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Now that you’re all packed and ready to go, don’t lose track of some wellbeing fundamentals to reflect the radiance you have worked all year to embody. Lisa Durante tells you how.

Take Time For Restful Sleep

Restful sleep in a dark environment is essential for vitality. Melatonin production (that controls sleep quality) only occurs when it’s dark, so if your curtains don’t cut it, use eye shades. Electronic devices also emit disruptive waves, so don’t keep them near your bed.

It’s not a question of hours but quality. When I’m well-rested, I approach stressful situations more calmly. During the times when I neglect to sleep well, I feel that my inner balance weakens. I’ve been told that this is when the immune system is compromised, contributing to weight gain and depression, and speeding up the ageing process. – Jonathan

Engage In Daily Exercise

Try a variety of classes and activities and aim to exercise four hours per week. Don’t allow social activities to derail you from keeping fit. Adopt deep breathing and stretching at the end of every session to avoid strains and to increase full-body relaxation.

Even if time is scarce, I turn to 10-minute interval training blasts that I find on YouTube. Research indicates that interspersing gentle movement with segments of “oh my goodness I can’t go any faster” stints really kick starts the metabolism and gets you fitter, faster. – Belinda

Develop Strong Relationships

Scientists have now proven that a good social support network has numerous physical and mental health benefits. It can keep you from feeling lonely, which can weaken immunity.

My wife is the one who usually keeps the social and family networks going. However, when I am alone over the summer whilst she goes back home with the children, I make an effort to keep busy after work. I exercise, see colleagues and have even gone to the cinema alone. This makes me feel less of a coach potato and I enjoy the distraction from the loneliness of being without the family. – Prasad

Get A Hobby

Summer is the ultimate time to pick up a hobby. Whether it’s gardening or scrapbooking, there’s a hobby out there for every personality, and they say that people with active hobbies live longer.

Last summer was scuba diving and the year before that was parasailing. I am a new activities’ junkie and with two teenage boys to keep busy, it’s a great way to keep them occupied and out of trouble too. – Simon

Write Your Anxiety Away

Journaling is a great way to give space to our rich inner world. It also tackles stress and through introspection, we figure out ways to deal with personal challenges.

I am a list addict. It’s not quite journaling but I love the sense of inner order and clarity that comes from writing TO DO lists and the sense of inner fulfillment that derives from ticking them off when tasks are done. Some people use their smart phones for this, but
I prefer my diary. If it’s not in my handbag for some reason, I go completely bananas. – Aisha

Avoid Sugar

Sugar hides in almost everything that comes in a package, and
if it doesn’t contain sugar, it most likely contains additives and sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-k and so on. The best way to avoid sugar is to eat a natural diet consisting of organic meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and berries.

When I go on holiday, the family diet always improves. I have more time to cook and we enjoy choosing fresh produce from our local farmer’s market. Try going without processed foods for even a week and you will definitely notice a difference. I have… – Angelique

Drink More Water

The body uses about 10–12 cups of water a day, through such things as breathing, digestion, elimination and perspiration. So, we must replenish it daily or our bodies will become dehydrated.

I take a shot of water with a slice of cucumber and a dash of lemon from a bottle I keep in my bag. I also keep a glass of water by
the kitchen sink and sip from it every time I visit the kitchen. My complexion has really improved and I feel it’s because of this simple practice since nothing else has changed in my routine. – Hiba

What Do The Glitterati Do?

It’s important to set boundaries, but don’t deny yourself.
 I try to have no absolute nos. I love French fries, I like a good burger, and I like pie. And that’s okay. I would be depressed if I felt I could never eat the things that I love. – Michelle Obama

Although Julia Roberts isn’t a big fan of working out, she admits the benefits far outweigh the physical discomfort.

I don’t love exercise, but I do love how I feel afterwards. Accomplishment, clarity, energy, strength, joy … these are all things I give myself through working out, and I can feel it in everything I do.- Julia Roberts

Jennifer Aniston keeps fit through yoga and running…

This combo completely changed my life.

To stay grounded, gorgeous Eva Mendes believes mediation does the trick.

It really helps create not only a sense of balance, but serenity, and kind of a calm state of mind. It helps me deal with life’s ups and downs.

I sleep. When I’m working really hard, I don’t party. I don’t go to the bar after work. I don’t go out to restaurants. I just go to bed. If I’m on a lm, I even try to catch some sleep in my trailer at lunchtime. I really try to sleep as much as possible. It’s very important and, as you get older, it becomes more so.

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Lisa is an Anglo-Italian writer, editor and New Media entrepreneur who founded the global business network and publishing company, (GVPedia.com) in 2004. Previously she worked as a development writer for the Bay of Bengal Project, a UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) project based in Chennai, India. After moving to the Middle East in 2001, Lisa was editor of several consumer magazines in the region such as Aquarius, Jumeirah Beach Magazine and Property World Middle East. She was the editor-in-chief of NewYou, the region’s premier monthly publication dedicated to Integrative Health, Medical Aesthetics, Holistic Healing and optimal longevity and is now heading wellnessworld.blog. a portal dedicated to similar topics. Lisa has spent over 20 years living in emerging economies and has published over 30 books within the ‘Best of...’ annual series of publications across five continents.