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Spiritual, Holistic Health & Wellbeing

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Natural Health & Beauty Complementary Therapies Healthy Eating & Fitness Personal Development

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Personal Development

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Green Lifestyles

Eco-Tourism and Activity/Learning Breaks

Natural Health & Beauty Complementary Therapies

Holistic Holidays

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Owl Manor Ancient wisdom and a very warm welcome.

For a perfect relaxing retreat on Barry Island, The Vale of Glamorgan Within easy walking distance of Jacksons Bay, Whitmore Bay, WatchTower Bay and The Knap. Come and experience a relaxing meditation, Angelic Reiki Healing and Angel Card reading plus all the beautiful scenary and fresh sea air for a short break.

Two night retreat package Arrive on Friday afternoon to Tea / Coffee and scones with jam and clotted cream. Then have a walk and take in the sea air , you will then experience a meditation and have your Angel Card Message . You are free for the evening then to venture out to experience the delights of the restaurants in Barry itself. We will happily pass on our recommendations and experiences of the local restaurants and there is a list included in your information in your room. Then wake up Saturday morning to a nice breakfast followed by an Angelic Reiki Healing Session. The rest of the day you are free to continue exploring the Vale of Glamorgan. There are so many places to visit. We are close to Cardiff & Cardiff Bay, Llanerch Vineyard, Font y Gary, Porthkerry and many more places. Barry also has a Steam Railway. Then have a restful nights sleep before leaving after breakfast on Sunday. Each room has Tea / coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and Tv. There is free wi-fi also. Owl Manor is very close to Barry Island Train Station. For a retreat stay , arrival after 2 pm to tea / coffee and scone, stay friday and saturday night includes breakfast saturday and sunday mornings, Angelic Reiki healing, Meditation and Angel Card message, is offered at a special introductiory rate : ÂŁ 100.00 per person. For further information please Contact Cheryl

Cheryl is an Angleic Reiki Healer, Master/Teacher and also teaches Angelic Reiki Healing. Residentail courses are available. Cheryl is a practioner listed on the Angelic Reiki Offical website. www.owlmanor.co.uk cherylsangels@hotmail.co.uk Tel : 01446 621909 / 07450 831328 Card payments welcome.


Contents What’s Inside: 5

Editorial

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A Different Route on the Journey

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Look at ‘The Little Shop of Calm’

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Cwmchwefru Farm Wool

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The Shamans Path

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Going for a Stroll

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Fever: by the Herbal Clinic

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Kids Section

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Celebrating Issue 75

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Practitioners Directory

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Noticeboard

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Miniweb

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From the Editor..... We’re celebrating our 75th issue this magazine and over the years Aura has developed and changed so much. Evolving through the years is vital for us all and we have made some major changes to ensure that Aura is best targeted for our readers and advertisers alike. To celebrate our special 75th issue we are looking back at past issues throughout the magazine. Some of the very early issues are on formats that modern computers don’t recognise but its amazing to see how dated the issues look which were only five or six years ago, the world changes so quickly, especially when dealing with technology. We hope that we have done ourselves justice for our birthday issue; it is certainly a jam-packed issue and a few new features to go with it. We have a feature on Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). It’s a condition which will affect many people over these winter months and we’ve had a look at its history, causes and ways to combat it. The Herbal Clinic have given us an insight into a ‘Fever’ and how best to get well. While Cardiff Steiner School has given us some ideas to keep the kids happy and busy over the winter months.

Sarah Howcroft continues her interesting features on the Shamans Path and we learn about Cwmchwefru Farm Wool, the little shop of calm and we look at a relaxing self hypnosis CDs with Linda Hopkins. We have some photos from my favourite place in the world in a new feature on ‘going for a stroll’. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have making it. Keep Well.

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A Different Route On The Journey Linda Hopkins is a Clinical Hypnotherapist living and working in Cwmbran. She has always enjoyed working with clients but this year through family circumstances and needing to take time out, she has taken a slightly different route. Early this year she produced a couple of CDs to help friends with confidence issues and these were well received with encouraging feedback. Vicky (not her real name) was one of those friends and prior to listening to one of the CDs was very nervous about going to college the following week. In the course that she was studying, it was essential for her to speak out in front of the class as part of her training. Linda encouraged her to listen to one of the CDs as often as she could during this week and told her that if she did this, then she would be fine. This is how the recordings can help; firstly Linda guides you into a deep relaxed state. Hypnosis is like the relaxed feeling you usually have just before you fall asleep. Secondly, when you are in this deep relaxed state, your subconscious mind is more open to suggestion. By concentrating on the words that follow, your subconscious mind is then able to absorb the positive suggestions for maximum success. It assists you to achieve your desires far easier at a subconscious level, than you would normally at a conscious level. You are always in total control and can become fully alert at anytime if you so wish. If you struggle with relaxing, then self hypnosis is a great way to help you with this as an added benefit. It is very similar to a deep meditation. Listening to the CD not only gave Vicky the confidence to go in front of her class but she also spoke with enthusiasm and excitement.

