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Top Tips for Hibernating (just the right amount) this Winter

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Hibernating mammals have got it worked out. Once the golden leaves of Autumn have fallen, they then spend the winter curled up in their cosy cave, re-emerging only when the green shoots of Spring unfurl. Migratory birds do the other sensible thing and migrate to warmer climes – like the swallows to Africa.

What do humans do? Well, the richer ones migrate too, spending six months of the year in their apartment in the South of France. But most of us resort to our usual response, which is to carry on as blooming normal and moan about it. (more…)

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How to Stop Feeling SAD this Winter

Stop Feeling Sad By Jen Armstrong

It’s easy to feel SAD at this time of year. And no, I don’t mean actually sad (boohoo), but the mental health condition, Seasonal Affective Disorder. According to the mental health charity MIND, the reasons for why people suffer from SAD during the autumn and winter months is unclear, but a combination of the effects of reduced light levels, a disrupted body clock, low serotonin levels, and high melatonin levels, could all be triggers that set off this condition.

Living in a temperate climate like our own, we can relish the changes of the seasons, and the contrasts that each one brings. For most of us, Christmas means sparkly lights, cosying up by the fire with family, and frosty walks in the low summer sunlight. For others who suffer from SAD, however, winter can be incredibly hard and lonely. SAD can cause serious symptoms, such as changing weight, appetite and sleeping patterns. All these can combine to have a detrimental effect on your physical, as well as your mental health. (more…)

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Practical Living Tips From Āyurveda Specialist Kate Siraj

Practical Living Tips From Āyurveda Specialist Kate Siraj

If you’ve been trying to live the life of a committed yogi, like me, you’ll have discovered that maintaining an all-round balanced and healthy lifestyle is not as easy as it sounds. As we enter the cooler fall weather, and the coughs and colds start to reappear, it’s the perfect time to refocus on our general wellbeing.

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