Health & Wellness
Exercise, nutrition, meditation, sleep, therapy, lifestyles and self-care. A place to share and learn ideas that promote happy and fulfilling lives through better physical and mental health :)
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It's mental health awareness week so I wanted to share this free resource that's full of great activities to try each day this week to improve your mental fitness. Spread the word and share it with your friends, family and colleagues!
I've recently discovered this app and am really impressed with it. It's completely free and guides you through a beautifully crafted wellness programme consisting of seated and active meditations and mini-lectures on wellness and neuroplasticity.
I learned about it when I watched this talk the other day from Professor Richard Davidson, who has done amazing work in the study of emotion and the brain. I hope you enjoy the app as much as I have been!
Hi all, I've recently been sharing and receiving a load of books via this awesome website. If you have books you no longer want, you can register them on the site. Then if another Bookswap user wants one of your books, you post it to them (postage is free) and then you get a point which you can use to order a book that you want from another user. It's great!
Quite interesting article. Especially useful perhaps for those of you still working hard. It’s all so much easier after retirement.
I wanted to ask what people's top tips are for losing weight and maintaining a lifelong healthy body weight? For me it's things like:
1. Don't have junk food in the house (if it's in my cupboard, it'll get eaten!)
2. Never do crash diets as they only work in the short term. Make slow and intentional changes over time that become part of your lifelong eating habits.
3. If you are trying to give up sugary, saturated fatty foods; don't just go cold turkey. Find some healthy snacks that you enjoy to replace the unhealthy ones. And be patient as your taste buds will recalibrate over time.
4. Increase fibre in your meals as it makes you feel full and not prone to overeating.
What do you do to try and maintain a healthy weight?
I have just taken part in a comprehensive diabetes prevention programme which was online and spread over nine months with meetings fortnightly at first then monthly.
I was referred by my GP but this course can now be accessed without a referral if you score over 16 in the ‘know your risk’ calculator.
Do you have any book recommendations for building resilience, changing negative thought patterns, and for living a happier life? Please share them if you do!
Mine would be 'Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway' by Susan Jeffers. I absolutely love this book and it had a profound impact on me when I first read it. It allowed me to develop some self-confidence and trust in my ability to handle whatever life throws at me.
This NHS website offers some tips on managing mood. I find a lightbox helpful and think getting out into fresh air and nature can be quite therapeutic.
Having just said I’d like to see more on meditation in this loop I thought I’d start the ball rolling.
I’ve used lots of apps but find Insight Timer by far the most comprehensive. It is free though you can make donations, which I do from time to time. It offers many thousands of guided meditations from teachers based in different parts of the globe, and by using the filters you can select the guides you like best. My favourites are Andrew Johnson, Tom Evans, Andy Hobson, Mary Maddux, and Chibs Okereke, to name just a few!
I try to meditate every day for about 10-20 minutes. I think it’s a lovely way to start or finish a day.
There have been quite a few people joining this group recently so I wanted to welcome you all and ask all members of this group a quick question.
These hasn't been much activity in terms of posts recently, so I wanted to ask what would you like to see in this group? Nutrition, exercise, info on local classes, community events, self-care tips etc? I'd love to hear what people are interested in or looking for help with so this group can be as useful as possible. Leave a comment below or send me a direct message; I'd love to hear from you!
This exercise class has resumed on Longley Road Tooting (with Quentin). You can use a chair -or not.. On a Tuesday morning at 11.30 in the back hall of Tooting Junction Baptist Church at 158 Longley Road SW17. Contact Enable Wandsworth for further enquiry. https://enablelc.org/leisure/about-us
Hi everyone, I hope you're doing well. Does anyone here struggle with the isolation of working from home? I work from home 5 days a week because of the pandemic and have found it challenging at times; even though I don't miss commuting at all!
I've been trying to build some new habits around ensuring I go for a walk every day, keeping in touch with people, not staring into my phone for hours, and gratitude journaling. I also just found this article that has some great ideas around managing mental health; thought I would share it here to see it if speaks to anyone.
Date: 12.11.2021. Time: 10:00
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Level 2 in Reiki teaches you the symbols that help the energy to the places your wish the energy to go, we use them like sign posts.