She now couldn’t wait until the following week, when she was back in front of the class again! She excelled at this role, even asking her tutor for more of this talk time to speak about her subject in other lessons. Amazed by Vicky’s success, other students wanted to purchase the CDs to help with their issues and interests so Linda set about creating other CDs and mp3s. These include Past Life Regression, Medium and Psychic Development, Sleep Success, Weight Loss – The Easy Way and a Guided Meditation recording. Linda then wanted to reach out to others further away so that they could also benefit. She introduced the CDs to her website and Amazon to pursue this avenue. Titles available at the moment are proving to be popular and there are more being created and in the pipeline for the future. The CDs are presented in a protective plastic Jewel Case and are sent out via first class post for speedy delivery. Although this is just the beginning of this venture for Linda, her CDs and also mp3s are reaching people not only all over the UK but also various countries around the World including European Countries, USA and Canada.

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TheThe Little Little Shop Shop of Calm of Calm

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A newAfeature, held in thein Minstrel Room,Room, new feature, held the Minstrel will bewill monthly Holistic Fairs with be monthly Holistic Fairsvarious with various treatments including Aromatherapy, treatments including Aromatherapy, Reflexology, IndianIndian Head Head Massage, Reiki Reiki Reflexology, Massage, and Tarot whichwhich will bewill supplied and Readings, Tarot Readings, be supplied by theby resident therapists. the resident therapists.


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CWMCHWEFRU FARM WOOL

Rubbish in, rubbish out. A phrase applied to computers but equally true for spinning wheels. When I first learnt to spin, putting in many hours of practice to produce a perfect thread, the end result was that garments knitted in my yarn were unattractive and not particularly nice to wear. Finally light dawned. I was using fleece from commercial sheep, reared for meat production and needed to search out keepers of the old breeds of sheep which had made Britain famous for its wool in centuries past. Not knowing much about these breeds at that time, my search took a while, but when at last I first touched the wool on a sheep producing ‘spinner’s fleece’ it changed my life! We already kept commercial sheep so my ‘hobby’ flock had to stay small and not take up too much space and I wanted them coloured so no dyeing was needed. My motley collection caused great amusement amongst our farming friends. Eventually they took over, the commercial sheep went, and we concentrate on producing fine quality wool.

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After many generations of crossing various breeds including Cotswold, Corriedale, Shetland, Wensleydale, Icelandic and Gotland the quality of wool and mixture of colours is outstanding, though no two sheep are alike. The best fleeces are kept back for hand-spinners who appreciate the quality from a flock where all management is geared to producing the best possible fleece from every sheep. This means the sheep are fed liberally to keep the wool growing, medicine used is homoeopathic as a first choice, and as little chemical is used as possible on both the sheep and the farm. A mill which specialises in spinning Rare Breed fibre gives the rest of the wool the special attention it deserves. Some is spun into yarn for hand-knitting, some is knitted on the farm into a range of jumpers, hats, and scarves, and some is woven by a local weaver into gorgeous cuddly throws. A few organically tanned sheepskins are produced each year. All are available at various shops and galleries, including the Wool and Willow Shop in Hay on Wye. Some items can be seen on the farm, but by appointment only please.

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the the Sacred World Tree, a tree embody Sacred World Tree, a tree THETHE SHAMAN’S PATH SHAMAN’S PATHembody remembered in all the world’s remembered in all the world’s

