1. Go for a walk When you’re aware you’re having negative thoughts, regrets about the past or worries for the future, interrupt them. It can simply be a matter of getting up, leaving whatever is causing the negative thoughts, and walking around.
2. Don’t obsess about yourself Don’t follow the trend to “let it all hang out” and go on about yourself all the time.
3. Adopt a stiff upper lip A good, old-fashioned stiff upper lip has its benefits. My grandfather was a prisoner during the war on the River Kwai. He never, ever talked about the experience, and I think there was a certain wisdom in that.
4. Literally count your blessings Every night, write down three things that have gone well in your day. It will make you feel happier.
5. Write a thank you letter Write to someone who’s made a big difference to you — especially if you’ve never told them so. Write it down, then read the letter to them.
6. Don’t think everyone is out to get you If you see someone in the street and they appear to ignore your friendly wave, it’s probably not because they hate you. They probably just didn’t see you. Shout over to them and say, “Hi.” Go the further inch.
SIX STEPS TO SLIMMING
1. Don’t eat 8pm—8am Try stretching periods when you don’t eat. Even one day of fasting every two months is thought to have potential long-term health benefits.
2. Cut protein Reducing protein has been linked to increased longevity. You probably eat more than you think: the Government recommends 55 grams a day for adults between 19 and 50, but the average Brit scoffs 85 grams.
3. Drink more Fill up on fluids, in particular water and green tea — a good thing generally, and particularly when fasting. Green tea is full of antioxidants, which help to fight the nasty free radicals that are one of the principal causes of ageing.
4. Eat colourfully Follow as rich and varied a diet as possible: invoke the rainbow principle, and eat as many varied colours of food as possible.
5. Stop snacks Small gestures in the direction of fasting are also thought to have benefits.
6. Stick at it It’s tough, but it does get easier. If you distract yourself, the hunger pangs do disappear.
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