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Well Being and Fitness Tips for 2024

2024 is off to a speedy start. And with the new year in full swing, we thought we would slow the pace down and unwind while we highlight some well-being and fitness tips.  We believe it is key to incorporate activities that make you happy into your daily routine.

We have listed below five things you can do to enter the new year full of motivation and inspiration.

1. Set Your 2024 Goals

Set them all out in a new notepad from Typo, no matter what your intentions are for the new year. This way, you can continuously reflect throughout the year to ensure you are sticking to your goals and resolutions.

2. Organise Your Home to Create a Peaceful Space

As we spend more time in our homes, it’s important that they are areas we can truly enjoy and relax in. After all, a tidy home equals a tidy mind. Argos has all the organization stations shelves and essentials you’ll need to declutter your home.

3. Kickstart Your Fitness

What better way to motivate yourself for January workouts and to start releasing some feel good endorphins than with some brand new workout trainers? Skechers have a huge variety of training shoes, whether you want a more understated workout look or want to make an impact in a bright, bold colour.

 

4. Practice Self Care and Feel Good With a Fresh Pamper

Erase all the stresses of 2024 with a mindful pamper. Add something different to your regular bath time routine with Molton Brown’s range of shower gels and bath soaks to help you unwind or refresh. Or if you’re looking to shake up your fragrance, Molton Brown have a huge selection of scents to kick start your 2024 the right way!

5. Create a New Habit

Start the new year by creating a new habit which is good for the soul. Pick up the latest bestsellers from The Works and allow yourself time every evening to become engrossed in a new story and switch off from the world.

If you’re unsure on how to stay organised this year? Check out our Top Tips for being organised article for more inspiration.

Top Tips For Being Organised in 2024

Planning on being better organised in 2024? We’ve put together some top tips to help you stay on top of your social diary, academic studies and family calendar.

Create a to-do list

Setting achievable goals is at the top of everyone’s list, but the key is to start small. Rather than take on the whole world quickly, try to break down your to-do list into smaller, easier-to-digest chunks. This way, your to-do list will look less daunting and you’ll be able to see your progress throughout the year.

✅ We love that satisfying feeling when you can cross a job off your to-do list!

Use Calendars and Diaries

Accidentally double booked? We’ve all been there from one time to another. Making a date with your diary or calendar and writing down all of your key engagements, from Birthdays to Anniversaries will help prevent those blunders from happening in the future, so you don’t need to worry about missing out on your favourite events.

If this sounds like something you’d like to take charge of in 2024, then Typo is a great place to start, with a large selection of quirky planners and diaries starting from as little as £3.50.

Colour Coordinate

Take your organisation to the next level with colour-coordinated stationery. Why not allocate each family member with a colour and mark them on your family calendar?  Not only will this look great but it will help you to visually spot who is working late or enjoying drinks at the weekend or attending a birthday party, so you won’t need to worry. You can pick up a variety of coloured pens and pencils from Ryman, The Works, Typo, Paperchase and more.

Journaling

Journaling has fast become one of our favourite self-care routines. It allows you to be mindful, writing down all of the great things that have happened throughout your day so you can look back on them with joy. Or, on the flip side, if you’re not having a great day, you can write all your thoughts down, getting them out of your head so you can sit back, be present and relax.

Typo provides a wide range of notepads and journals for everyone’s tastes.

Declutter

We’ve all heard the mantra ‘tidy space, tidy mind’. There’s something nice about having your belongings neat and tidy. Not only does It help you to find things for when you next need them, but it’s also great for when you want to do some work or study, as it eliminates distractions and promotes productivity.

Make Notes

Have you ever watched a TV show and seen a recipe you liked the look of? Make notes! Having a handy pad nearby so you can quickly write down where to find your ingredients and write your weekly shopping list will help you remember things and make your tea times more exciting, as you’ll have lots of new recipes to try out too!

Ryman offers a large selection of Pukka pads available in all shapes and sizes starting from as little as £3.99.

After a day of shopping, why not enjoy a tasty treat at one of our many restaurants? Find out more here.

5 Top Tips for Shopping with Autistic Children

“Having an autistic child is a unique gift; getting to see how their brilliant brain works in different ways is so rewarding. However, this also means that some things such as going shopping may be an overwhelming experience.” – BigWLittleW

That is why, we have collaborated with North East Instagram blogger, BigWLittleW to put together top tips for shopping with Autistic children.

Have a Plan

Having a plan is the first step towards a successful shopping trip. Create a mental outline of where you might want to visit, in what order and for how long, and download a shopping centre map beforehand if you can. For a parent, it’s one less thing to think about while on the move, and depending on the age of the child, knowledge of this plan can serve as a reassurance.

Adopt a ‘now-and-next’ approach, signposting where you are going to and then what is next. This gives as sense of predictability.

Before you head out, get ahead of the unpredictable British weather and where possible,  dress your child in layers. Layering is ideal as it means that your child will be comfortable going from the outside cold into the heat of the shops; some children with sensory issues find temperature fluctuations uncomfortable – so prior planning can pay dividends.

Oh, and make sure to pack plenty of snacks – whether to distract your child or fortify yourself – they’re always handy.

Confidence

Next,  have absolute confidence in both your children and your parenting ability. We are never at our best when we are anxious, and this is never more true than when we are trying to navigate a busy town centre with both arms and hands full, all while having to balance children and making decisions simultaneously. Children can and do pick up on your emotions, so if they pick up on your anxieties, they will swiftly follow suit. Take a breath; you will get through this – you’ve made it this far, have faith!

Sensory Stimulation

Visual aids can be helpful to show your child where you’re going, helping to reassure their concerns and keep them busy. Some children with autism find the sensory stimulation associated with a touch screen device very reassuring, so taking one along can either act as a distraction or act as a way to encourage positive behaviour.

Fidget toys, just like transitional toys, are excellent for grounding an anxious child. A toy, or item, that your child is particularly attached to can help them to regulate themselves and soothe any stress. Egg timers can also provide visual stimulation by showing your child how long you are likely to be at a given destination.  If your child finds shopping overwhelming, building up the time you spend at each location may be helpful. This will help to teach your child that if they are overwhelmed by a certain environment, there will be a change of scenery coming soon.

Choose the Right Destination

Selecting the right destination for your household is important.  Choose environments where there are a diverse array of shops in addition to some tasty food options, to build an overall positive experience.

Opting to visit during shopping centre dedicated quiet hours are more accommodating to those with a neurodivergence really makes a huge difference. Quiet hours with no music and dimmed lighting are great, as are shops that support shoppers wearing the sunflower lanyard as a signifier that they may need additional support while shopping. Sensory bags filled with a selection of toys, visual aids, egg timers and ear defenders provide a much-needed lifeline if your child gets bored or overwhelmed.

Don’t be Afraid to Change Plan

Even with a plan B, C and even D, it can sometimes be necessary to be completely agile and to know when to scrap your plan. There’s no shame in it; just make sure to keep rewarding good behaviour and keeping an eye on your child’s needs. Popping in at the end of a shopping trip to buy a little treat is a perfect way to leave a positive association in your child’s mind.

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