No.8 Autumn 2015 Happy | Healthy | Inspired
All the leaves are brown and the sky is blue …
FEATURING Heart Matters Breaking Boundaries #LikeAGirl Ageing. Be Careful What You Say
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Positive Living: Think Yourself Beautiful De-cluttering? How to get in the groove Food on the Move. Does it make you fat? … and much more to Inspire, Relax and make you Feel Good!
WORDS: Beverley Le Cuirot, Founder and Editor
As the season changes, so it gives us the opportunity to look at our lives anew. With this edition, we focus on the way we think, and how this can affect the way we live our lives. We feature a new way of approaching a wider public health service; a new way of really ‘seeing’ our beautiful Island; and a time-honoured way to clear your mind and refresh your body – the Autumn Getaway. In our What’s New section, we have seasonal beauty regimes, ground-breaking research into immunity in the elderly; huge investment in a new Spa in the West of the Island; and a new Barre workout studio in the East.
As we get older, it’s common for us to lose our natural sense of wonder and curiosity, and so we look at the importance of staying curious and how this can help us be mindful of the bigger picture in life. And so much more. As always, we hope you enjoy the read and we look forward to your comments. Health, happiness, and inspiration, always.
We have articles from health and wellbeing experts in the USA, UK and Jersey, with tips and guidance for improving our confidence, our self-esteem, and our positivity; and generally taking hold of the reins on our lives. We get in the groove with de-cluttering; we’re attracting healthy relationships; and we get the chance to examine the words we use when thinking about ageing. We look at what’s going on with our young people … our older people … and those in between. And we report on how the restaurants in Jersey are meeting the needs of our health conscious, modern lifestyle. Doris Grant would be most impressed.
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An early champion of fresh, natural ingredients, cookery writer, Doris Grant railed against food processing, and believed that ‘healthy people are contented people’. In her 1955 book Dear Housewives, she wrote that: ‘the right kind of diet could even reduce juvenile delinquency’.
Hands up for a wider public health service! 6 Following the Blue 8 Green Space = Happy Place 10 Clear Your Mind: Refresh Your Body – Your Autumn Getaway 13
Is Beauty Skin Deep? Can We Turn Back the Clock On Our Immunity? Investment at the Beach Raising the Barre
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Time Efficient Fitness Solutions in Town 22 5 Common Running Injuries and How Acupuncture Can Help 24 What’s Your Why? Goal Setting and Motivation 26 No Turning Back: Martial Arts 28
Creating Healthy Workplaces Supporting Islanders with Mental Health Issues 10 Steps to a Successful Business Without Selling Your Soul A Journey to Confidence Be Truly Seen and Heard as an Introvert
Imagine How Good You’ll Feel: Step Inside the Oasis Heart Matters Where the Science of Colour Transforms Lives Sleep (Modern Day Methods for Counting Sheep)
De-cluttering? How to get in the groove!
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Positive Living: Think Yourself Beautiful 50 Take Control of Your Life! 52 Stay Curious 54 MCBT. Mindful Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 56 What is low self-esteem doing to your relationships? 58 Venerable, but not Invulnerable – Empowering Elders 60 Ageing. Be Careful What You Say 62
Year-Round Fun and Fitness for All the Family 64 Zen for Children 66 What Should a Child Know? 68 Girls Experiencing Problems with Mental WellBeing 69 What’s Your Final Wish? And Who Knows It? 70
Breaking Boundaries #LikeAGirl Meditation = Hot Sex!
Monk to Millionaire What does it mean to ‘Be a Man’?
Prevention Is Better Than Cure Thyme for Change Bone Broth, the new green juice? Food on the Move. Does it make you fat? Are You Getting Your Daily Nutritional Needs?
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Guest Contributors: Jennifer Gabiola – USA Joanna Garzilli - USA Patricia Cherry - UK Stephanie J. King - UK In Jersey: Agatha Penney Anne Hembry Beverley Le Cuirot
Fiona McIntosh Isidro Da Mata Kary Day Lorna Jackson Lorraine Pannetier Lucy Sanderson Nathan Fischer Pamela Pitcher Renee Hine
Lucy has been researching and writing for WellBeing World since the start and in her own words, “adores this job!” In fact, she loves her work so much, that she set up her own business, writing and providing creative copy for all types of businesses. She also offers a unique approach to PR & Marketing as a consultant and campaign manager. When she’s not conjuring up copy or clever campaigns for clients, Lucy spends her time cooking (and eating!) and supporting the local arts scene, particularly music. Her favourite person in the world is her daughter, Ava Grace.
Photo: Danny Evans
Meet the Team: Lucy Sanderson
Hands up for a wider public health service! Community based health service? Could be a step in the right direction! The recent shift in thinking toward future for community healthcare, million people have the potential prevention and wellness over sickness could all be recruited to alleviate the to be part of the wider healthcare and cure requires a sea of change stress which currently lies on the workforce; it is reported that this to support society from the evershoulders of the UK’s NHS – and covers 57 occupation groups, growing demand for healthcare. similarly within healthcare sectors in including a broad range of the public, With a strong focus on maintaining many countries across the world. private and voluntary sectors, as well wellbeing, the Royal Society for as 5 million people providing unpaid Public Health has released a strategy Chronic illness and disease is rife care and support to family members for a ‘wider public health service’, and as such, the sustainability of the and friends due to disability, illness or which would encompass poor mental health. a diverse workforce from “It has been identified that, in the UK an array of sectors, outside When it comes down to the approximately 20 million people have the of the usual remit of the concept of a wider public potential to be part of the wider healthcare ‘health care’ services. health service, it really is – workforce; it is reported that this covers 57 The wider workforce is the more the merrier. In defined as: ‘Any individual occupation groups, including a broad range of order to effect change on who is not a specialist or such a scale; both sides of the public, private and voluntary sectors” practitioner in public health, the situation must adapt. The but has the opportunity or public is faced with directing ability to positively impact health current healthcare system is under their focus concerning health and wellbeing through their (paid or severe pressure. Ageing populations and wellbeing, to prevention and unpaid) work.’ add to the strain on the healthcare wellness, maintaining their health and wellbeing by being proactive and system: under-staffing, lack of Professionals from fire and rescue, appropriate facilities, lengthy waiting mindful, autonomous and responsible. the police, welfare and housing, lists for all manner of illness and educational professionals and Contributors to the proposed ailments and an obesity epidemic, teachers, pharmacists, postal means that the ethos of prevention wider public health service would workers, sports and fitness workers, being better than cure has never been undoubtedly need training on varying hairdressers and many more; under an so prevalent. It has been identified levels; depending on the sort of innovative scheme to build a better that, in the UK approximately 20 assistance each sector is bringing 6
to the current public healthcare service. Although even with added training, the report based on the UK’s implementation of such a scheme looks promising to be a lot more cost efficient than the current system – in the long run, investing in a wider public health workforce will work out better. With dwindling reserves and ever increasing budget cuts to healthcare spending – money plays an important role in ascertaining the benefits of engaging the support of other professions to support their community’s wellbeing.
Call & Check – Jersey Post Ahead of the Game – With its special delivery of TLC to Islanders WellBeing World HQ is based in Jersey, where population numbers may well be less, but community spirit is limitless. A local innovative scheme has already pioneered the concept of a wider public health
service, in the form of, ‘Call & Check’ – where Jersey Post is providing extra support to the local elderly population. Call & Check is a simple but effective concept, which involves Jersey’s postmen and women calling on elderly Islanders during their regular post round. The visits can be arranged daily, weekly, or whenever the customer wishes. It’s a case of a knock on the door, a brief chat to see if everything’s OK – asking how they are and answering to immediate requests or concerns by notifying the correct organisations, such as their GP for medical attention, or a voluntary service as is required for issues such as grocery shopping, Meals on Wheels, or simple companionship.
Call & Check in Jersey is the sort of support to the public health service, which could be adopted in other countries and goes a step toward the wider public health workforce scheme. Reducing the pressure on traditional services and implementing schemes to alleviate the need for hospitalisation can only be a positive change.
Having been piloted in one area, it is now about to go Islandwide; and Jersey Post are also helping other countries to launch similar schemes.
More info: www.jerseypost.com/ community/callandcheck or call Joe Dickinson on +44 (0) 1534 616 594.
Training professionals in various degrees of healthcare and our society about being mindful about their own wellbeing – the start of the sea of change surrounding prevention is lapping at the shore and Jersey already has a head start with its Call & Check scheme from Jersey Post.
Check out www.rsph.org.uk for more information and the full report on the proposed scheme for the UK for a #widerworkforce Creating a WORLD of Difference
Following the Blue WORDS: Kary Day MITG
Open the doors of history, folklore, myth and magic, whilst keeping fit and active â&#x20AC;Ś For many, a blue badge brings to mind the States of Jersey parking permit which helpfully allows those in need to park nearer to their destination. Indeed, this is so, however over the last year I have made a discovery; a Blue Badge is also a Tourist Guide who possesses the highest of British Tourist Guiding qualifications, someone who can proudly offer a detailed, in-depth knowledge of the highlights of the region in which they are qualified (and for Jersey this includes the small land mass that is the UK too!). This summer, 11 new Tourist Guides joined the ranks of the Blue Badge Holders in Jersey. It was
a qualification that was not easily obtained, with hundreds of hours of independent study, accompanied by twice-weekly classroom based lectures, and practical guiding experience each weekend, culminating in a comprehensive series of practical and written examinations. A Blue Badge Guide in Jersey can take you on a time travelling adventure, from Iron Age Hillforts, past Medieval Castles, to 20th Century Wartime bunkers and beyond. They can help you find the beauty of art hidden in plain sight; admire murals in side-streets, and uncover statues and sculptures where you would least
expect to find them. Cycle through beautiful country lanes, ramble along hidden footpaths or explore coastal cliff paths. Wander through ancient Churchyards and learn about the history of the Parish Churches, and the stories of the Islanders buried in their hallowed grounds; or even enjoy an historic pub crawl. Our tiny Island has an enormous amount to offer those willing to go out and find it, and what better way than accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide who can open the doors of history, folklore, myth and magic, whilst at the same time helping you to keep fit and active.
Very little can top the simple pleasure of rounding a corner on a hidden cliff path to be faced with an expanse of pink or purple flora, wafting in a gentle breeze, or to be suddenly gifted a field of sparkling yellow. Along our headlands, crumble the gorse flowers in your fingers, and unbelievably smell coconut. Or wander along the pathways of our beautiful orchid fields, home to around 32,000 orchids including the Jersey Loose Flowered Orchid, the Southern Marsh, Common Spotted and Heath Spotted Orchids. During May and June the meadows of Le Noir Pré are a riot of deep purple, pink and white. Each area of our Island offers its own unique experiences and stories … you can explore Jersey’s rich maritime history beginning with a 60 minute harbour walk, hearing tales of marauding Vikings, pirates, privateers and Royalty, before strolling along the promenade past Castle Quay, towards St Helier Marina. From the sculpture of the Needle, continue towards town learning of Jersey’s lucrative shipbuilding past; admire the marvellously restored 19th Century warehouses, now home to the Jersey Maritime Museum. The harbour walk takes us briefly around St Helier Town Marina, towards the Old Harbour, bordered by Quai des Marchands, (The Merchant's Quay). Photographic opportunities abound as the old harbour offers stunning
views at both high and low tides. Learn the history of our charming steam clock Ariadne, and hear how the building of the Quai des Marchands (in 1818) caused consternation in the States Chamber. For the more energetic explorers, you could take to your bicycles, to embark on a tour of the south-east coast of the Island, around the headland at Mount Bingham, through Havre des Pas, and along the Coast Road, to join sleepy lanes through St Clement and Grouville, arriving in the quaint
Harbour village of Gorey, nestling below the majestic Castle of Mont Orgueil. Here you can hear tales of the famous Battle of the Oyster Shells, and the bravery of Major Archibald Campbell. Discover the history of Mont Orgueil Castle, and learn of Philippe D'Auvergne, the Prince of Bouillon's infamous Spy Ring, La Correspondance.
fitness, how better to achieve success than with an exciting exploration of our Island's lanes, cliff paths and cycle routes. With the help of a Blue Badge Guide you can expand your mind, while reducing your waistline, increase your knowledge and muscle simultaneously, with some wonderful routes around the Island, and some fascinating stories to go with it. Each of our 12 Parishes offers a mix of amazing geology, flora, fauna and history, and it is the Blue Badge Guide's pleasure to share it with you.
The study never really ends. There is always something new to learn, something exciting to discover, where you have that ‘Eureka’ moment! Another fact learned, another connection made; something else to share with our intrepid clients. So you are cordially invited to join us. Join our Adventure! Follow the Blue!
