From learning about our emotions to taking time to catch up with friends in cosy settings, we share 10 things to do this November
Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
As a TED Talk legend, five-time number one bestselling author, and research professor, Brené Brown offers a new book to help us find our way back to ourselves. Brené’s latest offering delves into the emotions and experiences that make us human, and those that enable us to make connections with others.
(Out 30 November, Vermilion, £20.00)
Out and about
As autumn takes hold of the weather, indoor activities are back on the agenda. Pottery cafes provide a great way to catch up with friends, get your muscles moving, and leave with a homemade ornament, all within a few hours. Shape the clay into a simple vase, or a highly decorative bowl to take pride of place on a shelf or table at home.
(Search ‘pottery cafe’ to find a location near you)
Put on a show
Chester Literature Festival
One of the longest running literature festivals in the UK, Chester Literature Festival is a three-week long programme of events, performances, and conversations. From Giovanna Fletcher’s novels, to Susie Dent’s way with words, there’s something for everyone.
(From 6–20 November, visit storyhouse.com/literature to find out more)
Lend us your ears
‘The Way We Are’ with Munroe Bergdorf
For many of us, the past can have a big impact on the present and on the future. Writer and activist Munroe Bergdorf speaks openly with guests about their remarkable stories of turning trauma into triumph, and how they have learned to celebrate who they are, and who they will become.
(Listen to the podcast on iTunes and Spotify)
Learning about new places can be a great way to encourage creativity, and to think about plans for the future. National Geographic’s Instagram account is the perfect place to explore the world without ever leaving your home. Celebrating the beauty in both familiar sights and hidden wonders, the pictures will add some adventure to your feed.
(Follow @natgeo on Instagram)
Recognising how you’re feeling at any given time, and what may have impacted this, can be a great way to learn about yourself and the activities you should be engaging in. The Daylio app offers a digital bullet journal to track your mood, health, and routine, at the click of a button.
(Download from the App Store or Google Play)
After being delayed from the summer, the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife will go ahead this November with a star-studded cast including Captain Marvel’s McKenna Grace and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard. Director Jason Reitman will take over from his father, Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two films, and will see the film return to some of the iconic settings.
(In cinemas from 19 November)
Mantel Positivity Pack
Some days positivity comes easily, while on others it’s more challenging to encourage yourself and feel optimistic. Mantel’s Positivity Packs are a great source of support on those days where you feel yourself struggling, or can be extra motivation when you’re ready for a great day. Each card focuses on different areas of wellbeing, and is a wonderful way to start a conversation with yourself.
World Kindness Day
Kindness can go a long way. Think about how lovely it can be when a friend, loved one, or even a stranger does something unexpected for you. World Kindness Day acts as a great reminder to be kind to those around us; you never know how even a smile can make somebody’s day.
(13 November, visit kindness.org for more information on kindness)
Cold water can be a great way to reduce stress and relieve anxiety. Getting out using a paddleboard can act as a great compromise if swimming is a little far from your comfort zone. With different positions for varying levels of difficulty, anyone can get involved with the sport, and reap the rewards.
(Search ‘paddleboarding’ to find a board hire, or coach near you)
To connect with a life coach or discuss ways that you can work on your own mental wellbeing, visit lifecoach-directory.org.uk