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  • Feel Good Factor: Dance!

    Feel Good Factor: Dance!

    Did you know that dancing is one of the most fun and effective ways to get a complete mind and body workout? Studies show that dancing can instantly lift your mood, help reduce stress, increase energy levels, improve flexibility, increase muscle tone and strength, increase bone density, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and aid weight loss. It also boosts self-confidence and self esteem…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Soak in a Warm Bath

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Soak in a Warm Bath

    Research reveals that relaxing in a warm bath of bubbles instantly calms the mind, soothes the body and promotes deep, restful sleep. Adding 2 cups of Epsom salts and a few drops of lavender essential oil further enhances the wellbeing benefits. Magnesium, found in Epsom salts, is naturally absorbed through the skin. This mineral aids the production of serotonin, the hormone responsible for…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Laugh!

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Laugh!

    Research shows that the simple act of laughing offers an amazing array of mental, physical, emotional and social benefits. Laughter lowers stress hormones, boosts immunity, decreases pain, relaxes muscles and lowers blood pressure. It eases anxiety and fear, improves mood, and adds joy and zest to life. It also strengthens relationships, defuses conflict and promotes…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Breathe!

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Breathe!

    Decide which energy you would like to experience in this moment. Joy? Vitality? Peace? Love? Wellbeing? Give this energy a colour; any colour that feels right to you. Put your hand on your abdomen and close your eyes. Take a long, deep, slow in-breath so that your hand rises. Continue to breathe in and out slowly and deliberately, allowing your hand to rise and fall with each breath….

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Have a Clear Out!

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Have a Clear Out!

    Pick one cupboard or area of your house that is full of clutter. Get four boxes and label them: ‘rubbish’, ‘recycle’, ‘sell/donate’, and ‘deal with’. Take everything out of the cupboard. Clean the space. Take each item and decide whether it needs to go into one of the four boxes or be put back into the cupboard. Ensure that the things going back into the cupboard are neatly arranged…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Daydream!

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Daydream!

    Forget everything you were told as a child; daydreaming is actually good for you. Research has shown that it: improves working memory; aids relaxation; helps the creation and achievement of goals; and allows complex thought to take place thus facilitating creative problem solving.

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Listen to Music!

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Listen to Music!

    Whether you prefer Beyonce or Beethoven, listening to your favourite tunes is a proven spirit lifter. Recent research has found that levels of the feel-good brain chemical dopamine increased by 9% when participants listened to music they enjoyed. Listening to music from a happy time in your life will further enhance your experience by inducing the good feelings you enjoyed at the time…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Smile!

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Smile!

    We are all drawn to people who smile. Studies show that not only does smiling make you more attractive to others, it also tricks your body and mind into changing your mood for the better. It relieves stress, boosts your immune system, lowers your blood pressure, releases ‘feel-good’ hormones and lifts your face to make you look younger and more successful. It also helps you stay more positive…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Hug Someone!

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Hug Someone!

    Research has shown that just ten seconds of hugging can lower your blood pressure. Hugging triggers the production of the feel-good hormone oxytocin and lowers the production of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin. Oxytocin is a pleasure hormone. It creates feelings of calmness, contentment, and security, while reducing fear and anxiety. Done regularly, hugging lowers the risk of heart disease…

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  • Feel Good Factor Tip: Do A Chocolate Meditation

    Feel Good Factor Tip: Do A Chocolate Meditation

    Buy some really good quality chocolate. Open the packet and inhale the aroma. Break off a piece and look at it. Pop it in your mouth. Hold it on your tongue and let it melt. Focus all your attention on the sensations in your mouth; the texture, the taste, the whole melting process. If your mind wanders gently bring it back to the present moment. When the chocolate has completely melted, swallow it very slowly…

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