Finding the right meditation style for you

The key to finding the right style of meditation that suits you, is defining the reason why you’re meditating in the first place and your purpose.     To do that, you need to find a style that suits your goal, whether it is to find calm or discover clear thinking to reducing pain or connecting with the world, says mediation teacher and counsellor Nadine Cameron. Here are a few meditation styles to kick-start your journey: Mindfulness Also known as vipassana, is the most…

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5 ways to promote a healthy brain

    Reflect Meditation improves memory, increases brain size, improves cooperation between brain hemispheres and enhances emotional intelligence according to the Exploration of Consciousness Research Institute. A separate study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience concluded that participating in an eight-week meditation training program was evident in brain function outside of meditation sessions. TRY IT: High Performance Coach Stephanie Kakris, who teaches meditation, recommends starting with a guided meditation using an app such as Relax and Rest, which gives five-, 13- or 20-minute options with…

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Tackling anxiety – Women’s Health & Fitness

Learn more about recognising anxiety symptoms and how to treat it.      The Problem: You often feel anxious, with negative thoughts and a racing heart. Frequently, your stomach feels queasy and occasionally you stop in the middle of the room and can’t remember what you’re doing. More and more, you find yourself in tears over the smallest things. Mental Diagnosis: Anxiety. If the problem is ongoing, you could be diagnosed with GAD – generalised anxiety disorder. Your doctor will probably be keen to establish whether or not there has…

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How to avoid dry skin

Are you prone to dry skin? If you think your diet has nothing to do with it, your face may beg to differ.   The Suspects: Alcohol, Coffee, Poor Diet In the short term, alcohol can cause dehydration, which can cause dry skin. “For women, the recommendation is no more than two standard drinks a day on average,” says dermatologist Ann-Maree Kurzydlo, who recommends limiting consumption and alternating alcoholic drinks with water. “One or two alcohol-free days should be had per week.” Caffeine is a diuretic and can also lead…

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Discovering complementary therapies – Women’s Health & Fitness

There’s no denying complementary therapies are on the rise. We’ve taken the guesswork out of discovering what these therapies mean and how they can be of benefit to you.     Osteopathy: Using observation and manipulation, the practitioner addresses any structural difficulties of movement which may affect the body and works towards realignment. May help with back or neck pain. Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese therapy uses needles on specific meridian points, or ‘energy lines’, to address specific ailments and diseases. Based on the opposing forces of yin and yang. Can be used…

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11 tips to help you sleep at night

Lack of sleep an wreak havoc on your mental, physical and emotional health. So, if you’re struggle to get some shut eye, here are 11 tips to help you sleep better.      1. Don’t try too hard to get to sleep or look at the clock. This tends to cause anxiety around getting to sleep, which can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. 2. If you can’t sleep, rather than lying awake worrying about how you’ll feel tomorrow or letting your mind chase unpaid bills, get up, go to another room,…

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