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Why has lockdown turned me into a chocolate guzzling insomniac?

Glynis Barber Health 1 Comment

Previously, psychotherapist Joan Kingsley explained what our brains are doing to cope with the pandemic and lockdown and why we feel so afraid. This time she looks at the many other symptoms of lockdown brain. Anxiety, insomnia, forgetfulness, lack of concentration and the constant need to eat chocolate and sugary treats. You can read the first part here: Has lockdown …

Little Tree on Stump in Lake

Beat the 2020 blues with gratitude

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Two thousand and twenty has been one helluva year. And the pandemic has just been one part of it, albeit the most fear-inducing part that has literally changed how we live. Add to this, massive civil unrest, political turmoil, global demonstrations and a huge loss of civil liberties. It feels like the world will never quite be the same again …

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A survival guide to wearing PPE – Part 2

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This week we continue looking at some of the issues that arise for frontline workers wearing PPE all day. These many issues can take their toll on skin, health and stress levels. We will be looking specifically at the immune system, sleep and wearing heavy equipment. Last week, with expert advice from pharmacist Shabir Daya and wellness expert Marie Reynolds, …

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Green Tea

Glynis Barber Diet & Nutrition, Health 4 Comments

It’s the simple things that count at times like this. The quiet moments. The moments we take for ourselves or choose to share with someone we love. For me, one of the great pleasures of the long days we all face at the moment, is sitting down with a cup of tea. And it has to be green. Not only …

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Cleaning – better than Prozac

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It seems that under lockdown, we have a new national pastime. Just like exercise it lifts our mood, gives a feeling of deep satisfaction and is surprisingly addictive. Cleaning is our new passion Now I have always HATED cleaning. Whilst I love a clean and tidy house, I would do anything, including pay good money, to get someone to do …

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The stress busting benefits of Ashwagandha

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There are certain herbs that are particularly good for stress called adaptogens. The benefits are huge as they could actually help your body adapt to stress and balance your system. One of the most popular of these is ashwagandha. A native to India, this herb has been used for thousands of years in both ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is …

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The beauty of B vitamins

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I’ve always associated B vitamins with stress. During difficult times of life, pop a B vit to help you feel better. Now recent research shows just how important and far reaching these vitamins are. One of the main benefits is maintaining cognitive abilities, in particular as we age.  B vitamins can offer remarkable protection The following symptoms could be a …

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Keep calm and carry on?

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We live in a very stressful world and it would appear to be getting the better of a lot of us. Stress and all its associated conditions – like anxiety and depression – are now in epidemic proportions. To understand why, we need to look at what stress is and its evolutionary purpose. Put simply, stress is the body’s reaction …