Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Top tips to help you spring into spring

The winter weather coupled with a lack of daylight - not to mention sunshine - can leave us feeling as dark as the sky. We've put together some tips to help brighten your mood and put a spring in your step.

1. Change your routine - We're not talking about big changes, but the little things, such as going for a walk at lunchtime rather than sitting at your desk with a sandwich. When you feel that you're stuck in a rut and unable to change, the little things can help you regain control of the situation and lead to much bigger things in the longer term.
2. Take some exercise - The links between regular exercise and greater wellbeing are well documented. The important thing is to find something you like doing so you will continue to do it.
3. Phone a friend - If you're feeling low it is easy to shy away from social contact. However keeping in regular contact with people who care about you can be a great mood booster.
4. Watch what you eat - The mind and body work together, so to help your mind you need to also look after your body. Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and keep off the sugar if you want to maintain a stable mood and keep your stress levels on an even keel. 
5. Get enough sleep - It can be hard to sleep, particularly if you are anxious about something, but ensuring you get eight hours of sleep a night will help you deal with the day ahead.

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