There is so much information to share, it is almost impossible to pick on any one or two specialist subjects or tours. But in this age of increased wellbeing, where we are all trying to improve our health, strength, and
About the Author
Kary Day is a recently qualified Blue Badge Guide, fluent in French. Her love of history, coupled with her love of Jersey gave her the inspiration to join the ranks of the Blue Badge Tourist Guides. Her walks and tours, which are created to suit all ages, abilities and interests, will take you on a time-travelling adventure, filled with historical facts, legends, myths, and mirth. More info: Kary@day.je
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Green Space = Happy Place From a patch of turf to a handful of balcony pot-plants, roof top gardens and entire parks to vertical green walls of modern urban high-rise buildings and interior greenery in contemporary offices and shopping centres; green space has always been an important aspect of any environment. Rolling hills and patchwork meadows make for a most fortunate habitat, but if you live or work in a built up area, green space might not feature in the backdrop of your daily life. Our wellbeing is always enhanced when we are tuned in to nature. It’s actually in our nature to feel the benefit of the great outdoors – even if it’s sizably, not so great, or large. Any amount of nature is, to your wellbeing; nurture. Retaining or creating green space within areas where people reside has always been an important component of planning and building. For centuries, people have developed towns and villages around green space, or retained parks within town and city centres. From the UK, to the USA, China, Singapore, Peru, Bratislava, Paris, Belgium, Australia – in countries the world over, each city has its homage to nature in the form of parks or green spaces in the midst of even the most urban setting. 10
Modern day regeneration of towns and cities feature green space as more of a priority than ever before. With the design of sleek and ample glazing, monochrome facades, brick and block work, rendered walls, clean, sharp lines, and buildings rising taller than ever; green space has to be mindfully integrated in order to attain a degree of that ‘great’ outdoors. Our quality of life depends on it too. Some cities opt for a more modest approach to green space in urban architecture, whereas others, such as Singapore, have adopted an innovative and impressive approach to the inclusion of breathtaking green spaces throughout the city and far up in and on the side of their momentous structures and
buildings. A magical example, take a look at the incredible crop of solar-powered ‘Supertrees’ rising at Singapore's, Gardens By The Bay, a 101-acre conservatory that will soon blossom with 226,000 plants and flowers from all over the world. Eighteen Supertrees will serve as towering vertical gardens that will collect rainwater, generate solar power, and act as venting ducts for the conservatories - a real sight to behold as an example of extraordinary urban green space design and functionality. Scientific research shows the benefits of green space in amongst urban areas and within offices, to be vast in terms of overall general health and wellbeing. From the motivation to exercise, to the evocation of peace and an environment in which to unwind, green space is naturally, something we all need in order to feel well.
Cleverly designed green and open spaces can benefit communities in a variety of ways, including increasing levels of social contact and social integration, particularly in underprivileged, or run down areas. In this regard, neighbours are likely to get to know each other and in turn, are more likely to provide mutual concern, care and support. In terms of air quality, trees, shrubs and turf remove smoke, dust and other pollutants from the air. One tree can remove roughly 12 kilograms of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually, equaling 11,000 miles worth of car emissions! 232 square metres (not a huge space) of turf absorbs a generous amount of carbon dioxide from
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the atmosphere and releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe. Green space, big or small all contributes to better air quality and in turn a healthier environment for us to live and work in. Our mental health is at as much of an advantage with nearby green space as our physical health. Stress, depression, anxiety, inability to rest and sleep and the ability to reflect and rejuvenate can all be affected by the opportunity to be in and amongst nature. Back in 2012 the World Health Organisation cited depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide, and most recent studies into the benefits of green space in modern day developments has found that natural environments will act as vital resources to improve health and wellbeing in this regard.
Green space is more than a luxury – we all need the opportunity to feel the cool from the shade of a tree, the grass beneath our feet and the freshness of air afforded by the benefits of parks, gardens, green rooftops and our natural forests and woodlands. Autumn is a wonderful time to be outside and reap the reward of the great outdoors – whether you live near a vast park, or have the benefit of a garden or roof terrace, small balcony or stretch of trees on your way to work – realise that each of those leaves and blades of grass are all contributing to your wellbeing.
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Refresh Your Body – Your Autumn Getaway If getting away is more your thing this Autumn, why not talk with Bontour … They understand it’s important to have balance in life, and that’s why they work extra hard to make it easy for you to find and enjoy your perfect getaway. They are a small friendly, full service agency team who love travel and are passionate about sharing their knowledge of where, when and how to go on your perfect short-break from the Channel Islands. Whether it’s to clear your mind, refresh your body or challenge both, they’ll have something for you from their collection of carefully selected hotels, destinations and tours.
They enjoy close partner relationships and so are able to bring you the best deals and exclusive extras to make your break even more special. For romantics, they have St Malo, with a lazy late checkout and breakfast in bed, or for those who like to luxuriate in nature, they can arrange for you to visit the only Yves Rocher spa. For golf enthusiasts they have a range of courses with special offers on course and in the bar, and for foodies, why not indulge in their exclusive Calvados break? If culture is more your thing, they offer some of the finest concerts
and exhibitions and have exclusive tours to discover something new or recreate fond memories. And for precious family time, they have unforgettable Disney packages, as well as a wide selection of great offers on mobile home holidays across France. Â A little of what you fancy - combined with a great deal does you good! With a professional and personal service, Sarah and Pauline at Bontour can help you find that certain something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for your soul. Take some time for you, tell them what you fancy and let them do the rest. More info: www.bontour.co.uk
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Is Beauty Skin Deep? Beautiful glowing skin is desired by every woman. We are attracted to people with clear skin and a glowing complexion as this identifies with good health. During the short summer months, we run to the sun in search of our fix of Vitamin D and nice bronzing tan. As a result our skin becomes dry and irritated, particularly with age.
According to Ayurveda, the damage to our skin happens due to accumulation of Vata in the body, which is prevalent during Autumn and early winter. Predominance of any of the 3 doshas creates an imbalance in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constitution, and so the secret to staying young is keeping Vata at bay. Understanding our constitution
In Ayurveda people are characterised by three traits: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, otherwise known as your 'Dosha' or constitution type. Once you know your Dosha you can eat exercise and live accordingly to maintain optimum health and balance for your body, mind and soul. Ayurvedic Physicians, such as Dr. Prasanna at Ayush Wellness Spa, are able to offer consultations to assess your lifestyle, measure your constitution and then suggest the most suitable diet, lifestyle
adaptations and treatment to create balance of your Doshas. So is beauty skin deep? It is not according to this ancient holistic system of healing. Our outer beauty mirrors our inner state of wellbeing
Ayurveda suggests that beauty can be viewed as having three aspects; outer, inner and deeper spiritual aspects. Outer is what is visually perceived that includes body, skin texture, hair and nails. Inner beauty relates to inner qualities of being, including mental and emotional states. Deeper spiritual beauty refers to energy, insight, inspiration and intuition. "The secret of youth and beauty is the proper circulation of vital fluids and the regular discharge of waste materials".
Regular massage is a highly recommended lifestyle regimen along with a healthy diet. Massage offers many benefits from improving the immune system to correcting the electromagnetic energy flow throughout the body. In the context of skin, massage gives a beautiful lustre, relaxes and tones the muscles flushing out waste products and improving, building body awareness and the all important self-confidence. At Ayush Wellness, Ayurvedic therapies recommended for maintaining body care include a synchronised 'four hand' known as 'Abhyanga', which uses steam detoxification; 'Udvartana', herbal body massage; and 'Shiropada', a scalp and foot massage. All using a combination of different Ayurvedic herbs and spices mixed with coconut and sesame oils. Ayush Spa skin care therapies tailored to your Dosha
Very few of us have naturally perfect skin and most of us lead stressful lives. A regular skin care routine is not a luxury but an essential! Vata skin characteristics tend to be dry and prone to eczema. Dr. Prasanna recommends the Ayush Soothing Vata Facial to breathe new life into the dry stressed skin using deeply nourishing and intensely hydrating factors of La Sultane de Sabas' Argan Oil. For Pitta skin, a Cooling Pitta Facial is applied to purify the most delicate and sensitive of skins using organic plant extracts from the Sugarcane and Prickly Pear range of products, restoring balance to sensitive and irritated skin.
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Kapha skin on the other hand tend to be moist, cold and prone to congestion. A purifying facial with custom blended ingredients for intense exfoliation can be administered for nutrient infusion and a renewed moisture balance. 'Leave Ayush feeling like the Queen of Sheba'
Ayush Spa has introduced the 'La Sultane de Saba' skin care range as an essential ingredient to facial experiences. La Sultane de Saba unleashes the secrets of precious rituals and recipes that date back to the time of the Queen of Sheba and Cleopatra. The Ayush-La Sultane Gold Signature facial is a premium facial therapy administered using 23 carat gold range known for its anti-ageing properties. It’s a complete facial to unveil the complexion’s genuine beauty - ideal for smoothing wrinkles and restoring firmness and luminosity. Cleopatra was known to have applied a gold mask using these precious, healing gold minerals to enhance her beauty and restore a youthful radiance. To discover more on Ayurveda beauty, read ‘Absolute Beauty’ by Pratima Raichur; ‘Inner Beauty' by Reenita Malhotra; or ‘Ayurvedic Beauty Care' by Melanie Sachs, and then experience it at the Ayush Wellness Spa at the Hotel de France. More info: www.ayushspa.com
Can We Turn Back The Clock On Our Immunity?
New Study: Prebiotic Can Improve the Immune Function of the Aged
New research published in July 2015 in the British Journal of Nutrition from Reading University has found that the advanced prebiotic, Bimuno, revitalises the immune boosting bacteria (gut microflora), which has the potential to significantly improve health in the ageing population. The study provides further evidence of the inter-relationship between the microbiota in the gut, and the immune system. Bimuno is the only prebiotic to have demonstrated an immune modulating effect on the immune system of the elderly.
ages the immune system weakens, the frequency of illnesses increases and recovery takes longer. Furthermore, low immunity can often lead to chronic and long-term disease.
The immune system is designed to defend the body against dangerous or foreign invaders, but as the body
In later life, the gut microbiota begins to change with a reduction in certain types of immune boosting bacteria
How does the immune system weaken?
including bifidobacteria, with such changes thought to contribute to a weakening of the immune system. Reversing those changes in gut microbiota can therefore support the immune system and boost gut health. The results are also applicable to other groups that are affected by immune system deterioration, including those that have damaged their microflora through the use of antibiotics, or experienced high levels of stress.
The recent study found:
• Significant increase in beneficial bifidobacteria, the bacteria known to help boost and regulate the immune system. • Significant increase in Bacteroides – Prevotella which help to prevent pathogens from colonising the gut and reduce inflammation. • Positive effect on the immune system which was seen by an increase in natural killer cell activity, which fight cells infected by viruses. • An increase in anti-inflammatory cytokines (IL-10) which enhances antibody production. • Decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1B), which is linked to disease. “Low grade inflammation is associated with numerous health problems (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular problems, dementia, etc). The longer we have underlying inflammation in the body, the more likely we are to develop some of these issues,” explained Jelena Vulevic at Clasado Research Services. She continued: “As part of the normal ageing process, the immune and gut microbial systems deteriorate and this results in a low grade inflammation in the body, making us more susceptible to various infectious/ non-infectious diseases and other age related disorders. Additionally,
the normal ageing process involves cognitive decline, which also involves inflammatory factors.” Professor Glenn Gibson, Professor of Food Microbiology, Head of Food Microbial Sciences, University of Reading added: “In our research, investigating the advanced prebiotic, Bimuno, we have demonstrated excellent results with the ability to enhance the immune system through altering the gut microbiota.” Bimuno is the only 2nd generation prebiotic on the market. It is the result of over a decade of intensive research, in collaboration with the University of Reading and other globally recognised institutes. It has been proven in trials that Bimuno significantly increases ‘good’ bacteria
A number of human intervention and clinical studies using Bimuno have shown it can help tackle digestive issues; such as IBS, bloating, prevent travel diarrhoea and increase immunity and overall wellness. In recent research it was also shown to reduce measures of anxiety.
Bimuno is sold in Boots stores and leading retailers throughout the UK. It is also available online. More info: www.bimuno.com
within just seven days and reduces and protects against bad bacteria. Bimuno’s prebiotic structure (a complex carbohydrate) means it can reach the gut intact for maximum
Bimuno is manufactured by Clasado BioSciences, a leading international biotechnology company headquartered in Jersey. They research and develop the world’s most advanced galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) products, providing solutions for Food, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical companies across the global wellness market.
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benefit. Importantly Bimuno exhibits functional properties far beyond those of a conventional prebiotic, e.g. antiinflammatory, immune modulatory and antipathogenic ability mimicking the functionality of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOS).
Through their extensive research and innovation programme and their ground-breaking prebiotic technology, they have rapidly established themselves as the leading experts in the field of gut mediated wellness, providing clinically proven solutions to improve and enrich the quality of people’s lives.
Investment at the Beach If you haven’t visited L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa for a while, you may not realise that they have invested over three quarters of a million pounds in their new ultra high quality Spa! Comprising six indulgent treatment rooms including a double treatment room, a manicure area and pedicure thrones, a relaxation lounge consisting of 12 chairs and a beach-inspired feature wall with complimentary refreshments, and a new sleep room. The Spa offers single treatments and full day spa experiences, and a vast range of treatments. The new Spa provides a tranquil environment; our particular favourite is the Sleep Room (thought to be the first of its kind in Jersey). This is a separate area that offers five ergonomic beds complete with low lighting and individual Bowers and Wilkins headphones. The headphones are of exceptional quality and clarity providing clients with five different channels of sounds and music to enjoy. The Sleep Room is an exclusive area available to Day Spa Experience guests for use after treatments.
