6 tips to a happier, healthier you!

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 Top 6 Tips to a Happier, Healthier You!

1. Healthy Eating: 

Eating healthily does more than just keep your body healthy; it improves concentration, boosts energy levels and reduces that low, tired & slugglish feeling. Here is some advice on nutrition and some recipe ideas to make healthy eating not just good for you but enjoyable too!

*Nutritional Advice - http://www.strath.ac.uk/sport/healthfitness/nutritionadvice/;

*Healthy Recipes - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/category/healthy

2. Exercise:

Exercise is an important activity to try to incorporate into everyday life as it does wonderful thing for both the body and mind! You dont need to be spending hours thrashing it out in the gym to be getting those endorphins in the brain going. Even moderate excercise such as going for a walk releases endorphins in the brain which boosts your mood and makes you feel better. If you love gym time or fancy trying a new class, below is the Centre for Sports and recreation (CSR) timetable, displaying a variety of classes for all abilities. Excercise can also be a great way to meet new people and develop a new skill; there is also a link to the sports societies here at the University, of Strathclyde so give it go!

*CSR - http://www.strath.ac.uk/sport/

*Sport Societies - http://www.strathsports.co.uk/sports-a-z;

3. Socialise/Hobbies:

It is important to keep up with people who have a positive impact on your life and continue to keep up or learn new hobbies and interests. This will help to reduce stress building up and will give you a break from your hectic life. Joining a club or society not only gives you the opportunity to try something new or continue doing a hobby or interest you love; its a great way to meet new people.

*Societies - http://www.strathstudents.com/GetInvolved/Club 

*Looking after your mate - http://www.studentminds.org.uk/guide-for-friends.html

4. Relaxation/Me time:

Relaxation and 'Me time' is an important element of everyday life and aids in reducing stress building up. Taking some time out from our busy lives for relaxation and 'me time' can take many forms, such as going out for hike or having a laugh with friends watching a favourite film. Also pampering yourself and taking care of yourself can really boost your self-esteem, make you feel good about yourself and can be something fun to do with family or friends. Meditation and deep relaxation is an important technique to incorporate into daily life as its a great way to relax and de-stress. The university provides a variety of classes and courses that are available for everyone and they are listed below: 

*Mindfulness Meditation -  http://www.strath.ac.uk/wellbeing/stressandmentalhealth/mindfulnessmeditation 

*Hypnotherapy Meditation - http://www.strath.ac.uk/studentcounselling/hypnorelax/

*Helpful material on tips for relaxation: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/relaxation/#.VwzFxZwrLcs

5. Positive thinking:

It can be hard when you feel weighed down by your worries and responsibilities to see the positive and good things in your life. A great technique is to keep a diary and write down one to three positive things that occured during that day and why they made you smile. Here are some websites about positive thinking and how you can incorporate it into daily life:

*NUS 'Think Positive':http://www.nus.org.uk/thinkpositive 

*Living Life to the Fullhttp://llttf.com/index.php 

*Steps for Stress 'thinking straight'http://www.stepsforstress.org/coping-better/thinking-straight.html (See 'Three good things' excercise)

6. Sleep:

Sleep is a vital element in maintaining your physical health, mental health and overall well-being. That's why its important to implement a regular sleeping routine and develop sleeping techniques that work for you. The key techniques to try when getting a better nights sleep are to ensure that your room is cool, dark and quiet allowing you to feel calm and relaxed. Also ensure that all laptops, smart phones, ipads and Tv' s are switched off as they can be distracting and stop you from getting to sleep. Below are some materials that might help you to get a good nights sleep: 

*NHS: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/insomnia/Pages/bedtimeritual.aspx

*Mind 'How to cope with sleep problems': http://www.mind.org.uk/media/622401/how-to-cope-with-sleep-problems-2014.pdf

If after trying the techniques above and you wish to explore your concerns further you should contact your GP or the Student Counselling service: http://www.strath.ac.uk/studentcounselling/

Further information:

* Living life to the full: http://llttf.com/

* Breathing space: http://breathingspace.scot/

* NHS Inform info: http://www.nhsinform.co.uk/

*NHS Inform Service finder: http://www.nhs24.com/findlocal/

*Steps for Stress: http://www.stepsforstress.org/

*Mental Health Foundation: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

*Mind: http://www.mind.org.uk/