5 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF WE–TIME

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Just as me-time can be­come un­healthy, we-time can be detri­men­tal if you don’t do it well. Don’t let things slide purely into neg­a­tiv­ity, as talking too much about your prob­lems can keep you overly fo­cused on them. In­stead,

en­cour­age pos­i­tive we-time by try­ing some of these ac­tiv­i­ties…

Have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion

evening

Ar­range to get to­gether with a friend over din­ner and list each other’s best qual­i­ties – ev­ery­thing from your fan­tas­tic sense of style

and pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes to your gor­geous smiles. It’ll give you both a boost and help you to see yourself with fresh eyes – plus, it’ll re­new your sense of grat­i­tude

for your friend­ship.

Learn to­gether

Whether it’s with friends, your part­ner or your chil­dren, sign­ing up for a course can be a bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – and, of course, you’ll learn new skills, which will boost your con­fi­dence. Ideally, choose some­thing that gets you all out of your com­fort zone. Some ideas for joint ac­tiv­i­ties to try in­clude rock climb­ing, dance classes or study­ing

a new lan­guage.

Think about vol­un­teer­ing

If you don’t have much time,

this might not be top of your list, but it’s well worth squeez­ing it into your life if you can. Re­search shows peo­ple who vol­un­teer are hap­pier, health­ier, more re­silient – and even slim­mer. Lo­cal Face­book groups can be great ways to find out about ev­ery­thing from tree plant­ing

schemes to men­tor­ing.

Join a choir

Re­search has shown it eases stress and anx­i­ety.

Plus, says ther­a­pist and coach Eve Menezes Cun­ning­ham, “Singing in a choir has been found to in­crease pos­i­tive feel­ings, pos­si­bly partly be­cause it

raises lev­els of oxy­tocin, the bond­ing hor­mone.”

Em­brace ac­quain­tances

It’s un­der­es­ti­mated, but ca­sual

chit-chat with neigh­bours can re­ally boost your mood. Ac­quain­tances don’t re­place close friend­ships, but be­ing able to make small talk with the shop owner down the road can help

you feel part of a com­mu­nity and give you a feel-good glow.

Sign­ing up for a course can be a bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – and you’ll learn new skills, which will boost your

con­fi­dence

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