Massages, Manicure and Pedicure with the option of gel nails, Makeup tuition, application and wedding make-up, full body Tanning, Waxing, and Eyebrow and Eyelash tinting. There are also speciality Pregnancy treatments for Mums-to-be; and Time Out treatments for men. L’Horizon is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or hen party. You can personalise a spa day or residential package to meet
The treatment beds are also rather impressive; each bed is electronically adjustable, made out of memory foam, and with an adjustable armrest for exceptional comfort and support.
The treatment beds are also rather impressive; each bed is electronically adjustable, made out of memory foam, and with an adjustable armrest for exceptional comfort and support.
your exact requirements and provide treatments and food options for your guests, to suit. For groups of six or more, the sixth person will receive his or her package for free.
Treatments include Elemis BIOTEC Facials, Elemis Spa Ocean Wraps, Elemis Face and Body Combos, Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy,
The Spa at L’Horizon is open seven days a week where treatments are available between 9am and 6pm.
All Day Spa Experiences start between 9am-9.30am and include your choice of treatments from a selection of packages, or a personalised selection to suit your requirements. You’ll also receive a welcome pack on arrival; a personal tour of the facilities; a private locker with towel, robe, slippers and toiletries; a private table in the Brasserie for lunch, elevenses or afternoon tea, if included in your package; full use of all facilities including the swimming pool, spa pool, steam room and sauna, and use of the Gym throughout the day. A Great Place to Work-out and Relax
The Gym has also been extended and is now complete with additional equipment, providing guests and members with a great place to workout and relax – and the Gym has a new window so members can use the cycles whilst enjoying the views out to sea. New equipment includes the My7 Power Plate – the first model of its kind in the Island – and a new TRX suspension trainer. The gym facilities also include an indoor 15 metre heated swimming pool, a spa pool, sauna and steam room. The swimming pool and spa pool both offer great views of the sea and the beach right outside the door, and there is a choice of indoor and
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outdoor sun loungers for you to unwind and relax.
stay, afternoon tea for two, a mini spa treatment and 12 guest passes.
Memberships are available from £59.50 per month, and as a new member you will receive £400 worth of benefits that include an overnight
More info: www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/ lhorizon/spa
Raising the Barre WORDS: Renee Hine
While it might be inspired by dance and ballet, Pilates and yoga, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a prima ballerina to get involved in the new Barre workouts. Swap the bar for the Barre and try it for yourself. Using primarily body weight resistance and isometric strength training some of the potential benefits include improved posture, muscle definition, increased flexibility, balance and stability, enhanced mobility, weight loss and core strength. Some light equipment may be used including small soft balls, resistance bands and light weights.
Barre focuses on controlled isometric movements meaning you are able to focus on muscles that are usually hard to target in the arms, core, glutes and legs, giving better definition and muscle tone. Small repeated movements keep muscles fired up using high reps and low weight, which also reduces the
risk of injury and has less pressure on joints. Through a range of movements including holding, pulsing and stretching multiple muscle groups can be targeted at once. A wide range of motion is worked through so there is a focus on strength and flexibility combined which can reduce injuries in other everyday activities and sports. Barre workouts are suitable for those of any fitness level, no experience is required and the one to one classes can be tailored to target any problem areas and worked into part of a wider
fitness programme. All the right muscles will shake and they should shake a sign you will be burning fat well after you finish your session. Ultimately Barre will lengthen, strengthen and define! In their modern form, Barre workouts are still a fairly new entry into the world of fitness, though in their more pure form, as conditioning classes for dancers, they have been around a long time. There are numerous modified versions offered by different studios to suit their own style, focus and ideals. Some you will find incorporate more dance inspired moves, others are more yoga focused and some are more cardio based - check out BarreCore, Barre3, Pure Barre and Physique57 for some Barre inspiration!
I believe in using the Barre workout as part of a varied and dynamic approach to fitness and lifestyle. It can be used as one of you weekly workouts or incorporated into a session with cardio and weights training. Variety really is key to
continually getting results, achieving your goals, staying motivated and enjoying your workouts. Keep your body challenged and work muscles you never knew you had with Barre workouts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; minus the leotard and ballet shoes! More info: www.body-by-renee.com
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Time-Efficient Fitness Solutions in a Convenient Town Location Healthhaus Express Now Open!
Healthhaus has opened its first Express club; the second club in Jersey for the award-winning brand, and like its namesake, the Express brand is based on providing a boutique-styled private members club for the discerning health conscious individual in a non-intimidating home-from-home environment. It shares the same service and support values synonymous with Healthhaus; the main difference is that the Express brand is for people who want time-efficient fitness solutions, which can be incorporated seamlessly into their working day, in a convenient town location. We talked to Glenda Rivoallan, Founder and Director of Healthhaus, who told us about the importance of reaching this new segment: “The average health club aims to attract people who already participate in fitness. Healthhaus Express aims to attract people who often need it the most but for many reasons haven’t engaged. The corporate community is a good example; these individuals work so hard it often ends up that their work-life balance becomes out of kilter at the expense of their health. The key worry is the sedentary lifestyles that we can so often lead when work gets in the way. With this club, there really are no excuses; it is so easy to join us for a lunch date, stop off on the way home, or simply take a screen break. “The foundation of training at Healthhaus Express is the innovative and award-winning Milon Circle. You only need to train twice every ten days for 35 minutes or even 4 times x 17.5 minutes for guaranteed results. That’s a full workout achieved in under 20minutes. It’s not only through the Milon Circle that you will progress towards your fitness
goals – you will have our qualified and experienced staff to help encourage, motivate, inspire and support you. However, it doesn’t end there. If you are someone who likes variety; then you can also choose from our lunch-time circuit classes, evening running club for all levels, or a 1-1 personal coaching session with one of our highly experienced PT coaches,” Glenda continued.
journey with us but at the same time become to become independent of us when making healthy lifestyle choices. We know to make this happen involves us investing in the support we give in achieving a 360 approach to health. At Healthhaus Express members are always fully supervised and after club hours have complimentary access to our NEW Healthhaus@home online
“The Healthhaus brand is about us educating our clients to embrace the notion of lifelong health as opposed to short-term fitness. It is with this in mind that we offer all Healthhaus members a complimentary nutrition course and access to our monthly lifestyle events. We aim to work in partnership with our members to develop their ability to continue the
portal which is based on the four pillars of health to include: mind and body, fitness, nutrition and general support. We endeavour to make each and every experience at Healthhaus Express personal and immensely enjoyable in a sociable environment. As with Healthhaus, at Healthhaus Express our team is committed to taking your fitness personally.” rld Readers!
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5 Common Running Injuries and How Acupuncture Can Help WORDS: Lorna Jackson BSc (Hons), MBAcC, AFN
Acupuncture and running are a well-suited pair. Whether you are a casual or competitive runner, acupuncture can help you stay on top of your running game. From knee and hip pain to plantar fasciitis and fatigue, many ailments suffered by runners can be helped by acupuncture. Here is how acupuncture can help address 5 of the most common causes of running injuries. Lazy Butt Syndrome The Problem:
Runners are notorious for having inactive gluteals, the muscles that control stability of the pelvis and leg as you move forward. When these muscles do not engage optimally, loss of control causes excessive motion in the pelvis, knees, ankles and feet – causing progressive injury particularly when tired. Runners are especially prone to this particular imbalance because training the motion of running focuses on the muscles that drive them forward e.g. the quads and calves and not the smaller muscles that stabilise the pelvis.
How Acupuncture Can Help:
Acupuncture can help activate your gluteal muscles by stimulating the brain’s control of inactive or inhibited muscles – allowing you to maintain the hip stability required for injury-resilient form.
Kinetic Chain Imbalances The Problem:
The repetitive mechanical stress induced by running transfers along lines of fascia connecting the musculoskeletal system – and these systems adapt to the stress placed upon them. As a result, runners often hold excessive tension in the back and lateral fascial line resulting in injury at points where stress is concentrated. The formation of common running injury – Achilles, calf and hamstring strain, as examples – can actually originate above or below the site of pain and not just where it hurts.
How Acupuncture Can Help:
Dependent on specific needle placement, acupuncture can affect entire fascial lines of pull. As little as a single needle in your hip can illicit a noticeable release all the way down your leg to your foot. By releasing adhesions, trigger points and relevant soft tissue dysfunction, acupuncture can correct the imbalance causing your injury.
Inflammation The Problem:
Tendon Dysfunction The Problem:
Overtraining Syndrome The Problem:
How Acupuncture Can Help:
How Acupuncture Can Help:
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Overuse injury from repetitive tissue stress involves localised pockets of inflammation that cause pain and impair function. Acute inflammation helps the body heal and pain is a useful evolutionary tool to warn use of harm. However, improper biomechanics, overtraining, poor diet and stress can impair the body’s ability to fully recover. When inflammation persists – chronic inflammation – we end up experiencing pain for longer than the time in which we would expect it to heal.
Acupuncture is effective in treating chronic inflammation and pain because the hair-thin needles used can reach inflammation deep in the body – inaccessible to most modern modalities. This helps resolve lingering inflammation and enable your body to complete the healing process by restoring strength, mobility and function to injured tissue. Not only can acupuncture have a local anti-inflammatory effect, it can reduce whole body (systemic) inflammation and allow you to develop an overall healthier inflammatory response.
With poor periodisation between rest and exercise, runners often injure themselves because they increase training load too quickly. Connective tissues that have a relatively poor blood supply adapt at a much slower rate than muscles do. Tendons are comprised of collagen fibres aligned in a specific direction to handle a specific tissue stress. When we overload our tendons by running too many miles with poor biomechanics and/or run when we are tired, the resultant tissue stress progressively leads to injury – tears, adhesions and scar tissue form and inevitably result in pain. Acupuncture has been shown to be powerful in treating tendon injury by aiding circulation to areas with an otherwise limited blood supply. In particular, electro-acupuncture -- a combination of acupuncture and electro-stimulation -- has been shown to increase the diameter, reorganisation and strength of a tendon’s architecture – releasing excessive tension that is overloading the tendon and causing pain.
Perpetual overtraining before the body has recovered has been shown to result in further ill-health outside simple tissue injury. The nervous system can become stuck in sympathetic overdrive (fight or flight), making you unable to relax or properly recover – associated signs and symptoms may include depleted immune system, lack of concentration, increased injury risk and impaired ability to recover. Extreme cases can lead serious conditions characterised by chronically elevated heart rate, chronic fatigue, insomnia and depression.
If you train hard, you need to rest harder. Acupuncture is one of the most effective nonpharmaceutical ways to activate your parasympathetic nervous system -- the nerves that allow you to rest, digest, and heal -- helping you to relax fully and sleep deeply. If you are a competitive athlete flirting along the line of overtraining, regular acupuncture can be essential in ensuring that your recovery is as high quality as your workouts.
More info: www.healthpointclinic.co.uk
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What’s Your Why? WORDS: Isidro Da Mata, Healthhaus
What is it that makes the difference in the quality of a person’s life? Why is it that we can have two people, one with every advantage; all the love, support, money, resources and opportunities to do well in life, but somehow they massively underachieve, become overly rebellious and end up in and out of rehab!? Why is it also true that another individual who seems to have everything going against them and every reason to fail; no money, education or background, yet something deep within them yearned for a greater meaning, and they found a way to thrive and succeed. What's the difference that makes the difference!? Anyone who ponders such things will inevitably come across the subject of motivation. Even with the briefest look into the fields of human psychology and physiology, we know there are ways to positively change our lives. Clearly conscious directed intentions and deeper-rooted subconscious desires are at play here. Great if you're conditioned to jump out of bed feeling vibrant, grateful and joyous each day, but what if you’re not … we can’t all pursue our dreams with reckless abandon each day!
There are many distractions and insecurities which hold us back. We're constantly battling our doubts and fears, pressures from other people and rules to conform to society. These things sap our energy, and over time, steadily diminish who we are. The reality is, like many things in our life, there is a formula to motivation. It's about engaging in regular behaviours which build routines that create
away from pain, more readily than we wish to move towards pleasure. The first step then is that we must get sufficiently disturbed. Whether this happens consciously or unconsciously, we must find a way to link sufficient pain to our current situation. Doing so will make the changes required, a ‘must’ priority, instead of a ‘should’. This is a great catalyst for behavioural change but its effects on sustaining
“Whilst smart goals guide us to be realistic, I would also say that we are often limited by the boundaries of our own thinking! Humans have achieved great things by being unrealistic.” empowering habits. This ultimately manifests that ‘invisible force’ that pulls us effortlessly towards the things we value most in life. So how do we cultivate and amplify our behaviours to activate that inner charge? Pain and Pleasure. These two forces drive everything we do or don't do in life. Very often humans tend to move
motivation will only last as long as it takes an individual to move just enough away from whatever they're painfully avoiding, so make sure you also set yourself up with a strong toward motivation.
