Stress & Sleep

These are the six ways to happiness – naturally

How to stay happy

Discover the natural ways to beat the blues The health benefits from a smile that could help you live longer There are no April Fool’s Day tricks in this letter… honest! Welcome to April Fool’s Day. For once I don’t think there will be many japes pulled this year, far from it. There seems to be no end to national misery at the moment, I have actually started to dread opening a newspaper or listening to the news. This virus…
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Could your belly button be the energiser you need?

How a simple exercise can fire you up for the day A different idea for Alzheimer’s How to avoid the mental strain of social distancing I don’t know if this is a sign of things to come… But I’ve been staring blankly at the screen for the past hour trying to get today’s letter started. Maybe it’s because I feel trapped in the house (thanks coronavirus!) or it could be writers block but something is definitely amiss. Lara’s even hoovered…
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The benefits of hot cocoa and a book

relaxing cocoa

Revealed! The amazing benefits of treating yourself The life-extending power of a good book How hot cocoa improves your health The other night it was pouring with rain. It had been pouring all day. And the day before. All with the wind constantly rattling our garden fence, like the chains of an anguished prisoner. This winter… It had gone on long enough. I felt a little under the weather, a bit down in the dumps and… just tired, really. Do…
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Are you a lion, wolf, bear or dolphin?

Better sleep

If you get insomnia, this may reassure you… Why sleeping all night is not actually ‘normal’ Which of these four types are you – lion wolf, bear or dolphin? Trouble sleeping through the night? It’s hugely frustrating, I know. I’ve had my own bouts of insomnia, usually caused by worry and stress. But for many people, it’s not something that happens occasionally. It’s just a way of life and it’s maddening. However, this may reassure you a little… It’s not…
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More proof that the good life is healthier for you…

a healthy siesta

Can this really be the best medicine? This is a checklist we could all do with following How could Dracula’s pet hate be a saviour? On cold, wet and dark days like these my mind wanders to our summer break to Portugal. Long lazy days spent with the family, bathed in the Mediterranean sun and delighted by fresh grilled fish, salads and local wine… …now that’s living alright! And a new study has found yet another reason to think that…
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The Blue Monday myth exposed

Blue Monday and health

The sneaky truth behind Blue Monday  How a recovering survivor found a link between vitamin D and cancer  How to reduce your flu risk by 42% Hi, How did you get on with ‘Blue Monday’? If you don’t already know it was on the 20th January, which is now enshrined in lore as ‘the most depressing day of the year’. In my opinion, this is the silliest of the new ‘special days’ of the year we have now. Black Friday…
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