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How To Make Yourself Feel Better in Ten Easy Lessons

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Sometimes the daily routine can get on top of us, and although there is nothing seriously wrong, we feel we are in need of an instant pick-me-up – something to recharge the energy levels, or put a spring back in our step. Here’s how to make ourselves feel better in ten easy lessons; some only take minutes but can provide the boost we need to get going again.
Recent research suggests that gardening has a therapeutic affect and is a positive aid to health and emotional well-being. If we don’t have a garden, we can pay a visit to a large garden centre where we can have a coffee and enjoy the environment.
People who take a lot of outdoor exercise feel less angry, depressed or tense than those who work out in a gym, a study at the University of Essex reveals.
The study also showed that spending just five minutes in natural surroundings, i.e. wood or parkland, can have a positive affect on our mood.
Tests have proved that dogs and other pets can have a restful affect on their owners. The PAT (Pets As Therapy) scheme operates widely in hospices and retirement homes with a marked success in the improvement and well-being of the patients. A simple relaxation technique is to sit comfortably in an armchair and stroke a pet dog, cat or rabbit. If we’re more energetic, we can take a friend’s dog for a walk.
Reaping the benefits of slow breathing exercises needn’t involve complicated meditation or yoga. A study in the medical journal, The Lancet, shows that taking six deep breaths in 30 seconds can temporarily reduce the blood pressure and induce calm. Sit quietly and breathe in for a count of four, then gently exhale for four. Repeat for up to three minutes until we feel calmer.
Sore or tired eyes can make us feel irritable but the condition can be quickly remedied by placing a cold used teabag on each eyelid. Sit quietly with the head tipped back for about 10 minutes to feel the benefit.
Having flowers around increases the happiness factor and, according to research at Rutgers University, seeing flowers helps recent memory loss in the elderly.
Drinking our daily quota of water can help keep energy levels stable, and herbal teas count towards our daily intake.
We can also induce the feel-good factor by treating ourselves to a luxury coffee, tea or hot chocolate, especially if drunk slowly and in relaxing surroundings.
That mid-afternoon sugar deficiency usually occurs round about four o’clock and can be easily rectified by the treat of a piece of cake or favourite chocolate bar. We’re then ready to tackle the rest of the day.
We all have our favourite pick-me-ups that can be used to re-charge our batteries, and as long as they are not used as a regular excuse for indulgence, it will continue to have the desired effect – such as treating yourself to some very expensive sweets from Charbonnel & Walker or Thorntons’ Chocolate Cabin.


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