At this level you will learn how to send energy to distant clients and situations. Practice is the key and you will practice using the symbols you learn.
You need to have attended and received your Level 1 Reiki Certificate before attending this Level.
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Pilates classes Monday evenings Alexandra School, Kingston upon Thames
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Regular pilates will help to strengthen, tone and condition the body, as well as provding many other benefits such as improving back pain, posture, sporting performance, flexibilty and much much more.
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Body confidence - Loving the Shape you’re In
1-day workshop – 13th September – on Zoom - £99
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Level 1 EFT Introduction to EFT
1-day training - 16th September – on Zoom - £135
This course teaches EFT from the beginning and follows the EFT International Accredited Level 1 syllabus. It is exciting and often life-changing. Even if you are entirely new to the 'therapy' world, you will finish the day able and excited to use the technique for yourself and your friends and family to resolve a wide variety of anxieties, problems, and stress symptoms. >>> BOOK HERE <<<
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I recently came across this piece of wisdom from a chap called Giovanni Dienstmann and found it incredibly useful. Sharing here in the hope it will resonate with other people too :)
Words and thoughts have power
You are not immune to the effects of your thoughts and words, however secret you keep them to yourself. Your thoughts (conscious and unconscious) turn into actions. They also colour everything you see, and make you biased towards confirming them. They form both your perception of life, and your experience of life.
If you think people don’t like you, you’ll act with distrust with others, lack of sympathy, and contempt. That will cause others to think that you don’t like them, and they’ll act accordingly, disliking you.
There are a thousand ways this pattern of self-fulfilling prophecy shows up in our life—this was just one simple example.
When you speak, you take your thinking to a denser level of manifestation. Your thought now exists in the world around you, and will influence you and other people
Get into the habit of constantly observing what you are thinking and how you are using your words. Then ask yourself:
Is this what I want to create?
This single practice/attitude is the foundation of most (if not all) personal growth and spiritual work.
As we all move towards 19th July, there are very different thoughts about what and how and why. Are you feeling less that confident about what is going to happen and how you are going to cope.
I have a free TAPPING, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) group on FB on a Tuesday evening at 6pm come and join and learn how tapping with our fingers on a few places around you head and upper body can help to maintain calm, reduce anxiety and help you through situations that you can't avoid.
So join me, this is the link https://www.facebook.com/groups/168896271907437
If anyone is feeling stressed then I've made this Spotify playlist to calm the mind and help you wind down. I listen to it before bed and it always helps me get to sleep
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If you feel more alert during certain parts of the day and have lower energy at others, this pattern can relate to your genetic “chronotype,” or personal circadian rhythm.
I just found this free online test from that tells you what chronotype you are and related advice on how to improve your sleep. Found it quite interesting and confirmed what I expected—that I'm generally an early bird!
Has anyone ever felt that watching the mainstream news every day effects their mental health? It's so skewed to the negative things happening in the world that I think it could do more harm than good sometimes.
I've been looking at this website recently which I think is a nice counterpoint to the constant stream of terribleness reported by the mainstream news outlets!
Aardman Animations—who brought us Wallace & Gromit—have just launched a mental health campaign with some really lovely animations. The campaign is designed to tackle growing mental health concerns among young people. Check out the website here if you want to take a look :)
The charity Mind have some useful resources on their website if anyone is struggling and needs some tools and support to help navigate these crazy times.
Action for Happiness have some great ideas in their 'Friendly February' calendar which promotes building connections with others and showing kindness and compassion. We've printed out a copy at home and stuck in on our fridge :)
Time To Talk Day (Edited)
How many of you made the effort to have a chat with someone-anyone today? We teamed up with a local café to give away coffee to people passing by on their walks. It was really lovely to be able to have different conversations with a variety of people. #timetotalk
Does anyone have any non-negotiable things they do every day that helps them during these challenging times? Daily walks for me have been essential and I think there's only been a handful of days in the last year where I've not left the house!
I can't be the only one that has been having weird dreams - can I?- Occasionally some are scary but on the whole they're just a bit 'off the wall'. I try to do all the right things and don't eat cheese or sugary cakes etc after 8pm. I don't watch anything on the TV that could be too taxing on the brain at night. I'm never on my computer after 7pm and try to turn my phone off at least an hour before bed. I do love a cup of hot chocolate but have even tried calming teas (I do not like them!)
