Why Dreaming Could Be Key To Your Mental Health

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With Mental Health Awareness Week in full swing, there has been an influx of stories surrounding stress, anxiety and sleep. When it comes to the latter, the focus is often on the struggle to fall asleep and the knock-on-effect of not getting enough. We rarely talk about our quality of sleep, let alone whether we dreamt or not. Can you even remember the last time you had a really truly vivid dream? If you struggle to get eight hours sleep a night, the thought of dreaming can feel like more of an indulgent luxury. But, more and more research is highlighting the importance of dreams. Read More…

Love Your Life

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You can’t freeze-frame life. It’s not a photo that stays still. It changes all the time, sometimes slowly, sometimes with chaotic speed. What you can do, however, is to choose your attitude to it on a daily basis and adopt strategies to help you cope with the roller coaster, especially when it’s going down. And how does that fit in with anti-ageing? Quite simply, a calm mind and taking joy in life make you look beautiful and live well. As the French proverb says, ‘there is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience’.

Here are some of our favourite strategies, many of which are now used in healthcare.

Be loving to yourself. Sometimes loving and valuing yourself is very hard. That’s when we’re likely to cause ourselves grief, rely on others for our self-esteem, and make decisions – big and small – based on other people rather than what we really want for ourselves. You could start by just saying to yourself that you are a good person, not perfect – no one is (and please do give yourself permission to get things wrong, make a muddle, be imperfect in everything), but you try your best. Read More…

Good Night, Sleep Right

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine

According to leading sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley, ‘There are two things you need that should be of the highest quality: a pair of shoes and a bed, because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other.’ Today I’m focusing on the bed, or actually the mattress, although it’s key to choose a frame that’s the right height, says Hector Wells of the British Osteopathic Association. ‘The top of the mattress should be the same height as the back of your knee when you sit down, so it’s easy to get in and out of bed.’ Read More…