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Food and Sex: Should We Give In to Our Cravings?

Food and Sex: Should We Give In to Our Cravings?

Taste. Lick. Suck. Bite. This thing we do, every day, all day long, is a driving desire in life. We work for it, think about it, crave things to consume. The innocent act of eating can sound so lustful. And, eating food is, at its core, incredibly sexual. Birds and bees pollinate flowers, the sexual organs of fruiting trees and plants, and we eat the results of these unions. In fact, eating is the most intimate thing we do with other people…in public. We take nourishment into our bodies at every meal, just as we take another person into us when...
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Expressive Writing for Mental Wellbeing

Expressive Writing for Mental Wellbeing

Expressive writing , sometimes called written emotional disclosure, is a fancy term for such a simple act: expressing oneself through writing. Most of us have done it at one point in our lives through keeping a journal or a diary. But of course, with modern age, it is now being done with a keyboard. To some extent, keeping a personal blog can be considered as a form of expressive writing. Tracing the roots of expressive writing Expressive writing is a therapy introduced by Pennebaker and Beall in the late 1980s. Their pioneering work (Pennebaker & Beall, 1986)...
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Why You Need to Switch Off

Why You Need to Switch Off

We all recognise the importance of a healthy work-life balance, but many of us still find it hard to switch off, even while we’re on holiday. A recent survey revealed that while the three main reasons for going on holiday were to spend time with loved ones (50%), to get some rest and relaxation (34%) and to take a break from work (22%), over two thirds (69%) continued to check their work email, with just under half (44%) admitting to checking in once a day or more. Why do we continue to act in ways that we know are not good for us and what is the impact of a...
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The Basics of Mindfulness: Why Does it Work?

The Basics of Mindfulness: Why Does it Work?

Mindfulness is not a breathing exercise, nor an attention exercise, but rather it is an awareness exercise. And it works precisely in this way – by increasing the strength and sensitivity of our awareness. In this article, I’ll explain what that means. I’ll begin with a story. In a now famous social experiment (video below), Joshua Bell, one of the world’s greatest violinists, played classical music for 45 minutes during peak time commute at a busy tube station. There were no signs or other mentions of who the violin player was – he simply played...
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10 Ways to Sweep Yourself Off Your Feet This Valentine's Day

10 Ways to Sweep Yourself Off Your Feet This Valentine's Day

Sigh. It’s V-day. Plastic, commercialised love is all around. No, maybe that’s not entirely fair; why shouldn’t couples have a day to show some (cheesy) appreciation? But for people who don’t fit the cookie-cutter template it can be frustratingly difficult to avoid Valentine's day. Many people feel increasing pressure and self-criticism for not being partnered up this February 14th. I don’t see that hypocrite Cupid flying around with his girlfriend or boyfriend all the time, but somehow we’re all supposed to feel that way on this day. Here’s...
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Craftivist Collective: Craft for Wellbeing

Craftivist Collective: Craft for Wellbeing

As the name suggests, Craftivist Collective, founded in 2009, is a movement which seeks to combine craft and activism. Their aim is to provoke awareness and discussion of issues surrounding local and global poverty and injustice. The World Health Organisation includes “contributing to society” as one of their paths to wellbeing. This was the focus of the most recent Craftivist exhibition, which was held in Aldgate East in London. The project, titled #wellMAKING, was the culmination of more than 50 ‘stitch-ins’ held across the nation. It’s goal was to...
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Writing Music to Overcome Depression

Writing Music to Overcome Depression

One afternoon I had a moment of clarity and wrote all of the words, in one prolific sitting, to a song for my Dad. He moved to America when I was four and I dragged a heavy anchor of anger and disappointment behind me most of my life as a result. I describe in the piano ballad how I was confused and missed him as a child, felt that he didn't know me as a teenager, as an adult I needed him and finally in the present day, I forgave him. Along with a very long letter, I sent this song, which I called ’The Gift’, to my Dad in the mail. It was the closure that I...
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3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness

3 Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness

There's lots of advice on how to be happy nowadays. Be more purposeful. Be happy with where you are. Write a list of your dreams. Meditate more. Enjoy the journey. It's all good advice, most of it backed by solid research. But sometimes it seems like there are so many routes to happiness, it's hard to know which way to turn. Instead of getting on with it and just being happy, you spend too much time wondering if what you're doing is what you're supposed to be doing, if you're doing it properly and if you're doing enough of it. And then you...
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7 Ways to Deal with Stress

7 Ways to Deal with Stress

Health and happiness go hand in hand.  A healthy body creates a healthy mind.  Everyone knows that a good diet promotes health and well-being, but the effect of stress is often underestimated.  Stress can be a killer. Let’s get some facts straight first.  Short term stress is not bad for you.  The body is designed for short term stress.  Short term stress can be enjoyable.  People choose to go on fairground rides – even though their bodies have an extreme stress reaction on the more exciting rides. Humans evolved to hunt mammoths.  It's just that we didn’t...
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4 Wellness Retreats in Somerset

4 Wellness Retreats in Somerset

Looking for a little cure for the winter blues in the UK? Graced by gorgeous countryside and a mellow vibe, the county of Somerset is rather a hot bed for wellness retreats. Here are four to suit most needs. The Body Retreat Friendly and effective, the Body Retreat runs all manner of wellbeing breaks at a lovely country house in Somerset as well as at other venues in the UK and in Spain. Their Stress Re-set Retreat (choose from a number of set dates) is immaculately planned for busy, professional women who need to de-stress, reflect on how their lives are...
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