Sweet Cravings (chocolate is not just for Christmas …)

Why is it so common that women crave chocolate around the time of their periods? A look at the ingredients in chocolate may provide some answers …


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How to keep the Reiki bliss going after a treatment!

What are the benefits of Reiki?

Reiki works on different levels- the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – enhancing everything in life. One of the greatest benefits of reiki is stress reduction and relaxation. Often the stress we face in life causes us to have blockages within the body which stops our flow of life-force energy. The mind really does affect the body. Reiki helps to release the blockages and allow the energy to flow freely again.

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What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is the world’s oldest medicine and forms part of the most widely practiced primary medical healthcare system, increasing in use and popularity (1).

Medical herbalists use whole plant parts (such as leaves, flowers, berries, bark, roots) as opposed to isolated constituents mostly found in conventional medicine.

The difference is that within the whole plant extract not just the primary constituent but a vast amount of secondary constituents and compounds are present. These exude their effects whilst working synergistically with one another, creating a complex mix of phytochemicals.

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Everyday relaxation

What was the nicest, most relaxing thing you’ve done for yourself today?

How often do you wait until you’re feeling really stressed before making an effort to do something ‘relaxing’?

As our lives become ever more busy, pressured and demanding, it’s all too easy to let the idea of relaxation fall off the radar. Instead we’re constantly on-the-go, trying to stay two tasks ahead of ourselves and forgetting about the essential downtime.

And when we think of ‘relaxation’, we think lying on a tropical beach or a day at a spa – both beautiful scenarios, but perhaps not compatible with our normal day-to-day lives!

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Jiu Jitsu – better than dieting

Like most women, I’ve felt pressurized at points in my life to be a certain weight, to have a particular look or to act a specific way. Social media can play havoc with your confidence and self-image, and I am constantly thankful that my teenage years were without the minefield of Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter etc, where my every idiotic thought and mistake could be documented for ever more.


The start of New Year is filled with a mele of ads for detox diets that will shrink you to within a wafer of your existence, guarantee a six-pack and make you look gorgeous at the same time. Or you could succumb to one of many promotions for a new sport, where you will suddenly transform into plastic man and be able to eat kale whilst standing on your head with your legs behind your ears.


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My Attempted Escape from Depression – How I cope

Trapped. If I had to describe what depression feels like in one word, that’s the word I would use. It is impossible to put into words just how rubbish this illness feels. It is isolating. It drains out all the energy from you. It seems like it’s impossible to escape from. In many ways, I would say that depression is like being stuck in a small box. With each attempt at trying to get out from the box, the box becomes smaller and smaller. It is truly suffocating.

Depression is way more than just feeling sad. It is a serious medical condition which we all must take seriously. I wish there were some easy cure from it. If only there was some magic trick like saying “donut” three times causing the depression to just disappear. Unfortunately, things are never that simple.

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How to ‘Box’ a Little Happiness

Our nation never stops, except to sleep. We get up a little too late, meaning we have to rush a morning routine to take the daily, stressful commute to work. Our jobs pile endless pressures upon our shoulders with deadlines, difficult customers and competitive colleagues. We return home to family members who want our attention, dinner that needs to be cooked and cleaning that must be done. At the weekend we cram in the rest of our lives, taking time to nurture our home and social lives. Each night we go to bed a little later than we should, causing us to lay in again the next morning, only to begin the daily rush once more. On top of that we face a constant pressure to exercise and eat healthy & nutritious food.

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Winter-proof yourself

Winter can be a demanding time for our bodies. We often have busy schedules, there’s colder weather to contend with, and increased numbers of germs to fight off. So should we accept the inevitable and simply wait for our dose of flu, or is there anything we can do to help our bodies be stronger? The answer is that there is plenty we can do to boost our immune systems and give ourselves a better chance of avoiding, or at least being in better shape to fight off any lurking bugs.

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Don’t forget your dreams

It is often easy to feel that we have to conform to the expectations that others or society put onto us. We can become pigeon-holed into a life that may be a far cry from the dreams we once had. This may be particularly true when thinking about our working lives.

School leads to university or further education, and suddenly you find yourself in the perpetual rat race with increased demand and pressure, and decreased enjoyment. You can suddenly wake up one day, and wonder where on earth your 20s or 30s have vanished to – in a melee of working to the point of exhaustion. The cycle of work, tiredness, illness, recovery, work again is one that is all too familiar to many.

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