Tag: fitness

Sleep solutions: four easy to action tips

Sleep solutions: four easy to action tips

Getting quality slumber is key to our wellbeing – look forward to a sound night’s sleep with our advice. If you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep, especially in these unsettling times, you are not alone. A survey by the National Sleep Foundation […]

Improve gut to brain communication for better health

Improve gut to brain communication for better health

Medical advances reliably suggest that our gut can play a big role in influencing how and what we feel. The ancient Greek ‘father of medicine’ Hippocrates said “all disease begins in the gut” and, over 2000 years later, research is beginning to evidence his hypothesis. […]

What are ‘happy hormones’ and how do we use them for wellbeing?

What are ‘happy hormones’ and how do we use them for wellbeing?

Our genes play a large role in our day to day levels of happiness, and lifestyle factors also greatly affect our sense of wellbeing.

The good news is that even if you are predisposed to a downbeat temperament, there are simple steps you can take to boost your happiness hormones and experience a brighter side of life. Here are five of the main hormones and their chemical messengers and ways to boost them.

Read the whole article at EtreVous.com

Aesthetic medicine and the menopause – what’s best?

Aesthetic medicine and the menopause – what’s best?

This year, high profile women such as Davina McCall and beauty entrepreneur Liz Earle have lent their faces to campaigns aimed at encouraging more open conversation about the menopause. EV Expert Deborah Forsythe feels the aesthetic industry plays an important role in taking the conversation […]

Best YouTube Channels for Holistic Health

Best YouTube Channels for Holistic Health

Time or cash poor doesn’t mean you have to neglect self-care, thanks to the array of marvellous resources on YouTube. Yes, it can be a maze and, yes, for every video gem you run the risk of stumbling across a turd. But, whatever your wellbeing […]

7 STEPS TO SELF CARE

7 STEPS TO SELF CARE

Three years ago the term ‘self care’ was alien to me. It sounded like hospital euphemism for politely sending your patients home to die.

Giving yourself a break just wasn’t the done thing in my circles, particularly in the workplace. Stress knocked at the door constantly but I resolutely refused to answer. So – in an environment where crying seemed weak and admitting to stress was more a badge of honour than an explanation accompanying a sick note – stress found its escape routes in the form of unshakable colds, irritability, sleeplessness and an impromptu breakdown in the dairy isle of Sainsbury’s (I still day-dream about going back to explain that their lack of pineapple cottage cheese really wasn’t that much of a biggie).

Back then I would have confused ‘self-care’ with the sort of dogma you hear on American TV shows that tell you to ‘look out for number one’. It would have seemed somehow selfish. And that’s certainly one thing women are not supposed to be.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve discovered that in reality looking after yourself is far from a selfish act. It’s not about spa days, big holidays or pulling a sickie from work – although there is definitely a role for all of these things. It’s about slowing down, listening to what your body is telling you and trusting it to steer you right. It might sound easy, but, when your default reaction is to shut out your body’s cries for attention, believe me it can be a challenge.

Meeting my needs – and in fact taking some time out to actually explore what they were – has helped me to be a better friend, partner, sister, daughter, colleague, student, Sainsbury’s-shopper… you get the picture. So it’s a pleasure and a mini victory to be able to share with you some of my self care saviours.

What this isn’t is a definitive ‘top ten’ list that everyone should follow. Everybody finds solace in different things. If meditation feels more like a ‘should’ than a joy, that’s okay. You don’t have to (and can’t) win at relaxing! These are just a few things that work for me. What works for you will be different, and I’d encourage you to take some time this week to create your own go-to self care practice.

Let us know what you think and share what works for you in the blog comments underneath.

  1. Practising Yoga – Fast paced, or slow and meditative depending on my mood. Yoga challenges me, brings focus and calm, and helps my mind to make better friends with my body.
  2. Getting a massage – There’s a reason massage is often referred to as physical therapy. For me, it’s a way to express care for my whole self. It helps me to be mindful of aches and pains, and being given the space to say nothing for an hour is utter heaven.
  3. Going for a walk – Being outside, especially in nature, blows the cobwebs away and helps me to get the day’s challenges in perspective.
  4. Talking to friends and family – Talking to someone who knows me warts and all, whether it’s to have a laugh, vent or cry, never fails to comfort me and lift my spirits.
  5. Trash TV – New Girl, Great British Bake Off, The Good Wife, Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Okay, I may have said too much already…
  6. Reading fiction – Now that I’ve gone back to study to retrain as a counsellor I sometimes find myself feeling guilty if I pick up a book that isn’t on the reading list, but reading for pleasure is something that both relaxes and renews me so is well worth making time for.
  7. Jogging – Slowly, badly and listening to 90s dance music.

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Which Yoga Mat Is Right For You?

Which Yoga Mat Is Right For You?

Reviewebee has kindly put together for us this super helpful infographic to help you figure out what you need from your yoga mat. They have also done all the hard work so we don’t have to and come up with this top ten list of the […]

FOUR STEPS TO ALL-ROUND HEALTH AND WELLBEING

FOUR STEPS TO ALL-ROUND HEALTH AND WELLBEING

This article was written by our guest blogger, Alycia Gordan, a freelance writer loves to read and write articles related to health and lifestyle and sometime on health-tech as well. Alycia is a contributor at BookYogaRetreats.com. If you would like to submit a guest blog to […]