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A mental fitness work-out

Try these expert tips and thought exercises to help reduce anxiety, bolster mental wellbeing, and better your understanding of yourself and your relationships

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Have a simple holisic plan

There are five simple ways to give back to your body and mind. Exercise every day even if only for a short amount of time, take regular breaks from technology and screens, spend some time alone in silence to process your thoughts and allow your mind to settle, connect and engage with loved ones to feel supported and forge togetherness, and engage in a non-digital “flow” activity such as colouring or painting. Try this mindfulness colouring pattern from our spa relaxation rooms.
Jeremy McCarthy, Director of Spa at Mandarin Oriental

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Build a mental support group

Conjuring up internal supportive figures helps us feel stronger in the moment. You can choose a figure from your past, a character in a book (one client of mine used Gandalf), or a supportive person you have encountered, such as a teacher, family member, or friend. When you feel you need some support, imagine what they would say in that moment. How would they build you up and help you feel better able to cope?
Tamsin Embleton, Psychotherapist

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Embrace stillness

It's really important to be aware of your body and how it's feeling. Many of us don't get time in our busy day-to-day lives to just be still, and stillness is a key tool for bringing awareness to the body and mind. I recommend a short stillness meditation practice first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Follow this simple meditation practice video.
Andrea Lomas-Gong, Head of Group Spa Operations at Mandarin Oriental

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Get a restful night

A sound night’s sleep is crucial for our health, wellbeing and happiness. But sometimes we all need help switching off at night, and one way to do this is to turn off from tech. Our devices emit blue light, which disrupts melatonin production, signalling that your brain should stay awake. Set an alarm an hour before bed, then start turning off all your devices, putting your phone on Airplane mode if you’re listening to a sleep meditation.
Natasha Kerry, Yoga Teacher and Sleep Expert for Grokker

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Bring joy to mind

When we have space away from our usual responsibilities, it’s a good opportunity to slow down and meditate. Don’t do too much. Remember to take time to relax and turn your attention to what brings you genuine joy and wellbeing, it'll help you to re-energise.
Mark Coleman, Mindfulness Teacher for Grokker

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Six simple ways to improve your sleep

Dreaming of a peaceful night’s sleep? Yoga expert Natasha Kerry shares her top tips, from soothing oils to smart tech filters