In times of great uncertainty, it’s even important to go the extra mile for yourself and others. To bring a little brightness to the day or make a difference.
We asked our team some of the things they do – or have had done for them – that make them feel like they’re sparking a positive change.
message a friend
“A few weeks ago I received a message out of the blue from a friend telling me how much she appreciated me. It was like a modern-day love letter and it made me feel so grateful for the people in my life.”
Let your girls and guys know how much they mean to you with a simple message. We’ve even started some for you!
I appreciate you because …
I’ll never forget that time we …
Thank you for always …
learn something new
“I recently taught myself how to do macrame – it’s so relaxing and you get some cool pieces afterwards. It made me appreciate all of the things my Gran knitted me so much more, the time those ‘ugly’ jumpers must have taken …”
Learning something new is not only fun (and educational, obviously), but it can also give you a new appreciation and outlook on life.
Grab your besties and pick up a new book, shop for some new crafts, listen to a new podcast or sign up for an online course!
recycle used accessories
“Like most of us, I have a lot of accessories…while most are used season after season to update my look, there’s been times I don’t want them (or can’t fit them in my collection) anymore. I’ve started to donate these pieces, it made me feel good knowing I’d given the accessory a new life and made a conscious choice!”
You can pop into your local Accessorize to donate your used accessories and will send them to New Life.
buy some plants
“I became a new plant mum during lockdown and bringing nature inside has made a massive difference to A) the look of my room and B) how I feel – indoor plants have proven health benefits – plus it’s satisfying keeping them alive!”
Studies have shown plants can boost mood, productivity, concentration and creativity – all of which are so important now that our homes have become our offices. Best get shopping.
send a surprise gift to someone
“The doorbell went one day and the postie handed me a parcel I wasn’t expecting (I originally thought I’d ordered it in my last shopping spree and forgotten…) But it was a gift from my bestie. It brightened my mood for the rest of the day and was nice knowing she’d seen something and thought of me.”
Give your friends or family some excitement and send them a special gift. The more personal and thoughtful, the better – think a zodiac necklace or initial jewellery. Plus, science has actually proven we get great pleasure from giving, and we feel even happier when spending money on others. Win-win!