Take a person wishing to lose weight. They look in the mirror and register ‘overweight’, a pain they wish to move away from. The threshold reaches such that they engage in a diet and exercise regime. On a surface level, they make some initial progress, but inevitably end up saying they just can't lose those last few kilos. At a deeper level, what they see in the mirror doesn't look so bad, and they reach a threshold perception of ‘not overweight’. Because their action was based on an ‘away from’ motivation, their motivation wanes before they ever reach their target weight. A selfsabotage if you will, and herein starts the infamous yo-yo dieting. This is often not a conscious intention, but the mind cannot live in a void. It will always seek something to focus on, and it's driven by habit. If your only motivation is ‘away from’, then to keep yourself motivated, you will have to keep thinking unpleasant thoughts – it's no real way to live. Goal Setting. The regular habit of writing down goals and having written plans to achieve them has been verified by many studies. We're told to keep goals S.M.A.R.T. and we certainly need to be specific about what we want, but aren't we also told to dream big? It seems counterintuitive to stay in-keeping with this acronym and ensure our goals are realistic – was it realistic to think about putting a man on the moon!? Whilst smart goals guide us to be realistic, I would also say that we are often limited by the boundaries of our own thinking! Humans have achieved great things by being unrealistic. Perhaps what this type of initial big-thinking does is ignite the thought processes required to create smaller bite-sized goals in pursuit of the greater achievement? Nothing wrong with making your dreams and aspirations so big, so compelling that your problems seem insignificant by comparison. Here you can literally
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be the director of your own movie; create small steps of success that ensure consistent victories. Communication. I can't think of a greater influencing skill to have. Everything you potentially want in life, exists somewhere, or at least the knowledge of its ability to manifest, exists. Also, the likelihood is that someone somewhere in the world already has/is already achieving what you want, so the real question is – are you able to communicate effectively enough in order to meet the people who can help you achieve what you want? Be aware of the communication you have with yourself. Of the 60,00080,000 thoughts we have per day, how many are positive? Or not? The sad news is most of our daily thoughts are the same as the day before! We must frame language more positively. Want to “lose weight?”, what weight specifically!?; body composition is made up of several things so be specific with your goals and what you wish to target – fat loss. I'd also debate no-one really wants to lose anything, so say it how you want it, not how you don't want it. “Every day, I'm feeling stronger and healthier, whilst having fun doing it” is much more empowering than “I hate exercise but I don't want to be fat around my midsection so have to do something”. Replay Past Achievement. Forget dwelling on past failures, and remember past successes instead. Yes we need to course-correct when things don't go as planned, but if we have the humility to accept feedback, and live by the premise that there is never any failure, only feedback, we'll get there! Community. Surround yourself with people who are already achieving what you want. People who perceive
a sense of relatedness and connection with other like-minded individuals, feel more motivated and happier. The social support here is critical. Enthusiasm can be contagious, and it won't be long before that inner voice changes its tone and you find yourself wanting to meet the group’s expectations – not because you have to, but because you want to.
Where to Start?
Start writing down the specifics of what you want, and do it regularly. The act of writing drives our goals deeper into our subconscious. Be a success seeker not a failure avoider. Communicate it effectively by saying it how you want it and framing it positively. Do you wake up to an ‘alarm’ clock or an ‘opportunity’ clock? Taking action and having the zest to go after your goals fundamentally boils down to your bigger reasons why!? Raise your standards. It’s about creating an agenda in your life that is full of joy, gratitude, and advancement towards your greatest dreams. It’s the ‘why’ that fires the human soul, the ‘how’ can come later. Give yourself an important enough reason to do something, and you will find a way to succeed. Create easy to follow routines, ensuring consistent successes – this builds habit which reinforces that invisible force that will ultimately pull you along anyway. Hang out with like-minded people. Reminisce over past achievements and all the little things you did that led to those successes – maybe even write them down.
No Turning Back INTERVIEW: Nathan Fischer, Healthhaus
Many in Jersey will know Nathan; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a well-known face at Healthhaus, a Level 3 Personal Trainer, but what you might not know is that he specialises in Combat Training and takes his inspiration from the Martial Arts. We spoke with him about how it all started and what keeps him motivated.
Nathan told us: “I know just how difficult it is to ‘get the ball rolling’ with a regular exercise regime and how challenging it can be, but once someone feels, sees and experiences the benefits associated with healthy living, it is hard to turn back. “For me, training in martial arts started in Durban, South Africa when I was 10 years of age. I started with traditional Japanese Jujitsu and I did that for three years till I was into my early teens, and then I got sidetracked with being a teenager ... “I moved to the Channel Islands when I was in my early 20s and this is when my love affair with martial arts started up again. I started training with a friend of mine in the summer on the beach in between split shifts - we were both chefs at the time. He was a black belt in Karate, we trained for two summers on the beach, just really enjoying the fitness side of the training. “Then in 2005, a friend of mine introduced me to the Jersey Tae Kwon Do Club. It took me seven years to receive my Black belt and I have not looked back. “Having once controlled Korea, Japan had a great influence and the Koreans and the Japanese traded a lot of martial arts techniques and styles. In 1945 Korea was liberated from Japan
and the Koreans were looking for a martial art to call their own, to unify the country; and Taekwondo was born. Nathan continued his story: “Once I received my black belt in Taekwondo, I was training a lot of different age groups and different abilities of males and females, and I really enjoyed passing on my knowledge and skills. This is when I had my light bulb moment, when I knew that I could do this for living. I immediately went back to school on a part-time basis to train as a personal trainer at Highlands College, and the rest is history! “I believe that Martial Arts gave me inner confidence and the ability to take on challenges. Without having that inner confidence, I would have never been able to become a personal trainer. This is what I try and impart to my clients with my personal coaching; not only the ability to learn new skills and to lift weights correctly, but to show them new ways to achieve their goals. This might include their diet, and above all, giving them that inner confidence to give them the power to have self discipline. With self discipline, they can take charge, achieve their goals and turn their lives around.”
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Taekwondo (pronounced thai-KWAN-doh, and also known as Taekwon-Do or Tae Kwon Do) is a Korean martial art with a heavy emphasis on fast kicking techniques, and very strict it is too. Tae means foot, Kwon means fist, and Do means art or method. It was developed during the 1940s and 1950s by various Korean martial artists, as a blend of the indigenous Korean fighting styles, with influence from foreign martial arts such as Karate and Chinese martial arts. In competitions, additional points are awarded for strikes that incorporate jumping and spinning kicks. To facilitate fast, turning kicks, taekwondo generally adopts stances that are narrower and hence less stable than the broader, wide stances used by martial arts such as Karate. The trade-off of decreased stability is believed to be worth the commensurate increase in speed and agility, and power. A relax/strike principle is also advocated, in other words, between blocks, kicks, and strikes the practitioner should relax the body, and tense the muscles only while performing the technique. It is believed that this too increases the power of the technique, by conserving the body's energy. Other elements include concentration, equilibrium, breathe control, mass (using as much of the body to bear on a strike as possible, so rotating the hip as well as the leg during a kick to take advantage of the hip's additional mass in terms of providing power to the kick), and speed . The speed of execution of a technique in taekwondo is deemed to be even more important than mass in terms of providing power.
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Not just the right thing to do, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for business WORDS: Beverley Le Cuirot, WellBeing At Work
I was recently invited to join a podcast panel to discuss wellbeing in the workplace. The participants were in full agreement that wellbeing is important, and that when health and wellbeing is a priority, the workplace becomes more productive. It was most telling, though that when asked to debate on the question of what is employee wellbeing, we all felt that this could, and indeed, is interpreted in a host of different ways by different organisations. Some see it as the feel good factor, perhaps interventions on a Friday after a hard week, or other equally beneficial support to help ease tension and stress; others see it as something far more fundamental. Our collective view was that employee wellbeing is about the culture of the organisation, starting at the very top and permeating throughout the business. 30
It undoubtedly involves open and trusted â&#x20AC;&#x201C; two-way â&#x20AC;&#x201C; communications; actively getting people invested in the business; recognising that they have lives outside of work involving competing commitments and accepting that these need to be respected; investing in the development of all employees; and challenging them to do a great job. Give and take, if you like.
There is no point whatsoever in pushing people to breaking point, fixing them with wellness interventions, and then putting them back in exactly the same position as they were before. Forward thinking businesses take an holistic approach to the mental, physical, and financial wellbeing of their people. They see everything as connected, which of course it is.
At the heart of it, a wellbeing strategy has to embrace the whole human being – their physical state, mental health and emotional stability, their financial needs, and their feeling of purpose. It’s all about integration to enable us to co-ordinate and blend our lives, bringing elements of work and life into a unified whole. But why, should employers spend money on wellbeing programmes? Clearly, an investment in wellbeing will support a more energetic, productive workforce. Figures vary but stats suggest that every investment of £1 will return between £2.47 and £6. Does it have to be expensive, and is it only for large employers? No, and especially not so, if it is embedded into the culture of the organisation. It is certainly not only applicable to large employers. On one level it is to do with the culture of the business, so for example, if people are struggling to cope with family commitments and working 9am to 5pm, an employer may agree to look at the possibility of flexible working (and now, following new legislation, will need to show that this the case); on another level it is about providing employees with the information and resources for them to take the responsibility to manage their own health and wellbeing. It’s about encouraging them and celebrating their successes. It is also everything in between. Should the onus to create employee satisfaction rest with the employer alone? Not at all. Research suggests that there are simple ways employees can boost their own happiness, like helping out co-workers, meditating for at least two minutes every day, and reflecting on three great things to be grateful for at work. Of course, it would be counter-productive to
MAKE people do this, it is important to simply show them the way and let them make their own decisions. Certainly, happy employees are more productive, or so the research suggests. We work more effectively, creatively, and collaboratively when we’re happy at work. Conventional wisdom may say that if only we pay workers enough, they'll be more productive, but there’s more to it. Research suggests that there is a greater link between employees' happiness and their productivity at work, than with the size of their salary cheque. Some companies are taking note, and already seeing the payoff.
Above all, relationships matter; as does mindfulness, a topic we cover regularly in WellBeing World, highlighting its value in terms of reduced stress, greater clarity of mind, improved focus, creativity, enhanced productivity, and more meaningful connections with others. Harvard researchers Phil Stone and Tal BenShahar have found that students with strong social support, both at school and at home, tended to be happier and better at dealing with stress. And as those students become adults, they take those skills with them into the workplace. Workers with strong relationships with co-workers are likewise better at staying engaged
“But why, should employers spend money on wellbeing programmes? Clearly, an investment in wellbeing will support a more energetic, productive workforce. Figures vary but stats suggest that every investment of £1 will return between £2.47 and £6.” A recent study by economists at the University of Warwick found that happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive. As the research team put it, "We find that human happiness has large and positive causal effects on productivity. Positive emotions appear to invigorate human beings." Professor Andrew Oswald, one of three researchers who led the study, said companies that invest in employee support and satisfaction tend to succeed in generating happier workers. At Google, employee satisfaction rose 37% as a result of these initiatives, suggesting that financial incentives aren't enough alone to make for highly productive employees.
and performing under stress. They also make better decisions, excel at managing their time, and possess other crucial leadership skills. This is why it is so important to teach these skills in schools. Certainly, there is still room for improvement on the happiness scale. A recent Gallup survey found that only 13% of employees are engaged at work, costing companies billions annually in the USA alone (one measure hints at $450–$550 billion per annum). If this is the case, there is great scope for companies to boost their productivity by investing in employee wellbeing and workplace happiness. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s also good for business. It all starts with good leadership … and a robust employee wellbeing strategy.
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Supporting Islanders with Mental Health Issues
Mental Health is often an issue no-one wants to address, but you certainly couldn’t accuse the Jersey Employment Trust ( JET) of ignoring the need. A key priority for JET is to support Islanders with a mental health condition.The trust has long been associated with helping people with disabilities and long-term health conditions but it has had to adapt to meet changing demand. Last year over 40% of new referrals to JET were people who had a mental health condition; and people with a mental health condition now make up a quarter of JET’s active caseload. Mental health issues such as stress or depression are now the leading cause of illness in the workplace in the British Isles, with more than 11 million working days lost last year. In Jersey, more than 10,000 days were lost due to stress in 2014 among States workers alone – a 62% increase on the previous year. Supporting and promoting mental wellbeing has become an integral part of JET’s day-to-day work as well as its strategic planning. Led by its Wellbeing team, Lee Bennett and Jane Holmshaw, who are both experienced clinicians, the trust has developed an approach built on
best-practice and evidence to improve client outcomes. They have also trained and mentored staff to ensure they have the tools to support their clients. Lee told us: “Over the years, a large body of evidence has been generated, both in occupational therapy and mental health-specific practice. By referring to this best-practice and building up our own caseload history, we can be confident that JET is making interventions that have been proven to be effective and supportive. It also means that we can mentor staff in evidence-based practice so they can be confident in
using it with their clients.” “There seems to be a lot more pressure on people these days, particularly if you’re young, but there is also increasing awareness of mental illness, which is helping to break down stigmas,” Jane added. “New services like Jersey Talking Therapies have prompted more Islanders to refer themselves and JET is better prepared to support mental as well as physical wellbeing – after all, the two go hand in hand.” The primary aim at JET is to get clients back to work. Employment plays such a huge part in our lives and
there is a lot of evidence to suggest that it contributes hugely to positive mental health. Of course, work can also be part of the problem so it has to be managed in the same way as family, relationships and other key parts of our lives.
a person-centred approach so when it comes to mental wellbeing, we have just added onto that. It means that clients learn to manage their own wellbeing in whatever environment they’re in but there is always support,” Lee said.
