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Why Acupuncture with Gaynor Grozier?

At Gaynor Grozier Acupuncture you’re sure of a very warm welcome as well as a tranquil and relaxing environment with which to explore your health and wellbeing therapies and treatments. Gaynor is a degree trained acupuncturist with a wealth of knowledge and experience to support her passion in restoring health and balance to the human body.

Gaynor’s specialities include Acupuncture for male and female fertility during natural conception or assisted techniques, she has proven Acupuncture as a positive therapy for successfully starting a family on many occasions by tailoring each journey to the individual client needs. 

Pain relief is another area of in-depth knowledge and experience for Gaynor. Often pain is treated through medication and building a barrier without identifying the root cause. Gaynor applies a holistic approach to finding the cause of the pain and applying the therapy best to treat it. That could be Gui Sha, Tui Na, Acupuncture (LINK) or a combination of therapies that will restore balance and provide pain relief. 

There is no one size fits all at Gaynor Grozier Acupuncture. As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, bound by its strict code of safe practice and professional conduct you can be assured that your journey to wellbeing is in safe hands.

As well as Acupuncture and assisted therapies Gaynor is positioned to offer lifestyle and diet choices according to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles.

We’re excited to help you on your journey to better health, but don’t just take our word for the benefits you will see and experience with Gaynor Grozier Acupuncture; see some of our testimonials, here (LINK).

For your Free consultation and confidential advice, get in touch.

The top five benefits to having Acupuncture for Fertility

From conception to cradle more people are choosing Acupuncture as their preferred treatment option to achieve their dream of becoming parents. It is reported by the British Acupuncture Council that one in seven couples has difficulty in conceiving. 

Identifiable causes of the failure to conceive can include low sperm count, low sperm quality, ovulatory disorders as well as many unexplained causes of infertility. Acupuncture for fertility has so many proven benefits to supporting and nurturing both the male and female reproductive organs; here we review our top five key benefits that have also been demonstrated in Acupuncture research.

  • Increases blood flow to the reproductive organs
  • Mitigates stress and promotes relaxation
  • Regulates ovulation and menstrual cycle
  • Improves sperm health
  • Counteracts the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

“Acupuncture therapy has so many proven and unproven benefits. It’s a restorative therapy that can bring balance and wellbeing to the human body and ultimately helps the body to improve its reproductive systems. I work with each client individually to identify the course of treatments that will help them on their fertility journey and in most cases result in a pregnancy” – Gaynor Grozier.

To start your journey and improve your chances of conception, please get in touch for a Free private consultation.

We look forward to welcoming you to Gaynor Grozier Acupuncture and to your journey of health of wellbeing.

Can acupuncture help my hay fever?

Allergic rhinitis (seasonal and perennial) commonly known as hay fever, is an allergic reaction to pollen; it affects around 10-40% of the population worldwide, and can have a substantial impact on your health. Many people can be affected throughout the year.

The condition can affect several organ systems, and cause a number of symptoms.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Nasal itching, blockage and watery discharge
  • Red, itchy and teary eyes
  • Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Systemic symptoms such as; tiredness, fever, a pressure sensation in the head and itchiness.

These symptoms can be debilitating. Rhinitis is often regarded as a trivial problem but studies have shown that it severely affects people’s quality of life by disturbing sleep, impairing daytime concentration and the ability to carry out daily tasks.

20-47% of sufferers use some form of complementary therapy, with herbal remedies and acupuncture being the most common.

Here’s what patient CC of Hastings had to say about her acupuncture treatment for hay fever:

I had auricular acupuncture for hay fever, which I have suffered from for 9 years now. The treatments started over the winter before the season started. They were really relaxing and I looked forward to having them, even though my hay fever symptoms hadn’t started. Usually I start to get symptoms by March or April, but this year I felt nothing until mid-June, and my hay fever so far, seems to be much milder than usual. The acupuncture has really helped minimise the miserable irritation I get from the symptoms, and shorten the time I have to put up with it.

I believe that with more winter treatments of auricular acupuncture, my hay fever will be a thing of the past.

C.C, Hastings

Starting treatments early prepares the body for the season ahead. Regular treatments, particularly closer to the summer will enhance the overall result.

