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When you wake up in summer there's hope in the air that it will be a bright and beautiful day outside. The sunshine brightens the outlook on the day and even influences what we do. The pool might come out the shed and the barbecue might get fired up. Gratitude has the ability to brighten up the morning no matter what the season is. It's a way to focus your mind on all the great things that at times we forget we are so blessed to have.

The car you might want to change is still your ride to work. The small house you’re tired of cleaning is your cosy shelter from the rain. Before you enjoy the rest of the summer I advise you to put on your rose-tinted glasses every morning by thinking of 3 things you are grateful for. You will see a shift in how you handle the storms inside and outside of you.

Call to action:

Create a weekly budget by listing the activities you will do this week and how much you expect to spend. E.g. Monday - Drayton Manor (£29.50) + food and drink (£20) + petrol (£10) Tuesday - local farm (£6) + packed lunch Wednesday – Netflix and popcorn Thursday – local park etc…

Summer Fun Tips: Look on local council websites for low cost activities. Check out Groupon. Parks and nature reserves are great for walking and they are FREE, prepare a packed lunch and carry the ice-cream money.

Mental Health at Home:

* Create a schedule, times can be flexible, but it gives you a daily purpose

* Have a relax day or two, you can’t produce from a empty cup

* Get dressed in the morning and read a scripture, listen to morning motivation or put on your favourite song (that one that makes you sing and dance along)

* Schedule an hour to think things over then no more!

* Video call friends and family to stay connected

* Go for the 1 saily walk, look at the birds and trees, appreciate the peace

Helpful Tips

* Contact creditors to make them aware if you have been affected by the current health crisis (email if you want support with this).

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