10 ways to live a live a lit­tle...

Look­ing for sim­ple ways to boost body and soul? The team at AA Life is keen for New Zealan­ders to live life to the fullest! Here are a few ideas to add to your well­be­ing wish list

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1 Host the ul­ti­mate din­ner party Who says you need a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for a party? Whether there’s an in­dul­gent lay­ered cake you’ve been want­ing to bake for ages, a bar­be­cue that’s been un­used for too long or a vin­tage bo le of wine beg­ging to be opened, it’s time to get a group to­gether and make a night of it. Go all out with fancy ta­ble se ings, take plenty of photos, and make it a night to re­mem­ber!

2 Un­leash your in­ner child For most of us, the stress of ‘adult­ing’ is a drain on inspiration, but stud­ies show act­ing like a kid again is a great way to boost cre­ativ­ity and hap­pi­ness lev­els. Ex­perts say it only takes a few min­utes of day­dream­ing, imag­in­ing, or do­ing arts and cra each day to get our cre­ativ­ity back, which in turn makes us more cu­ri­ous and open to dif­fer­ent ways of think­ing.

3 De­clu er and cre­ate space If your closet is full of un­used items that take up valu­able real es­tate and never see the light of day, it may be time for a clear out. There’s a range of great lo­cal char­i­ties that wel­come good qual­ity pre-loved cloth­ing, such as The Aun­ties, Dress for Suc­cess, or a Red Cross store. Not only will you get some warm fuzzies from know­ing you’re do­nat­ing to a good cause, but you have the sat­is­fac­tion of ge ing a way­ward wardrobe un­der con­trol, and just think of what you could do with the ex­tra space…

4 Foster a four-legged friend Like the idea of help­ing out an an­i­mal in need, but not sure you can com­mit to pro­vid­ing a for­ever home for a furry friend? Then fos­ter­ing could be for you. An­i­mal char­i­ties are oen on the look­out for ex­tra help to house four-legged (or even feath­ered) cri ers, and whether it’s car­ing for a tiny puppy or show­ing some love to a ma­ture cat in need of TLC, or­gan­i­sa­tions can match you with a foster pet to suit your ex­pe­ri­ence, pref­er­ences, and the amount of time you have to give. Jump on­line to see which an­i­mal char­i­ties are near you.

5 Stroll for the soul We’re hard wired to love the great out­doors and many stud­ies have found be­ing in na­ture can help with every­thing from sharp­en­ing fo­cus to boost­ing cre­ativ­ity. Whether it’s hi ing the tracks in your home­town or tick­ing off one of the coun­try’s Great Walks, strolling can ben­e­fit both body and mind. But it’s not just about the big In­sta­gram-wor­thy views – live in the mo­ment by kick­ing off your shoes and feel­ing the grass un­der your feet or take in the shapes and pa erns of the nearby leaves.

6 Have a go at med­i­ta­tion It used to be called ‘new age’, but th­ese days, med­i­ta­tion is well known to ban­ish stress and boost hap­pi­ness. Celebri­ties like Oprah Win­frey, An­gelina Jolie and Hugh Jack­man swear by its calm­ing ben­e­fits, and you don’t need any fancy equip­ment to give it a go. Down­load­ing an app is the best way to get started and med­i­ta­tion pros say it only takes a few min­utes a day to see the mind-sooth­ing ef­fects.

7 Lend a lis­ten­ing ear Sadly, lone­li­ness is at epi­demic pro­por­tions, and it’s our el­derly that are most com­monly af­fected. There are many char­i­ties look­ing for peo­ple to make a short weekly visit to a lo­cal rest home or hospice, and other or­gan­i­sa­tions co­or­di­nate vol­un­teers to make a weekly phone call to an older per­son in need of a lis­ten­ing ear. Whether it’s look­ing at old photos, read­ing out loud or chaƒing about what’s in the day’s news­pa­per, even the small­est of ges­tures can re­ally brighten some­one’s day.

8 Make your­self a pri­or­ity We all know the im­por­tance of po­litely say­ing ‘no’ some­times when the di­ary is look­ing hec­tic, but puƒing it in to prac­tice is o„en a dif­fer­ent story. While it can be hard to turn down an in­vi­ta­tion if you’re wor­ried about dis­ap­point­ing some­one, run­ning your­self ragged tends to do more harm than good. Whether it’s siƒing qui­etly read­ing a book, do­ing cra„ or sweat­ing it out at an ex­er­cise class, reg­u­larly mak­ing time to re­fresh and recharge is never self­ish or in­dul­gent – it’s a ne­ces­sity.

9 Learn some stretches Don’t let those mem­o­ries of school PE class put you off, group fit­ness doesn’t have to mean com­pet­i­tive sports or high-in­ten­sity sweat ses­sions. A great way to boost body and mind is with some gen­tle stretch­ing; and a yin yoga or mat Pi­lates ses­sion can help coax those tight mus­cles back into shape. Class sizes are o„en small, and each move has a range of vari­a­tions to suit dif­fer­ent skill lev­els. Best of all, you’re sure to walk out of class feel­ing calm, re­freshed and happy. 10 Get a li le ex­tra peace of mind with Life Cover from AA Life It’s im­por­tant to have time to en­joy the liƒle things, that’s why they’ve made sign­ing up to AA Life so quick and straight­for­ward. Here, you won’t find any com­plex jar­gon or lengthy med­i­cal checks. Plus there’s the peace of mind from know­ing you’re backed by one of New Zealand’s most trusted brands (as voted by ‘Reader’s

Di­gest Most Trusted Brand’ sur­vey from 2013 to 2017).

At AA Life, it’s about geƒing rid of the worry, so you can fo­cus on what maƒers the most.

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