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When you’re not strong…

If you feel battered and bruised from a tough or tiring few months, how can you best use the slowness of summer to recuperate? Anita Chaudhuri investigates how to regain your strength and come back fighting…

For months I h ad been fantasising about my annual creative retreat to Paris. What I was going to wear, who I was going to see and, most importantly, what I was going to eat. Once I was actually on holiday though, I discovered that I couldn’t switch off. I’d spent much of the year tuned to rolling news channels, so hyper-alert and frazzled that I’d forgotten how to empty my mind. Worse still, I wasn’t even sure that I wanted to.

It’s a feeling that will doubtless sound familiar to many. We want to take time out to recover our strength and optimism. If we have been through some life challenges, it’s a chance to take a step back and reflect. Yet, once we actually arrive at our holiday destination, we discover that hitting the reset button isn’t as simple as we imagined.

In search of advice, I turn to Liggy Webb, behavioural consultant, author of Resilience: How To Cope When Everything Around You Keeps Changing (John Wiley & Sons, £10.99) and one of the experts consulted in our upcoming Psychologies book Real Strength (John Wiley & Sons, £9.99). ‘Real strength is about self-belief. It’s about having that appreciation that we are such incredible human beings, acknowledging that we choose how we respond, no matter what’s happening. It’s about empowering yourself to produce intelligent responses, rather than relying on what you have always done. It’s about having the confidence to believe that you can get through stuff.’

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If you're feeling depleted, out of sorts and ready for a holiday, then this issue is for you. Our 18-page dossier on how to renew your strength shares scientifically proven ways to fill up your tank and keep it full. If you’re hitting the beach but want to revolutionise the way you see yourself, turn to page 46 and learn about the new mindset to adopt to finally find peace with your body. This month, we invite you to train your brain to think differently but we also invite you to sing, dance and play. Why? Because it’s not only good for your soul, it’s good for your health. Learn how the arts can help you live a long, happy life. Here’s to a long, happy summer!
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