12 Days of Christmas -Day 12

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It’s the 12th day of Christmas.  The decorations are coming down, epiphanies have been reached, wise men have delivered unwise gifts. You’ve made it through the festive season unscathed for another year and we can all take a huge sigh of relief.

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Christmas is hard work for lots of people. Even if you aren’t one of the many people who struggles with their mental health, difficult emotional triggers of the season, addiction issues or are one of the annual surge of couples whose relationship couldn’t take another Christmas,  the chances are you’ve spent much of the festive season shopping, cleaning, cooking, wrapping, decorating, undecorating, washing up, fending off illness, all while doing your usual housework and day job and generally putting everyone else first.

You matter as well, you know. How can you help to build a better world if you’re exhausted and run down? How can you care for others if you’re not on top form yourself? Looking after yourself isn’t selfish. It’s not indulgent. It isn’t spoiled. Looking after yourself is an essential part of your role in building our utopia.

So today, do whatever you need to do to feel refreshed, rebalanced, and fighting fit. Whether you need to take a bubble bath while eating the last of the Quality Street you hid from the kids, take a long run where you can plug into your music and unplug from the world, sit in a pile of blankets and sob through a trashy film or spend a whole day on a hobby you enjoy – take the time to do that today. That’s an order.

And if you are struggling with something a bit of self-care won’t fix, perhaps today is the day to reach out for support. Whether that’s through your family, your friends, social media mates, or organisations set up to support people, tell someone you are struggling today. It’s ok not to be ok. It takes strength and courage to admit when things aren’t going well, but you are braver than you realise.

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Happy new year from the Ungagged team – We hope 2018 is kind to you all.

12 Days of Christmas- Day 10

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On the 10th day of Christmas,  Ungagged are asking you to suport a cause.

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“But wait, isn’t that just the same as ‘Support a Charity’ from the other day?” I hear you cry. Well, no. There are lots of causes that aren’t linked to charities, which desperately need our support.

This doesn’t have to be financial, there are many causes, such as the #FreeJaggi campaign or the #JusticeForTerrell campaign really need you to contact your representatives and keep talking about them on social media to keep their cases on top of the priority pile.

Smaller groups trying to make a difference, like Masato Beanies rely on free word of mouth advertising through social media for their buy one, give one campaign to give hats to homeless people, and they always need new people to knit for their #scarfathon and #mittenmission

There’s always something we can do – whether that’s a donation, rolling our sleeves up to get involved, or even just sending a tweet – it all adds up. Have a search for a cause that resonates with you today and together we can make a difference.

12 Days of Christmas- Day 9

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On the 9th Day of Christmas Ungagged are bringing the focus back to your local community.

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Another nice easy one to do today,  and it really will make at least your little corner of the world a nicer place.

Wherever you are going today, whether you’re off to work or to the shops, on the school run, or even just taking a little walk down your street, take a bag with you and pick up any rubbish you see lying about the place. It doesn’t matter that it’s not your rubbish, it’s your community.

This is another of those small acts that can have a large impact. You won’t only be improving the look and feel of your community, and reducing the impact of human wastefulness on your local wildlife, but you may also inspire others to do the same, or shame litterers  into taking their trash home for recycling in future. Either way you’ll get to go to bed tonight knowing you did a good thing.

12 Days of Christmas – Day 1

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It’s the first day of Christmas and we’ll be marking the next 12 days with little ways you can carry the festive spirit on by making the world just a tiny bit better.

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The birds in your garden are cold this time of year as well, and food can be hard to come by. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money to help get our feathered friends through the winter though. The RSPB has some brilliant advice on what to feed the birds in your garden here.

In the winter months birds can find it hard to find fresh water too, so don’t forget to leave them a drink as well.

If you’d like to do even more to help,you could do some of your January Sales shopping through  Songbird Survival – a charity that commisions research into Britain’s declining songbird population. Or you could become a member of the RSPB for £4 per month. Perhaps the ideal Alternative New Years Resolution? Very little effort so nice and easy to stick to, you’ll get a quarterly magazine and unlimited entry to over 100 nature reserves in the UK, and you’ll get that warm feeling of knowing you’ve helped protect our garden birds.  You can sign up or find  out more here.

 

 

Let us know on twitter or Facebook the #SmallActs you are doing over the 12 days to make your world a little brighter