Acupuncture can also help with the symptoms of Perennial Rhinitis (persistent) which occurs throughout the year. Allergens commonly include house dust mites and domestic pets.

Prevention Over Cure: Coronavirus

You cannot seem to turn a corner at the moment without hearing about Coronavirus, but what exactly is it and how can we all help to prevent the spread?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that effect the immune system and cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The viruses are transmitted between people with common signs of infection including respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death (The WHO).

A few tips to help keep your immune system strong:

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  • Keep your hands away from your face where possible.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of the illness.
  • Steer away from raw foods such as raw vegetables, raw meat and raw eggs.
  • Add antiviral foods to your diet. Some great examples include garlic, honey, ginger, coconut oil, food rich in vitamin C and more.

How to keep your hands ‘really’ clean…

Hand sanitiser should only be used when soap is unavailable as it strips the skin of its natural oils which are needed to prevent bacteria and build the skin’s own defences, exposing your body to germs.

It is advised to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, ensuring that all areas have been covered.

Here is a simple recipe to help you create your own liquid hand soap with only a few ingredients that you may already have at home.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup castile soap liquid
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil

In a jar or recycled soap dispenser, add the water followed by the castile soap and the oils. Shake the ingredients together.

Gently shake the dispenser before each use, then squirt a small amount on your hands as needed, rinsing with water.

Have a go at making your very own antiviral soup…

Soups are a quick and easy way to ensure that you are consuming rich ingredients to help support a healthy immune system.

Take the below ingredients and cook together to create a simple and delicious soup for the whole family:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Two cloves of garlic
  • A bunch of spring onions
  • A handful of rosemary
  • A handful of parsley

Other ingredients that have a tonification action and contribute to a strong immune function are:

Basil, Chestnut, Chia seed, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Dill Seed, Dried ginger, Nutmeg, Kidney, Lamb,Quinoa, Rosemary,Sage, Star anise, Thyme, Trout, Venison,Walnut

Acupuncture is great to boost the immune system and those attending clinic are receiving treatments that are doing just that.

Planting The Seed- Ear Seeds & Their Benefits

The New Acupuncture Trend – Case Study

Client Information:

Name: Lyndsey Mitchell

Gender: Female

Age: 27

Symptoms: Stress

Treatment: Acupuncture seeds

Our client started her journey feeling stressed and showing signs of anxiety.

“Whilst juggling a busy work and home life with a little one, I felt under lots of pressure and there were many days where I would feel very stressed and sometimes anxious about the smallest of things.

For the first part we decided to insert one acupuncture seed into her right ear. The seeds are delicately placed on specific acupuncture points in the ear and covered with a small plaster to hold them in place.

“The seed was very discreet and once inserted, I completely forgot that it was there!”

After around three days with the seed, she noticed that it was no longer in her ear and had fallen out during the night onto the floor. We decided to try a new seed in the other ear to see if this would make a difference.

“I had the second seed in for a whole week and throughout this time I felt calmer and more positive.”

The more seeds used, the more effective they are likely to be. Thanks to a positive few days, we decided to remove the seed in the left ear and this time try a new one in both.

“During my time with the acupuncture seeds I felt much more relaxed and found that they supported me to find a balance between tasks. I honestly believe that I was more productive with the seeds than without and was more positive and happier about life in general!

“I would recommend trying an acupuncture seed as they are not intrusive in any way and for such a small object, can have a large impact on your wellbeing.”

Acupuncture seeds can also be used to promote relaxation whilst supporting clients with their fertility journey, either naturally or alongside assisted techniques.

Other conditions where acupuncture seeds can help, include:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Addictions
  • Pain
  • Low libido
  • Migraine and headaches
  • Weight loss
  • Other

How Acupuncture can your Thyroid and Overall Health

Did you know that the thyroid gland controls pretty much everything within your system and is a major player when it comes to health and wellbeing?

The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the bottom of the neck. However, unlike a butterfly it can be anything but beautiful when it is not functioning well. Its job is to produce hormones to regulate the body’s metabolic rate, heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance, and more.

