Seasonal depression and 5 ways to beat the winter blues

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5 ways to beat the winter blues

Seasonal depression affects 1 in 3 people in the UK alone according to The Independent.  It can affect you in a mild form or completely take over your life.

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As someone who has experienced depression and anxiety in the past, I wanted to share the 5 ways I beat the winter blues:

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Book Review ~ ‘Outdoor Things to do’ #BoredomBuster

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 Book review ~ ‘Outdoor Things To Do’ book

The most obvious point of The Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things To Do book is that it encourages children to go outside.
That’s one box ticked.
But what if you haven’t got a particularly big or ‘gardeny’ garden?  You know, the ‘backyard’ type garden that is concrete and doesn’t lend itself to much adventure?  The garden without any grass.  Well, there’s always the local park.  Sometimes though, it’s nice to just hang out at home and potter around isn’t it?
 And for days like that, this book also lends a hand!
How?  Because it’s also got a section on indoors rainy day activities.
Another box ticked!
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Looking for inspiration for those “I’m bored” moments?

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A perfect messy place ~ poem

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Before we moved house, I wrote this poem about a messy place session in our garden.  Now, the words don’t really apply because our garden is small and we haven’t got any grass!  But the sentiment’s still there 🙂

A perfect messy place

“Let’s make something”,

Said our daughter to me,

As she ran out on

The grass with glee.

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Her little toes,

Her little feet,

The sun was out,

And what a treat!

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From our treasure hunt,

We had some ‘loot’

We’d had fun,

We’d had a hoot!

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Making in the garden…

A perfect messy place;

A moment to treasure,

At a leisurely pace.

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With paper, glue,

Sparkles, glitter,

Butterflies fluttered,

Birds went twitter.

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What a lovely moment,

What a lovely day,

But the best bit?

Hardly any tidying away!

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Do you go outside ‘creating’, whether you’re all wrapped up or bare foot in the warmer months?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere

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How to prepare for your child’s chosen career

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I’ve talked before of how adventures between our little girl and her daddy give me a warm, fuzzy feeling.  Particularly when I know she’s been thinking of me.  Their one-on-one time is important. Vital, even.

Just as vital though, is time as a family.  This quality time makes me feel fuzzy in equal measures, just in different ways.

Like the time we found ourselves on the beach and our daughter busied herself making and creating.

When I asked her what it was, she said, “It’s a seagull bed!”

Of course it is.  I can see it now! Can you? 😉

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A seagull bed… clearly 😉

 

At the last mention, our daughter’s chosen vocation was to be a singing vet, among other things – so that she can do alternate singing and vet days (love her!)

Therefore, it makes sense to make a seagull bed, doesn’t it? 🙂

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“It’s none of these, it’s a…” ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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In our garden is a wall and a tree,

And right at the bottom, what will you see?

A teddy bear with a picnic, a fairy, a gnome?

It’s none of these, it’s a right Royal home!

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A home for a princess, a queen or a king?

With turrets, a staircase, a drawbridge thing?

A wicked witch, hair black as a raven?

It’s none of these, it’s an insect haven!

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What’s it built with, this haven of theirs?

Gingerbread for the roof? Sweets for the stairs?

Soil from the garden? And sap from the trees?

None of these; it’s built with twigs and leaves!

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We got down to nature in our own back yard,

She led the way, balancing leaves so hard,

We foraged for stones, for twigs, a snail’s shell,

We made a house of memories ‘n the ants liked it as well!

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By Carol Cameleon 2016

The story behind the poem: After what can only be described as a dismal few days for weather here in the UK, the clouds parted and we built an insect hotel!  We had made a ‘flower garden’ previously and it was just beautiful to see our little girl (6) using her imagination to make a shelter for the insects 🙂

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Getting down with nature ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Getting down with nature

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The soil under my fingers

Is a sign of fun;

I dug around in the mud

And unearthed a worm!

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He’s a friendly little fella,

With his long body he wriggles around;

Not sure what he thinks to this tub though,

No soft furnishings to be found!

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But does he think? Is he a she?

If we know, I’m not sure how!

With soil and mulch to feast on,

These are his home comforts for now.

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Back to the earth little wormy,

It’s been good to explore your home;

You’re not like my dolls or My Little Ponies,

No clothes to change, no hair to comb!

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I like to explore in the garden,

Get grubby and dig around;

Yes there’s lots to do outside,

And grubby things to be found!

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How to make a potion

There’s a  potion to be made in the garden today

With weeds and with sand, she’s stirring away!

Like a hotpot, it gets left for days to stew

So I’d pretend to taste it, if I were you…

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The cats look on with concern on their faces,

She finds ingredients in the strangest of places…

There’s glitter, there’s grass, old stickers and more,

But what’s there the most of? There’s gloop galore!

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This potion is special, this potion’s the best

This potion is better than all the rest,

You can search high and low but you’ll never find

A potion that’s better, it’s one of a kind!

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Down on the farm ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

Down on the farm …

What is this in my Pop’s hand?

It’s a little black seed that he plants in the land.

“How does it grow?” I ask my Pop,

He tells me how he looks after his crops.

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I wonder aloud, “Do you plant with a spade?”

He tells me how his crops are made:

In bygone years tools were pulled by a horse,

Now we have tractors to take the force.

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Our little bear at five years old

Is taking it in, and learning tenfold,

Like the sun and rain helps the crops to grow,

She’s growing from Pop telling all that he knows.

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Down on the farm, you can see that she thrives,

What a special time to have when you’re five.

She explores with her cousins, and a grown-up too,

With the farm at her feet, there’s so much to do.

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Today she’s dressed up, she’s been a Princess all day!

But usual attire is for outdoor play.

Good job we remembered her Frozen wellies,

For trudging through soil and farmyard smellies!

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No matter, it washes, who cares about dirt?

With soil in her nails, mud on her skirt,

She’s having a ball, she’s free, she’s alive!

Memories to last for the rest of her life… 🙂

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