“For the 15 years that JET has been in business we have always followed
“This means they are fully aware of all the other services supporting
About the Jersey Employment Trust (JET)
JET is an independent charitable trust that provides specialist employment services for people with a disability and/or long-term health condition. These include people who are on the autistic spectrum, have a sensory impairment, learning difficulty, physical impairment, a long-term medical condition such as cancer or Aids, or have a brain injury or neurological impairment. It has three main service delivery areas: Employment Services, STEPS (Supported Training Employment Preparation Scheme), and the Acorn Business Group, made up of Acorn Nursery (horticultural training) and the Acorn Woodshack (recycled timber, wood products and kindling). Based at Trinity, the group exists solely to provide work and training for clients. Exceptional Support Enables Return to Normality
JET offers support to many people; here is one client’s story: “I am a leader of a large department of 260 people, in an organisation of +800 people. It is a stressful and demanding position. In November 2013 I had to stop work due to the physical and cognitive effects of a brain tumour. The tumour was also likely to end my life within a few months. I had an operation at the National Neurological Hospital in London in December 2013. The operation removed the bulk of the tumour and significantly reduced its effects. “Within a week of returning to Jersey I was contacted by JET, who offered support to get me back to work. Until I was contacted I was not aware that there was such an organisation as JET and had no idea how to manage
mental health and as practitioners themselves, they can be more targeted in their referrals. It also means they can confidently provide input into proposed legislation, such as the mental health law. Supporting people back to work not only helps them but the Island’s economy as a whole, so it is essential that we get it right,” he concluded.
my return to work. In my three months of contact with them I have been supported, guided and advised as I have sought to recover from the effects of my tumour and return to work. The support has been exceptional. “I have had weekly meetings with Occupational Therapists and Wellbeing advisers at JET. They have helped me come to an understanding of the psychological and emotional impact of having a life-threatening tumour, the effects of a serious operation, and the need to rebuild myself after these events. This has been a massive role, and one that I was not expecting to need as I had always considered myself a fairly resilient person. “I have also had considerable guidance and advice in creating a return-to-work plan, based on a phased return model. The experience of good practice and successful models that JET brought has helped me frame a realistic plan. JET has also supported me in negotiating this plan with my employer (who has been enlightened and supportive throughout). After five months’ absence from work, I am now beginning a phased return. At this stage I spend two hours a day at work, rebuilding relationships, familiarising myself with events that have occurred in my absence, and developing plans for the future. It is hoped that my working hours and the complexity of tasks will increase over the next few months so I can return to my full role. JET is continuing to support and monitor my return. I firmly believe that JET has given me the best possible chance of a successful return to work, as well as helping me return to normality after a very traumatic time in my life. I do not believe I could have reached this stage as quickly or as positively without their support.”
Managing Wellbeing and Mental Health in the Workplace – A Conference
The Jersey Employment Trust Able to Work Conference 2015: ‘Managing Wellbeing and Mental Health in the workplace’, will be held at Hotel de France on Thursday, 8th October. It has been organised with Mind Jersey and sponsored by RBC Wealth Management. The keynote speaker is former professional footballer Clarke Carlisle, who will share his own experiences of battling mental illness. Other speakers include Chief Minister Senator Ian Gorst and Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind. There will also be a series of workshops to help senior managers and HR professionals better manage and promote mental health and wellbeing. There’ll be a full report from the conference in our next edition.
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Spiritual Business Plan.
10 Steps to a Successful Business Without Selling Your Soul. WORDS: Joanna Garzilli
“Screw it, let’s do it.” ~ Sir Richard Branson What if you couldn’t fail, would you take the next step? When you are in alignment with your spiritual self, competition won’t matter because you will be clear about who you are and who you are meant to help. It is not always straightforward, and that is how you fine-tune.
I travelled the world studying writing and spirituality, and immersed myself in indigenous cultures, turning my back on my privileged London lifestyle. This caused me to plummet into debt as I rebelled against responsibility. The idea of making money seemed wrong.
My Own Spiritual Business Journey
Yet how did I expect to help others if I could not be self-sustaining? I helped a lot of people but I didn’t get paid for my spiritual work and healing. It was a time of great spiritual growth, and equally great financial turmoil. It would be many years before I fully understood how to be a spiritual and prosperous businesswoman.
… hasn’t been easy. I was 24 years old when I first seriously thought about having my own business. I had read Richard Branson’s book ‘Losing My Virginity’ and knew then that I had to be my own boss. So, I raised financing, and produced and distributed my first movie. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you believe in something. If only I had been so clear about my emotional life at the time …
Today I have a very successful business that continues to grow. I have learned that it is necessary to keep reinvesting into your business to reach new levels of success. It is important that you resonate with the core values of the people you are doing business with. I have turned my weakness of impatience into resilience and persistence when most people have already given up. This is a reason why I am now one of the top spiritual business coaches in the world. If you listen carefully to your intuition, your shortcomings and strengths will be clear, then you will excel faster than you believe possible.
Here are 10 Steps to a Successful Business Without Selling Your Soul: Step 1: Relax Your Mind
When you are relaxed, you are receptive to a new way of thinking. To reach a new level of success, you must think and do something different.
Step 2: Accept Your Vision
Pushing to find the ideal business to create can be overwhelming and disheartening. What if you make a poor decision, waste time and money? Accept that your vision will evolve over time.
Step 3: Create a Simple Plan
A business is like a living, breathing being, it is constantly transforming. Focus on making one thing work. Write down three immediate action steps you can take.
Step 4: Set up Your Environment for Success
It is important you feel good about your environment. What feels bad in your space? Remove it. What inspires you? Add it.
Step 5: Identify Your Core Values
To build a successful business, you must create a strong brand. The first step is to get clear about your top three core values. This will help you when faced with tough decisions for your business.
Step 6: Clarify Deal Breakers
If you don’t have strong boundaries in place, some people will take advantage of your goodwill. Not because they are bad people but because they have adopted bad habits. Be clear about what is and isn’t acceptable in your business dealings.
Step 7: Follow a Routine
Having a structure allows space for you to be creative and think outside the box in your business. The path of entrepreneurship can feel like a stormy sea at times so having a consistent routine will help you to find your equilibrium and calm your nerves.
Step 8: Review Your Circumstances
Check in regularly to see what’s working, what isn’t working and why? This gives you the ability to quickly course correct. You will always make mistakes. It’s how you respond to your mistakes that will make or break your business.
Step 9: Adapt Your Plan
Are you willing to be flexible? You have to be if you want to succeed. Always expect the unexpected and you’ll be able to use failure to propel you to a new level of success. If crisis strikes, look for the blessing in disguise.
Step 10: Detach and Recommit to Your Vision
Don’t take yourself or your business too seriously. You have to build resilience and to do that you must be able to detach from the outcome you want. If you want something too much, you won’t take risks. How far outside of your comfort zone are you willing to step? The seed of greatness lies within you. As you make a sincere request to see your destiny, it will be revealed.
About the Author
Joanna Garzilli is a global authority in the field of intuition, conscious business growth, and spiritual leadership. She is the author of Unleash the Psychic in You: How to Trust Your Intuition for Success and Meditations for Successful Business Leadership. She has been featured in print and broadcast media nationally and internationally including: BBC News, BBC Radio, CNN Money, and Elle. Joanna is based in Los Angeles, California. Get free access to Joanne’s programme at: http://SpiritualSalesBootcamp.com
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A Journey to Confidence WORDS: Pamela Pitcher
I am making my writing debut in WellBeing World. For those of you who don’t know me, I call myself a ‘Confidence Coach’ because that is essentially what I do: I instil confidence through my coaching work. So, I thought, I’d write about it, as confidence appears to be in great demand. 36
According to Wikipedia: “Confidence can be a selffulfilling prophecy as those without it may fail or not try because they lack it and those with it may succeed because they have it rather than because of an innate ability. “ I believe that we can acquire natural confidence. I am certain I was born with confidence and through a series of tumultuous life events I lost it. I went inward, lost my voice and started doing ‘shy’. And I say ‘doing shy’ because I don’t believe one is shy. Rather it’s a choice, often times an unconscious one. There is a positive intent behind every action and for me, ‘doing shy’ protected me or so I thought. In actuality, it limited my joy. In the midst of my teenage years I realized that ‘shy’ was not serving me well so I focussed on using my voice. I yelled loudly. Sometimes I yelled for the good, I was a cheerleader after all. And sometimes I yelled for the not so good such as crying at my mother for not being who I thought she should be. I told jokes to friends at parties and wrote articles in the school newspaper. I took the decision that mine was a voice worth hearing.
the last seat of the bus while someone else is doing the driving. Sustained change comes when we learn how to drive our own bus. If you don’t give your brain a little direction, either it will just run randomly on its own, or other people will find ways to run it for you … and they may not always have your best interest in mind. Even if they do, they may get it wrong! How do we learn to drive our own bus? It starts with examining why we believe what we do. Beliefs are not necessarily based upon logic. They are not intended to coincide with reality. Since we don’t really know what is real, we form a belief. Beliefs are a matter of faith. Beliefs are powerful influencers over our lives. It is common knowledge that if someone really believes that she or he can do something, they will. And similarly, if they believe something is impossible, no amount of effort will convince them otherwise that it can be accomplished. A positive belief can spur one on to greatness whereas a negative belief is one that keeps us from realising our own potential. Limiting beliefs and negative self-talk are how we sabotage ourselves often without even realising it.
Albert Einstein said: “The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Not to everyone of course. Some people won’t like you because of who they think you are. We perceive the world through our own lens. We think that what we think is true; when in reality it is our perspective. Over time we tend to become rigid in our thinking. We tend to rush to judgement because of how we were and are influenced by our environment.
To gain or regain confidence, our thinking is the starting place. How we think has to change. The brain is a muscle that must be used to grow. For one to gain self-awareness that will lead to confidence, your brain has to grow. Positive self-growth comes from pushing the boundaries of our thoughts. Albert Einstein said: “The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” From my point of view, we need to change how we think for confidence to grow. The mind is powerful as are the words we say to ourselves. If we are willing, we can change our own experience, our thoughts and get some actual control over what happens in our brain. Many people are prisoners of their own brain. It’s as if they are sitting on
It’s particularly important for our health and wellbeing that we focus on driving the bus in the right direction. The “right direction” is determined by our values, by what truly matters to us. For example, if my core values are to live with love and kindness – this is the direction, the way I want to travel. It’s like saying, “I’ve decided to go to France.” If we don’t make it to France, when our values aren’t met, we feel dissatisfied or incongruent. When our values are met, we feel a sense of satisfaction, harmony and yes, confidence! Let your values be your beacon. We have a big say in how we think and feel. One can’t live a positive life with a negative mind. If you suffer from a misguided mind, perhaps it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. If you can smell the coffee, you are able to smell the roses if you are willing to change. There has to be a desire to evolve. It comes down to choice. Choosing to do nothing has consequences as does making a proactive choice. A responsible choice is accepting the consequences of one’s actions.
More info: www.pamelapitcherconsulting.co
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Be Truly Seen and Heard as an Introvert.
WORDS: Jennifer Dawn Gabiola
You don’t have be loud. You don’t have to change who you naturally are. You don’t have to overcome being quiet. There is a beautiful way to be seen and heard as an introvert that honours your quiet voice.
Of course, the idea of stepping forward and being more visible can be scary. We don't want to be judged or criticised. So we try to hide.
It all begins with deepening your inner connection within yourself. To be truly seen by others, you must first be able to acknowledge and see yourself.
But we are not here to play small. Just because you have a quiet voice, doesn't mean you can't be powerful, bold and fierce.
Honour all of your innate strengths as an introvert. You are intuitive and compassionate. You are a natural observer and a good listener. You are able to sense unseen connections.
And you are able to build deep, intimate 1-to-1 relationships. Always tune into yourself and trust your own instincts and inner guidance. You were given this gift for a reason. Before you engage with the world, it's important that you create a sense of safety within yourself. Give yourself what you need to feel whole and safe. You must fill your cup first, so you are able to serve others from your overflow. Create non-negotiables that you need to do for yourself to feel deeply grounded within yourself. For example, having quiet time just for you each day will help you feel centred and safe.
Introverts have many wonderful qualities that help them shine in the workplace. They have a capacity for deep thought and meaningful (if fewer) relationships, they are able to intensely focus on important tasks and they have heightened emotional sensitivity, to name a few. But can you recognise them? Introverts tend to focus on internal feelings rather than on external sources of stimulation. While introverts and extroverts are often viewed in terms of two extreme opposites, the truth is that most people lie somewhere in between. Here are some signs you (or some of your colleagues) may have introvert tendencies: Being around lots of people drains their energy; after a day interacting with others, they prefer to retreat to a quiet place to think, reflect, and recharge. Introverts enjoy having a small group of friends to whom they are particularly close, preferring to stick to deep, long-lasting relationships, rather than a large social circle.
