From appreciating each other and recognising the power of hope, to learning about our planet, we share 10 things to do this July
The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
For most of us, hope is a comforting emotion we rely on during periods of mental ill-health. Matt Haig’s latest book delves into the reasons that hope holds so much power, building on the past wisdoms of philosophers. Described by many as a ‘hug in book’, The Comfort Book is a great one to pick up when you need a reminder that you’re not alone, and that your feelings are important.
(Out 6 July, Canongate Books, £16.99)
2. Out and about
Luna Drive In Cinema
If you’ve missed watching the latest films on the big screen, this is the perfect way to ease yourself back into the cinema world. Enjoy classics like Mamma Mia, or more recent box office hits like Rocketman, from the comfort of your car. With wonderfully retro click-and-collect food options available, and control over the car temperature, you can cosy up and enjoy the show!
3. Put on a show
On 23 July, after a year of postponement, the Olympics will begin in Tokyo, Japan. You can support the GB team in sports such as swimming or basketball, which will be covered online and on the BBC. With new sports like softball making their debut appearance this year, there will certainly be something to keep you entertained.
4.Lend us your ears
Hosts Brendan and Matthew discuss everything from LGBTQ+ community spaces, to how we can learn more about those who identify as transgender, and why LGBTQ+ people can have a strained relationship with exercise. With their frequent humour, the hosts prove that a friendly tone can make difficult and raw conversations accessible for anyone.
(Listen to the podcast on iTunes and Spotify)
If you’re keen to live a more sustainable lifestyle, or are excited by vegan recipes and minimalistic hacks, Madeleine has tips and tricks that are perfect for you. With an account dedicated to living a more eco-friendly and simple life, Madeleine shares her own experiences to help those who want to get started on their own journey.
(Follow @madeleineolivia on Instagram)
6. Tech Tip-Offs
Flora: Green Focus
Aiming to help combat the urge to pick up your phone while having a green impact on the earth, Flora helps us to build life-changing habits. When you plan to be productive, you plant a seed. The longer you stay off of your phone the bigger the seed will grow, until it becomes a fully grown tree. Partnering with trees.org means that Flora is able to actually translate some of these digital saplings into real trees!
(Download from the App Store or Google Play)
7. Square eyes
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
National treasure, Sir David Attenborough is back with this documentary exploring the origins of human history alongside his vision for the future. The documentary acts as Sir David’s witness statement, covering how the earth has been affected by human life, and what we can do to build a better future.
(Available on Netflix)
8. Treat yourself
The Mind&Full Wellbeing ‘Empower’ Kit
Mindfulness can help support everything from anxiety, to simply slowing down. Mind&Full’s Wellbeing ‘Empower’ Kit aims to spark inspiration, promote self-care, and encourage a more conscious approach to mental wellbeing. Including beautiful affirmation cards, stationery, and postcards, it makes for a great gift to yourself or a loved one.
(£17.99, shop online at mindandfull.co.uk)
9. The conversation
International Day of Friendship
Friendships have been fundamental in helping us all through some tough times, so what better way to appreciate the wonderful people in our lives than a whole day dedicated to them. Be sure to let your friends know just how much they mean to you, not only on 30 July, but every day.
(Visit un.org to learn more)
10. Get going
If you’re in need of a challenge, a trail up in the trees is waiting for you! From climbing across cargo nets, to tip-toeing across bridges, there is something for everyone, whether you’re a thrill-seeker or just excited to be out in the fresh air.
To connect with a life coach or discuss ways that you can work on your own mental wellbeing, visit lifecoach-directory.org.uk