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Em­body­ing equa­nim­ity phys­i­cally, emo­tion­ally and men­tally will lead you to a path of well­ness and health in 2019, says Anne Heigham

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Yoga ex­pert Anne Heigham with ad­vice for a bet­ter you

Phys­i­cal well­ness

To be able to pros­per and ful­fil your dreams in 2019 it is es­sen­tial to be well-fu­elled. This means eat­ing reg­u­lar, nour­ish­ing, well-cooked meals, ide­ally us­ing sea­sonal lo­cally-pro­duced foods.

Try to avoid snack­ing and build a real ap­petite for your meals. Mod­er­a­tion is key and helps pro­mote bal­ance and avoids yo-yo be­hav­iour. Keep your­self well hy­drated and min­imise cof­fee, black tea and al­co­hol in­take.

In ad­di­tion to a well-bal­anced diet, after get­ting up in the morn­ing bal­ance your body ev­ery day by do­ing a short rou­tine (which can take just five min­utes). This could be some yoga pos­tures, your own stretches, in­clud­ing the plank; any­thing to stretch and tone gen­tly.

Then two or three times per week en­gage in an ex­er­cise ac­tiv­ity that you re­ally en­joy. For ex­am­ple, danc­ing to your favourite mu­sic in your liv­ing room or fol­low­ing a lo­cal swim fit pro­gramme. The key to suc­cess is do­ing some­thing you love.

Men­tal well­ness

Ded­i­cat­ing even just three min­utes a day to prac­tice a short med­i­ta­tion or mind­ful­ness ex­er­cise can start a cas­cade of men­tal health im­prove­ments. Hunt out great apps such as Headspace or dive into one of the many yoga/med­i­ta­tion/ mind­ful­ness classes avail­able in Nor­folk.

Rhythm and reg­u­lar­ity is im­por­tant here, so cul­ti­vat­ing a daily prac­tice, even if it is only for a few min­utes, is key and can be added onto your morn­ing stretch.

Emo­tional well­ness

Nor­folk has many op­por­tu­ni­ties to build emo­tional well­ness. Work­ing with the five senses is a great way to start. Whether that means the Ja­panese way of Shin­rin-yoku, also known as for­est bathing, in Thet­ford or a full-on sen­sory on­slaught on a windswept beach, try to reg­u­larly take ad­van­tage of the lo­cal beauty.

The power of this is even fur­ther en­hanced when you are ac­com­pa­nied by a great friend or com­pan­ion who lifts your spir­its, and fol­lowed by a warm­ing cuppa. Above all, try to make you the pri­or­ity and only then will you be in a po­si­tion to con­trib­ute ef­fec­tively and pos­i­tively to those around you.

NAnne Heigham is an Ayurvedic prac­ti­tioner and yoga teacher prac­tis­ing in Nor­wich eatand­breathe.com [email protected]­breathe.com 0773 4051620 @an­neheigham

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