Ensuring that the thyroid gland is healthy and functioning properly is vital to the body’s overall well-being. Whether underactive, overactive or autoimmune thyroid problem, when off par, systems within the body can become dysfunctional.

Common symptoms of an unhealthy thyroid include:

  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness
  • Aches and pains
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin and hair

Learn more about Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and how it affects fertility and women’s health

As a clinician I specialise in fertility and women’s health and the topic of the thyroid is discussed regularly.

Supporting couples who are trying to conceive I regularly suggest testing specific reproductive markers and in-particular starting with Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).  It is important that TSH is at optimal level as it can affect ovulation and reduce fertility, affect foetal retention and aid foetal brain development through pregnancy.

The thyroid is poorly understood in the west which further complicates a couple’s fertility journey.

The TSH range is 0.27 – 4.2.  overtime, I have observed how the female attends a General Practitioner (GP) clinic, have a blood test and told all is fine.

What this actually means is that the TSH level is within the range set by the National Institute of Clinic Excellence.  This has three fundamental flaws:-

  • It assumes that we are all the same but the reality is that we are all unique and ladies can all feel different with TSH at the same level or some will feel good at mid-range others not so.
  • As long as you are within range your GP will not be interested in writing a prescription, he is not looking at you from a fertility point of view, he is looking to see if he needs to put pen to paper and prescribe Levothyroxine.
  • Western medicine generally only test TSH and T4 as standard, unfortunately Antibodies should also be included in my opinion as these can often encourage fluctuation of TSH as well as indicating autoimmune disease such as Graves or Hashimotos

In my opinion TSH should sit around 2.0-2.5 to conceive or retain.

Tip!  I remember sitting in lecture and being told that a way of identifying an individual with thyroid implications is to check the half-moons on the finger nails, (excluding the thumb).  No half-moons is indicative of thyroid problem.  In clinical reality ive not found anything that contradicts this theory that said, I am not able to identify research evidence to back this up.

How can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture is a great way to regulate the endocrine system including the Thyroid gland and the hormones it produces. The ancient medicine focuses on the root cause and promotes good health symptom by symptom.

Because each acupuncture point has more than one action, a degree trained practitioner will be able treat more than one symptom at the same time.

There are no negative side effects of receiving acupuncture unlike that of western medicine drugs it is completely natural.

Dry Needling as Mistaken Practice for Acupuncture

As an acupuncturist I have been asked, “do you do dry needling?”  The short answer is yes however, it doesn’t make me feel very proficient at my job. Although there are some similarities between these two practices, they shouldn’t be confused as they use different methods and different training is required.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is Chinese medicine, an ancient model of healing that was developed thousands of years ago.  The theory is that symptoms, conditions, illnesses and disease are indicative that the body is out of balance. Chinese medicine aims to return the body back to its original form with individual symptoms being the centre of focus.

An acupuncturist will design a bespoke treatment plan choosing specific points to return the body back to its original state.

If you want to learn more about acupuncture, see our blog for Acupuncture as Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling encompasses 1 week training to allow certain health professionals to insert needles into a specific area of the body.

A practitioner using needles and inserting them into areas of the body, specifically into trigger points, is not considered an acupuncturist in its truest form.  Specific trigger points are needled with the aim to improve mobility and relieve pain and hence referred to as dry needling or even medical acupuncture as this particular model is not following meridian theory.

What is the Training or Education Required for Acupuncture & Dry Needling?

It’s fantastic that the results achieved using acupuncture have reached other professionals such as Doctors, Physio Therapists, Chiropractors who are now using dry needling to support their own therapy.

Dry needling consists of 1 week training.

A genuine acupuncturist, on the other hand, trains for a minimum of 3 years in the form of a university degree as the very basic.  A degree has to be obtained before being eligible to join the British Acupuncture Council (the UK’s largest governing body).

Some acupuncturists choose to study further and embark on a herbs degree for a further 2- 3 years before they are eligible to apply for membership of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM) or Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM).

Other practitioners may also choose to study to qualify as a TuiNa practitioner (a physical massage therapy) which involves a further year of training.  Therefore approximately 7 years in training in total is required as the very basic in understanding Chinese medicine.  There are 3 branches to Chinese medicine.  1) Acupuncture, 2) Herbal medicine. 3) TuiNa. An acupuncturist, herbalist, tui na practitioner (Chinese medicine) sees the body as a map.