Seasonal Guidance for for Seasonal Guidance youryour Earth Walk Earth Walk

spiritual traditions, andand many believe spiritual traditions, many believe this this alignment with the heart of alignment with the heartthe of the galaxy will will open a channel for for cosmic with with SarahSarah Howcroft galaxy open a channel cosmic Howcroft energy to flow andand cleanse thethe earth, energy to flow cleanse earth, raising it toitato higher vibration. TheThe Life isLife all about cycles - the-in and out out raising a higher vibration. is all about cycles the in and andand approaching astrological breath, day and the waxing recent approaching astrological breath, day night, and night, the waxing recent andand alignments certainly and waning moon, yearly sun cycle, transits alignments certainly and waning moon, yearly sun cycle,transits point to profound transformation, point to profound transformation, and much longer like the and much longer ones,ones, like the at the same it appears Mayan calendar which andand at the same timetime it appears thatthat Mayan calendar which endsends on on mother nature is acting violently Winter Solstice Asmuch the much mother nature is acting violently to to Winter Solstice 2012.2012. As the break down structures anticipated is creeps closer, break down the the old old structures of of anticipated date date is creeps everever closer, Mayans of the it seems a good to review whatwhat the the Mayans call call thethe ageage of the it seems like alike good timetime to review Fourth Traumatic as this our lives, we need letof, go of, Fourth Sun.Sun. Traumatic as this maymay be,be, our lives, whatwhat we need to lettogo really it has to happen the life and what we will take forward into really it has to happen - the life thatthat and what we will take forward into we have created on Earth cannot the Mayan Daykeepers call thewe have created on Earth cannot be be whatwhat the Mayan Daykeepers call the sustainable for much longer. As World of the Fifth Sun, a new age sustainable for much longer. As we we World of the Fifth Sun, a new age watch listen, many truths thatthe haspotential the potential be ‘heavenwatch andand listen, many truths areare that has to beto‘heaven coming to light at this time on earth’ . There have been many coming to light at this time andand on earth’. There have been many many truths collapsing. predictions and fears about the endmany falsefalse truths are are collapsing. predictions and fears about the end At our Samhain celebrations, of this cycle, mostly generated by At our Samhain celebrations, mymy of this cycle, mostly generated by women’s group a cleansing fearful imaginations. The Mayan women’s group did did a cleansing firefire fearful imaginations. The Mayan ceremony, followed by a Shamanic Elders are angry with this, saying that Elders are angry with this, saying that ceremony, followed by a Shamanic journey to meet a Shamanic the world willend, not end, to meet withwith a Shamanic the world will not but itbut is ait is a journey ancestor who would be willing to rebirth in which the world will be ancestor who would be willing to rebirth in which the world will be help us now, for the higher good. transformed. help us now, for the higher good. transformed. You could try a journey like this for You could try a journey like this for yourself. The journey took me flying On December 21st, the sun will rise yourself. The journey took me flying On December 21st, the sun will rise fast over a rapidly changing landto conjunct the intersection of the fast over a rapidly changing landto conjunct the intersection of the scape, all the time going deeper back Milky Way and the plane of the scape, all the time going deeper back Milky Way and the plane of the in time, until I found myself outside a Ecliptic, for the first time in 26,000 in time, myself outside a Ecliptic, forThis the cosmic first time in 26,000 caveuntil withI afound Neanderthal family. They years. cross is said to cave with a Neanderthal family. They years. This cosmic cross is said to

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showed me their simple way of life, tools and skills, and how Earth provided everything they needed. They shared their food and medicine plants, and we laughed around the fire. The messages were about simplicity, connection to nature, self-reliance, sharing, and a trust and respect for the Earth. If you are alive now, you have a vital part to play in the transition for humanity and Earth. So what can we do, individually, on a daily basis? Here are some ideas... • Simplify and de-clutter your life as much as you can, so that you can hear your intuition and spiritual impulses. • Eat a natural and nutritious diet and avoid processed and chemically treated foods, drink good water and take enough rest. The big cleansing and vibrational changes mean the body needs a lot of support.

• Meditate and spend time in natural places. Pray for peace and send thoughts of love and healing to those being traumatised by the front line of Earth changes. At the same time, don’t waste energy worrying about things you can’t control - it won’t change them! • Practice feeling real gratitude every day, for the things that are good about your life and the world we live in. • Do everything that you can to heal your own pains and traumas so that you become a brighter light that contributes to raising the vibration of Earth. Become as aligned as possible to your soul’s purpose - the clue is to find the activities that bring you joy and do them! • Reach out to embrace the stars and the whole universe with your heart. There is more going on than any of us realises. We are all a part of this new dreaming... I wish you a joyous Winter Solstice To read more about 2012 from the Shamanic point of view: www.maya12-212012.com/2012shamans.html Sarah Howcroft is a Shamanic Healer and Teacher, and can be found at www.shamanism-wales.co.uk or contacted on 07968 010103


Seasonal Affective Disorder The effects of light When light hits the back of the eye (the retina), messages are passed to the part of the brain (the hypothalamus) that rules sleep, appetite, sex drive, temperature, mood and activity. If there’s not enough light, these functions are likely to slow down and gradually stop. Some people seem to need a lot more light than others, and these are the people who develop seasonal affective disorder (SAD), to a greater or lesser extent.

Why do we have seasonal mood changes? Most of us feel better when the sun is shining – more cheerful and energetic. On grey, gloomy days, especially in winter, we tend to feel less enthusiastic, more inclined to stay indoors, to do less work, to socialise less and to eat more. The reason for this is the change in the quality and quantity of light. As winter approaches, there are fewer daylight hours and so, by December, we often get up in the dark and come home from work or college in darkness. What’s more, the shorter winter days don’t have the same light intensity that we get in summer. The cycle of light and dark determines our sleeping and waking patterns. Until the widespread use of electric light, people used to wake and get up with the dawn light and sleep when it became dark. In winter, people would sleep longer and be less active. Nowadays, we tend to override these natural rhythms and manipulate the hours of light and darkness to suit our modern working, social and family lives. Many night-shift workers and jet-lagged air travellers suffer from disrupting their body clocks in this way.

