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Rediscover the Magic of December

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December can often feel like a month of madness and stress, as we try to meet those final deadlines, attend all those end of year parties and feel our finances dwindling.

But it doesn’t have to be this way!

At Mind Body Heart we want you to rediscover the magic of December by showing yourself a little self love and kindness. Below are four simple tips that will help you to reconnect with feelings of joy as we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017:

1. Minimise your stress levels by nourishing your body with regular exercise, meditation, massage and glorious sleep! By engaging in these activities you can start to break negative stress patterns and bring your body to a state of calm.

2. Strengthen and train your mind to support you and gain control of your stress through a range of mind strengthening exercises. Often the negative and worrisome thoughts we have are based around irrational beliefs or 'worst case' scenarios. Challenge these damaging and self-limiting thoughts with rationalisation, positivity and encouraging self-talk. Rather than thinking about what is going wrong in your life, think about what is going right. Before going to bed, write down three things that went well for you each day. A little gratitude goes a long way!

3. Declutter, cleanse and purge! Feeling disorganised can make you feel out of control increase your stress levels. Sort your things into three piles 'Throw away', 'Give away' and 'Keep'. Not only will you feel good about cleansing your space but by donating unwanted or unused items to charity you are helping those in need.

4. Be engaged with those around you - isn’t that what this time of year is all about? Having strong connections with your family, friends and wider community is essential in improving wellbeing and assisting you in combating the symptoms of stress. When you make positive social connections your opioid pathways leaving you on a natural high!

Hopefully, by following some of these simple strategies you can reduce your stress levels this Christmas and start to rediscover the magic of December!

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