By comparison a doctor or general practitioner (GP) will train for approximately 6 years.

If we take look at the maths, a model of healing that is thousands of years old cannot be learned in 1 week, 3 years or even a lifetime for that matter, that’s because the system is rather complex, coupled with the fact that we are always learning more about health. A Chinese medicine practitioner will have at least developed a wide understanding of the basics.

Whether it is acupuncture or dry needling, always choose practitioners that have received training, have previous experience or even hold a licence. You can find your local degree trained Chinese medicine acupuncturists on the British Acupuncture Council or Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncture as Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Ancient Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

Question for you, do you think that ancient Chinese medicine, which is thousands of years old, would still be around today if it didn’t work?  Let me ask another question, wouldn’t it suit the pharmaceutical industry if it wasn’t around?

The reason that Chinese medicine doesn’t seem so popular in the west is because it is largely misunderstood, furthermore other professionals offer biased opinion about a model of healing that they do not understand.

Coupled with some doctors blatantly refusing to acknowledge any other form of medicine other than their own, whilst others are jumping on the band wagon and offer acupuncture following a weekend training course, which is taken to support their own therapy and all this is often very confusing to the end user.

The fact is, that acupuncture can’t be learned in a weekend or a 3 year degree for that matter.  A simple mathematic equation deduces that, if a scholar was to study the ancient medicine for their entire life, there would still not be enough years to learn the medicine because it is thousands of years old, plus health changes so vastly. The body is the biggest complex computer system and we are learning more about it every day.

Acupuncture & Western Medicine Combined

Does acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a place…..absolutely!  Does Western medicine….absolutely!  Imagine how powerful healing would be if these two modalities were combined (actually it is, in China).  However, I’m not holding my breath in the west, as there would be one organisation that would protest and that is the pharmaceutical industry, which happen to be a major contributor to the economy.

Many people ask me what acupuncture can treat and the simple and short answer is that it can help any symptom or condition that you might visit the doctor for.  That said an acupuncturist is restricted by the National Institute of clinic excellence (NICE) guidelines (the NHS regulators) as they say there is not enough evidence to support its benefit.  This is always going to be difficult to provide on paper, as the research clinical trials are not designed for eastern medicine, yet we are still able to provide it!  The best evidence is what clients say, but I do recommend understanding a practitioner’s background, are you really receiving acupuncture or dry needling?

Can a GP refer you for acupuncture?

“Acupuncture may be of benefit to you” are the only words I would expect your GP to say or “best ask a degree trained acupuncturist”. The reason for that is that he/she is not qualified to talk to you about acupuncture, the mechanics of it as a healing model is alien to them.  Acupuncture originated in China after all and the only way to develop some understanding, is to study it at least degree level, this will provide basic theory, the rest comes from experience.

GP stands for general practitioner; in highlighting this, I’m not trying to undermine a doctor’s training, I know that study is long and hard.  I also don’t doubt that the reason a doctor chooses to study medicine comes from a desire to help people regain health.  However being a GP means that they have a broad, generalised understanding of western medicine.  A GP is a referral gateway to those who have studied specific systems of the anatomy i.e. cardiology, respiratory, gynaecology, etc. however this does meant that a GP is not qualified to advise on whether acupuncture is for your or not, unless they have studied Chinese medicine at degree level, at the very least.

So natural health or pills?

I would like to make it clear that I’m not opposed to western medicine, in fact, to the contrary, I think our emergency services, whilst often stretched are second to none as is ancillary care, however I’m not a fan of a ‘pill for every ill’ approach to health and that is because medication often carries so many side effects, often causing the symptom, that an individual would like relief from in the first place.

I see many people in clinic who are on medication and are not recovering their health or are often given more medication to counteract the side effects of the original medicine prescribed.

Pain killers are a prime example.  A pain killer does what it says on the box (if you’re lucky!), the concept is that it interferes with the message being delivered to the brain.

Let’s examine it in more detail….

