How to come out of lockdown without anxiety
Change is stressful.
Even the most positive change can be stressful. Even when we want something, if it requires us to change, or a change to our circumstances, it causes stress.
Yet change happens all the time.
Think about how many changes have happened to you ove the last year.
- Have there been changes to your job or the way you work? Are you now working from home all of the time? Do you have to wear a facemask at work?
- How have your relationships changed? Do you no longer see your …
Ancient lessons that support modern times
This weekend I did a meditation retreat, the subject of which was the Medicine Buddha (or Bhaisajyaguru). Working in the healthcare sector I've been attracted to the Medicine Buddha for quite a while so when the opportunity came up to learn a bit more I jumped at the chance.
From a personal, spiritual perspective it was amazing! If you've never done a short meditation retreat, then I would really recommend trying one.... though perhaps not the Medicine Buddha as your first time.
But what str…
Five ways to cope with Zoom fatigue
Six months ago the phrase 'Zoom fatigue' didn't even exist and yet today, it's probably one of the most commonly used phrases in the English language.
As our lives are moving more and more online, our days are taken up with back to back video calls and it's leaving us feeling exhausted. I don't know a single person who is not complaining about just how tiring video calls are.
According to Andrew Franklin, an assistant professor of cyberpsychology at Virginia’s Norfolk State Univer…
How to fight a Coronavirus from your kitchen
What the research tells us that can help you at home
Over the last few weeks, myself and some herbalist colleagues have been collating a lot of research about 2019-nCoV, more commonly known as Covid-19 or Coronavirus. We have been looking at research from how the virus interacts with the human body to the research coming out of China on the herbal medicine protocols that have been successful.
There is a lot of misinformation out there so I want to share with you what I've learned - based…
So you're making New Year's Resolutions?
According to a survey published in Reuters, one third of new year's resolutions don't make it passed the end of January. An analysis of the survey concluded that the reason is because we don't make the right resolutions but I would challenge that. Certainly if I am making a resolution it's because it is something important in my life that I want to change. So why do so many of us fail?
The American Psychological Association says it's because we lack willpower. Kelly McGonigal (a researcher …
Diary of a Detox
As a scientist, I am quite skeptical about this sort of thing but having recently listened to a herbalist that I respect immensely talk about how we used to feast and famine and how our bodies have evolved to live this way, I thought I would try it out. After all, if I want my patients to do this sort of this I should try it myself..... and of course drag …
What is self care anyway?
In thinking about self care I thought about why I haven't blogged for a while. Running a small business, having to still work another job to pay the bills, building a relationship with my still relatively new husband…. Oh and I'd like a life too - it all takes its toll. Life gets busy, it gets stressful, it gets too much.
So what do we do when life gets busy or stressful or too much?
Well usually what happens is I de…