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  • Learn to say “no” powerfully to things or people who drain your time.  We do have enough hours in the day if we use them wisely.  What is currently eating into your time that you resent or no longer want to do?
  • Build in daily treats such as time out for reading, catching up with friends, a nice bath or some creative cookery.  Knowing we have something to look forward to each day makes life feel meaningful
  • Create healthy habits.  Try to cut back on coffee, sugar, alcohol and junk food that are quick fix pick-me-ups and try to eat organic, wholegrain foods, drink more water and up your fruit and vegetable intake.
  • Have goals. Create a vision board of things you want or would like to achieve in life from health and body goals to holidays, career progression and material desires.  What is the first step you can do right now to move an inch closer to them.
  • Stop people pleasing. Seeking the approval of others is a losing task.  Dare to be yourself and take 100% responsibility for your own happiness and wellbeing.  It’s your life and the disapproval of others is none of your business.
  • Develop good sleep hygiene.  Resist using the bed to catch up with friends on your laptop or mobile. Switch off all screen action at least one hour before retiring; have a milky drink, bath, book and bed to ensure a good night’s sleep.
  • Always ensure you have the fixings for good healthy meals in the home. Plan your menus ahead and organise your groceries to be delivered.
  • Do something joyful.  Mindless fun is therapeutic. Dance to your favourite track in the kitchen, sing out loud, make 5 people smile each day, put daffodils in every room and smile in the mirror and with a wink say “who loves ya, baby?” and blow yourself a kiss.
  • Practice gratitude.  Sometimes when the blues descend it is worth noting all the good things you have in your life.
  • Practice a random act of kindness.  Give up your seat on the bus, buy the guy behind you a coffee, compliment a colleague or help someone out. It’s an instant happiness booster.
  • Keep a blessings book. Write down 3 things each evening that were the day’s blessings from a particularly nice curry that evening to a friend popping by for a cuppa.  Note the good stuff.