What are the effects of SAD? Many people report that they eat and sleep more in winter and that long stretches of grey skies make them feel low – this is all perfectly natural. But for those with SAD, the changes in mood and behaviour are much more severe, and happen regularly, each winter, following a seasonal pattern. Symptoms (for people in Northern Europe) may start emerging between September and November and continue until March, April or even May. The symptoms go away in spring, either suddenly (with a short period of hyperactivity) or gradually, depending on the amount of sunlight in the spring and early summer. Symptoms Once someone has experienced two or three winters of symptoms, they can be said to be suffering from SAD. The symptoms are many and varied, and people can experience any of the following common effects: • lack of energy for everyday tasks • being more prone to illness – some people with SAD may have a lowered immune system during the winter, and may

Looking back over past Issues of Aura

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Health and Wellbeing

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The Plight of the Honey Bee The Bowen Technique Think Yourself Healthy

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In Issue 65, February/March 2010 Aura looked at the plight of the Honey Bee, The Bowen Technique and Think Yourself Healthy

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be more likely to get colds, infections and other illnesses • sleep problems • depression – feeling sad, low, weepy, guilty, a failure; sometimes hopeless and despairing, sometimes apathetic and feeling nothing • mood changes – in some people, bursts of over-activity and cheerfulness (known as hypomania) in spring and autumn • anxiety – tenseness and inability to cope with everyday stresses; panic attacks • social problems – irritability, and not wanting to see people; abusive behaviour • concentration problems • overeating – particularly craving carbohydrates and putting on weight (which may increase negative feelings) • loss of interest in sex or physical contact • alcohol and drug abuse A small percentage of people have very severe symptoms and can’t function in winter without continuous treatment. Many can find it difficult to study or hold down a job during this season, because they feel lethargic or sleepy and find it difficult to concentrate. Their relationships can be put under strain, and may even break up, because they become irritable and less able to consider the feelings of others. However, for some people, symptoms are fairly mild and last for a shorter period, mainly during December, January and February, and are known as the ‘winter blues’, or sub-syndromal SAD. SAD was first systematically reported and named in the early 1980s by Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., and his associates at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Rosenthal was initially motivated by his desire to discover the cause of his own experience The Holistic Lifestyle Guide for Wales

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of depression during the dark days of the northern US winter. He theorized that the lesser amount of light in winter was the cause. Rosenthal and his colleagues then documented the phenomenon of SAD in a placebo-controlled study utilizing light therapy. A paper based on this research was published in 1984. Although Rosenthal's ideas were initially greeted with skepticism, SAD has become well recognized, and his 1993 book, Winter Blues has become the standard introduction to the subject. Research on SAD in the United States began in 1970 when Herb Kern, a research engineer, had also noticed that he felt depressed during the winter months. Kern suspected that scarcer light in winter was the cause and discussed the idea with scientists at the NIMH who were working on bodily rhythms. They were intrigued, and responded by devising a lightbox to treat Kern’s depression. Kern felt much better within a few days of treatments, as did other patients treated in the same way. In many species, activity is diminished during the winter months in response to the reduction in available food and the difficulties of surviving in cold weather. Hibernation is an extreme example, but even species that do not hibernate often exhibit changes in behavior during the winter. It has been argued that SAD is an evolved adaptation in humans that is a variant or remnant of a hibernation response in some remote ancestor. Presumably, food was scarce during most of human prehistory, and a tendency toward low mood during the winter months would have been adaptive by reducing the need for calorie intake. The preponderance of women with SAD suggests that the response may

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also somehow regulate reproduction. Winter depression is a common slump in the mood of some inhabitants of most of the Nordic countries. It was first described by the 6th century Goth scholar Jordanes in his Getica wherein he described the inhabitants of Scandza (Scandinavia). Iceland, however, seems to be an exception. A study of more than 2000 people there found the prevalence of seasonal affective disorder and seasonal changes in anxiety and depression to be unexpectedly low in both sexes. The study's authors suggested that propensity for SAD may differ due to some genetic factor within the Icelandic population. A study of Canadians of wholly Icelandic descent also showed low levels of SAD. It has more recently been suggested that this may be attributed to the large amount of fish traditionally eaten by Icelandic people, in 2007 about 90 kilograms per person per year as opposed to about 24 kg in the US and Canada, rather than to genetic predisposition; a similar anomaly is noted in Japan, where annual fish consumption in recent years averages about 60 kg per capita. Fish are high in vitamin D. Fish also contain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which has been shown to help with a variety of neurological dysfunctions. To give an example of how widespread the popular understanding of SAD is, a character suffers from seasonal affective disorder in the Swedish Horror film Marianne. What causes SAD? The exact causes of SAD are still unclear. Scientists and doctors worldwide have been researching SAD since the early 1980s, and there are several theories as to what causes it and what triggers it.

