Re­con­nect­ing and en­joy­ing life

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL - WELLNESS - By ellen WhyTe

ARE you in a bit of a rut and not en­joy­ing your­self the way you ought to be? Al­though out­ra­geous ac­tiv­i­ties can give you a boost, it’s the sim­ple things in life that give us the most plea­sure. Here are some sim­ple plea­sures that will help you re­con­nect with friends, fam­ily and na­ture.

Re­con­nect with old friends

There’s noth­ing like talk­ing to some­one who knew you when your favourite food was a lol­ly­pop and who still re­mem­bers your first crush. Make a list of the peo­ple you haven’t seen in months and ar­range to get to­gether over a cup of coffee for a re­ally

good gos­sip.

Cook some­thing nice

Chop­ping veg­eta­bles, mak­ing sauces, set­ting the ta­ble with cut flower dec­o­ra­tions, and get­ting ev­ery­thing just right sat­isfy cre­ative yearn­ings – and you can eat it too. Con­sider invit­ing those old friends to come help cook and share in the spoils.

Pam­per your pet

Brush­ing the cat, walk­ing the dog, or just sit­ting to­gether and cud­dling is in­cred­i­bly up­lift­ing. In fact, stud­ies show spend­ing time with your pet im­proves heart health and blood pres­sure as well as low­er­ing stress lev­els over­all. And it will do you good too.

Go to the park

There is some­thing very primal about be­ing out­side, sur­rounded by na­ture, watch­ing the sun rise and see­ing the an­i­mal king­dom go about its busi­ness. If you’re fit, go ram­bling or climb a moun­tain. Al­ter­na­tively, just get out to a green area and wal­low in the won­der that is Na­ture.

Lis­ten to your favourite mu­sic

Dig out all your old favourites, stack them on top of each other, and play your best tunes.

Dance like a ma­niac while you’re at it. It will give you a great work­out and it will get those en­dor­phins, nat­u­ral feel good chem­i­cals, churn­ing.

stud­ies show spend­ing time with your pet im­proves heart health and blood pres­sure as well as low­er­ing stress lev­els over­all.

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