The Stress Myth

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  • The Gen Z hit list – THE STRESS MYTH by Scarlet Curtis

    I’m just so stressed,” I sigh, flinging myself onto the sofa at my best friend’s house and putting my feet up on her table. It was a Saturday, and I had woken 30 minutes earlier from a luxurious afternoon nap. In the sliding scale of stress — from Deliciously Ella’s yoga teacher to Rob Kardashian’s publicist — I was hovering around the medic who supplied antibiotics for urinary-tract infections to the citizens of Love Island. Busy? Yes. Mind-bogglingly tired and unable to function? Most definitely not. And yet in a world where the “Still at work at 9pm” Insta Story selfie has become de rigueur, “I’m so tired and stressed” seems to be my (probably undeserved) catchphrase.

    A popular belief about members of the younger generation is that we’re not used to —and don’t expect — hard work. From my limited experience, most of the millennials I know are hard working, driven and thoroughly deserving of the pay cheque they use to cash in on avocado toast. The problem is not an unwillingness to work hard, but the glamorisation of being over worked, overtired and overemployed. Having five jobs, three side hustles and 236 unread emails is the new cool in 2017, and there is a badge of honour about being the busiest, most frantic and most sleep-deprived in your peer group. When did it become cool to work through the weekend? To catch up on emails until 1am? To have no time to shower because you’re so busy?
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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 a probiotic supplement and probiotic drinks to help aid digestion however 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…

Feeling Frazzled

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Lately, I’ve been using the word frazzled more and more to describe the way my brain feels after a day of work at the computer, or even just down time spent surfing the net on my phone. Believe me, I am not glued to screens like some. In fact, I avoid social media, and switch to ‘airplane mode’ as much as possible. However, the fact is, we cannot avoid the 24/7 streaming of information (whether it’s work, pleasure, good news, bad news), and undeniably, it is affecting us. Basically, it’s a hi-tech form of stress – our brains are having to process the enormous amount of information thrown at us by the speeded up digital technology we use everyday. Read More…

Stress

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However much we love the festive season, most of us feel a tad frazzled. Practising mindfulness in any form (eg, yoga) always helps. Here are my other tips for reducing festive-season stress.

  • Have a protein-filled breakfast. Eggs are perfect.
  • Consider a supplement such as Siberian ginseng, a powerful adaptogenic herb that helps combat fatigue. Try HealthAid Sibergin.
  • Eat every two to three hours to keep your blood sugar steady – three meals and two snacks a day.
  • Keep a little tin of almonds in your bag for on-the-go boosts.
  • Don’t dry out. Sip still water or herbal teas throughout the day.
  • Keep your feet happy with comfy footwear. We’re mad about the new, super-chic FitFlop Chelsea boots in snake-embossed leather, which feel as though you’re wearing sneakers.
  • Wind down in a warm bath with aromatherapy oils. Try Neom Organics Perfect Night’s Sleep Bath & Shower Drops.
  • Rest your brain with needlework. My favourite book this year is Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy with ideas for embroidery, tapestry, knitting, beading and much more.

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Preventing and Treating Stress Headaches

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With stress levels at an all-time high, it is no wonder that increasingly more people are complaining about stress and tension headaches. We understand that they are linked to stress, but what actually happens when these hit in?

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and may appear once or twice a month, daily or anywhere in between. For the majority, these headaches are mild and short-lived, but for some, the pain can carry on for several days. The pain tends to be throbbing, affecting the front, top and sides of the head. Most people experience pain around the back of the neck and in the muscles between the shoulder blades. Although some people experience light sensitivity, tension headaches generally do not affect vision and balance. Read More…

Stress and Injury

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There can be no doubt that the positives of an active lifestyle far outweigh any negatives, but unfortunately with any training and exercise comes a risk of injury. We’ve written articles in the past on combating low energy and motivation levels but there is surely no obstacle more frustrating than injury.

There is never a good time to pick up an injury, but more often than not it strikes you down just as you’ve begun to start enjoying yourself. You’ve found the motivation to get active; you’ve tweaked your schedule to accommodate regular workouts, you are three weeks into your fitness programme and just beginning to see results when crash, you’re icing your knee, making doctors appointments and seeking out the best physiotherapists. There are endless causes of injury but we’re not writing this to talk about preventions or cures. The focus here is on the psychological stress that comes with injury. The often ignored, but ever-present ugly side effect.

Having recently been in a bike accident that ended with me needing surgery on a broken collarbone I feel in the perfect place to talk about this. It comes as no surprise that I spend the majority of my life being active, whether it’s with clients or by myself keeping fit, so it’s fair to say that this has come as a major blow. I regularly find my concentration slip from the task at hand to feeling frustrated that my latest health and fitness goals are slipping further away with each week, or the fact that day to day annoyances and lethargy cant be worked off in the gym or at the park. The only thing that gets regularly exercised at the moment is my will power to avoid overdoing my rehab or pushing my recovery too hard or too fast. Read More…