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Healthy mind MOT for 2017!

NHS Solihull Clinical Commission Group are beating the January blues with a mind MOT this 2017. After all, what better New Year’s resolution could there be than to enjoy a positive and healthy outlook on life?

There are lots of ways to beat the dreaded January blues, including improving your eating habits, introducing a new fitness regime and incorporating Mindful techniques into your daily routine.

By focusing on these areas, and spending time with loved ones your whole outlook could shift - and could positively affect your home, social and work life.

Better mental health charity, Mind, are encouraging people to join in R.E.D. January (Run Every Day). There are no rules. The aim is to move your body every day. It could be anything from 5 minutes a day to 5 or 10k and beyond - it's entirely up to you. Visit their website for more details. www.mind.org.uk

You could also visit BBC Good Food website for tasty mood-boosting recipes. It may even inspire you to come up with a few of your own to share with friends and family!

Dr Anand Chitnis, Chair at NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“There are many ways to improve your mood and introduce positive behavioural changes this January. Simple things like getting as much daylight as possible, taking a brisk walk and eating well can all help. If your low mood is severe and lasts more than a few weeks, I would advise speaking to your GP.

“It is particularly important that people who are alone find time to build and renew friendships.  Loneliness is bad for our health.  Make a resolution to meet up with family and friends.”