Author: Keerthana Urmise, 2nd year trainee Date: 31/07/2014 Take a minute to think about the people you know whom you consider to be really active and creative. Chances are they have had quite broad experiences in their lives and exposed themselves to a wide range of stimuli. A creative mind desires three mantras: new challenges, exercise and a healthy diet. At least once a week, challenge yourself to do something you wouldn’t normally do See a genre film that you would not normally gravitate to Attend a public lecture on a topic you know nothing about it Try cooking a meal you have never cooked before Randomly select a short course to attend Maintaining exercise and making habits stick Recruit social support: Find a partner who will support your effort to reduce or eliminate some undesirable habits. Record your activity: Write down how much time you spent exercising, or how far you walked. Use a pedometer. Make no excuses: If you’re tired, try walking for five minutes and see how you feel after that. Find a variety of activities you enjoy: Walk, cycle, swim, tennis, weights, yoga, gym classes, dance classes etc. Reward yourself: Decide on a monthly goal and when you get there, reward yourself appropriately. Enjoy your food Try to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, carbs and whole grains, and healthy fats. Eat with others whenever possible. Take time to chew your food and enjoy mealtimes. Listen to your body. Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. Habits generally develop when you schedule behaviours at specific times and on a regular basis which suits your lifestyle. Developing a habit- especially when it comes to replacing unhealthy behaviours with more desirable routines- is enhanced when the new habit attached to a value and linked to a specific time or place.