Low serotonin levels There are several brain chemicals involved in SAD, but the main one is serotonin. People experiencing depression have been found to have lower levels of serotonin, particularly in winter. It is thought that serotonin might not work properly in people with SAD. Low melatonin levels When it’s dark, the pineal gland in the brain produces the hormone melatonin which makes us sleep; when it becomes light again, it stops producing melatonin and we wake up. This process also occurs in animals; and those which hibernate have been found to have very high levels of melatonin. Some people with SAD have likened their symptoms to a desire to hibernate for the winter. And it has been found that people with SAD produce much higher melatonin levels in winter than those who don’t have SAD symptoms, but their summer levels are normal. When treated with bright light, melatonin levels drop to normal. However, suppressing melatonin doesn’t cure the symptoms, so this factor isn’t likely to be the sole cause of SAD. Disrupted body clock The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), in the brain, sets a person’s body clock (circadian rhythm) by ‘noticing’ when it’s daylight or not. One theory is that if it becomes ‘faulty’ it can slow down the body clock, causing lethargy and depression. However, bright light (in the morning or from light treatment) can ‘reset’ the body clock and alleviate the symptoms, so the faulty SCN can’t be the only factor involved in this ongoing disorder.

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Possible triggers No one really knows what triggers SAD, but it has been linked to events such as childbirth, hysterectomy or other hormonal upheavals. It’s been suggested that postnatal depression may be SAD, brought on by the considerable stress of having a baby. Note: if you already suffer from SAD, and are hoping to start a family, spring is probably the best time to have a baby. SAD has also been reported to have been triggered by a major loss or bereavement, or by serious illness, all of which are common triggers of depression. Who gets SAD? SAD can begin at any age, most commonly between 18 and 30, with more people developing it before the age of 21 than after. It’s thought that twice as many women as men have SAD, but it’s difficult to get an accurate picture, as men can find it harder to admit to depressive symptoms.

southern parts of Australia and South America. It is estimated that around 10 per cent of the population of Northern Europe have milder symptoms of SAD, while about two per cent experience severe symptoms. Some people even get SAD in summer, during dull periods. People who have lived near the tropics for part of their lives and then emigrated to this country seem to be more vulnerable to SAD symptoms. Note: people from different cultural backgrounds may show symptoms differently, and this can sometimes lead to being misdiagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, for instance.

What sort of treatments are there? Many people make their own diagnosis and treat themselves. However, talking to your GP will give you further information and treatment options. Ideally, any treatment (including light treatment) should be mediIt’s extremely rare to find people with cally supervised, either by a GP or a SAD symptoms of SAD living within 30 degrees of clinic. Unfortunately, there are only a few NHS the equator, where daylight hours are long clinics in this country, and you may have to and extremely bright. But it can affect people wait a long time for an appointment. anywhere else in the northern and southern hemispheres – from Scandinavia, in the Bright light therapy North, throughout Europe, in most of North Bright light is the most effective treatment for America and North Asia, and as far up as the most people. Light therapy (phototherapy)


helps many people, usually within three to five days. It means spending some time each day exposed to very bright light, at least ten times the intensity of domestic lighting. Ordinary light bulbs and fittings are not strong enough, and ordinary suntan lamps or boxes, which emit high levels of ultra violet (UV) light, should not be used. Light treatment with the correct lights is perfectly safe: enough UV is screened out, so there is no danger of eye problems or skin cancer. Light is measured in ‘lux’. To be effective, a light intended to reduce the symptoms of SAD should be at least 2,500 lux, although most manufacturers now produce 10,000 lux models. There’s a range of light equipment available, including light boxes, visors and dawn simulators. • The light boxes range in size from a small TV-sized tabletop box to a wallmounted window-type fixture. They contain a number of bright light tubes covered by a screen. You sit about half a metre to a metre away from it, and can carry on with normal activities, such as reading, working, eating or even watching TV.

cut treatment time down to half an hour. Use one daily in winter and during dull periods in the summer, beginning in the autumn, when the first symptoms appear. The benefits continue as long as it’s used every day. Once your routine is established, you can take occasional days off or go away for a long weekend, as long as you start again as soon as you return. If you have already been experiencing severe symptoms before you start light treatment then you are unlikely to get much benefit from it. Manufacturers advise trying again earlier the next year. Occasionally, people report headaches, irritability or, in very rare cases, nausea when using light treatment. Changing your position may help, but if problems persist, you must stop using light treatment. Anyone using light treatment, regularly, should tell their optician and have an annual eye check up. Anyone with existing eye problems should ask whether lights are safe. Light boxes are

• A portable light visor fits on your head, shining light directly into your eyes and giving you complete freedom of movement. • A dawn simulator is a bedside light, connected to an alarm clock, which mimics a sunrise and wakes you gradually. You can use your lights at any time of day, except just before going to bed. Morning light seems to work best for people who tend to be more active later in the day and early evening light can help those who prefer mornings. Average use is one or two hours a day and the maximum about four hours. Some light boxes are much brighter and can