I guess the only consolation is I do wake feeling refreshed
Anyone else having weird dreams?
I don't believe in NY resolutions (probably because I can't seem to stick to them lol) But thought this would be something positive to focus on. I may even swap them around and probably end up doing more than one a day- but that's ok. If it helps then it's all good x
Just wanted to invite you to a virtual event
From Monday 18th January 2021, Active Suffolk and This Girl Can Suffolk will be hosting a week of free online activities. Throughout the week, women will be invited to join a series of live online events including physical activity taster sessions, workshops and talks with some of our local This Girl Can ambassadors. www.activesuffolk.org/tgcevents
I'm usually a 'cup half full' kind of girl but recently I found myself feeling very low, crying a lot, biting people's heads off and generally very sad. I found myself just sinking lower and lower, not getting dressed, forgetting about meetings and crying - good grief the crying!!
It was all getting too much and I really didn't like the feeling, it felt like I had a lead coat and boots on. But I decided to get dressed and get out of the house and walked - and walked - and walked and when I got home I did feel lighter, brighter and generally happier and the weight had lifted somewhat.
I don't know if I've come through it but I do know that if I get out the house I do feel a little happier. It's really scary how quickly the darkness can set in and how much effort it takes to start to clear the fog, but I've got far too much I want to do so I'm going to keep putting one foot in front of the other until I can feel the sunshine on my face again.
Action for Happiness are offering a free online coaching programme to boost wellbeing during these troubled times. It's a really nice programme that's easy to follow and offers some great actionable tips that you can do every day :-)
Is anyone planning on having an alternative healthy option for Christmas as opposed to the extra rich, , cholesterol-inducing foods on offer. If yes; care to share your choices? Thanks
I struggle to sleep after my evening jog. Unfortunately, can't do mornings/afternoons. Love the way I feel after my run and the extra bonus of being in the open air is bliss.
However, I'm wide awake for hours after the run....and find it hard to fall asleep even though I'm tired. Is this normal? Has anyone else experienced this?
The benefits of exercise during this (pandemic) are too numerous to mention. Everyone have their preferred routine; dancing, swimming, running, gym, walking etc. Mine is the gym and running. I was at the gym yesterday and it was very quiet. Plenty of hand sanitisers everywhere and we were all disinfecting the equipment before and after use. I can't get my head round the closure of gyms. Doesn't make sense to me. Anyone else? Oh, don't go there with social distancing. I caught a bus to the gym and there's no social distancing on buses. Just saying. :) : ) :)
Would like a walking companion for regular moderate paced walks locally. I am not interested in walking groups nor travelling on public transport to get somewhere. Anytime after 9.30 a.m. Please message me if interested.
Some useful advice here on how to contact your GP if you have non-urgent issues. Also some good tips on how to look after your mental health.
My name is Lucy and I am a resident of our beautiful Richmond Road in Leytonstone, along with my husband :-)
I am a Fitness trainer, Personal trainer, Life coach, basically person with a honest passion for a healthy and fitness lifestyle. I have decided to do an International online class tomorrow 9.30am via ZOOM. If anyone would be interested to join me, I will be so pleased! My contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org, instagram account: lucykrizan or my website www.trainfitstyle.co.uk, and I will send you tomorrow morning the invitation link.
I have started to run the online classes just for fun to keep my clients motivated, but recently I have discovered there is something about that, as I enjoy it more and more. Love keeping people motivated and smiled, despite the fact we are forced to be at home.
I will be looking forward to seeing you whoever will decide to join me! Also if anyone would need any kind of advice in terms of health lifestyle, let me know! We all need to be focused now mainly on our health and mental strength, and there is no more beautiful way than through the right lifestyle direction.
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phone: 07 415 096 743
A simple guided meditation to help reduce anxiety and fear related to the coronavirus. Practice it daily to get the full benefit.
Very nice guided meditation here from a chap called Jon Kabat-Zinn. He's a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher from the US who is helping to bring mindfulness to the mainstream. It's a very calming meditation and really helps to reduce stress. It's so relaxing in fact that I struggle to stay awake for the whole recording!