Stress & Anxiety

The darker months of winter can be tough, especially for sufferers of anxiety. Not enough time outdoors, more stress at work, colder commutes and passing illnesses - all of it adds up to a bad time indeed. For those who struggle with stress and anxiety, a bit of extra time spent focusing on wellbeing and self-care can make all the difference. Here’s a few little things you can add to your routine that might clear a clouded mind. Exercise Especially in the colder months, it’s easy to spend all your time snuggled up on the couch. And why wouldn’t you?! It’s...

In today’s society, keeping up with the daily pressures of work, family and extra-curricular activities can lead to increased stress levels. Often in a fast-paced environment, prolonged stress can take it’s toll on the body with physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, breakouts, poor digestion and restlessness. It’s no wonder that there has been a lot of talk about mindfulness in the health and wellness industry of late, but what does it mean and how can it help you? Removing all of the hype, mindfulness is simply about paying attention to the present moment. Many people find practising mindfulness can assist...

In case you haven't noticed, it's getting cold outside. Just ask anyone doing the morning commute, or wiping the frost of their windscreens. But what does the cold weather do to our wellbeing? We all know that winter brings with it a charming cold/flu season, where we take it in turns to be the one with the runny nose. But it's not actually the physical state of being chilly that leads to catching a cold. In fact, if you lived alone in Antarctica, you probably wouldn't catch many colds at all. It's being huddled indoors without ventilation (i.e. keeping the doors...

Put on your spectacles and your thinking caps, people. You may be about to learn something. Epsom salt is NOT ACTUALLY A SALT. That's right. That white salt stuff that you've heard so much about is not a salt at all. It's magnesium sulfate, with no sodium. But nevertheless, it's amazing stuff. Long known as a natural remedy, Epsom salt is named for a salt spring in Surrey, England. Both magnesium and sulfate can be absorbed through the skin, meaning a warm bath in dissolved Epsom salt can bring a wealth of benefits. Why we love Epsom salt: The magnificent magnesium. Magnesium is a clever little...

Are you feeling a little bit stressed at work? Have you forgotten to finish that report? Did you just realise you have a deadline this afternoon? Are you getting a bit behind in your filing? Do you have an inbox full of emails? Should you be working harder right now? Sorry. That probably didn't help. But if you're feeling stressed, here's a few breathing exercises that WILL help. Relax, spend a minute or two on your breathing, and your focus will be razor sharp. 1. One nostril. This will sound crazy, but it works. Close your eyes (when you've finished reading this entire article,...

Work stress. Relationship stress. Family stress. New parent stress. Money stress. Feeling stressed, much? Stress is a big problem amongst us all in 2016. Anxiety and depression sufferers have increased dramatically over the past decade, often leading back to the amount of stress in our daily lives. So, what can we do to try and minimise our stress levels, before we reach boiling point? Importantly, if you feel like you can't cope with your current levels of stress, you should seek some help from your doctor or a counsellor. But if your stress levels feel manageable most of the time, here are...