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How to set realistic New Year Resolutions and Intentions

Happy New Year 2019

Christmas is a wonderful time of joy and when the new year comes we feel so good and empowered that we make New Year Resolutions but when we get back to the normal day to day of life we often fall short of our goals because we set the bar too high.

Making new year resolutions or goals can be a good thing to do but we have to be realistic. You could make a resolution in stages. The end goal might be to meditate every day but a more realistic ‘1st step’ approach could be to meditate once a month for 15 minutes. After 3 months you could increase to once a week and eventually daily. But if you don’t achieve meditation once a month the disappointment is far less than not achieving mediation every day. Think of it like breaking down your resolution into easy to manage steps. Continue reading How to set realistic New Year Resolutions and Intentions

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Is laughter really the best medicine?

The benefit of laughter on our wellbeing has been referenced throughout history from biblical times to today.

In 1964 Norman Cousins, an American political journalist, author, professor and world peace advocate, was given 6 months to live. He was diagnosed suddenly with life-threatening ankylosing spondylitis, a painful, degenerative disease of the spine. Cousins, who was in constant agony and quickly succumbing to paralysis, checked himself out of the hospital, which in his view “was no place for sick people” and into a hotel where under the supervision of a doctor, he began taking mega doses of Vitamin C punctuated by a regimen of intense belly laughter. Continue reading Is laughter really the best medicine?

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Free radicals vs antioxidants.

What is a free radical (pro-oxidant)?Antioxidant

Basically, it’s an atom (or molecule) with a missing (unpaired) electron. Because of the missing electron it acts like a thief searching for the nearest atom in order to steal an electron from it, which in turn makes that atom a free radical. If this continues unchecked, our bodies become flooded with free radicals, causing cell damage, which can in turn lead to illness and disease like arthritis (degenerative and inflammatory), cancer, vision loss, Alzheimer’s and so on. Continue reading Free radicals vs antioxidants.

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The Immune System…

…our personal bodyguard!

The immune system is responsible for keeping us alive and healthy. When it is at its best we feel on top of the world. But as we all know, it sometimes operates less effectively and we can become prone to illness. Poor diet, lack of exercise and stress are some of the main causes of a low immune system and it is during this time that outside invaders like bacteria and viruses can get a stronghold in our bodies – and we find ourselves getting ill. Continue reading The Immune System…

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Superfoods

Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food!Food

Not so long ago, health problems such as heart disease, obesity, cancer and dementia were uncommon. For example, in 1900 breast cancer was almost unheard of. In 1949 it was found in 58 out of 100,000 women. Today it’s 1 in 3.

Much has been written about how our environment and lifestyle can affect our health. Pollution, smoking and processed foods are bad for us and this is a scientific fact. Whilst we can give up smoking, pollution is a little harder to avoid and processed foods can be just as hard to avoid because of the convenience they offer us. But this convenience has a price – an increased risk of developing health problems. Continue reading Superfoods

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Natural Hay Fever Remedies

SunflowersMost of us really enjoy the beautiful sunny weather when it visits the UK, but for some hay fever sufferers it brings a lot of discomfort and misery. Runny or blocked nose, constant sneezing, itchy, sore eyes, headaches and restless nights are just a few symptoms that sufferers experience. Over the counter remedies can cost a lot and are not always effective so here are a few natural remedies that are easy to find and won’t hit the pocket too much. Continue reading Natural Hay Fever Remedies

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Remembering Grief

Grief - closed curtainsWhy are the curtains closed?

My personal journey of grief…

I have just woken up. I go downstairs to get my breakfast. As I get to the bottom of the stairs I notice that the curtains are closed. I wonder why. Did my parents forget?

As I enter the living room I see mum sat on the sofa leaning forward with her head resting in both her hands. I think she is crying. Dad is stood next to her, his hand resting gently on her shoulder. I think they’ve had an argument. Continue reading Remembering Grief

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Face Yoga – smile your way to youthful rejuvenation!

Exercise and a balanced diet are an important part of everyday life for a fit and healthy body. Danielle CollinsFor a youthful looking face it is usually surgery, facial injections, countless creams and moisturisers or accepting our age and the related wrinkles that go with it. That is until now.

Danielle Collins is an experienced authority on yoga, pilates, wellbeing and nutrition. After one of the classes she was teaching, a client said to her ‘I wish you could do the same for my face’. She then spent many years putting together current research and traditional techniques on facial health and The Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method was born. Continue reading Face Yoga – smile your way to youthful rejuvenation!