While winter ’tis the season to be jolly’, sadly, tis also the season to be ill, and with the first day of winter set to officially arrive in just a few weeks, we are already starting to hear a chorus of sniffling. A few weeks ago we covered some handy tips on how to avoid colds and flu, but if you didn’t manage to dodge the bullet, take a look at the following all-natural remedies, which could help you to fight them off…
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The ageing process is an inevitable one, but did you know there are certain habits that could be causing us to age faster than we’d like?
Looking after our health and well-being is considered essential for a long and wholesome life, and it can have quite an impact on our mental health as well as our appearance.
So to keep the ageing process at bay, it might be worthwhile addressing the following habits:
You’re often stressed
Stress can be very hard on the body – emotionally and physically – and research has shown that over time it can affect cognitive function and cause heart health to decline. Stress can also delay healing and suppress immunity, which are further complications of ageing.
Although stress will never go away completely, it can be helpful to keep it under control as much as possible. Deep breathing exercises, meditation and yoga are considered effective for helping to keep stress at bay.
You don’t get enough sleep
Lack of sleep is linked to weight…
On average, we should be getting between seven and eight hours of sleep a night, but even with this amount many of us still struggle to get up in the morning.
Hectic lifestyles and stress can put pay to quality sleep and good energy levels, while conditions such as anaemia and an underactive thyroid can cause us to feel more tired than usual. However, a number of people will feel constantly tired for no apparent reason.
Well there may actually be several things you are doing during your day that are causing your energy levels to linger and your sleep to suffer.
Below is a quick guide to some of the real reasons you’re so tired:
You have the wrong pillow
Even if you manage to get to bed early and sleep till morning, your pillow could be the reason why you struggle to get up once the sun rises. Your pillow should be sturdy enough so that your neck and spine are fully supported while you sleep. An old or uncomfortable pillow will cause you to toss and turn all night,…
There’s the overarching belief that the pursuit of happiness is an important one.
In a culture of positivity, we are conditioned to focus on making the most of every opportunity that comes our way – taking holidays of a lifetime, working towards that promotion and being the perfect parent – in order to live life to the full and be happy.
Yet what we rarely consider is the impact of this relentless pursuit on our health and well-being. Furthermore, in the long-term, research has shown that constantly striving to be happy actually makes us unhappy.
So in order to be truly happy, maybe we should start embracing negative emotions. By accepting them as natural and useful elements of our every day lives, they could in fact be the key to happiness.
Guilt makes us better people
According to psychologist, Todd Kashdan, “guilt adds to our moral fibre; motivating us to be more socially sensitive and caring citizens than we would be otherwise.” Certainly, those who…
Very few people have heard of cupping therapy, but this deep tissue treatment has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to relieve tension, remove harmful toxins and substances from the body and promote healing.
Celebrities in Hollywood, including Jennifer Aniston are backing the cupping trend, which has grown in popularity in recent years. To give you a better idea of what this treatment entails and how it can help you, we have put together the following guide:
What is cupping?
Cupping refers to a technique that uses small bamboo jars or glass cups which are placed on the skin to cause suction. These can be applied in several different ways, but a common method involves covering the bottom of the cup in alcohol, lighting it and then immediately placing the cup against the skin. Flames are never used near the skin and are not lit throughout the cupping process. They are used merely to create the heat that causes the suction in the cups.
What does cupping…
As the days get shorter and the sunshine slips behind wintery clouds, our bodies are becoming less exposed to the sun’s rays which is a vital source of vitamin D.
Unhealthy eating habits are another reason for vitamin D deficiency – particularly in people living in the UK – and according to recent research the average household only consumes around four portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
The consequences of vitamin D deficiency are both emotional and physical, and children are vulnerable to bone deformities if their vitamin D levels are considerably low.
In adults, signs of vitamin D deficiency include muscle weakness, chronic pain, depression, lowered stamina and increased blood pressure. These symptoms tend to be common in the winter and spring when one in six adults in the UK will experience vitamin D deficiency.
In order to help you keep on top of your health and prevent your levels of vitamin D reaching a dangerous low this winter, we have some tips to…
For the six million people in the UK who suffer from eczema, the sudden change of temperature this winter will bring much more irritation, pain and discomfort.
Keeping skin moisturised when the wind is harsh, the air is dryer and the heating is on is even more difficult than usual, and these elements are well known to trigger the itchiness, inflammation and raw, red skin that characterises eczema.
Eczema is an inflammatory skin condition that affects the surface of the skin and causes abnormalities in allergy and inflammatory properties. Sufferers’ skin produces fewer fats and oils, which means they are more vulnerable to irritants and bacteria.
If you suffer from eczema, we have some tips to help you get through the colder months as smoothly as possible:
Margaret Cox, CEO of the National Eczema Society recommends shaking up your moisturising regimen during the colder months to keep your eczema under control.
“Consider how you’re using your medical…
Panic attacks are characterised by a sudden intense rush of physical and emotional symptoms, which tend to be triggered by a stressful event. Around one in 10 people have the occasional panic attack, but for some they are a regular occurrence and can cause a lot of stress and unhappiness.
Learning to manage anxiety is crucial to ensuring panic attacks do not take over your life. While medication and counselling are conventional methods of treatment, more people are turning to alternative therapies such as aromatherapy, herbalism and massage to help them cope with panic attacks and feel more at ease.
Aromatherapy oils have been used for thousands of years to help combat anxiety. Lavender in particular is very calming, and when inhaled directly can provide instant relief when feelings of panic strike. Smelling familiar scents that remind you of happy times can have the same effect, such as your mum’s perfume, or baby powder. For a relaxing treatment, aromatherapy…
We have all heard the phrase ‘truly living’, but how many of us are actually doing just that?
While for many truly living means going on big adventures and acting spontaneously, what it actually means is adhering to one simple truth – being able to die without any regrets. This involves appreciating life and making the most of every single opportunity that comes your way, rather than accepting an unfulfilling lifestyle of dreams that will never be.
You only have one life, so if you are worried you are not truly living and enjoying every single moment, here is a guide to help you make this important transition:
Don’t let negative people hold you back
Negative people will not respond positively to any big decisions or changes in your life, and rather than supporting you are more likely to point out reasons why things won’t work. If you want to enjoy your life and make the most of every opportunity that comes your way, you need to avoid negative people.
In the 21st century we are living in the fast lane – constantly juggling multiple projects and responsibilities, while facing pressure from all angles to be the best we can be in the limited time that we have.
For many, this time pressure is at its most acute in the workplace.
Here looming deadlines and growing to-do lists are inescapable, and according to one researcher, the resulting harm to our health and happiness is exacerbated by one fundamental element – clocks.
Anne-Laure Sellier – an associate professor of marketing at HEC Paris business school and TED talker – believes running on “clock time” alters our worldview and makes it harder for us to feel content.
“When you rely on the clock, you put control of your schedule outside of yourself,” Sellier said last year.
“And we know from psychology that when people do that, they tend to believe that things happen in the world as a result of fate, chance and powerful others… [Since] we increasingly relied on the…
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