3 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO THIS WEEK...

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - NEWS - GEMMA SUTHER­LAND

1 Get a pet

If you’re con­sid­er­ing get­ting an an­i­mal com­pan­ion in 2017, turn to page 4 to find out why it’s a good idea. The big­gest up­shots are an in­crease in ex­er­cise and a re­duc­tion in anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and lone­li­ness. Go for it!

2 Pick wisely

Choos­ing the right pet for you is im­por­tant – and some pets are bet­ter at help­ing with spe­cific con­di­tions than oth­ers. Gold­fish, for ex­am­ple, can lower blood pres­sure, while guinea pigs im­prove so­cial skills. Find more on page 8.

3 For­est bathe

We know get­ting out in na­ture is good for us, so this month we tried a more spe­cific ver­sion of it: for­est bathing. It’s a Ja­panese-in­spired rit­ual, and ac­tu­ally works. Read about it on page 14. –

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