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SMILE AND THE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU
15Jun

SMILE AND THE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU

I had a friend in highschool who would bite a pencil and hold it against the corners of her mouth, making herself smile. I asked her about it and she told me it helped her stay relaxed during stressful moments such as studying for our exams. Years later I still think about it, does “fake […]

FEELING ALONE
04Jun

FEELING ALONE

Everyone has experienced feelings of loneliness at least once from time to time, but problems can arise once loneliness becomes chronic. In the contemporary world, loneliness and social isolation are considered an epidemic, as they affect anyone independently of age, gender or socio-economic status. In the UK, 45% of adults feel occasionally, sometimes or often lonely in […]

TALKING ABOUT OUR FEELINGS
18May

TALKING ABOUT OUR FEELINGS

Humans are inherently social beings, and we are strongly motivated to form social bonds with others and to ‘belong’. By sharing experiences and emotions with others we influence our own subjective perception of these experiences. In 1947 the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”. There […]

TACKLING SOCIAL ANXIETY
18May

TACKLING SOCIAL ANXIETY

Many of us may feel anxious in new or unexpected situations. From public speaking to hosting family members, social situations can make anyone feel unsettled and nervous. When these worries become persistent and intense in any social setting, nervousness can morph into a social anxiety disorder. Social anxiety disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is a […]

WHY SHOULD MORE SENIORS BE DOING RESISTANCE TRAINING?
27Apr

WHY SHOULD MORE SENIORS BE DOING RESISTANCE TRAINING?

Begun Lifting at the age of 60. Now 91, Ariz has broken the bench press for his division with a 187.2 pounds lift. In 2016, just 15% of the UK’s population aged 55 and above met the UK’s 2011 benchmarks according to the guidelines for aerobic and muscle training activity.  Indicating that older age groups […]

TAKING UP JOGGING LATER IN LIFE
25Mar

TAKING UP JOGGING LATER IN LIFE

With coronavirus lockdown restrictions, people have not had access to gyms, swimming pools, or have not had the ability to do their usual everyday activities. This has limited the ways in which the population has been able to exercise during their daily allowance, leading to a rise in jogging as a convenient and cheap form […]

GARDENING FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE
18Mar

GARDENING FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE

With more than half the world’s population living in cities, it is very important for our overall health that we make an effort to spend time outdoors and surround ourselves with greenery. A growing body of research suggests that contact with nature has numerous benefits for our physical and mental health, especially for those living in urban settings and […]

NOURISHING THE SOUL
11Mar

NOURISHING THE SOUL

Cooking is a great way to stimulate the brain and a great skill to have when trying to live a healthy life. People who regularly cook at home consume fewer calories than those who cook less, as restaurant meals are packed with salt and butter, and pre-made meals are full of preservatives.

KEEPING THE BRAIN ACTIVE
08Mar

KEEPING THE BRAIN ACTIVE

We must stop relating ageing exclusively to inactivity and illness. Physical activity can help prevent and manage over 20 chronic health conditions and can help reduce the cost of adult care in the UK (which is expected to reach £20 billion by 2024). The National Health Service (NHS) recommends that adults do a minimum of 150 minutes a week of exercises, such as low-impact activities, aerobic exercises, and strength training.

NOURISHING THE SOUL
22Feb

NOURISHING THE SOUL

Even if some of us would normally sneer at the thought of Valentine’s Day, special occasions are something to look forward to this year. While known for its overpriced chocolates, flowers, and romantic dates, Valentine’s day this year can be an excuse to celebrate and connect with our loved ones. For many of us, and […]

DANCE YOUR NEGATIVITIES AWAY
08Feb

DANCE YOUR NEGATIVITIES AWAY

Studies on dance and movement therapy have shown that dance has a positive effect on mild depressive and anxiety symptoms, perceived stress, and negative affect.

DEALING WITH SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER
01Feb

DEALING WITH SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is the third most common psychiatric condition affecting the UK. A staggering five in a hundred people have some degree of social phobia, and women are two to three times more likely to be affected. Due to this and other socio-economic impacts of SAD, public and private institutes and community leaders […]