With so much information on mental health, mindfulness and self-care out there, it can sometimes to be hard to know where to start. Many people find benefits in practising mindfulness and meditation, but if you are just beginning, you might find it slightly daunting. We have made for you this handy infographic, which states some of the easiest ways in which you can help yourself feel a little happier.

An infographic on ways to take better care of yourself

• Waterlogic has studied the science behind hydration and in their recent article, Hydration Facts show the importance of it for our bodies; many of these effects are felt in our physical and mental wellbeing.

• Many people observe the benefits of a healthy diet. Increased energy and better levels of concentration are just some of the benefits reported by individuals.

• To find out more about how nature can benefit your wellbeing, read through one of our journal pieces on Easy Ways to Connect With Nature.

• Endorphins are hormones that are released by our brains and central nervous system. Amongst other things, endorphins are released through exercise, laughing, cuddling and eating our favourite foods.

• An interview in The Guardian with dance psychologist Dr Lovatt, talks of studies that involve measuring the mood levels of participants before and after dancing. The study showed that after just five minutes, the dancers reported a boost in happiness.

• The Mental Health Foundation charity explains the commonly observed correlation between quality of sleep and mental health. This piece suggests that sufferers of mental health disorders experience trouble sleeping, and in contrast, people who have poor sleep may experience sunken moods during the period of tiredness.

If you would like to improve your self-care routine further or take your learning to a new height, our yoga and meditation retreats are the perfect way to take some time to look after yourself. Whether you are new to the concept or are a happily practising yogi, our holidays are designed to put you at peace and ease.

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