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How to kick start your 2019

kick start 2019

January is the month when many of us make plans and resolutions to live a healthier life, but it is important to look after yourself throughout the year. No matter what your resolutions, we suggest some of the best ways to kick-start 2019 in a happy and healthy way.

Southwark Council believes there are  five simple ways to improve wellbeing: connect; be active; take notice; keep learning; and keep giving.

Connect: Connecting with the community in Elephant and Castle and Southark can have a wealth of benefits: you’ll make new friends, experience new activities and visit new locations.

Why not take a trip to Mercato Metropolitano, in Newington Causeway, Elephant and Castle. This sustainable community market is the perfect place to visit if you have a passion for homegrown, local produce and meeting new people.

Keep an eye out for the new MM Factory, opening in summer 2019 at Elephant Park. This urban production centre will give you the opportunity to learn traditional cooking skills and pick up a selection of fresh produce to help with the summer prep diet!

Be active: To help, we have put together a list of recommended fitness centres or classes in and around Southwark. From free parkruns to state-of-the-art gyms, there is something for everyone. Take a look at our top tips here…

Take notice: As we mentioned in our recent article on the key to urban living, parks are not just for children; taking a walk in your local park or going on a wildlife trail is likely to enhance your wellbeing and increase productivity in your everyday life. As the days lengthen, why not take a stroll around Elephant Park’s two-acre green space at the centre of the development or visit a local park, such as Dulwich or Peckham Rye, to try out a park trail.

Keep learning: Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t yet had the chance? Why not try a new adult course in 2019 at the Thomas Calton Centre. Courses on offer for spring 2019 include illustration and design, fashion and clothes making, and acoustic guitar for beginners, to name a few. If you fancy a bigger challenge in 2019, The London College of Communication, also based in Elephant and Castle, offers undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities, as well as short courses.

Keep giving: Volunteering can be key to enhancing your wellbeing. The majority of us would agree that helping others is a good thing and, it has been suggested, random acts of kindness can increase your own happiness and satisfaction with life.

With that in mind, there are plenty of opportunities to give something back to your community in Southwark, from becoming a volunteer at Code Club, helping children from all backgrounds learn computer coding, becoming a board director for Local Greens, a south London veg bag scheme, to teaching children how to play the drums for St Mungo’s,a charity aiming to end homelessness.

A full list of volunteering options in Southwark can be viewed here.