Life can get on top of us so easily. Sometimes we need to just take a second to disconnect from the world and focus on ourselvcs. Sometimes we need to think of one positive thing we can do today. Join the Not Such a Bad Day campaign!
Let’s face it, 2016 has dished us more than our fair share of drama and stresses. Be it political, celebrity-based, or about exams – I’m sure there’s something that sticks out in each of our minds. For me there’s Brexit, it leaves so much uncertainty for the future. Then there’s living so far away from my family and close friends from back home. Irregular work shift patterns and the dark winter days leave me tired and unmotivated.
It’s so easy to let all of this get on top of you, and not just live day-by-day. Don’t get too caught up in the future, it will always be there. Start trying to enjoy the present a little more.
It’s because of this that I decided to set a day aside to dedicate to me. It wasn’t complicated, I just did a few things to help me enjoy my day rather than thinking too much. First of all, I set and lit my fire and then I tidied. My living room had got a little messy and it always helps clear your mind and make you feel more relaxed if it isn’t too cluttered. Then I did all the washing up that I had been putting off as our kitchen is usually so cold. Now so far it doesn’t sound all that great, but you know when you can’t relax because these things are on your mind?
Now comes the more fun part. I lit some candles, got all cosy under a blanket and started to read a book. It may not sound ground-breaking, but it’s been such a long time since I just sat down and read a book for fun. When I was at school I always had at least one book on the go. It is so nice to just escape into another world, even if only for half an hour.
There were more things I did with my day of course, but reading a book was the one simple thing I had pledged to do. I was inspired to do this by Ksenia over at The Life Degree (see her post here).
Not Such a Bad Day: The Campaign
Not such a bad day is a campaign to help you do something positive. You don’t have to run for parliament, you don’t have to build schools in foreign countries, you don’t have to shave your head. These are amazing and inspirational things to do but there are things you can do every day, or just now and then to make it not such a bad day.
The campaign goes like this:
1. Donate £2 to charity here.
(If you don’t have £2 to give, don’t worry, you can still do the other parts of the campaign.)
The charity Ksenia is raising money for is War Child, a charity raising money to help children who have been a victim of war. You can easily donate through the page linked, and leave a statement of what you did regarding point 2:
2. Pledge to seize an opportunity.
We should all try to do at least one positive thing a day. This could be visiting somewhere new, making someone a meal or taking a break from technology (says I, writing a blog post on my laptop, smart-phone buzzing beside me). See Ksenia’s post for a comprehensive list full of ideas if you’re seeking inspiration.
3. Encourage and help others to do the same.
Whether you tell your friends about this campaign, pledge to do something together or share this post, you could inspire someone else to make it not such a bad day.
I hope that I have encouraged you to do something positive, big or small – it all counts. If you do donate to War Child through the Just Giving page, please do leave a note with your donation, letting everybody know what it was you pledged to do! Aspire to inspire others.