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Congratulations! You have come far in your journey to be a healthier you. You’ve learnt a lot from spotting stress triggers to being more mindful.

It’s time to “smell the flowers” — to do some of the “little things” that help us to be more emotionally resilient which will not only help us to stay on track with our health goals but also help us to quickly get back up when we slip up.

Do Things Differently

Make time for things outside your daily or regular routine.

  • Take a different route or form of transport to your workplace and appreciate the new surroundings.

  • While at work, rearrange your routine tasks, such as dealing with clients first and then doing the account books or vice versa.

  • Stop along the way home to soak in a scenic view (a park or reservoir, the setting sun).

  • Have an inquisitive mind and take interest in new things that inspire you, and fit them into your daily life.

Experience Tranquility

Set aside some time for peace and quiet.

  • Put aside some quiet time to reflect on matters other than work-related thoughts.

  • Think of happy memories in the past, future events you are looking forward to, or simply things that help you unwind (for example, a field of sunflowers, the sun setting, children playing).

  • Ensure you get seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Sleeping well can have a positive impact on your outlook.

Enjoy Affection

We all need the comforting presence of love and companionship in our relationships with others. Relationships provide love and warmth in your life.

  • Make time for social gatherings with friends.

  • Plan to have weekly meals with your family.

  • Go on a romantic date with your significant other.

  • Catch up with an ex-colleague or a friend whom you have not seen for a while.

  • Make time for the people around you, however hectic your schedule may be, and appreciate the warmth in these meaningful relationships.

Laugh

Laughter is more than a smile. It fuels our inner senses, decreases our burdens and lightens a difficult situation. There is always a positive side to every bad situation things may not seem so bad after a good laugh.

  • Actively source for people or situations that can arouse laughter within you.

  • Stay away from cynics or people who affect your mood negatively.

  • Look at the positives in daily activities instead of the negatives.

Stay Healthy

Being active every day is proven to have uplifting effects.

  • Maintain a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet.

  • Even a short walk each day can improve your mood.

  • People think drinking can help you drown your sorrows but it has been shown that drinking less alcohol enhances your mental wellbeing.