Boost­ing your health and hap­pi­ness

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul - Wellness -

IN­STEAD of plan­ning long-term strate­gies, get out now and do some­thing that’s good for your body – and your soul.

Cook at home

If you buy food, you’re more likely to eat food that are high in salt and fats. Also, if you cook at home, it be­comes a so­cial ac­tiv­ity where you find out what every­one has been up to dur­ing the day.

Con­nect­ing with the peo­ple you love will boost your hap­pi­ness and eat­ing home-made dishes will be bet­ter for your waist­line.

Start colour­ing

You can buy an adult colour­ing book or down­load some­thing from the Net, but the main thing about this chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity is that it calms the mind, re­laxes the body and al­lows you to in­dulge in a sim­ple cre­ative ac­tiv­ity that will help you con­nect to the beauty of the world around you.

Em­broi­der, knit or cro­chet

In old books, fe­male de­tec­tives of­ten do their best think­ing when craft­ing, and sci­en­tific stud­ies tend to back up the thought. It seems that when our hands are busy with some­thing repet­i­tive and cre­ative, the mind works bet­ter. It’s also calm­ing which is why hand­i­crafts like these are taught as part of anger man­age­ment sys­tems. You can also try gar­den­ing.

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