Small habits… BIG dif­fer­ence to your day

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR LIFE -

FIRST THING MED­I­TATE A calm brain is the ul­ti­mate con­fi­dence tool. Med­i­ta­tion can re­wire your brain. Your fear cen­tre can lit­er­ally shrink, and you in­crease your abil­ity to con­trol your emo­tions. AF­TER LUNCH ADOPT A POWER PO­SI­TION Stud­ies re­veal that sit­ting up straight gives you a short­term con­fi­dence boost. Also, try nod­ding. You’ll feel more con­fi­dent as you talk when you do. BE­FORE BED BE GRATE­FUL Grat­i­tude is key to an op­ti­mistic mind-set. Be thank­ful for tiny things – no­tice them in­stead of just for­get­ting all about them. It’ll help trans­form your mood. AND EVERY DAY SLEEP, MOVE, SHARE A lack of sleep and ex­er­cise leads to an ex­tremely anx­ious brain. Mean­while, be­ing close to friends boosts oxy­tocin lev­els (one of our feel-happy chem­i­cals), so make time to chat.

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