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"Put a Spring in your step"

Top tips for a spring boost

See our mood lifting tips to embrace this spring.

Less Screen Time 
Break away from your device for at least 30 minutes a day.  Spending more time with friends and loved ones isn’t just fun, but extremely beneficial to your health as well.1

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More "me" time
Take time to focus on yourself and be conscious of your needs, be it physical, emotional or spiritual. Try breaking away from your daily routine for at least 15 minutes a day.

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Find a new hobby
Make time to embark on a new venture, be it a solo or group activity.  Why not try something out of your comfort zone?

Reconnect with nature
Get into the great outdoors, focus on the sounds, sights and smells of spring. Science has proven that being in natural surroundings is a great place to unwind.2

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Mindfulness
Mindfulness is "the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we're doing and not to be overwhelmed by events around us."  A small bit of focus everyday can help increase happiness levels, more information can be found here.

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Meditate
Meditation can help enhance self-awareness, reduce stress and be positive for emotional health. If you want to explore this practice further try Headspace or The Mindfulness App for 10 minutes each day. 

Read a book
Pick up a physical book instead of a digital version; reading for pleasure has been found to reduce stress.3

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A touch of spring cleaning

Write a journal or diary
Even if it's for just 10 minutes a day, writing is a great way to get your thoughts and feelings into perspective.  It will also be a great thing to revisit in a year or two’s time to see how life has progressed!

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Sing in the Shower
Whether it's a show tune or heavy metal, singing in the shower releases feel good chemicals in our brain, making shower-oke a great way to start any day.4

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Maximise your sleep
Here ae some suggestions to get good quality sleep:

  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Read instead of watching tv
  • Use fresh bedding
  • Go to bed a little earlier
  • Relax in comfy nightwear 

Stretch to awaken your body
Stretching when you wake up can help to boost circulation, digestion and ease back pain.5

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https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/friendships/art-20044860 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5663019/ 
3https://clutejournals.com/index.php/TLC/article/view/1117

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28826978
5 https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-importance-of-stretching

 

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