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learning how to decenter, a person can distance themselves from the negative thoughts and feelings that may affect occupational performance in areas such as eating healthily, maintaining social relationships and being productive at work. By bringing attention back to the present (e.g. by focusing on their breath), clients gradually begin to observe their thought processes rather than reacting to them, thus, facilitating occupational engagement Antidepressants SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants, such as paroxetine (Seroxat), sertraline (Lustral) and fluoxetine (Prozac),which increase the activity of serotonin, have proved successful in severe cases of SAD. They can be combined with light treatment. Older antidepressants such as amitriptyline, imipramine and dosulepin are less commonly used nowadays and more problematic, because they increase symptoms like sleepiness. (See Mind’s booklet Making sense of antidepressants for information about side effects and withdrawal.) What else can I do to help myself? Make the most of natural light. We know that being outdoors throughout the winter isn’t a cure, because many farmers and outdoor workers have SAD. However, it is still worth taking opportunities to be exposed to natural light when possible. Going outdoors, particularly around midday or on bright days, can be effective in reducing symptoms. If it is safe to do so (i.e. when you will not impair your vision), try to wear sunglasses a bit less often: this will allow greater exposure to natural light. Additionally, having pale colours within

the home that reflect light from outside can be helpful. Avoid stress Your body is less able to deal with a high level of pressure within the winter months. (See the Mind guide to managing stress.) Even if you can’t curl up in bed and sleep for six months, you can simplify your life in winter. Be ruthless about which tasks can be left until summer, especially major ones, such as changing jobs, moving home, extra housework and decorating or repairs. Plan ahead for the winter. Buy Christmas presents, stock up store cupboards and give parties in the summer, when you want to. Pamper yourself physically with a massage, or learn how relaxation exercises can help you unwind. Exercise and eat well You need to keep active during the winter, but with routine stress-free activities that don’t require too much concentration or drain your energy. There’s plenty of evidence to show how good physical activity is for mental wellbeing, and for helping with problems such as depression. One research study showed that a daily one-hour walk, in the middle of the day, could be as helpful as light treatment for coping with the winter blues. A healthy diet is also important, and you should try to balance the common SAD craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Some people find that taking extra vitamin B12 is helpful. Consider taking St John’s wort St John’s wort is a popular herbal remedy

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Fever Fever is diagnosed when the body temperature is elevated to 37.8 degrees centigrade – 100 degrees Fahrenheit - or higher (when taken orally). It is a common symptom in adults and children, of colds and viral and bacterial infections. However, It is not commonly known that this rise in body temperature is a natural • Drink plenty of cool (not iced) fluids. and necessary reaction, caused by the release of This replaces water lost through sweat and the body’s own immune cells. improves heat loss through the skin. • Keep cool. Dress in lightweight Studies suggest that humans recover more clothing with a light blanket to sleep. rapidly and with fewer mortalities from infec• Allow airflow to the room. This keeps tions and critical illness as a result of a fever. the room slightly cooler than room temperature Some immune reactions are increased by fever and limits bacterial growth. and many pathogens are inactivated, and • If hungry eat easily digested foods therefore hindered by raised temperatures. such as home-made soups (miso or chicken Recent research has even indicated that high stock are ideal) If not hungry, don’t eat! body temperatures such as those experienced • Bed rest and plenty of sleep. The heart in a fever can kill rogue cancer cells. is already under stress so no physically demanding activities. In the West it is common practice to attempt to • Sponging the body with lukewarm reduce fever using pharmaceutical drugs; water (30-32 degrees centigrade) or cool however, it is far more beneficial to allow the flannels places on the forehead and wrists can fever to run its course. Parents in particular may help to cool the body down. If shivering occurs, be concerned when a child runs a high fever, stop the sponging and allow the body to warm. but supporting the body’s response and monitoring the child can effectively manage the fever. If fever is prolonged or excessive then herbal At 40 degrees centigrade (104 Fahrenheit) a intervention can be taken. fever is considered high, but harmless. It may cause some discomfort and should be moniAchillea millefolium (Yarrow) This herb is a tored closely. Over 41 degrees centigrade is diaphoretic – encouraging sweating and regarded as a very high temperature, which therefore cooling the body. It also acts as an should be reduced. This can be achieved with anti-pyretic, influencing the hypothalamus to herbal medication and sponging. The tempera- reduce the body temperature. ture rarely goes above this level. However, should it reach 42 degrees centigrade seek Chamomilla recutita (Chamomile) Chamomile medical attention. has many constituents in common with Yarrow and the two may be combined for fever Natural and traditional methods to monitor and management. Chamomile’s relaxant properties control fever when necessary allow the body to are of value where convulsions and tension are do what it does best - heal itself! present, particularly in children.

