Dr. Meg Arroll July 10, 2017

Though this may not come as a surprise - happy people are generally healthier people. But positive thinking is a way of life that comes naturally to some more than others. Here, Psychologist Dr Meg Arroll gives us three top tips for achieving positivity in day-to-day life

1. Be mindful

Mindfulness - the ability to enjoy a moment and be fully present - is a simple route to better health whether it’s during your morning commute, over a cup of coffee, or on your cycle home from work.

Dr Meg says, "Mindfulness can help if you suffer with low mood, anxiety and or struggle to deal with stressful situations. It could also benefit physical health problems whilst giving you the mental space to develop a sense of acceptance. There are so many little things we can do to make us feel happiness every day. First of all, get back to basics with breathing. Over time we tend to get into a habit of breathing through our chests, but this type of breathing can lead to feelings of anxiety. Get into the habit of deep breathing though the diaphragm every morning as well as if you ever feel stressed or anxious."

2. Stretch into child pose

Around 400,000 people practise yoga in the UK in the hope they’ll be rewarded with its impressive trifecta of benefits including improved strength, balance and flexibility.

Dr Meg says, "Yoga is a great way to cope with both physical and mental strains. Yoga is associated with increased feelings of vitality and energy, giving a boost to daily life. And if you want to test the water before attending a class why not try a free online tutorial first?"

3. Choose to be optimistic

A 30 year study at Mayo clinic concluded that optimists had nearly a 50% lower risk of early death than pessimists, and recent research suggests those who feel a sense of purpose and direction in life may live longer. In trying to measure it, the latter study concluded that positive people live an average of seven and a half years longer than others.

Dr Meg says, "It’s amazing how much time we spend critiquing ourselves. Accepting the things in life that we cannot change, whilst committing to the small, daily changes that we can make will fundamentally change our outlook as well as improving both emotional and physical health."

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn’t possible supplements can help. This article isn’t intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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