Five free activities that are good for our wellbeing

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Joining clubs and fitness classes are great for our souls but they can also cost a few bob which we don’t always have. But there are plenty of pleasant activities we can do in our spare time that are both good for our wellbeing and spirit, and will help make a healthier and happier version of ourselves in the long run.

Read: Whether you’re skimming an inspirational memoir or whizzing through a brilliant novel, reading is a great form of mindfulness and you an learn a lot about yourself to. It’s good for your mind, it encourages you to see things from another perspective and it’s relaxing too.

Have a real conversation with someone: Meeting friends for coffee or just picking up the phone to talk to someone you love can be really good for you. But next time you do it, try having a real conversation – not one that you just need to have to gain information of some kind. Ask them about their passions, their dreams, their fears and their failures. Listen and then tell your own. Sometimes these conversations can be really motivating and honest and are great for moving forward in a positive way.

Meditate: Meditation is essentially the practice of staying still for a few moments of silence, but its benefits are meant to be pretty impressive. It’s said that by starting each day with a 15-minute meditation session could be just the ticket to a healthier and happier you. It can be difficult to stay focused in the beginning, which is why so many of us give up, but eventually with practice it will become more natural and it will help reduce your stress in the long run.

Write your to-do list: Take two minutes every morning to write down everything that needs to get done that day – it will save you a lot of time and worry later on. Once you’ve outlined all the work that should be completed, then prioritise it.

Declutter: If you have some free time, make the productive decision to simplify your life by decluttering. Start by donating or giving away anything you haven’t used in the last six months. Find a place for all that you keep, and vow to start shopping within your limits, with regard for your wants versus your needs.