Boost Your Mood With Herbal Heroes

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Q: I would like to find an all-round natural supplement. A friend mentioned she takes an adaptogen: what are they, and how do I choose one for my over-busy lifestyle?

A: I’ve always liked the concept that adaptogens – natural substances that improve your body’s ability to adapt to stress, both physical and mental– go where they are needed at the time, acting on multiple parts of the body to strengthen weakness and bring balance.

According to medical herbalist Katie Pande: ‘Adaptogenic herbs are said to have a normalising effect on the body and mind, reducing the negative changes that can happen in your body in response to stress.’ Read More…

Is Social Media Bringing Out The Worst In You?

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I have thought about this question a lot this year and have come to the conclusion that for many of us the answer is yes. Now, before anyone gets offended by that, there is zero judgement coming from me and when I say ‘worst’, I’m talking about everything from feeling depressed and anxious because of what you’re seeing online to interactions that are nothing more than bullying. I am also including myself in this observation because aside from a couple of missteps along the way, I also could not be less interested in social media right now because of what’s going on. Read More…

The Power Of Looking Up

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Today the sky above London is, for a change, the very palest Monet blue, with gossamer fine clouds bleaching it even more. If you ignored the Victorian rooftops and the chilly four degrees, you might just be able to imagine a warm morning above Giverny on the Seine, where Monet lived and painted for 43 years.

He knew a thing or two about being inspired to look up.  Yet it’s an art the 21st century seems to have lost.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also referred to as SAD, is a condition that affects over half a million people in the UK. This condition impacts upon the mental well-being of people during the winter months particularly during January and February when the days begin to shorten. If you tend to feel really down during winter or find it hard to get going during the winter months, you may think that this is a natural reaction to the cold and dark days, but you may actually be suffering from SAD.

Sufferers of SAD often experience low mood, varied degree of depression, loss of energy, sleep problems, irritability, increased appetite, strong cravings for carbohydrates and sweet foods as well as headaches and muscle pain. The defining characteristics of SAD are that the symptoms return annually and go away during other seasons. Read More…

A Probiotic Supplement To Relieve Anxiety

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Did you know that probiotics can help relieve anxiety and enhance your mood? Many people use probiotic supplements and drinks to help aid digestion, however the latest research shows that probiotics may help alleviate stress, anxiety and mild depression.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria which reside in our intestines and are responsible for a variety of processes and functions. Without these beneficial bacteria, our bodies would not be able to carry out numerous functions and we would become ill. The consequences of an imbalance of these beneficial bacteria can be tremendous and may be linked to numerous chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disorders, metabolic syndrome, allergies, food sensitivities and even cardiovascular disease. Read More…

Post-Holiday Blues

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The weeks after a holiday can sometimes seem bleak with many people suffering from post-holiday blues. There may be several months before the next holiday is due with very few breaks to look forward to. If the holiday was amazing then this may simply serve to highlight the contrast of day-to-day life at home. If the holiday was a disappointment then this may simply reinforce the sense of being stuck on a stressful treadmill. And just in case you did not know, post-holiday periods are the busiest for divorce lawyers second only to post-Christmas.

Positive ways to cope with post-holiday blues

Many people use their holidays to reflect on their quality of life, the direction that they have taken, the direction they need to take, and perhaps even consider their overall health and happiness. Some of the biggest concerns affecting many people after a holiday include stress, anxiety, mild depression and low energy levels. Read More…