Pain occurs because there is an issue in the body.  The pain is a message sent to the brain suggesting that something is in need of attention.  A pain killer will cut that message off so that your brain forgets all about it, however the issue will still be present.  My concern is that, whilst the brain has forgotten about the problem, the issue is still present and in the meantime daily business continues and your health could be getting worse without you knowing it!

Sometimes I hear it said that an issue was resolved following taking pain killers and I wonder if this is actually the case or has the issue found another route. Perhaps there is no longer an issue because the individual continues to take pain killers, then I ask my clients, what happens when you stop taking the pill?

My thoughts …. There is no right or wrong in a journey back to recovery, as long as we achieve our ultimate goal of returning to good health, some will prefer a natural approach and some medicated, I think what is common amongst us all is that we all look for a quick fix and my experience tells me that the body can’t be rushed in its healing process and will take the time it needs, this can be different for everyone, because we are all different, we are all unique.

Wishing good health to you!

Blood building bone broth

Home made bone broth is incredibly healthy, inexpensive and tastes delicious. The broth is full of nutrients I recommend everyone adds bone broth to their diet.

It’s great for:

Maintaining healthy skin

Supporting your immune system

Boosting detoxification and nutrients absorption

Ingredients

6 pieces of bone marrow (I purchased mine from Fordhall Farm as their animals are left to pasture (grass-fed))1 chicken carcus2 onionsbay leafA pinch of salt

Method

I use a slow cooker but a large pot on the cooker will also work well.

  • Roughly chop onions place in the pot with all other ingredients and pour over filtered water.
  • Allow to simmer for 12 hours, pour into jug and there you have your bone broth

Once decanted I add more water to the bones and again simmer for a further 12 hours, I repeat the process until the broth is very weak.Think about how you want to use your broth – I’ll be freezing mine into small container and using it as a stock for gravy, sauces or soups.

5 Causes of Stress and How to Manage Them

Stress is prevalent in today’s society and many people are approaching clinicians just like me to help them to alleviate the effects. For Stress Awareness Month this year I’ll be highlighting five key causes of stress and providing suggestions that over time have helped me and therefore might help you.

What is stress & what are the signs?

The oxford dictionary defines stress as “experiencing mental or emotional strain or tension”.

Stress is often progressive. Emotions not addressed can become pathological and be the root of more serious health conditions, manifesting in the physical aspect of the body. Symptoms are different for everyone, but may include:

Tension headaches

Do you have to keep reminding yourself to lower your shoulders whilst bashing on those keyboard keys? Long hours, slumped over a desk or staring at a computer screen can tighten muscles; as this happens shoulders start to rise, blood vessels constrict which can inhibit blood flow to the head, causing headaches/migraines and even impaired vision causing blurriness.

Upset stomach

Diarrhoea, bloating, cramping or nausea are all symptoms of your stomach not working as well as it should. Your body finds a way to alarm you, whether it is from eating certain food items, the thought of presenting at work, taking your driving test or sitting an exam causing your stomach to misbehave. Either way a strong stomach is one that eliminates waste daily and consistently. How optimal is yours?

Feeling run down

We’ve all been there, working extra hard to clear the ever growing to do list, looking forward to a well-earned break, and just as you are about to hit the sand, boom! Sniffles, sore throat, streaming eyes.  In this situation the central nervous system has been in a continual state of excitement and adrenalin is ramped up. It becomes stuck in a constant state of fight putting the immune system in constant overdrive. When it is time to relax, the immune system lowers leaving us vulnerable to invasion of those pesky bugs.

It’s only a matter of time before the body gives into fatigue. It may suddenly dawn on you that you’re not as active as you used to be, that bedtime becomes earlier or the slightest bit of activity can put you back days. This is further exacerbated if sleep is in short supply.

Poor sleep or Insomnia

Events of the day may be affecting your sleep, preventing you from dropping off or ensuring that you toss and turn throughout the night, never quite achieving that deep sleep.

What can you do about it? 

1: Work-life balance

Research by the Health and Safety Executive found that in 2016/17, 526,000 UK workers were suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety. The main causes for this were down to workload, lack of managerial support and organisational change.

We spend a lot of time at work, repeatedly staying late to meet deadlines and achieve targets – attempting to get in front of what can seem like an uphill struggle. This can often be for little recognition.

