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My Favourite Health & Wellness Apps – Take 2

After lots of lovely feedback after my initial top health and wellness apps blog, I thought I’d do it again, discussing some apps I’ve come across more recently and would recommend. As last time there’s a variety in here in the hope that this will appeal to people and different stages of their health and… Continue reading My Favourite Health & Wellness Apps – Take 2

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My Journey into Yoga

In the past I had tried a little yoga on 'non-workout' days. I used some YouTube videos and a book which guides you through some yoga poses. At this time I still thought of yoga very much as 'just stretching' and not something that pushed your body. I hadn't really engaged with the mindful side… Continue reading My Journey into Yoga

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A little known way to improve your mental wellbeing

The power of nature is something I’m really passionate about. Thinking more about green exercise again recently and being reminded of the wonders of ‘forest bathing’ has reignited a thought I had several years ago: we have amazing National Parks which have the potential to be used and valued as a health and wellness resource.… Continue reading A little known way to improve your mental wellbeing

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What everyone ought to know about preventing burnout

This post is a little different, it's more reflective and touches on a subject some say is 'the last taboo'1 It's about doctors needing to look after themselves. Whilst the first part of my blog will be about doctors I feel the issue will resonate with anyone, and I hope the tips I give will… Continue reading What everyone ought to know about preventing burnout

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Happiness and my ‘share a smile’ project

I wrote about happiness being an important concept for me in my stress and mindfulness post. The World Health Organisation acknowledges happiness as an aspect of health and is working on increasing it to better the health and quality of life of the global population 1. There are many sources of happiness. Fascinatingly (well to me… Continue reading Happiness and my ‘share a smile’ project

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Green exercise for physical and mental well-being

Green exercise for physical and mental wellbeing Physical activity has both physical and mental health benefits. 40% of the British population do not meet the recommended targets for physical activity 1, accruing an overall cost to our health services of approximately £8.3 billion 2. Green exercise is physical activity in the presence of natural environments… Continue reading Green exercise for physical and mental well-being

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Stress and Mindfulness

Review of Calm and Headspace Stress Stress put simply is the response from our bodies to a threatening event. The physical response triggered is called ‘flight or fight’. This involves activation of the sympathetic nervous system (compared to the parasympathetic controlling the ‘rest and digest’ state) and in turn a whole host of hormonal cascades… Continue reading Stress and Mindfulness