THINK WELL – Have an adventure and smile

With most people’s lives pretty busy these days, it is easy to let errands and odd jobs encroach into what should be time for relaxing. Where Britons would once be home by 6pm on a Friday evening and spend the weekend relaxing and catching up with friends and family, we now find ourselves rushing around to get things done – it can feel as though those two days have passed by in the blink of an eye come Monday morning!

If this sounds like you, then you could be forgiven for feeling a little fed up. So, why don’t you boost your wellbeing by reclaiming your time off and having an adventure? This doesn’t have to be expensive or particularly daring it’s just a case of getting out of your comfort zone and engaging your brain in something fun.

Bear Grylls recently told The Sun that he is sad that so few people these days get to experience the great outdoors. As Chief Scout of the UK Scout Association he recommended making your adventure a camping trip, complete with rucksacks, a compass and a willingness to cook sausages over an open fire. This could indeed be great fun, as you will get the chance to spend time with your family or camping friends away from the TV and talk or tell ghost stories. However, if you don’t know anywhere to camp or don’t want to leave your home comforts, have a mini-adventure by pitching a tent in your back garden for a night!

A day trip might be equally inspiring too, as you are sure to find undiscovered gems right on your doorstep which you can explore and learn more about. can help you choose a location in your local area, or by interest if you want to go further afield.

For instance, walking around the plague village of Eyam in Derbyshire or Goathland in Yorkshire (as seen on Heartbeat) should provide plenty to discuss and remember long afterwards. Other potential adventures might include a trip to the zoo, a walk around a botanical garden or even something physical like a kayaking lesson.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a little adventure, as these suggestions show, but you may find doing something different to broaden your horizons and boost your wellbeing is very valuable.