Month: November 2016

The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise on Stress Awareness Day

Another day, another ‘awareness day’… Today is Stress Awareness Day. Did you know that in the UK, 70 million days are lost from work each year due to mental ill health such as anxiety, depression and stress related conditions, making it the leading cause of sickness absence. Everyone suffers from some form of stress at some time in their lives; some more than others. And, whilst stress in moderate amounts can sometimes be a positive, allowing us to be more alert and perform better in certain situations; excessive or prolonged stress can contribute to heart disease, stroke and depressive...

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Smooth Mama’s Vanilla Pick-Me-Up

The Meaning of VANILLA VANILLA means “Unexciting, conventional” Vanilla – soooo middle of the road… or not!? If you’re lamenting the fact that the clocks have gone back and the daylight is disappearing off into the horizon much earlier or, perhaps you’re just embarking on the start of a long, hot, lazy summer and in need of a little pick-me-up, then this little baby is ‘vanilla’ in name only! Natural vanilla extract contains numerous antioxidants, including vanillic acid and vanillin – great for anti-ageing and reducing inflammation in the body. It also contains anti-bacterial properties, as well as B vitamins;...

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