With more time alone, it's now something we can't shy away from,in fact, we can grow in this quiet space too! On Thursdays, we'll be looking at how to reframe our outlook on loneliness.

By embracing that sometimes daunting time alone and practicing being present, we can cultivate a sense of security for ourselves, a content in"oneliness". It's time we all were able to enjoy our own company, as much as we do time with others.

So what does this all mean? We will provide you with some tips and activities for your spare/alone time that will help you feel grounded and grow in understanding yourself more. We'll encourage you to think about what you enjoy, your strengths and how you can find purpose and peace in this space.

It's all about a balance, so we're not saying switch off from others! But the more you know yourself, the more you will be able to connect well with others. We need to watch out for technology overload and look after ourselves, as well as others right now.

We've got more content on self-care and how to keep connecting with others on other days.

 

- TIPS -

Here are some tips to help you get good at you time. For more, check out our resources section below to download some printable activities and follow our Instagram @aubsu_matter

 

 
  • Learn to lilke your own company- take a moment away from others and spend some time with you. It may feel a bit strange, but it's OK to just be you, alone. 
  • Plan in moments of peace and reflection in your week, where you will go and do a thing you love- maybe drawing or creative writing. 
 
 
  • Check your phone settings- there should be a 'down time' option you can set. Schedule device free time, maybe a morning or hour a day. You don't have to connect all the time!
  • Personalise your present- find what works for you! Try out a meditation app, or breathing techniques, make a special pot of tea, or read a positive affirmation to start your day. We all connect with different things!
 
     

 

- RESOURCES -

Download our printable journal pages for more advice and productive activities on this theme. Resources will be updated weekly!

 

- activities -

  • Line drawing your feelings: Have you stopped to let your feelings out? At this time there may be lots of different feelings and each needs a space to be heard. A safe and simple way to do this is to draw them, a line can go anywhere it needs to, don't over think this one, pop some music on and let the line drawing express those intangiable feelings.

Don't forget!...

The Small Things Matter campaign is all about supporting you, with tools, tips and a bunch of courage to take the next step for you, however small: every step you take is no step too small. Small steps have big impact.