Once you create this strong inner connection within yourself, you'll feel more confident to be seen and heard in a way that honours your quiet nature. Free yourself from the pressure to be more loud or extroverted. Who you are is on purpose. Give yourself permission to express your voice in a way that feels good to you. By regularly tuning
in to your own vibe, you become undeniably magnetic through your natural presence and style. When you feel deeply connected within yourself, you can express who you are from the inside out. So, tune in to the quiet within you. This inner wisdom will give you the real power to be seen and heard in your own way; in all of your introverted glory.
About the Author
Jennifer Dawn Gabiola helps quiet leaders honour their inner beauty, voice and power to build soulful brands. She is based in Houston, Texas. For free training to help you be more confident to be seen and heard with your quiet voice, visit: www.dawningsoul.com
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Often described as quiet, reserved, mellow, even shy, although do not mistake this reserve for timidity. In many cases, Introverts simply prefer to choose their words carefully and not waste time or energy on needless talk. Introverts may be more easily distracted than extroverts, which is part of the reason why introverts tend to prefer quieter, less harried settings. So, if having a few hours alone at the end of the day is what you crave; if your social circle is small, but close; if you are the quiet type, perhaps a little reserved; and you tend to feel overwhelmed in busy social situations, you just might be an Introvert. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an all-or â&#x20AC;&#x201C;nothing characteristic, although by better understanding your personality, and that of your colleagues, you can each learn to play to your strengths. 39
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Step Inside the Oasis
At the heart of Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa is the Spa, a place where atmosphere, service and treatments combine to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Away from the bustling St Helier town centre, the Spa offers the ultimate cocooned experience. It is ideal for any visit, whether for pleasure or business; for a day or an hour in the middle of a busy schedule. It is also the perfect place for a romantic break with a loved one, a special celebration with friends, hen parties and spa days, or to enjoy some much deserved me-time.
The Spa offers a range of treatments including luxury facials, reviving wraps and relaxing massages using some of the world’s leading products, including ESPA, to ensure quality and results. You can opt for a day
spa experience and enjoy full use of the amenities, including the indoor pool, sauna, steam room, experience shower and relaxation lounge. Towels, robes and slippers are provided. Or simply, slip away from your desk for a treatment during your lunch hour. Imagine how good you’ll feel. Since the dawn of time, mankind has sought respite and freedom
from ailments, anxiety and stress. Massage, exercise and breathing, together with aromatherapy oils and spices have been used to soothe the body and soul, and so equilibrium and balance are restored. This is the philosophy at Grand Jersey Spa. You may find it hard to leave, and with the residential spa escapes you do not have to. Residential spa escapes include all the benefits of the day spa experiences, plus an overnight stay and full traditional breakfast. You can also create your own dream escape with a choice of treatments and if you so desire, Champagne, afternoon tea and a romantic private evening meal. The choice is yours. You deserve nothing less. More info: www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/ grandjersey
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What’s at the Heart of Jersey? An overview of Jersey’s Heart Matters. Being diagnosed with a heart condition can be a daunting, but actually not uncommon experience for many Islanders. As the British Heart Foundation (BHF) push forward with ground-breaking research to prevent premature deaths due to cardiovascular disease, there are a number of services available to diagnose, treat and support Islanders right now. To help clarify what’s what in the world of local heart matters, here’s a handy overview. Diagnosis Talk to your GP
If you have any concerns or questions about your heart health, the first thing you should do is speak to your GP. They will be able to give a preliminary assessment and advise whether further tests or treatment is required.
Call the BHF Heart Helpline - (0300 330 3300) Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm – the BHF cardiac nurses and heart health advisers are ready to talk to you.
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determine if they have an inherited or acquired heart condition that might increase their risk of illness of death. Access to tests is via a simple web booking form with tests performed at Jersey Hospital using state of the art equipment.
The website www.heartforlife.co.uk also has a large collection of information leaflets on common heart conditions and tests.
Modern cardiology practice encompasses a huge variety of medical conditions including the care, diagnosis and management of patients with symptoms of chest
pain, palpitation, breathlessness, giddiness and syncope. The cardiology medical team in Jersey comprises the Consultant Cardiologist (Dr Andrew Mitchell), the Associate Specialist (Dr Ranji Thomas), and two Cardiology Clinical Fellows. They are supported by three Cardiac Specialist Nurses, two secretaries and a team of clinical physiologists. The BHF funded the introduction of two of these specialist nurses in 2010 and offers ongoing support to the members signed up to the BHF Alliance.
The team provides high quality rapid assessment of inpatients with heart problems and outpatient management services for patients in the community. The Jersey cardiology service has recently won two UK national awards, including the BHF Achievement Award in 2012, for the quality and care that it delivers. Patients needing more complex cardiac treatment such as heart surgery are referred to the world-class facilities of Oxford University Hospitals.
- packed full of information on heart conditions and treatments, the latest research, real-life stories and nutritional information to keep your heart healthy. Members also benefit from an online support community where you can share experiences, stories, tips and ideas with other people like you.
Jersey Heart Support Group
We spoke with Summer Parkin, the Fundraising Manager for BHF in Jersey, who said: “The BHF are not going to stand still and wait for progress to come. We’re going to drive the fight forward by expanding our research programme, accelerating
to provide mutual support to others. With regular social gatherings, exercise sessions and discussions, their aim is to carry on where hospital rehabilitation leaves off and provide comfort to those continuing to battle against cardiac conditions.
discovery, and pushing for its translation into lifesaving benefits for all. But in order to do this, we desperately need the support of Islanders by fundraising for us. We’re fighting for every heartbeat. Thanks to you we have made great progress. With you, we’ll beat it.”
More info: www.cardiology.je
Dr Mitchell provides a bespoke, professional and affordable private cardiac service from the comfort of his consulting rooms at the Lido Medical Centre. Same day specialist tests and treatments can be arranged with next day off-Island care and surgery if required. Patients attend his clinic from Jersey and the other Channel Islands as well as from parts of northern Europe. More info: www.jerseycardiologist.com
Ongoing Support & Services Heart Matters Membership The BHF offers a free support and information service for anyone seeking a heart-healthy lifestyle. Heart Matters gives you access to a number of useful tools including online recipe tutorials and the awardwinning Heart Matters magazine
More info: www.bhf.org.org/ heartmatters
Affiliated to the BHF, Jersey Heart Support Group ( JHSG) was formed by people living with heart conditions
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Research is Key
Cardiovascular disease (heart conditions and stroke) kills around one in four of us, and takes the lives of more than 100 people under 75 every day across the Channel Islands and the UK. The BHF believes research holds the answers to ending premature death and suffering from cardiovascular disease and is the leading independent funder of cardiovascular research in the UK.
Since being founded in 1972, the BHF Jersey Branch has raised considerable sums to support this research, some of which have been ploughed back into vital equipment and specialist staff required in the Jersey Coronary Care Unit and Maternity Hospital.
By 2020, the British Heart Foundation’s promises to:
fund more vital research discoveries & speed up turning them into lifesaving medical advances prevent more people developing cardiovascular disease, by empowering people to make healthy choices and promoting cardiovascular health ensure more people survive a heart attack or cardiac arrest through CPR ensure people living with cardiovascular disease receive the best possible support, information and care.
PLEASE, JOIN THE FIGHT!
Order your own BHF Fundraising Pack from: www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved , or contact the BHF Jersey Branch. More info: www.bhf.org.uk/Jersey | www.facebook.com/BHfJersey | www.instagram.com/BHFJersey - or you can email Summer at: Jersey@BHF.org.uk
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Where the Science of Colour Transforms Lives Many Different Problems; One Clear Answer
Do you or anyone you know have Issues with reading, learning, attention, dyslexia, comprehension, speed-reading, strain, headaches, and light sensitivity? Any of these sound familiar? Then read on … The Irlen Method has earned millions of supporters around the world by providing a long-term, expertly developed solution to reading problems, headaches, light sensitivity, ADD and ADHD, autism and many other ailments – by directly addressing a core problem; the brain’s inability to process visual information. If you or perhaps your children or grandchildren have been suffering, you deserve to know more about the most widely used, researchbased solution available … and it’s right here in Jersey! Developed over 30 years ago by Helen Irlen, the Irlen Method is an evidence-based intervention with clinically proven results. The original creator of coloured lens treatment, it corrects a unique perceptual processing problem, usually inherited, which can affect achievement, learning, and performance for both struggling and good readers alike. Approximately 46% of those with reading problems, ADHD, AD or dyslexia can be seen as under-achievers sometimes with behavioural, attitude, or motivational problems. Good readers may be mistakenly thought of as ‘not trying hard enough’ or may avoid reading. The Irlen Method identifies those with perceptual processing problems and eliminates this problem using coloured overlays and Irlen Spectral Filters worn as glasses or contact
lenses. It has helped hundreds of thousands of adults and children throughout the world, and is backed by years of research. Over 60 published research studies show that coloured overlays and Irlen Spectral Filters improve reading rate, accuracy and comprehension. Brain scans of those diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome show an abnormal pattern, which is calmed with the appropriate Irlen Spectral Filter.
An initial screening will determine whether this method will help. You will experience immediate benefits with your coloured overlay. An intensive diagnostic assessment is required to
over 170 Irlen affiliated Clinics in 47 countries around the world, including Jersey.
The symptoms of Irlen Syndrome are wide-ranging, but the solution, Irlen coloured overlays and Irlen Spectral Filters (worn either as glasses or contact lenses) are straightforward and easily available. Irlen addresses the underlying perceptual processing difficulties and light sensitivity that can contribute to reading difficulties, headaches, and attention difficulties. Irlen also can play a role in the challenges experienced by individuals who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, autism, concussion syndrome
“Client health and wellbeing is a priority to Jean; physical, emotional, and educational, and she uses a model of care that goes beyond just fixing a problem.” determine your precise Irlen Spectral Filter from a vast range of options. It should be noted that using the wrong overlay or filter can make problems worse, so make sure you are talking to a qualified diagnostician. There are presently over 10,000 educators who have been trained in the Irlen Screening Method – and
and traumatic brain injury, or who have a misdiagnosis of ADHD. The Irlen Method is a straightforward, non-invasive solution that offers immediate results; a solution for headaches, it can help those on the Autistic Spectrum by addressing sensory overload, and it can be a successful way to combat
the light sensitivity and physical symptoms caused by brain injury. It can also remove barriers to learning.
Your ability to see depends as much on your brain as on your eyes. The eyes take in visual information, but it is the brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job to process that information. The Irlen method corrects problems with the brainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visual system; much in the same way prescription eyeglasses can correct problems with your eyes. The results include better comprehension, faster reading, improved accuracy, reduced strain and fatigue, improved flow and fluency, improved motivation, improved academic performance, better attention and concentration, improved ability to start and complete tasks, and better esteem and confidence. It sounds like this could be worth checking out â&#x20AC;Ś
Introducing Jean Felton of Irlen Channel Islands
Jean is an experienced professional with a proven track record in teaching and learning. Throughout her career she came across many children and adults who she felt did not achieve the success they deserved. This led her to a path that resulted in a career change; initially as a screener for Irlen Syndrome, and then following more advanced training, she became an Irlen Diagnostician.
will work with families to help all members. One recent example included a wife and mother who was unable to visit a supermarket and complete a shop without a blinding headache; she would typically leave an uncompleted shop in the middle of an aisle. She has been headache free for over 2 months since having her lenses. Another client talks about the lenses having allowed him to feel calmer when engaging in numerous activities that include football, rugby and geo-caching; his sister has found the lenses have allowed her to achieve the academic success she deserves. Matthew has achieved so much since having his Irlen lenses; including winning the Verse Speaking Cup for Drama, Attainment in Music and Highly Commended in both English and Science. This is the first year Matthew has ever had any award at prize giving. Many congratulations, Matthew, and Jean at Irlen Channel Islands, too! The Irlen Method really is life changing.
More info: please call Jean on: +44 (0) 7797 922 561
Client health and wellbeing is a priority to Jean; physical, emotional, and educational, and she uses a model of care that goes beyond just fixing a problem. The comprehensive diagnostic process is intended to help you gain awareness and understanding of the challenges you have faced, and help you take the next steps in your own future success. In most instances, perceptual processing issues have a hereditary component, and very often Jean
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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe that in an age where everything is more streamlined and easier, getting a good nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep is something we find so hard! In fact, undisturbed sleep is a rarity today! One of the reasons for sleep deprivation? Technology.
From smart phones to tablets to HD TV’s, our world is brimming with high-resolution displays, social media on tap and more online shopping experiences than you can shake a stick at. We’re no longer allowing our bodies to shut down in the natural way, which is causing us to experience symptoms of chronic collective tiredness. We live in a world that is always switched on, which makes it hard for individuals like you and me to switch off. From scrolling through Instagram to watching catch-up TV, it’s rare to go to bed without a tablet or smartphone by our sides. All of this exposure to light not only stimulates our brain, it interferes with our ability to shut down. This night time exposure to light causes a number of problems, all of which are proven to inhibit sleep. For one, it prevents or delays the production of melatonin – a hormone essential to shuteye! The brain activity required to use these devices (even if you’re simply replying to an email) stops us from relaxing – we need our brains to be active throughout the day, not moments before our heads hit the pillow! Even the presence of these devices alone welcomes the office into our bedrooms – a place that should be a haven of relaxation not a second workplace. Left untreated, sleep deprivation can cause all sorts of ailments, including everything from heart disease to diabetes. Then there are the effects on our daily life to contend with. From driving safely to ensuring you’re responsive in an important meeting, not sleeping well can result in bad decisions, accidents and anger. A full, continuous night of rest makes our moods more stable, our brains more capable and our bodies more proactive. A lousy night of sleep on the other hand can quite simply make everything lousy!
