Blue Monday - Not So Blue?

Blue Monday - Not So Blue?

Since 2005, the third Monday of January has been known as Blue Monday, as it is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year.

Whilst most of us may well be feeling blue after Christmas, with the grey weather, feeling the pinch and more than likely having started a diet, you might be surprised to learn that the term ‘Blue Monday’ was actually coined by a holiday company, to encourage people to get their holidays booked!

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Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and Meditation

It’s a new year and for a lot of us, that means a fresh start. Many of us enter the new year determined to become fitter, healthier, or aim to give up our vices. Mindfulness and meditation could be the perfect tool to help us with those goals.

There seems to be a lot in the press at the moment about mindfulness, but mindfulness is not a new idea. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them.

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What I have learnt from taking up paddle boarding

What I have learnt from taking up paddle boarding

Ok so not the most obvious of sports to enjoy when you live in a land locked county in England. Earlier this year I decided I needed a little bit more fun in my life but I had no idea what that looked like. It then popped into my head that I wanted to try paddle boarding after watching my teenage boys try it on a lake in Italy a year earlier.

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Watching a friend deal with cancer

Watching a friend deal with cancer

Breast cancer awareness month is upon us, so it feels important to write on the subject of cancer and treatment. Writing about cancer is a difficult subject for so many obvious reasons, and so much has been written about it. I have been putting off writing this blog for a good couple of weeks… I have been feeling the fear of writing about this because although two people in my life have been touched by cancer, it feels difficult to write about something as an outsider.

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Exercise and pain

Exercise and pain

These are all good intentions, but like everyone else my concern is that this will become another January fad. For me the key is to listen to my, body, this is where the conscious bit comes in.  Every now and again, I need, too check in with myself and, ask the questions. How does my body feel today? Is this working for me? Sometimes my body will respond straight away, with a very clear answer, that yes, this yoga routine is what I need today, or that this walk will strengthen my muscles. However, there are other days when I ask the same questions and struggle to get the answers I think I want.

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