Taking A Step Back Before Festive Mayhem

As the festive season approaches it’s easy to get so caught up in the madness of all the parties and pressure involved that we forget to take a step back and think of anyone but ourselves. So Belle has decided to take five before the festive mayhem and consider a few ways we can give something back at this time of year.

Have a charity night in…
With Children In Need on the box this Friday, instead of planning a night out, opt for a night in with mates and donate the money you would have spent on cabs to the charity instead. You can’t beat a night in with a bestie and a bottle of fizz, and you’ll be giving something back too.  

Opt for charity inspired gifts…
From NSPCC Christmas cards to Buckle and Seam luxury bags, lots of brands donate part of their profit to good causes and projects. Look out for gifts, services and experiences that also support a good cause.

Get a make over for Children in Need…
Head to your local Boots store for a “Go bright! make over”. The suggested donation is only two pounds and all of the money raised goes straight to projects directly helping vulnerable young people. You can pop in to any Boots store until Friday (17th) to enjoy the offer. 

Remember relatives and neighbours…
There are an overwhelming number of elderly people who feel desperately lonely at this time of year. Take the time to give them a call or pop in for a cup of tea, or volunteer for a befriending service such as the one run by Age UK. An hour’s chat might not seem much to you, but with 200,000 older people saying they haven’t had a conversation with friends or family for a month, and 3.9 million older people agreeing the television is their main form of company, it can be the highlight of the week for somebody in need of the service.

Be a better friend to yourself…
As much as it’s important to be a better friend to the important people in your life, it’s also essential that we make sure that we are taking care of ourselves. You can’t pour from an empty cup so make sure that you are taking enough time for yourself to relax, unwind and recharge.

Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!

 

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