Busy is the New Black

Busy is the New Black

ife is so busy these days, with many of us juggling jobs, childcare, relationships and caring for ageing parents amongst other things. This can lead to us feeling worn out and overwhelmed. Sometimes it feels like being busy is the new black.

So why do we feel so guilty about spending time on ourselves? Busyness has become a social status. Society makes us believe that we have to be busy to be successful, and if we have spare time to spend on ourselves then we must be failing.

A lot of us feel the need to seek permission to relax. As one of our counsellors put it – ‘It’s like our identity is wrapped up in what we do rather than who we are’.

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Back Pain - How to support yourself

Back Pain - How to support yourself

Lower back pain can be acute or chronic, and can range from uncomfortable to disabling. Some people benefit from direct intervention, such as a deep tissue remedial massage, or an adjustment from a Chiropractor, or an Osteopath. 

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Courgette, Chickpea and Coconut Curry

Courgette, Chickpea and Coconut Curry

One of the joys of working with a nutritional therapist  such as Samantha is that she provides us with lovely healthy recipes to try out. Here is the first in a series of recipes that we will be sharing with our blog readers. This simple curry (that tastes divine by the way) includes many lovely vegetables with a whole rainbow of colours, and ginger, which health benefits include helping to combat diabetes and obesity. Samantha  recommends using coconut oil, one of the world’s super foods, coconut oil has a high burn point making it a great choice for cooking. I made this curry in less than 30 min and it was enjoyed by everyone in my family including a hungry teenage boy.  

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Organic September: Wellbeing trip to London

Organic September: Wellbeing trip to London

Organic September is here and to celebrate, Helen, Rachel and I took a trip to London to investigate the latest trends in organic food, drink and beauty.

The Wellbeing way of life is becoming big news

It’s really encouraging to see that people want to take care of what they are eating, and are becoming aware of the relationship between food and their bodies.  Consequently, healthy food and organic products are becoming more accessible and interesting. We were surprised to see that even the drinks trolley on the train to London sold coconut water!

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Fitness and Wellbeing a Q&A with Triathlete Nick Dunn

Fitness and Wellbeing a Q&A with Triathlete Nick Dunn

Do fitness and wellbeing go hand in hand?

I spoke to Nick Dunn, 2 x AG world champion triathlete and business owner to find out.

When did you fall in love with triathlons?

I was on work experience at a gym and they had a spin class followed by a run then a swim class so I started doing those, and a few of the regulars did triathlon so I borrowed a bike off one of them and entered a novice race.  I loved it straight away and went out and brought a bike.  Two weeks later I got knocked off and had to wait 4 years until I did my next race- worth the wait though, and learnt a lot about my body and how to look after it since – that was 2005 – and  I haven’t stopped training/racing since.

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Is it all in your mind? The Mind-Body Connection

Is it all in your mind? The Mind-Body Connection

Is all the pain physical pain that I am experiencing just in my own mind or are my mind and body connected?

I sprained my ankle last week, and whilst this was by no means the end of the world, it got me thinking about pain, and how we perceive it.

After spraining my ankle, I was consumed by the pain, all I could think about was how much my foot hurt, and I couldn’t really think about much else. It was making me miserable. However, after a couple of days of rest, a relaxing evening on the sofa with my foot elevated and my partner running around after me, I started to feel a lot better. It made me wonder if I’d needed the attention and care as much as I’d needed to rest my injury. So although the pain I felt really was real, were my needs around the pain actually psychosomatic?

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