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Looking after your mind – top tips from an expert

Taking care of ourselves is important. From a young age, we’re taught that we should try our best to keep ourselves healthy - we’re taught what foods are good for us, to drink plenty of water and that exercise is key to staying fit and healthy. However, we’re not always fully informed about how to maintain our mental health. Sometimes a small escape from the daily routine is what we need (after all, it has been proven that people are at their happiest on holiday) but sometimes we just need a push in the right direction to keep that happiness level up all year round. Here at On the Beach, we’ve teamed up with renowned Cognitive Therapist and Personal Development Coach, Siân Quipp, to give you a little advice on how to keep ourselves mentally in tip-top shape.

With over eight years of experience at her Manchester-based practice, she is passionate and driven to help others - working with a number of clients on a range of issues such as anxiety, confidence, stress and sleep.

Find out more about Siân here - www.sianquipp.com

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Over 80% of Brits plan to make new year’s resolutions, with the top five resolutions based around losing weight (39.3%), getting fit (32%), spending more time with family (24.3%), taking more holidays (23.9%) and learning a new skill or hobby.

We asked Siân how we can put a positive spin on the British public’s top five new year’s resolutions and make them more achievable. Here's what she had to say:

My first New Year's resolution is to lose weight

"We sometimes find ourselves saying ‘I’ll be happy when…’ But this is a counter-productive way of thinking that I see time and again in weight-loss clients. Instead of focusing on just your ‘target weight’, try really to define what it is you’re aiming to feel when you succeed. Once we’re less attached to what the scales say and more attracted to how we want to feel, it’s easier and clearer to make the lifestyle changes necessary to feel better and we’re more likely to achieve our goal.

Action: Stop letting a number dictate your self-esteem. See the bigger picture of how you want to feel and let go of the ideal weight."

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My second resolution is to get fit

"People often find new boosts of willpower for this goal in the early stages, only for this willpower to run out before the end of January. You might think the biggest challenge is making time to fit in exercise as work and other commitments kick in, but actually it’s the ‘all or nothing’ mindset that you might have used to get going in the first place. Remember: anything more than nothing is something. Small consistent changes lead to big results.

Action: What’s one thing you could change this week to move you towards your fitness goal?"

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Spending more time with my family is another resolution

"Sometimes we can be so focussed on our professional goals that work takes up the majority of our time and mental energy, leaving us feeling depleted and stressed when we’re with our families. If your goal is to spend more quality time with your loved ones, then look at how you can help yourself, by letting go of the things that previously stopped that. It could be a range of things - from changing your habit of overworking to spending less time mindlessly on your phone.

Action: Arrange some uninterrupted time with your loved ones. Turn off your phone and email and enjoy being in the moment together."

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This year I'd love to go on more holidays abroad

"When I ask clients when they were most relaxed they usually say when on holiday. We can think that the beautiful destination is the thing that relaxes us - and that certainly helps - but it’s more about being away from the stresses and strains of the everyday pressures that we put on ourselves. When we’re away we rest more, savour our experiences and pay more attention to our senses - of what we see, hear, taste, smell and feel.

Action: Plan your trip to the place where you feel happiest. What new experiences can you say yes to in 2020?"

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My last New Year's resolution is to learn a new skill or hobby

"Hobbies have so many benefits - they can reduce our stress by helping us to be in the moment, are good for our mental health and can bring new social connections - all of which can boost our confidence.

What would you try if you were a bit more confident - and didn’t worry about failing? A dance class, a craft, baking? Have a think and you might surprise yourself!

Action: Identify what you’d like and get started. Enjoy the process, mistakes are part of learning."

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Our top tips and tricks to a healthy mind

So, you’ve heard from the expert and you’ve heard from the public, now it’s our turn! We’ve put our heads together and come up with some of our own helpful little nuggets of information to ensure 2020 is your best year yet! From bite-size daily dollops of happy to tips and tricks to keep you smiling all year round, we’ve put together our top 10 handy hints to cheer you up this Blue Monday and beyond. How to feel good about yourself in 2019 is our guide to skipping the New Year, new me guilt and New Year’s resolutions to keep you smiling focuses on doing the things that keep you happy all year-round.

Sensible social media

Responsible Social Media

As you might be aware, social media has a substantial impact on our modern lives. These platforms allow for people’s opinions, goals and personal lives to be accessed by the world, which can be used for so much good but also can have negative effects. Being surrounded by images of beautiful and rich people (most of which are posed and edited) can affect our mental health in a way that makes us feel bad about ourselves. In Responsible social media and taking a break from it, we explore the ways you can be more responsible with social media, and what fantastic things you can do with your time whilst taking a break from it.

For top-tips, inspiration and a general good dollop of happy check out our top three feel-good Instagram accounts. Positive vibes only here!

Keeping calm – the 5-4-3-2-1 method

We know that sometimes in life our minds can go a little too fast or there’s just one too many thoughts in there. In these times, we have a tendency to begin to panic and when this happens, it’s the last thing we want. According to Professor Kinderman, this is when the 5-4-3-2-1 method comes in, a type of meditation used for ‘grounding’ and bringing you back to the present moment by using your senses. To do this, you take a minute to take a look around and think of 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can feel, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste. By doing this, you are concentrating on your surroundings and diverting your attention from what is making you feel panicked, resulting in a calmer mind. It can also be used multiple times too if needed. Give it a try with the steps below!

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