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Put a spring in your step

If you’re feeling a bit flat after a long, dark winter, put some zing back into your step with these practical tips to help lift your mood and boost wellbeing.

De-cluttering KonMari style
Organisational guru Marie Kondo has turned de-cluttering into a life-enhancing art form, inspiring millions of people around the globe to adopt the celebrated KonMari Method. Marie first found fame through her book, “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up,” and her TV show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” is currently trending on Netflix. So what’s all the fuss about?

The magic of Marie’s method is to tidy up by category rather than by room - so instead of fixing up the kitchen, focus on clothes or books or papers. Yet the real value lies not in what you throw out, but in what you keep.

Marie teaches us to refine the ‘stuff’ we keep in our lives, and to retain only those things that make us happy. So the simple act of de-cluttering becomes a process of life enhancement. And the end result is a home full of things that give you joy, not junk that clutters your day.

Be mindful
If you feel like you’re living life at 100mph, you’re not alone. Today’s high-tempo lifestyle can be a major source of stress - which can put a serious drain on your energy levels. As an antidote to the pressures of modern living, a growing number of people are turning to ‘mindfulness’, including celebrity advocates like Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow.

In its most basic form, mindfulness really just means taking notice of what’s going on around you, learning to hear the thoughts in your head, and being aware of the emotions that normally get pushed aside during a busy day.

So how do you become more mindful? There are countless techniques, from simple breathing exercises, to immersive meditation. And there are loads of books and online tutorials designed to help you enhance your mental and physical wellbeing. The easiest way to get started is to download an app - search online for “free mindfulness app” and you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Vegan lifestyle
As people seek to boost their health and vitality through dietary changes, a variety of quirky food fads have done the rounds over the past few years. Yet the remarkable rise in veganism is certainly no fad. According to the Vegan Society, the number of plant eaters has quadrupled over the past four years, and some estimates put the UK vegan population as high as 3.5 million. Plus a growing number of non-vegans are actively reducing the amount of meat in their diet.

So, thanks to the nutrient rich diet, veganism has major health benefits including lowering blood sugar levels, improving kidney function, improving bone and dental health, lightening your mood and giving you more energy to go about your day. Why not try it out for a week or month and see if you feel the difference?

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