‘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
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’