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A dvent begins four Sunday before Christmas, this year on 2 December. The run up to

Christmas can be a stressful time for many families, with the pressure of frantic consumerism everywhere we look. Yet traditionally Advent (from the Latin ‘to come’) was a time for fasting and inner reorientation. Today it still offers space for peaceful contemplation, for finding oneself among the outer preparations, and can be a time when we help children practice preparation, patience, and measured anticipation for things to come. Steiner schools around the world have an Advent Spiral. Each child in turn, holding an apple with a candle, slowly walks to the centre of a spiral path of evergreen boughs, interspersed with golden stars. They light their candle from one in the centre, and on their return place their candle carefully down along the path, choosing their own place, lighting the way for the other children. When all the children have had their turn, the whole path is aglow, like a shining garden of lights.The Advent Spiral reflects winter's dark growing to a close and the renewed promise that spring light and life will begin again.

You can make an Advent Spiral at home. Paint a wooden board and stick down 25 or 28 golden cut out stars. Each day move a candle in a tea light holder along the spiral path. Or make a spiral from bread dough and press in 25 indents to fill with glass beads or small birthday candles. To make an Advent Spiral to be used year after year, felt or embroider a cloth with stars. Place a candle at the centre, and move a smaller candle in a holder along each star day by day. Have a warm and peaceful Advent.

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Practitioners Directory ACUPUNCTURE & HOMEOPATHY I have a special interest in helping people suffering from,stress,anxiety and depression. I have been using homeopathic medicine for 23years and find it a very gentle system of Healing. The acupuncture, acupressure and massage are a lovely combination of treatments Enabling people to feel very relaxed giving the body’s energy a chance to rebalance. Acupuncture/Acupressure/Homeopathy. Angela Morris RShom, Lic ac, MBAcC, BA(hons) Treatments for adults and children. 01639 769861 / 07954181222 http://www.acupuncture-5-element.co.uk/ PSYCHOTHERAPY: I offer a holistic approach to deep self-discovery and understanding. My aim is to provide a confidential, nonjudgemental relationship in which difficulty can be safely explored. I have an M.A. in 'Core Process Psychotherapy', a secular psychotherapy founded in Buddhist understanding, practised through mindful enquiry. I am a UKCP trainee psychotherapist. If you would like to discuss whether psychotherapy might be useful for you, please ring me, Rob Stratton, on Cardiff 029 2022 9665. www.robpsychotherapy.co.uk / insight@robpsychotherapy.co.uk Sue is an experienced counsellor and Human Givens practitioner who works in a brief, solution focused way to help clients to find their own solutions to perceived problems and concerns. Human Givens therapy offers effective, practical help for problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, addiction, anger disorders and relationship problems. Sue provides a safe, warm and caring environment in which clients can explore change, feel empowered and take more control of their lives. Tel: 029 2065 2567 / Email: sue.yeo@ntlworld.com Sound Healing therapy, is a tried and tested therapeutic technique which stimulates the body's own natural healing mechanism which rejuvenates, regenerates and reverberates to help restore and re-establish cellular holistic resonance for well being. The various applied techniques of voice, sounding bowls, singing bowls, drums ,Gongs and other healing instruments which may be used in a session, help boost the immune system, relieve headaches, improve sleep, circulation, back pain, stress relief and other ailments.Faith Challinor-Wheatley sound practitioner/composer member The College of Sound Healing, has over 30 years experience as a practicing holistic therapist, specializing in Stress Management for Mind Body & Spirit. FFI &/or to book an appointment &/or to purchase one of her therapeutic meditative CDs TEL: 01792 290458 or visit http://www.soundhealingtherapies.co.uk/ CHANGE YOUR MIND - CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Your thoughts affect your emotions and your body; negative thoughts can lead to unhappiness and even serious illness. Learn how to change your mind, and notice the difference in your health and wellbeing. We use a blend of Hypnotherapy, NLP, Thought Pattern Management, EFT (tapping) and Past Life Regression Therapy, tailored to your specific needs. Free initial appointment in SE Wales. Visit www.aspire2change.co.uk, www.dyingtolive.co.uk, email jenny@aspire2change.co.uk or call 029 2086 2647 for details. FACIAL REFLEXOLOGY Sorensensistem™ IS A VERY SPECIAL DEEPLY RELAXING TREATMENT WHICH BENEFITS DISEASES OF THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, ADHD, ALZHEIMER’S, BRAIN DAMAGE, DEMENTIA, 5 DIFFERENT TYPES OF DEPRESSION, ME, MS, PARALYSIS, PARKINSONS, SPACICITY, STRESS, STROKE,TEETH STRAIGHTENING, THYROID BALANCING. Tibetan Neck & Scalp, Reflexology, Japanese Cosmo Facelift Therapy, Spiritual Healing. Mobile for home visits maximises the benefits of the treatment. Tel Cheryl Hopkins: 029 2059 5047 Mobile: 07725 485513 www.facialreflexology.org.uk CLINICAL SUPERVISION Places available for qualified and trainee counsellors, psychotherapists, play therapists and counselling psychologists with an experienced and qualified supervisor working from an Integrative framework (Psychosynthesis, Systemic, Creative Arts). Experience working with children, young people and adults with complex histories and needs / supervising a variety of professionals working within a range of environments. Based near J34/35 of M4. Melody Cranbourne-Rosser HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist MBACP MNCS(Accred) MBPsS. Contact: 01443 449667 or mcranbourne@hotmail.com / Visit: www.essenzacppd.org.uk


