New year, new you
Posted Tuesday 4 January 2011
Well, 2011 has leapt upon us and at this time it's all about new year’s resolutions.
My new year's resolution is get to healthier — both physically and mentally.
After searching around the Mind website, I found that Mind’s advice for new year's resolutions is to think positively about the year to come. Our top tips are to:
- be active: exercise releases endorphins, and is proven to be beneficial for your mental wellbeing. You don't have to be an athlete - a study by Mind found that after just one gentle stroll in the countryside 71% of people had decreased feelings of depression.
- go green: take advantage of the natural ecotherapy available on your doorstep. The same study showed that connecting with nature boosts your mood and lifts depression. So do some gardening or head out for a walk in the park.
- try something new: new hobbies can exercise your mind, you might even suprise yourself. (I'm looking forward to trying out some rock climbing this year - eek!).
- give back: helping your community can be just as rewarding for yourself as those you choose to help. You could volunteer at a Mind shop or local Mind association (find one near to you), or sign up for one of Mind's challenge events like parachuting.
What are your new year's resolutions?
Taryn Ozorio, Web Producer
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