I don't know about you, but I for one am glad to be packing away my thick winter coat, and - let's be honest, we're in England - swapping it for my less thick spring coat. When I think of May, I think of beautiful spring weather and blooming flowers, Bank Holidays, and pub gardens. That being said, the thing with loneliness is, it can strike at any time, no matter whether we have plans in the sunshine. Loneliness can affect all of us, and feels different to each of us. So, at Marmalade Trust, we thought we'd start a new series, where we put our heads together and think of four opportunities or ways to feel less lonely each month - one for each week. As always, comment below, or drop us a line on social media to share your connection ideas.
Put your trainers on May is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy nature. Spending time in parks, forests, or other natural areas can be a great way to connect with yourself and others. Whether you go for a hike or have a picnic, nature can help you feel more grounded and connected to the world around you. May is also National Walking Month. Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve physical and mental health and stay connected to our community, helping us feel less lonely. Head to the website for more information on how to get involved here.
Take good care of yourself You're probably sick of the phrase 'self-care' - it's pretty overused. But no matter what phrase you use to describe it, doing things that make you feel good will in turn improve your overall wellbeing and can help with feelings of loneliness or low mood. For me, taking good care of myself means locking my phone away and writing in my journal. For you, it might be signing up to a boxing class, fixing up an old car, flying a kite, or reading a good book. No judgements here! If you're feeling up to it, you could try and integrate these activities into your daily routine to make it a habit over the month of May.
The Big Lunch May is a great time to get involved in your local community and The Big Lunch is the perfect chance to do it! The Big Lunch brings neighbours and communities together to share friendship, food and fun. This year you can be part of history and join millions across the UK, and further afield, with a Coronation Big Lunch on 6-8 May. Join an event near you (bonus points if you bake a big cake to bring along) or host your own! More information can be found here.
Celebrate the Coronation There will be loads events and activities taking place across the UK to celebrate the Coronation, and plenty of ways to meet new people even if you're not in the celebration mood. Here is an interactive map to find what’s on near you. I personally quite like the sound of the Lego building evening happening near me - if I can bring a glass of something to enjoy at the same time!
May is a month of new beginnings, and by finding ways to connect with others, you can start the season off on a positive note. By spending time with friends, family, colleagues or meeting new people, volunteering in your local community, participating in events, and spending time in nature, you can find meaningful connections with others and feel more connected to the world around you. Let me know how you get on!
Meg at Marmalade Trust