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Here are four tips to help you keep your mind healthy and to stay positive

Try to look at or listen to the world outside your window – beauty in nature is healing for the mind

:: Look for beauty: A great way to change your mindset and be more positive is to look at something beautiful, says David Brudo of personal development and mental wellbeing app Remente (remente.com). Springtime views, sounds or smells benefit mental wellbeing. Cherry blossom, birds singing, fresh-cut grass – pausing to appreciate such things for a short while will almost certainly lift your spirits.

:: Switch to a cold morning shower: Get into a cold shower – it will wake you up more than a cup of coffee, says Stephanie Reynolds of houseofwisdomstudio.com. Cold exposure requires willpower; it's a test of the mind and benefits your body, strengthening your immune system, keeping you focused, whilst also tightening your skin.

:: Twist and reset: A simple supine twist always works wonders to reset and feel revived, says yoga instructor Xenia Gregoriadis, (Instagram: @xenyoga). Twists are great neutralisers and bring the nervous system into a balanced state, she says. Lying on your back, bring your knees in towards your chest and rock gently side to side, then with your arms in a T shape, let your knees roll to your right for a few long, slow, deep breaths. Then, engaging your abdominal muscles to support your back, bring your knees back to centre and as you exhale, allow your knees to fall to the left.

:: Have a mindful spring-clean: Cleaning has been found to have positive effects on mental wellbeing by helping us gain a sense of control over our environment, while being absorbed in the activity can also help calm your mind, says Sarah Fozzard, at zoflora.co.uk. It also helps improve mood and provides us with a sense of satisfaction. Several studies have found clutter in our homes can have a negative impact, resulting in feelings of tension and uncertainty and over-stimulating the senses – so a good declutter can benefit home and mind.

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