Practitioners Directory HANNAH MORLEY

Caerleon Pilates & Physiotherapy: 6 week Modified Pilates Courses at Caerleon Town for people with back pain, neck pain, post-surgical rehabilitation. To maintain and improve core strength, balance and wellbeing. Suitable for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Physiotherapy assessments and treatments at our Newport Centre Clinic: Treatments for arthritis, back pain, neck pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, post-injury rehabilitation, sports injuries and all aches and pains. Call today to book your class or appointment: 07510321131 pilatesphysio@hotmail.co.uk www.caerleonpilatesphysio.co.uk Who or what is bugging your life? The source of freedom from stress is within you. Change yourself and your world will change around you. The Art of Self Inquiry is a six-step technique that can be learned in a group, or you can resolve your issue in a personal coaching session. Money back guarantee. Find out more www.janetlesleybrown.com Book your FREE personal phone consultation or a Free Talk to your group: 01446 678660. Email janet@theartofselfinquiry.com Free videos : www.theartofselfinquiry.com

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SHAMANIC HEALING AND WORKSHOPS with Sarah Howcroft, Brecon Beacons and Cardiff. Cardiff Shamanic Journey Circle first Thursday monthly; Medicine Women Shamanic Development Groups fortnightly in Cardiff/Brecon. Intro Workshops, Vision Quests, Practitioner Training and lots more. Shamanic techniques reach the roots of any issue, however impossible it seems – soul retrieval, extraction, depossession, past life and ancestral healing; sessions available quickly and flexibly, also distance healing; clearing and healing for houses and land. Stunning painted drums and shamanic craftwork. www.shamanism-wales.co.uk 07968 010103 FOR A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE: Allow me to introduce you to BACH FLOWER REMEDIES. There are no side-effects or contra-indications. The remedies help to achieve emotional balance. Excellent for anxiety, depression, insomnia and many more every day negative states. As a qualified human and animal practitioner I will help you choose remedies for emotional and behavioural problems for all your loved ones, including pets. Contact Mallory Armstrong on 029 2061 0473 or 07891 147795. Please visit my website www.flowerremediescardiff.co.uk

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It is possible to change the way you feel. If you have been struggling with difficult feelings, fears, low confidence or unwanted behaviours I can help you make the right level of personal change so that you can start to feel better after just a few hours. Change is always possible, regardless of how long you may have had a problem. Call me, Georgia Walby, to book a Change Session or to enquire about NLP Training. Tel: 029 2099 0279

Notice Board FREE MEDITATION – experience inner peace and balance with Sahaja Meditation. Techniques are easy to learn and practice. Suitable for everyone. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere at meetings in Cardiff, Swansea and Cardigan with contacts throughout Wales see: www.meditation-classes-in-wales.org.uk or www.freemeditation.com

Mindful Space: Mindfulness Meditation Training in South Wales Mindfulness courses, workshops, retreats and one-to-one coaching. 8-Week MBSR/MBCT course Cardiff starting Wednesday 16 January. Trainer: Vicki Worsley, MBACP. Trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn. More info: 07706830313, vicki@mindfulspace.co.uk, www.mindfulspace.co.uk

ULTIMATE WELLBEING Newly qualified naturopathic nutritionist offering discount consultations. Using diet and natural techniques, a personal lifestyle plan will be created to enable you to achieve ultimate physical, mental and emotional health. £20. Contact Hannah on 029 2030 4268

PAN-DIMENSIONAL-INTEGRATED-THERAPY - Combining the Healing Modalities of Remedial and Orthopaedic Massage, Cranial/Osteopathy, Osteomyology, Kinesiology, Homeopathy, Phyto-Therapy and Nutritional Advice. For a Comprehensive Holistic Assessment of your State of Health, and effective remedies. Phone Bill Seage 01656 783313 www.integratedtherapiesltd.co.uk

MASSAGE THERAPY - Acupressure stress release chair massage, Relaxation body oil massage, Remedial Sports massage deep tissue rehabilitation of injury or general maintenance with pain relief and stretching. Hourly sessions. Gift vouchers available. Bridgend area. Healthy-LifeTherapies.com. Marvin: 07974743445.

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