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Thankfully there are a number of tools on the market that guarantee to help you get a good night’s sleep. Whether you opt for a herbal remedy or some form of sleep gadgetry, if you’re suffering from insomnia, now is the time to act. Despite technology causing sleep deprivation, there are actually all sorts of digital devices, gadgets and tech designed to monitor and aid our sleep. Choose from smart watches that wake you up with a silent alarm to pillows that keep your head cool at night, to sleep assistants and goggles that emanate pulsing blue lights, gradually fading into soft blue tones as you begin to drift off into the distance. With a good night’s sleep you’ll find you’re able to avoid the snooze button and instead, jump out of bed freshfaced and well rested. No matter how tired you are, always refrain from hitting snooze, it only has the effect of making you feel more tired throughout the day. Another good tip? Sidestep sugary foods for breakfast and by that we mean swapping the chocolate-clad doughnut for a nice hearty bowl of porridge. Sugary pastries may be convenient, delicious and offer a quick spurt of energy, but they also lead to a quick crash. Avoiding coffee after lunch and embarking on a gentle workout such as Yoga or Pilates, or a mindful meditation, before bed is another great way to encourage a good night’s sleep. And above all, leave the smart phone at the bedroom door. At the end of the day, there are no shortcuts to a wellrested body. We can however alter our current sleep habits and take sleeping a great deal more seriously. Good sleep is just as important as physical exercise so make sure you get the right balance with your work, rest and play.
How to get into the groove! WORDS: Fiona McIntosh, SpaceAgain
Paper work everywhere; wardrobes and drawers crammed with clothes, yet you wear the same clothes; linen cupboards full of towels and sheets that are never used; kitchen cupboards full of mismatched crockery, unused gadgets and plastic containers with missing lids (or lids with missing containers!); bathroom cabinets full of out of date cosmetics or medicines; storage areas stuffed full of old gifts and no-longer used electronics.
Does this sound familiar? Many of us unconsciously allow clutter to build up in our homes, clogging valuable space and increasing our stress levels. We’re too busy, so we shove our stuff in cupboards to clear surfaces, then end up buying that ‘stuff ’ again because we can’t find it!
clients so that they can note what they want to happen in each area of their home. Once you have done this, you can begin to move your stuff to those areas. You will remember more activities as you go along – that’s great, just go back to your plan and work out where they should go.
When we realise we have too much stuff, it can become over-whelming – the more we think about how much stuff we have, the more stuff we think we have! That’s when you become overcome by indecision and the need for perfection and therefore don't do anything consistently, so things can become a disorganised mess.
How you sort your stuff is entirely up to you – you may decide to do 15 minutes a day, one drawer at a time, one room at a time or, if you are feeling really brave or on a really tight deadline, your whole home in one go! You may decide that you want to focus on a specific goal, for example, having space in your wardrobe to
Work through each item, one at a time and if you want to keep that item in that place, put it back, otherwise put it in one of your bags. Once you have finished, enjoy your clutter-free space.
The most common question I get asked is “where do I start?” The answer is surprisingly simple … work out what you want to happen in your home and where you want it to happen. People get caught up in the idea that certain things belong in certain places in a house; tools should be kept in the garage; brushes, combs and headbands belong in a bathroom; and suitcases should be stored in the attic. But if you're putting things in places that don't actually work for the way you live (or how you want to live), it's going to be a struggle to stay organised. Thinking less about following a particular philosophy and more about how you use things in your daily life will make organising more effective and effortless. Although it seems as though there are rigid rules everyone must follow to become and stay organised, there really aren't. The key is to find the best and most efficient solution for you and your family and go with it. I use a map with my
hang your clothes; clearing the dining table so that you can have family dinners, whatever is most important to you. Once you know what kind of things you will need and where they will go, you can start to sort your stuff. Decide on the area you want to start on. Grab 6 bags (or boxes): 1. ‘Donate’ bag/box – for anything in good condition that can be donated to charity or given to friends/family.
2. ‘Bin’ bag/box – anything that is not in good, useable condition. 3. ‘Recycle’ bag/box – for items that can be recycled rather than simply
4. ‘Keep’ bag/box – for items you want to keep but not in that space 5. ‘Not sure’ bag/box – make sure that you do review these items at some point. 6. ‘Repair’ bag/box – for items that you want to keep that you want to repair.
I always find it useful to leave the ‘Donate’, ‘Recycle’ and ‘Repair’ piles by the front door so that I can remind myself to take them with me when I am next seeing my friend, passing the recycling centre, etc. If it hasn’t moved within a week, I recommend some special trips! When you have decided what you want to keep, move it to the area you want to use it in. You might be surprised by the number of each item you have! . A common question I get is “should I keep something I have lots of ?” My answer – if you are going to use it, then you should – you have paid for it, so why waste it? If you have five monster packs of kitchen roll and you use kitchen roll, you will use it all (eventually!). If you have 28 cans of hairspray and don’t use hairspray, that’s a different answer! This all might seem overly simplistic or very prescriptive but once you’ve found your decluttering groove, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
More info: www.spaceagain.co.uk
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Positive Living Think Yourself Beautiful… WORDS: Stephanie J. King
How deep is beauty? Today many are caught up within the confines of diet, beauty products, keep fit and fashion. Yet all of these are fleeting, unreliable… All contribute towards us feeling worse about ourselves if we don’t keep them up, especially when we look in the mirror. To stop is almost unthinkable and so we keep going to keep pace with society, role models and friends. Yet what if there was another option? What if you could leave the treadmill behind and have something far better to replace it with? I am living the proof that you can! All through your life you’ve had charge of almost everything, even though you might not realise or agree. You can’t control life itself but you absolutely control how you feel, what you think here and now and how much you let stress and worry affect you. No one pretends life is easy – because it’s not. We don’t have a manual and all we can do is our best. But if all was ideal we would take it for granted with nothing to achieve or compare to; with no means to grow or excel. Happiness ever after is not just a myth – it’s real and available for all. Everything around us is energy. The table, the chairs, the buildings, roads, trees, mountains and animals …
everything. We perceive all as solid, but seen under a microscope only particles exist in varying shapes, sizes and frequencies. Between each one is space – again nothing solid; so all fluctuate, move and vibrate like a dance within their own frequency. We too appear solid – but we’re not. We too are free flowing particles, right down to our cells, blood and bones. We perceive ourselves as solid but we’re constantly moving, vibrating, changing and updating. Our cells birth and die in continuous rhythm, never stopping, just always replacing. This magical dance continues unseen by mind and attention. We don’t notice because we’re not meant to on a normal day-to-day basis. We have much more than that to give our attention to – so the process continues unobserved.
The whole of life is part of this movement and dance. Earth, nature, sea, sky and universe, everything shimmers and moves out of view of attention. All live according to the rules of their make-up. All connect and interact with one another, again on levels unseen and un-thought of by us as we live and progress busy lives. As we look at ourselves and one another we believe ourselves separate, self-contained, individual operating units. We believe we feel only our own feelings, that no-one else knows our thoughts, that we can feel, speak and think as we please – just as long as no-one knows, and that outwardly we’re ‘kind and good’ to life and others. Yet that is just surface behaviour. What goes on inside can be very different. If everything around us is energy that connects and responds to conditions – then so too are we. We also form part of life’s intricate web. We too respond and connect to one another and to every other living level on the planet. (I am I) Every thought, word and action affects you from within – just as much, even more, than it affects what is happening without. Everything is controlled by your
mind, by beliefs and thought forms you adhere to. From birth until death you work with creation – to produce what you want, feel and think that you need. You write and re-write your own personal programme of what being here – alive on the planet – means personally. (I am I) Raw untapped, un-programmed energy flows freely through you your whole life. Why - because it’s the raw creative life force of Earth that gives rise to all primal existence. We would not ‘be alive’ without it.
life force with mind. It is part of your fundamental make-up – your soul. By itself life can do nothing – it needs us to add meaning and knowledge. We ‘will’ what we want, believe, think, need or wish into being with this very connection. We are powerful creators on journeys of discovery, exploration and intent. We have definite purpose. We have life agendas to complete, fine tune and construct. Depending on how we utilise and programme this energy – whether purposefully positive or negative, we ‘will’ health and wellbeing; abundance
“If everything around us is energy that connects and responds to conditions – then so too are we. We also form part of life’s intricate web. We too respond and connect to one another and to every other living level on the planet.” This same energy fills the space above, below and between everything known and unseen. We exist and live in it, we breathe it inside with each breath, it is this force that keeps us ‘alive’. Nothing is separate. Nothing will work as it should without this connection. It is this that links all of mankind, all of life; that passes signals like pulses between us and everything else – much like the energetic pulses of brain. Everything that you think you ‘will’ into life for you programme this raw
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or lack; stress, pain or sadness; peace of mind, joy or laughter into being. The residue of what’s produced remains with us. We glow with good health and vitality – or become blocked and ill – through what we attract, feel, believe or expect. This is real life in motion; invisible, powerful and thriving. It’s the stuff science fiction first stemmed from – but it’s happening for real in real life. Your vitality and health reflects how you programme this life force – what you feel, think and believe really matters.
Begin to notice what you often take for granted, what you do with your mind force and energy. Do you live in the past, future or present? Are you attentive to now, to what your present dictates? Are you happy and carefree – or more often worried, stressed or depressed? Does life flow with you easily or more by struggle and effort? These are good indicators of how you connect within life, of how you work with the life force that surrounds you. Beauty is born from a place we don’t really see. ‘You are’ what ‘you believe’ life to be… (I am I) Every person produces an energetic value that allows life to work through them as it flows. How much you shine depends on how well you use this live power. You will tell by your energy levels, by your health and wellbeing and joy. Bliss is just balance, peace and happiness are balance. The love you want and will keep or only fleetingly know comes also from balance, from this space within. Nothing else can fulfil you the same. (I am I). Until next time; be safe, well and happy… Be all you search outwardly for… If you have enjoyed this article, you’ll love Stephanie’s website: www.stephaniejking.com Stephanie is a SOULPRENEUR ™ AUTHOR, HEALER & RELATIONSHIP CONSULTANT.
Take Control of Your Life! Words: Agatha Penney, Life Coach
What if someone were to tell you that you can do absolutely anything and be whoever you wish to be, would you believe it? I once was that person. I believed in myself immensely, thanks to my beloved grandfather, who installed such a fearless and positive attitude in me. I was so lucky to have him for the first 16 years of my life. When we are children we soak everything up that surrounds us, like a sponge. Both, the positive and negative affects us equally and impacts our belief system. From early encounters and observations we formulate our own strong convictions. They are the beliefs we do not question. They originate from those who cared for us, who taught us and we looked up to them. Believe me, we all have them, without exception.
Let me tell you a story … One of my friends, a doctor, believed that his writing was absolutely and utterly awful. He said that his primary school teacher told him that when he was at the age of nine. (To be totally honest, when I saw his writing, I could see where he was coming from). He told me that he always felt terrible to hand write and felt embarrassed prior to submitting any of his work. That all changed for him when he met his colleague, another doctor, at work, whose writing was identical to
his! My friend asked him, how did he feel about his poor writing? The other doctor was shocked that my friend considered his writing poor, as he was always told that his writing style was very distinctive, unique and therefore beautiful! Now imagine, how two different people’s perceptions, with the same feature, may vary. Only because, one was told something completely opposite to the other, and they believed it. That changed my friend’s outlook on his writing forever. He eventually saw his own weakness as someone else’s strength and adopted the new, liberating idea. I love that simple story, it shows that as much as we are so receptive to learn and impose upon ourselves ideas that stand behind our successes or failures, we are also equally competent to de-learn them and discard them. This is so reassuring, that virtually everything we once learnt, and have since come to the realisation that it is no longer serving us – we can swap for the knowledge that will assist us to grow and achieve just about anything we wish to reach for.
Not all of us were lucky to grow up amongst those significant others that fixed us with unconditional positive regard, self-confidence and self-love. All those factors are fundamental in creating lives full of happiness, acceptance and success. But, hey – at least now you know you can change this and de-learn something that has been holding you back for decades. It is important to have time with yourself and reflect on what it is that holds you back. What is the tingling little thing that has made you feel like you cannot reach out for the look, job, partner or lifestyle you always wanted? You are lucky; you have the opportunity to reach out and meet a mentor, someone who utilises self-development and shares the techniques and skills that were once passed over to them, because they were in the position that
you may be right now? Although, I believed I could do anything throughout most of my life, (and believe me I could), some people didn’t like it and tried to destroy that in me. It has cost me a lot, but I came out of some horrific experiences stronger and bigger than ever. Based on many years of studying and practising selfdevelopment and self-growth, I decided to implement my knowledge and experience in the field of life-coaching. I am sure you will agree with me that we cannot change our past, but if you want, if you really desperately want … you can change your future! And you can do it big time! You are the only person who can. I know this as I have done it myself many times. So, take control of your life and let the changes do their job – you will never feel the same – I promise!