  • Don’t be afraid to say no when your workload becomes unmanageable. Often people are fearful of being replaced. What if I said that saying “NO” actually gains you respect in the workplace and contributes to you being a trusted member of the workforce. You will find that less stress improves performance, aiding you to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
  • Plan your day effectively and take advantage of tools and training at work that can help you with this. Just because colleagues come in early and leave late, doesn’t mean you have too. Whether you are an employee or self-employed, maintaining good work-life balance will increase productivity. Focus on jobs that are important to you. This means from time to time we need to stop what we’re doing, get off the treadmill, reassess our workload or current situation and re-prioritise. There is no point worrying about jobs that are never ending such as dusting and vacuuming, those who love you will appreciate your time.
  • Move on – If you’ve lost passion, it may be time to reflect on your purpose and life plan. Remaining stagnant will do you a great disservice. Find something that makes you want to get up in the morning and unleash the tiger within! Don’t be afraid to say goodbye to those who are holding you back – you know who they are!

2: Financial worries

Financial worries can affect your relationships and social life. Many people find themselves in situations beyond their control and fall into debt. Worrying about where the next meal is coming from or how the next utility bill will be managed is often at the forefront of the mind.

  • You may benefit from some professional advice – contact your local Citizens Advice or visit the Which website for access to a pool of services to put you back on top.

3: Diet

Poor food choices can lead to you feeling unwell, putting the body in a state of stress, whether you are yet symptomatic or not.

Today’s fruit and vegetables are manufactured using chemicals to create unity that looks aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The key word is ‘chemicals’. See for yourself the next time you go shopping. Look at the dried apricots; a standard pack will be orange in colour, then look at an organic pack of dried apricots and note the difference in colour. Logic says that any produce left to dry should naturally change colour.

Humdinger! Did you know apples can be stored for months before reaching your fruit bowl! That’s because they go through a freezing process. How else would we get apples all year round?

We are now eating more processed food and whilst on route to your plate additional salt, fat and sugar are added to extend shelf life and are chronically affecting our health. Not only do additional additives and growth hormones change the flavour of food, they put a strain on our gastrointestinal tract meaning it’s a struggle to metabolise food, causing bloating, allergies, hormonal imbalances and more…

Conditions such as IBS, chronic fatigue, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or Fibromyalgia are all modern-day conditions and an increasing number of couples are struggling to conceive. There are many reasons for this, such as soil depletion, toxin overload but there are things you can do!

So what’s the alternative?

  • Consider a paleo diet – an ancestral way of eating that goes back to basics. If you’re a meat eater at the heart of this diet is opting for grass-fed meats and increasing your intake of fruit, veg, nuts and seeds.
  • Read labels – take an interest in the ingredients and how they contribute to your daily food intake.
  • Eat regularly and avoid skipping meals to help balance your blood sugar levels.

4: Poor sleep

Do you lie in bed with thoughts and worries racing through your mind? We’ve all been there… If this happens on the odd occasion you’re likely to feel tired and irritable but this can affect your health if it happens repeatedly. Good quality sleep at night is key to you functioning well during the day and will help to restore emotional and physical well-being.

  • Limit your caffeine intake ideally by drinking your last coffee around lunchtime. Decaf or herbal drinks are a great alternative!
  • Create a relaxing environment by having a bath to help you unwind, reading a book or meditating before going to bed.
  • Be consistent with your bed time – turn off the TV and leave technology out of the bedroom.

Quick tip:

Aloe Vera plants omit oxygen overnight which can help with breathing and promote a harmonious sleep.

5: Technology

Technology is having an impact on everything we do which can be wonderful, but can also contribute to stress. Ofcom research in 2017 found that 94% of UK adults own a mobile phone, 76% of these have a smartphone.

It’s easy to become addicted to mobile phones, TV or computers and tablets so it’s important to:

  • Create boundaries by having some down time, maybe not checking your email or social media between certain hours of the day.
  • Find alternative hobbies to distract you from technology such as tai chi, qigong or yoga. Try joining a local group to learn a new skill, going for walks or joining your local gym.
  • Reduce your blue light & leave technology out of the bedroom.

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