Health & wellbeing

Health & wellbeing

The art of Therapy

Art Therapy is for everyone and not just kids and ‘arty’ types.   Last year I painted pictures of my panic attacks. I couldn’t find the words to describe what I had felt, stuffed into a tube train like a squished sardine (though, technically, ‘bad claustrophobia’ just about covers it). I’d travelled in rush hour […]

Mushroom medicine

No need to mutter about your mushroom habit; these days announcing that you’re a fungi lover will get you a reputation as both health conscious and on trend. Praised by functional medicine experts and nutritionists for their medicinal properties, these miniature pharmaceutical powerhouses have (quite literally) mushroomed in popularity, with sales of Rawligion’s Brain Milk […]

7 things you need to know about Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Many people think Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is just a wooly diagnosis given to a person who can’t stop fretting. Yet GAD symptoms can vary hugely in their severity and scope. It’s more complicated than just feeling nervous, preoccupied or even grumpy and is characterised by an excessive worrying, an inability to switch off and […]

How well do you know your Pressure Gauge?

Some people can’t get enough of it whilst it makes others want to hide under a rock. Whatever your feelings about pressure, though, the chances are you’re familiar with it. Here are some ideas on how to recognise and utilise pressure before it ends up breaking you.   WHAT IS PRESSURE? Windy Dryden (WD) is […]

Hungry? Tired? Sore? I’ve got just the smoothie for you…

A few years ago the Smoothie was King of Liquid Food Land, but recently it’s been knocked off its perch due to complaints of excessive sugar. But if we’re cautious about what goes in them, smoothies can still be convenient, delicious snacks or even meal replacements. Here are ten of my favourites: ‘THIS IS MY […]

Shake it out

Teetotal Lucy Fry discovers the healing power of dance…   It is 9am on a Saturday morning when I walk onto the dance floor at my first ever sober rave. Immediately I feel my body stiffen with dread and self-doubt: Why did I come here? I think. Whilst I do have some early childhood memories […]

Seven things you will be eating in 2017

It’s time to ditch the avo – there’s a new superfood in town. And a new Matcha. Meet the seven ingredients you need in your shopping basket in 2017.   Protein-packed cricket crisps; black raspberries containing three times the antioxidants of blackberries; and a cheesy nutritional yeast product called nooch, favoured by vegans. These 2016 […]

The ART of injury treatment – active release techniques

If you’ve got an injury, or just a petulant niggle, it’s often tempting to ignore it. For many of us who do seek treatment, the progress can be frustrating; things get noticeably better, but the problem never disappears entirely. We learn to live with those ‘sore wrists’, that ‘tweak in the hip’ or that ‘angry […]

Don’t go for the crash-and-burn

It’s a familiar slippery slope into exhaustion, starting with a big professional project, forcing you to work late night after night, relying on caffeine and sugar to get you through. Add to the mix endless social engagements and early morning, punishing gym sessions to try and counterbalance all that unhealthiness. But you’re still coping, for […]

Going the distance – what happens when exercise gets extreme?

“Why does everything always have to be so extreme?” My mother asks me, as I tell her that I’ve signed up for more intense training and even less chocolate cake. Because in August, I’ll be taking part in the Prudential Ride London 100 mile cycle. Which, I suppose, is a bit extreme. But there are […]

Let Olympians be Olympians, not poster girls and -boys for health

Athlete. Even the pronunciation of the word makes it sound lofty – the first syllable rising up and hovering around the teeth before the second lands; victorious, grounded, confident. But whilst we may well marvel at the skill, strength and fitness of those currently playing at Wimbledon or competing at the upcoming Olympic Games, we […]

Can exercise make you ill?

Unless you’ve been hidden in a cave somewhere with no access to either the internet or other humans, you’ll know that exercise is now widely regarded as a wonderdrug. It improves heart and lung function; reduces blood pressure; helps us stay trim; aids good sleep; enhances self esteem and, a recent study suggests, can even […]

The real importance of self-care

The first time I paid any real attention to the term ‘self-care’ it was because a therapist told me I had very little of it in my life. What about my bi-weekly bath? I wanted to yell. Or my Sunday afternoon naps! I washed, I slept, I brushed my teeth and ate my greens. Wasn’t […]

Rest and recovery – the new wonder-drug in health?

I’m sitting the sofa, trying to tie up my running shoes. From the outside, I look fit, healthy and entirely ready to exercise. But internally, there’s a major conflict going on: I know I’m overtired, muscles sore from yesterday’s gym session and eyes burning from hours spent staring at a screen. A voice in my […]

The dangers of a perfect diet

There’s no doubt about it: eating healthily is an important part of achieving all-round wellbeing. Yet anything and everything, however positive and sensible, can become distorted or perverted when taken to extremes. So, today, in advance of National Eating Disorders Awareness week (23rd Feb – 1st March), I’m looking at what happens when healthy eating […]

Do you dread the day ahead?

Imagine waking up, every morning, with the sense that something terrible is about to happen. Everything you need or want to do has some kind of fear and anxiety attached to it: you start to panic about the dangers of getting on the tube; during the course of your journey, you battle dizziness and hyperventilation; […]

Money worries…

People have been known to steal it, gamble it, hoard it and even kill for it. Regardless of how much you have and what you think about it, everybody has a relationship with money. And understandably so – money dictates the kind of life we lead, where we live, travel, shop, what we eat and […]

Mindful Yoga – tautology or necessity?

Not yet heard of Mindful Yoga? That’s probably because until very recently, it didn’t exist. Not explicitly at least… Rather, the notion of mindfulness in yoga – being present, accepting limitations and focussing on the breath – was as important as the asana (postures) themselves. But an exponential increase in yoga’s popularity and availability, alongside […]

Mind over water

It is seven o’ clock on a late September morning and I am moving through water, half way across a sheltered bay near Sivota in Greece. In the corner of my eye I can see a faraway speed boat, pulling a waterskier off in the other direction. Soon I’ll head up 150 steps to my […]

Drunk on life

Booze and Britain. For a long while, us Brits have been known for our love of alcohol as much as our love of sarcasm. When we celebrate a success, we head to the nearest bar. When we feel upset (with work, our families, the weather) we hit the pub. For centuries it seemed our way […]

So what is Cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy is a type of healing treatment, much-loved in particular by the Welsh rugby team, that uses extreme cold to stimulate the body’s natural responses, reducing pain and inflammation. I’ve never played a game of rugby in my life but I have just returned from an intensive 9-day training camp in the tropics […]

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