January is a tough month, Christmas spending has us all tightening our purse strings, the cold weather and short days can make us feel like we want to curl up in a duvet and shut the curtains until Spring time. Rather than a month of gloom, we’d like to turn January into the month of rest and appreciation.
The season for giving has arrived and as Christmas approaches, the pressure to give the perfect gift mounts. Every year many people make the decision to gift their loved one with a new puppy or other animal friend. Giving someone a loveable new companion to cuddle up with by the Christmas tree.
Being kind to ourselves can seem impossible sometimes, but is essential in keeping a healthy mind and body. Our relationship with ourselves affects all areas of our lives including our relationships with others. The journey to self acceptance isn’t an easy one, and needs to be taken slowly with patience and compassion.
Most people will experience some level of stress in their lifetime. In small bursts, stress can motivate us to complete tasks and face problems, but in excess it can be extremely damaging to a persons mental and physical health. It can lead to coping mechanisms such as alcoholism and addiction, and can put significant strain on an individuals relationships and personal life. It can be overwhelming trying to deal with it on your own, and daunting to reach out for help, so we’ve put together a list of tips to combat stress that we hope you find helpful.