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Improve Mental and Physical Well Being – 10 Tips

1. Be Happy. When we are happy we are not prone to physical and mental anxieties. Happiness is often the best medicine. Whatever our circumstances if we can smile and laugh, many of our problems will disappear.

2. Eat Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate has powerful antioxidants, which help amongst other things to reduce blood pressure. Milk Chocolate however tends to reduce the power of the antioxidants. Dark chocolate is free from all dairy intolerances.

3. Good sleep. Too much or too little sleep can damage both our mental and physical well-being. Generally 7-8 hours are recommended as the optimum. This may differ for different individuals, but the general principle is to avoid extremes of too little or too much.

4. Drink more water. Drinking water helps to flush out toxins from the blood stream. It is important to remain fully hydrated for the optimal functioning of the brain.

5. Eat More Curry. In particular the spice Turmeric has powerful healing properties. Ayurvedic medicine has for a long time harnessed the healing properties of Turmeric. If you feel a cold starting try a glass of water with some turmeric powder in.

6. Singing. Singing can be beneficial for improving mood. It also helps with the circulation of the blood around the body. A survey of singers by Canterbury Christ Church University shows they had improved lung function and breathing, and better mood.

7. Practice Meditation. Meditation helps us to relax and switch off from our mental worries and anxieties. There is an increasing belief in the connection between mind – body and spirit. Often physical ailments are consequences of a negative state of mind. Meditation can help to clear our mind.

8. Drink Tea. Tea has powerful antioxidants. Tea has also been shown to help prevent Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and some types of cancer. It is even said to help hair loss and improve teeth.

9. Cycling. The health benefits of cycling are well documented. Cycling 4 hours a week can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, bowel cancer, diabetes and stress. Cycling is also good fun ( so long as you can find roads not completely blocked up with traffic)

10. Keep busy. People with hobbies and who are physically active are much less prone to depression and related health issues. If your feeling miserable try going for a walk or playing darts.

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