It’s hard to keep calm for many people nowadays, especially when it comes to managing the household budget.
Frustration comes quick in hard times, especially when money needs to be spent on the house, either for essential repairs like cracks or damp, gas and electric bills, or even something as basic as paying to keep it looking nice on the outside.
Keep calm and carry on!
With rising prices everywhere, lower wages and a general feeling of gloom, how can having something so simple as a paint job on the walls make you feel much better?
Before you think, OK, here’s another sales pitch for their products, no way, this is deeper than that, and the “Keep calm and carry on” theme that has become so popular is just as relevant today as it was during the war years. Yes a lick of paint can make all the difference but this article is not about that at all.
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We bring you five ways to keep calm and help you carry on!
There are certain things that you can do yourself to keep calm, especially if the current situation is stressing you out or doing your head in!
We all get down or cheesed off from time to time with stuff, so hopefully this short article will give you some inspiration on how to carry on when the chips are down, I know I certainly have benefited from the advice, that is why I am sharing it with you!
1. Keep calm and have a clear out!
Right. Out with the old and in with the new eh?
If you want to keep calm then what better way to spend some time this weekend than to do some much needed decorating, house tidying and generally making some changes around the house.
It’s easy to do, even if you start by cleaning and de-cluttering first.
A tidy house makes for a tidy mind and with all that cr*p out of the way, it can put you on track to not only feeling much better, but also you will find that you can think more clearly and work out some of the issues that have been bothering you.
You never know, your biggest obstacle may have been just that-too much clutter! Have a spring clean and if you are in the process of selling your house, you stand a better chance of being made an offer if it is tidy and clutter free.
2. Keep calm and go for a walk!
AAAH! The great outdoors!
When it’s NOT raining in the UK, our country has some beautiful places to take a walk. You can visit a stately home, many of which are free to walk around, or only a moderate entry fee to view the house.
Go for a walk in your local woods, or if you are lucky enough to live near the sea, get out to the beach and get some fresh air in your lungs.
It’s amazing the change in perspective of your problems when you look out at the vastness of the sea, and the ever changing currents, you realise it’s a bit like life.
Things in life coming and going just like waves, and things beneath the ocean, things you know they are there but cannot see, so why worry about them?
3. Keep calm and do some decorating!
It’s easy to forget about your interior walls, after all, you kind of take them for granted after a while but a splash of fresh paint, and even a new colour scheme, can totally change the look and feel of any room in the house.
Colours can play an important part in our moods and how we feel about things day to day.
Certain colours of course should be avoided like dark and gloomy ones, so keeping in mind your own personal taste and preference, add some colour to parts of the house and you could end up not only keeping calm or calmer, but the colour could inspire you to carry on!
PS. Of course if you want the outside of your house painting, contact us!
4. Keep calm and SMILE!
It has proven time and time again that smiling can help you overcome much of what life throws at you.
“Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness.” (source: Ehow.com)
Come on! It may never happen!
Smiling, even though life appears grim, can actually bring many benefits, both to your health and your state of mind, and it has been proven to help deal with stress, lower blood pressure and boost your immune system.
So go on! Give us a smile 🙂
5. Keep calm and…….well…..just KEEP CALM AND STOP WORRYING!
Yeah I know, it is easier said than done, but hopefully if you have taken any of the above advice, you will have a clearer head and time to think about what has been worrying you?
North Korea on your mind? Chill! There’s nothing you can do about it! Your car is old and scruffy and you can’t afford a new one? Who cares? Your mother in law is coming to stay for a month? Don’t w……..er…….um……….ah, ok, not sure about that one!
The state of the economy? Relax! There is only ever a certain amount we can deal with as individuals, or even as families, so although a certain sense of worry is normal, try switching the news channel off or not reading the papers. It’s no use worrying about what you can’t influence or change in any way.
I hope that this article has given you some food for thought and I would like to think that you would use the buttons below to share this with others and spread the love around a bit!
I hope reading this article made you feel a bit better. 🙂
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