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We can all relate in some way, to being in a relationship that doesn’t serve us. That can be not just with a partner or spouse but can be with a relative, friend, your boss, or co-worker. From a positive psychology perspective, having good, strong ‘positive’ relationships in our lives impacts of our levels of happiness and ultimately quality of life.

Ok, so it’s not easy. When a relationship ends, even if you were the person ending the relationship, it can suck! And when you are in that immediate post-relationship headspace, it can feel like one of the most painful experiences you have ever had to face. But, might it be possible that there are some helpful life lessons

Many of us (especially us ladies, let’s be honest), are on the lookout for our fairy-tale ending in a relationship. We are convinced it’s possible because we have watched our fair share of romantic movies, read the novels and even, dare I say it, compared our relationship to others that have seemingly ‘perfect’ relationships.

But you see, herein lies the problem.

Our immune system and mental health are two aspects of our lives that we need to look after,
and this certainly became even more evident during the pandemic. Most of us can tend to feel
low and despondent when our health isn’t in tip-top shape. And even worse, certain infections
have been known to trigger mental health issues including severe depression.

There is enough research that has taken place, and certainly more recently during the pandemic, which suggests that the act of cooking not only makes us healthier, but it has a significant impact on our mental health too. From a positive psychology perspective, when we participate in an activity like cooking, it can have a positive impact on us in several ways.

Your brain and gut (often referred to as the ‘second brain’), are linked. Numerous studies in this area evidence that a whopping 70% of your immune system is found in your gut. And even more surprising is that over 90% of that awesome happy chemical I often talk about, serotonin, which plays a huge part in your mood, is produced in your gut.

Being unable to stick to a regular routine, is a common stumbling block for many people trying to create an exercise regime. Finding motivation can be a real challenge. And we’ve all been there. Every January, many of us set out a clear intention to keep fit. We do all the right things in an attempt to set ourselves up for success.

Positive psychology is still considered a relatively new form of psychology, compared to traditional psychology which is centuries old. There is plenty of evidence, however, which confirms that adopting positive psychological practices, leads to better mental health.

Simple answer, YES! Have you ever noticed how you get a massive buzz or feeling of euphoria when you have done some intense form of exercise? It can be anything from a long run or a 20-mile bike ride. You feel great and have an increased level of energy too.

Start a new relationship with yourself today.

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