With the longer days and summer holidays ahead, it’s the perfect time to boost your energy. You really will feel better for it.
Feeling a bit weak and pale after a long winter? It can be a struggle to get going and force yourself into a healthful routine, but it feels so amazing to be strong and busy it’s worth every early morning. Here’s a little guide to easy changes that will lift your mood. 15 MINUTES' EXERCISE IN THE MORNING
As soon as you get up, on an empty stomach, do a few exercises to get your day off to a good start. Did you know that physical exercise causes the body to produce endorphins, which encourages a sense of physical and psychological wellbeing? Even better, for those who can, is a brisk walk in the fresh air.GET THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS
While your diet should provide most of the nutrients you need, it’s worth doing a bit of research into what extra supplements might work for you, to keep bones strong and joints flexible. Make sure you get the right combinations – speak to a doctor or nutritionist for advice if you’re not sure – because certain minerals can help or hinder the absorption of some vitamins, and can also affect medications you may be taking. POST-WINTER DIET
A diet rich in fibre, after all the stodgy cold-weather food, will restore balance to our gut and therefore our whole body. So go for cereals, wholemeal pasta and bread, lentils, beans, broad beans, peas, artichoke and even raspberries, all extremely high in fibre.ENJOY A MASSAGE
The very opposite of hard work, a massage is just the ticket to make you feel better. Potential benefits include lymphatic drainage, stress-busting and cellulite-decimation! Once a month is a great start - once a week even better if you can find an affordable local therapist - and it’s a sure-fire way to restore your physical and mental energy.THINK POSITIVE
We might not all have a natural gift for looking on the bright side, but experience shows that positive thinking, anytime and anywhere, helps us deal with whatever life throws at us. Try this: every morning, lie with your eyes closed when you wake up and concentrate on an image or event that you have seen or experienced that made you happy. Savour the memory for a while, until you feel a sense of wellbeing. After a while, this process will become almost automatic, and suddenly you’re an optimist!