CHAPTER 12

How to eat (and drink) yourself to calmness

It’s amazing how much of a difference we can make to our well-being just by getting the basics right.

Never underestimate the psychological power of eating properly, getting enough good-quality sleep and taking regular exercise. By looking after your body, you’ll also be looking after your mind.

Take the results of a fascinating research project carried out in London recently. Over a two-year period, psychologists tracked the mental health of more than 10,000 people living in some of the most deprived areas of the city. Two findings stood out.

The first was that the individuals who increased their level of physical exercise felt happier – which is why we recommend exercise as a strategy ...

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