Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) is a quick and easy self help approach to dealing with minor aches and pains. They are easily accessible from a local chemist and many of the discount shops sell them too. They can be used where there is any calcification in joints, or where there is mild stiffness or soreness after physical activity, such as sport or gardening.
The salts work by reducing the acid build up in the body and by achieving a normal acid/alkaline balance. This makes it a useful tool in reducing the aches associated with colds/flu and fever and in calming skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema. To use, simply put 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salts in approximately 2 litres of warm water and soak hands or feet for 15 to 20 minutes. To use in a bath, measure a large mug full and add to a normal size bath. Then simply lay back and relax.
Be careful not to have the water too hot, otherwise the salts could raise the body temperature to uncomfortable levels. Care should be exercised by people with high blood pressure or heart problems and Epsom Salts are not recommended for children under the age of 5yrs.
This week marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week – an annual campaign to raise mental health awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness. This year’s theme is “Thriving or Surviving” as it seems too few of us are thriving with good mental health.
Over recent years the awareness and understanding of mental health issues has grown. Talking about our difficulties really helps, especially if those sharing are in the public domain, as in the case of Prince Harry, who recently who talked about not coping with the loss of his mother. However, we must keep talking, sharing and seeking support if we are to achieve more, and help more people thrive, as opposed to simply fighting to survive.
On average 7 to 9 hours sleep a night is required for a restorative night’s sleep. Interestingly, shortened life expectancy isn’t only linked to people who routinely sleep less than this, but also to those who sleep more. Yet as the nature of our sleeping requirements change with each stage of life, achieving the balance is not easy.
Saying Thank You
Our culture tries to tell us that its better to give than to receive, however this isn’t quite the case. Showing gratitude allows us to give something back to a person, and at the same time encourages more giving, by us all.
Here are 3 tips on how to give and receive with ease;
- Be aware of what people do for you and thank them for it. This helps us appreciate that others value and care for us, and in turn we feel good about ourselves.
- Accept compliments as they are given without protest. Saying ” you shouldn’t have” or “its only…” dismisses the compliment, which devalues the compliment. Say thank you and don’t worry about hidden agendas, that is besides the point, as is giving something in return.
- Keep a diary of the things you are grateful for and appreciate all that you can give and receive.
Here is our list to help motivate you to get moving and start exercising;
When you get moving, your body creates hormones called endorphins that are responsible for making you feel happy.
When you are physically active, your body also releases dopamine and adrenaline that makes your brain kick into a higher gear. This makes you feel more alert, focused and enables you to absorb information easier.
Exercise trains the nerve cells in the area of our brain, the frontal lobe, where memory is stored. This is useful now and in the future as the positive effects accumulate.
If you exercise outdoors, the greenery has a calming and peaceful effect on your brains, which automatically allows you to let go of stress. At the same time, all our senses are stimulated, allowing you to feel the wind, see the trees and hear the birds.
The more active you are, the better your sleep will be. A good night’s sleep will help you feel more refreshed and alive.
Exercise is good for you whatever your age. However latest research suggests the best way to keep your mind ‘sharp’ is moderate exercise 3 times a week. It doesn’t have to be too energetic, as walking and Tai Chi are both recommended.
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