Blue Monday: Is it compulsory?

So, the press tell us it's 'Blue Monday'. I have to confess, this annual 'event' is new to me, but apparently it's been in existence for at least a handful of years. For those of you equally unaware, this is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. The reasons cited include debt due to …

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Feeling SAD?

If you live in the northern hemisphere, then you may have noticed that it’s winter. Even though the days are now lengthening in the UK, the sun (perhaps like many of us during these dark mornings) isn’t inclined to rise as early as we may like. And that may cause us to suffer from SAD …

Sea here

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You know how sometimes you walk along the shore, and you just feel better? Revitalised in some way. ‘Must be all that sea air,’ you say to yourselves. Well, there’s more truth than myth in that phrase. For starters, seaweed, which inhabits quite a bit of our coastline, is rich in iodine, a mineral that helps us to maintain a normal metabolism. In fact, it’s so rich that the body absorbs the iodine just by breathing in the air around the seaweed (let alone eating the edible varieties). Seawater itself contains magnesium, also a mineral. Magnesium can be very effective at clearing headaches, balancing stress, and helping us to sleep better. And then, of course, the sounds of the sea can have a relaxing effect because the ocean waves ‘sync’ with our brain waves to calm us down. There’s a couple of other things to think about, too …

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Do you have seasonal stress?

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There’s an old Zen adage that goes something like: ‘You should meditate for 20 minutes every day, unless you’re too busy – in which case you should meditate for an hour.’ This piece of advice seems particularly relevant in the 21st century as we race through the hours and weeks at breakneck speed. So much to do. So little time to do it. Certainly, no spare capacity to sit and do nothing – particularly if you are trying to plan the perfect festive break on top of everything else! Yet time and again, scientific studies have proven the efficacy of simple relaxation techniques in allowing us to free ourselves from the stresses of modern-day living. Being still and relaxing the body can help us to release physical tensions that build up (most commonly around the neck, shoulders and jaw). Focusing on the present moment (or mindfulness, as it is often called) lets…

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