‘There’s noth­ing that can’t be solved with a dance around the kitchen’

Sky News Sun­rise pre­sen­ter Sarah-jane Mee shares the ben­e­fits of get­ting en­dor­phins go­ing with a dance or a run around the park

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Only you can make your­self happy. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time wor­ry­ing about what peo­ple thought and let oth­ers dic­tate my hap­pi­ness. They would say some­thing to me and I would mull it over in my mind. It would re­ally af­fect my mood. Now I just take ev­ery­thing with a pinch of salt, think about it and park it. It’s not peo­ple dic­tat­ing to you. It’s how you feel. Danc­ing al­ways puts a smile on my face. I have a lit­tle pic­ture in my kitchen that says Dance It Out. What­ever kind of bad day I am hav­ing or bad mood I’m in, there is noth­ing that can’t be solved with a three-minute dance-it-out ses­sion in the kitchen. Mu­sic-wise, I like any­thing cheesy. Parks are my happy places. I’m up at 3am to start work at 6am, so I don’t have late nights dur­ing the week. I live near Hyde Park and spend many of my after­noons there af­ter I come off air. I run in­stead of go­ing to the gym – when I want to burn off some en­ergy af­ter work, I will go for a quick jog. It’s a good way to get rid of the adrenalin that has built up. Ev­ery year, I do the Royal Parks Half Marathon in Lon­don. It is a beau­ti­ful run. It’s so scenic and a very happy event. For some rea­son the sun al­ways shines on that day, so lots of peo­ple turn out. They say laugh­ter is the best medicine, and mak­ing friends and fam­ily laugh re­ally makes me happy – as does sim­ply spend­ing time with them. I run with one friend who had a baby last year and wanted to get back into fit­ness, and I sug­gested we run to­gether. It’s re­ally nice en­cour­ag­ing her, and I helped her train to do the Royal Parks Half Marathon with me.

Sarah-jane: ‘Parks are my happy place’

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