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Think Yourself Happy in 5 Simple Steps!

This 2016, we think that you should put as much energy into minding your mental health as you do for your diet and fitness.

More attention is being given to Mindfulness and how it can encourage a healthy frame of mind.  Being in a state of mindfulness is when you become more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you. The great news is that this thought process has been proven to positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges, stress and anxiety.

Research published by The University of Oxford revealed that an online mindfulness course reduced anxiety by 58%, depression by 57%, and stress by 40%. The NHS recommends five steps that you can follow to improve mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from your life.

1. Get connected. Engage with the people around you. Your family, colleagues, friends, and neighbours and spend time developing these relationships.

1. Get out there and get active. Take a walk, try a new class at the gym or sign up to a 5K run as a challenge. Most importantly, find the activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your daily routine.

3. Have a thirst for knowledge. Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and build confidence. So why not sign up for those dance lessons, visit that must see theatre show or figure out how to fix your bike?

4. Give to others. The smallest act counts, whether it's a smile, a thank you or paying someone a compliment. If you are feeling full of energy, why not volunteer at your local homeless shelter or community centre? Getting involved can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social connections.

5. Take notice. Be more aware of the present moment and enjoy it. Notice the beauty of a crisp winter morning or the smile on your children’s face at the end of a long day. The little joys will boost your mood.

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