Woman & Home (South Africa) - - The Life Edit -

Af­ter the in­ten­sity and ex­pec­ta­tions of the build-up to the big day, many of us su…er from a post-christ­mas slump. In­stead of head­ing straight to the sales on the 26th, try do­ing some­thing for oth­ers. Giv­ing feels good. Re­search shows that if you give time – as op­posed to money – you feel bet­ter about your­self. Visit older neigh­bours or rel­a­tives, or vol­un­teer for a char­ity. And keep a grat­i­tude check­list – it may be a bit of a cliché, but count­ing your bless­ings is a guar­an­teed way to keep your mood buoy­ant. STRESS BUSTER For­get newyear crash di­ets and ex­pen­sive gym mem­ber­ships – in­stead, try to in­cor­po­rate giv­ing back into your daily or weekly ex­er­cise rou­tines. For in­stance, you could visit an iso­lated older per­son as part of your weekly run, which in turn could make a huge di‡er­ence to their life.

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