Find Your Happy In 2016

It’s that time of year when everyone reflects on the year we’ve just left behind summing up the highs and lows. I’m not going do that, instead I’m going to look forward to the year ahead and how we can reboot our minds, bodies and spirits to live a healthier, happier 2016.

Make January your month. Put in place small changes to help you think healthier, eat better and get some exercise. New Year, new you should no longer be your mantra, instead create healthy habits (for me cooking regularly) that will help you find your happy weight and increase your confidence. Not sure where to start? I’m following these top tips…

1. Cook. Nourish. Glow

Amelia Freer, nutritional therapist extraordinaire has recently published her first cookbook offering an eating plan that slowly guides us away from cakes and sweets and eat nutritious meals packed with everything our bodies need.

For someone like me whose serotonin levels take a nose dive in the winter leaving me tucked under a duvet reaching for the chocolates, I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with feel good food to help my body and mind.

2. The Happiness Challenge

If you know me well you’ll know that I tend to complain. It seems almost built into me but it’s something I am determined to stop. So I am taking the Action For Happiness pledge to try and create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me.

3. Be More Mindful

I’m not talking about sitting down for half an hour everyday to meditate, (although if you have the time to do that go you!) I’m talking about taking the time to notice the small things your busy mind might otherwise miss. At work when someone hands you some papers or completes a task look away from your screen and say thank you or stop to help a lady with a pushchair lift it onto the train. These small things that many people think of as good manners can slip from our awareness when rushing or having a bad day.

4. Move Your Body

The most common excuse for lack of exercise (and yes it’s an excuse I use) is that we don’t have time. It doesn’t need to be an hours gym session or even a half hour class yo get your body moving. Walking to and from work or your local station rather than getting in the car or jumping on the bus is a great way to get your body moving. I’m looking for someone to buddy up with and go for leisurely walks – something I enjoy and will keep me fit. Knowing that someone else is expecting me to go will hopefully keep me on track.
What are your plans for the new year? Will you be rebooting or making your pledge to action for happiness?

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