, hug a radiator and spare a thought for people in really cold countries.
With so many of us often saying that there aren’t enough hours in the day and with mental health stretching everyone to the limit with work, families and personal commitments, we often don’t get much downtime to recharge ourselves. This is the perfect opportunity to use that extra hour on Saturday night or Sunday morning. The extra hour we will gain will give you a place to start with planning out some much deserved ‘me-time’, in a really mindful way, abandoning technology for quality time.
Here are some suggestions for that extra hour:
- Take your dog for an extra long walk, either in the evening or the early morning, maybe travel a bit further from home to really let your four-legged friend stretch their legs.
- Get up an hour earlier at the weekend. Often staying in bed for longer than you need can cast a negative energy over you. Take this time to make yourself a nice breakfast and uplift your mind to start the day ahead.
- Spend an hour in the evening being creative. Read, write or draw, anything that will spark your creativity or reignite a passion for something you love doing.
- Take some time to really relax and unwind. Have that long bath you always think about, listen to some of your favourite music or meditate. Whatever helps you unwind.
- Organise your wardrobe. Having a neat and organised wardrobe can alleviate a lot of stress from your week. Use this time to declutter and revitalise your surroundings.
- Call a friend or a family member and have a nice long catch-up.
- Bake your favourite dessert or cake. Or try a new one.
- Start a project. Scrapbooking, knitting, write a journal/blog or organise those photos.
- Go for a meal with a loved one – don’t rush it, enjoy the time together.
Most of all, don’t forget to actually put your clocks back an hour on Sunday, 29 October 2017. And if you happen to realise that you’d like some new clocks around the house, or if you break one when changing it (they can be very fiddly things), then pop into one of our Vinegar Hill stores. We have a great range of stylish clocks in store and can help you find the perfect one for your home. That said, it is always a good time to buy a new clock, whether it is a subtle feature or a statement piece. We also have a great range of books on mindfulness, if you’re looking for something to warm your heart and heal your mind from all of the chaos around you.