What to do in February
From understanding our feelings to diving into nostalgic worlds, we share 10 things to do in February
emotional by Leonard Mlodinow
We are often told that suppressing our emotions and thinking rationally is the best way to navigate stressful situations and succeed. But as emotional explores, cutting-edge science has proven that we need to recognize and understand our feelings in order to make a real difference in the way we think.
(Available now Penguin Press, £20.00)
Out and about
Look for snowdrops
Blooming snowdrops are perfect for attracting an Insta-loving teenager or captivating a child with their magic. And the season is in full swing in February, so it’s the perfect time to head out into the woods for an invigorating walk, admiring the beauty of the natural world. Giving the image of a blanket of white foliage on the floor of a forest, taking a walk to appreciate the beautiful flowers and being present in the moment could be a fantastic way to spend a Sunday.
(Snowdrops flower in the UK from January to March)
act of kindness
This month, why not put protecting the planet – and cleaning up your community – at the forefront of your mind? Take a bag (and maybe gloves) when you go for a walk to pick up any litter you see. You could even set a good example for others and encourage a ripple effect as everyone does their part to keep our streets clean and our wildlife safe.
(Visit keepbritaintidy.org for more ideas and information)
Lend us your ears
For many, Oprah Winfrey is the queen of interviews, conversing with some of the biggest stars on the biggest stages. With her own more intimate podcast, the award-winning host connects with thought leaders and experts to guide us through life’s biggest questions and the power of connection.
(Listen to the podcast on iTunes and Spotify)
Sometimes it can be difficult to leave our pets behind when we go on vacation. What if we could take them for a ride? Dean does just that, and his cat Nala is more than happy to oblige. Documenting their adventures, from climbing mountains to exploring waterways, the pair will make a wonderful addition to your feed.
(Follow @1bike1world on Instagram)
Whether it’s learning a new skill or developing a healthier routine, most of us want to form new habits, but maintaining them can be difficult. The Streaks app acts as a digital to-do list to monitor your goals, with the aim of maintaining your “streak”. Plus, you can connect with other users to cheer each other on!
(Download from Google Play and App Store)
Around the world in 80 days
Based on the classic novel by Jules Verne, this eight-episode BBC series follows the adventures of Phileas Fogg (David Tennant), an English gentleman turned traveler, as he sets out to circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. A show that will please the whole family, it is the ideal show to warm up in the evening.
(Available on BBC iPlayer)
The positive planner
Journaling can be a great way to stay focused and remind you to reflect on your day. The Positive Planner is a simple tool to organize, reflect and acknowledge your feelings in one place. With sections for checking your mood, recording your gratitude, and writing to-do lists, this planner is a wonderful gift for yourself.
(RRP £22, visit thepositiveplanners.com
Children’s Mental Health Week 2022
Created by children’s charity Place2Be, February 7-13 is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting children’s mental health, and the theme for 2022 is “Growing Together”. Take this opportunity to strike up a conversation with the young people in your life about how they grew (emotionally, what they learned, how they developed) and how they can help others do the same.
Go for it
Let’s ride for mental health
Get some fresh air, challenge yourself and support a fantastic charity by cycling 100 miles during the month of February in a setting that suits you. Work as a team or take time for yourself to reconnect with nature by setting the wheels in motion for this charity challenge to benefit Rethink Mental Illness! Time to dig up that Lycra.
(Learn more at rethink.org/get-involved)
Are you looking for professional support? Connect with a counselor using counselling-directory.org.uk