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- Learn something new every day! WORDS: Lucy Sanderson PHOTO: Ollie Jones Photography
Life is one heck of a journey. Sometimes we find ourselves clambering along on legs of lead, with a somewhat blurry backdrop. Life can become monotonous, if we forget to stay curious. Imagination and an inquisitive mind can be a recipe for brilliance, so it’s important to nurture both. We should try to learn something new every day. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it is a fundamental part of our lives and in order to learn new things, develop, evolve; we need to stay curious to embrace change and discover new opportunities, or create them altogether.
Curiosity creates inspiration. Inspiration encourages imagination, improvement, dialogue, debate, art, culture, community spirit - camaraderie. Where would we be without these things? Curiosity is an important trait of a genius. You can’t name an intellectual giant who is or was, not a curious person; Thomas Edison, Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, they’re all curious characters.
thirst for learning diminishes. When we start to diminish, we start to fall ill; our minds, our bodies and our spirit all starts to fade. This happens as we age, but those who flourish are the ones who stay curious.
What are you curious about? Every day raises new questions … and sometimes a continuum of daily hopes and aspirations. How can I achieve my dreams? How do I reach my goals? What are my goals…? Curiosity is key. Let your imagination be curious; all roads lead to the truth eventually. Be an adventurer, the crusader of curisosity. If you have children, encourage their curiosity and their questions about the world. No doubt, they’ll teach you something too.
Children have an innate ability to be curious; everything is new, exciting and inspiring when you’re little. Like little sponges, children soak up new information and learn to develop their own ideas and draw their own conclusions. Where would we be if curiosity just stopped as we aged? Being inquisitive serves a huge purpose – without it, we are starved of wonderment and awe. Our minds need to learn and grow… how else do we evolve? Curiosity invigorates the notion of change. It goes hand in hand with an open mind – the more you open your mind and stay curious, the more you are likely to realise change and most importantly, embrace it. We are forever hypothesising; exploring (even when we are still); we are forever learning and yearning for fulfillment – without curiosity, the magic that surrounds us is literally wasted and our imagination and
“The important thing is not to stop questioning… Never lose a holy curiosity.” ~ Albert Einstein Diving deep in to your passions and sharpening your mind is a constant pursuit with curiosity being the driving force. If society just stopped being curious, we’d be unable to battle and cure disease and infirmities, travel, communicate, invent – land on the moon … You get the picture. If we stop being curious, we don’t learn and if we cease to learn, the world would undoubtedly cease to turn. As well as defining us as individuals, curiosity and what derives from it, forms a huge collective importance too.
Invoke the spirit of Lewis Carroll’s, Alice: “Curiouser and curiouser!” The world around us is indeed a Wonderland, if we choose to stay curious.
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MCBT. Mindful Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Mindfulness adds to the popular talk therapy, CBT.
According to a recent article in The Guardian, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is falling out of favour. The title may well have been slightly misleading, as in actual fact, CBT is one of the most widely used treatments for depression and mental health issues attributed to depression and success using this treatment is still vastly appreciated. The article in the Guardian was based on research carried out, studying data spanning 1977-2014 and it showed a slight drop in effectiveness. This is not necessarily to say that CBT is no longer working, moreover, that it needed to adapt – most therapies need to evolve as society changes. So, what’s changed and what is Mindful Cognitive Behavourial Therapy? MCBT derives from Mindful Based Stress Reduction, or MBSR: a mindfulness-based programme designed to assist people with pain and a range of conditions and life issues, developed by Jon KabatZinn. MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and yoga - benefitting the symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety. The eight week course was developed to help participants discover a deeper sense of self and to instill peace of mind and focus in order to over come bouts of depression and stress.
“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Over the last 30 years, academic research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and physical medicine have documented the wide-ranging benefits of learning mindfulness. Based on the original MBSR
programme, Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdalethe, developed MCBT, combining mindfulness meditation with aspects of CBT talk therapy. Creating an approach which deals on the here and now, rather than the past, as is more usual with typical CBT treatment.
Case study: Journalist and author, Julie Myerson described her own experiences in a powerful and revealing piece (The Guardian), which is still available online, “Mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapy changed my life,” she says. “Almost four years ago I went to my GP because of the anxiety that dogged me all my life reached a frightening level …” Julie goes on to describe a lifelong tendency to worry about anything and everything, alongside episodes of crescendo anxiety and panic. Then in her 40s she “started to believe everything (negative)” she had been told: that she “was a bad mother, a bad person, a bad writer.” Months later, she fell apart. Julie went on to complete a six week course in mindfulness based CBT. In regular sessions in the evenings she learned the techniques of meditation along with experiencing kindness, openness and acceptance by others, which she says she found “inspiring and comforting”. She says, at times she found meditation “difficult, dull and
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uncomfortable” but somehow “she began to understand and to develop a whole new relationship with her thoughts. She says “Mindfulness is not about trying to change things, but about accepting them as they are, non-judgmentally, with as much kindness and gentleness as possible.” Julie`s recovery has been maintained for over four years. “Somehow, somewhere, across those six weeks, something happened inside me – in my head, my body,my soul? – and I began to understand. Sitting still became a boon and a comfort, even a luxury, rather than a threat or an irritation. And the present moment, right here, right now, began to seem a very comfortable (and comforting) place to be, bereft of dread and full of the possibility of peace and calm.” ~Julie Myerson; journalist and staunch advocate of MCBT. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends mindfulness as a
method of relapse prevention in recurrent depression. In fact, research has shown that mindfulness can reduce the risk of future clinical depression by 50% in people who have already been depressed several times; its effectiveness is comparable to that of antidepressant medications. In the interest of prevention and wellness, MCBT offers an antidote to recurring bouts of depression – learning the tools to handle depression and stress makes management of these mental health issues more likely and in turn, less likely to re-occur. MCBT is a therapy, which is certainly in the moment – more than a trend, rather, a way of life – mindfulness is the way for us to progress in every aspect of our lives and in dealing with depression and other mental health issues, we prolong the ups and reduce the downs by way of proactively seeking the healing from within.
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What is low self-esteem doing to your relationships? WORDS: Lucy Sanderson
Your self-esteem is basically your overall opinion of yourself – and if that little inner faith in yourself isn’t on the up, then it’s likely that your relationships will be taking as much of a knock as your confidence. Having low self-esteem is a burden in any summation; but it is especially bad news when it comes to whom you attract and how you are when you’re in a relationship. If you can’t see your own worth, then how can your partner? Low self-esteem means seeing yourself as unworthy, unlovable or simply inadequate. These beliefs create negative self-talk, that inner critic can be a hard task master at the best of times, but when you suffer from low self-esteem, the inner critic can really beat you down. Having low self-esteem can make you test or sabotage relationships that have potential, or may make you settle
for relationships in which you’re treated in a way that matches your low beliefs about yourself. That said, low self-esteem doesn’t always translate in the same way – sometimes you may find yourself seeking out a partner to ‘complete you’ this is a massive no, no and although it may not manifest as a negative at first, it will come to light eventually. Sometimes, low self-esteem will manifest as needy, possessive, promiscuous, demanding…
Low self-esteem brings about a whole array of negative behaviours – like symptoms, which take their toll on any relationship:
Jealousy - Low self-esteem can cause individuals to constantly strive for the attention of their loved one. If your partner is merely communicating with a person of the opposite sex this can cause you to take things out of context. Over-sensitive - Low self-esteem can cause you to take playful criticism too close to heart. This can cause a gulf in your relationship, as you may no longer feel close to your partner.
Self-worth - Low self-esteem can cause people to believe they are very lucky to be with their partner. This can lead some people to remain in an abusive relationship. Memories - If you allow negative memories from prior relationships to affect you, then this can place great strain upon your relationship.
Sex - Feeling unattractive can result in you shying away from your partner’s advances. Or, on the opposite side, low self-esteem can encourage people to act promiscuously; feeling ‘loved’ and worthy during sex can often lead to an even worse feeling of unworthiness afterward. Anger - Low self-esteem can cause negative feelings to build up, and this often releases through aggressive behaviour toward your partner.
Trying to appease someone who has low selfesteem can be a relationship deal breaker as the strain of having to deal with any or all of the aforementioned issues weigh heavy. All the patience of a saint isn’t going to fix the problem – low self-esteem can only be tackled from within: if you suffer from it, then it’s YOU who will have to make the changes in your thinking and behaviour in order to stop it. Recognising the traits of low self-esteem is the first port of call in fixing the problem. After that, it’s not quite a click of the fingers to get your confidence back on track; it takes time, but time that’s well worth investing. We all have the power to turn down the volume of the negative self-talk and boost our self-esteem … the benefit of a loving family, friends or partner is undoubtedly a great source of support – trying to embark on a new relationship whilst your self-esteem is on the floor though, is not a good move - like attracts like and if you’re suffering from low self-esteem, the likelihood is that you will attract unhealthy relationships. In order to start making changes to boost your self-esteem, there are a number of ways to quell down the inner critic to a reasonable tone and realistic volume of that inner monologue. Taking the time to focus on those thoughts and subsequent behaviours is all about being more mindful, more self-aware; encouraging some self-love in order to reflect those thoughts on to your relationships. Meditation can be a massive help in balancing your thoughts and mood and boosting your self-esteem with mindfulness.
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What else can you do?
Live in the moment! Being acutely aware of the here and now keeps things in perspective. When your outlook is realistic and focused on the present, dealing with challenges caused by low or wavering self-esteem is made a little easier. Again, practicing meditation can really help with focusing on the present – right now is a gift! Remember, you are unique! No one is perfect so put perfection on the sideline and hanker down with your accomplishments – relish in your uniqueness. Allow your mistakes to be a part of you, you will have learned from them – they are part of the fabric that makes you, you. So, know thyself and don’t compare yourself to others. There is only one YOU! Write down ten things you like about yourself; things you may have done or a time where you felt confident and alluring. Create yourself a little mood board; use images and comments and add to this mood board so as to create a wonderful reference to all of the things that you DO like or love about yourself and your life. We are visual creatures – it is good to remind ourselves of all the good that we have in and around us! Set yourself (and your relationship) realistic expectations and goals. Low self-esteem does not bode well under unrealistic pressure – realistic goals and the achievement from the results of our goals certainly gives low self-esteem a run for its money. Add some of your positive results to your mood board! If you dropped a few pounds or managed to run that half marathon, celebrate it! Be ready to make changes: both to your self-image and your outlook. If you don’t feel hot, sexy, attractive, worthy, you’ll reflect that on to your partner. The fact is if you feel a little off kilter and unattractive, one of the best things to do is to change your selfimage – if you feel like you look good, then you feel good. In order to feel like you look good, sometimes a bit of effort goes a long way. Embrace the power of change and use it as motivation to give that low self-esteem the rocket underneath it that YOU deserve. Self-esteem is what we make it and if it is a depleting source in your soul, address it. Everyone deserves to be happy and it all starts inside you. 59
Venerable, but not invulnerable Empowering our elders against depression. It’s often stated that with age, comes wisdom. As a result, it’s easy to imagine that our elders have all the answers, and whilst we can often empathise with some of the challenges that loved-ones can face in later life, it can be hard to accept that the same person that may have enthusiastically encouraged and advised us, could begin to feel helpless or just plain hopeless. This is particularly true if we perceive that the person in question fits our definition of enjoying a ‘full and happy life’ to date, with no known history of depression. In truth, age brings about much uncertainty, and sadly, it’s often those who’ve been particularly active, social and expressive that are hit hardest by the onset of age-related maladies, decreasing social circles or lost loved ones – and, increasingly, perceived damages to body image. Retirement, voluntary or otherwise, can lead to a loss of sense-of-purpose and even a loss of identity. Sometimes, these feelings are further exacerbated by financial worries – in the recent financial climate, this is all the more true. Perhaps the biggest contributor is the feeling of loss of dignity – a tricky situation that even well meaning offers of assistance can amplify. It’s suggested that one-in-five older adults living in the community and two-in-five in assisted-living endure bouts of depression – a fact which many mental health professionals worry is under-reported and as a result, under-treated. Everyone has ups and downs, and it would be entirely remiss to expect anyone experiencing the loss of loved ones – or something as debilitating as chronic pain – not to seem ‘sad’ at times. Sadness and grief are natural – even healthy – response mechanisms.
Depression and its symptoms, however, are subtly different and far more costly to quality of life. So if we’re worried about a friend or family-member, what should we look out for? How can we support and empower them to overcome – or preferably, avoid altogether – what has been described as “the absence of being able to envision that you will ever be cheerful again”.
situations, disturbed sleep-patterns and weariness when confronted with seemingly routine tasks, are also symptoms of depression. Perhaps one of the hardest things to witness, are loved ones isolating themselves rather than engaging with family or friends, feeling as though they may be “a burden” or like they’re in the way. This is a
“Restlessness, irritability and unusual panic over everyday situations, disturbed sleeppatterns and weariness when confronted with seemingly routine tasks, are also symptoms of depression.” The illness is characterised by lack of enjoyment of, or interest in, life. Things that once inspired joy, fascination or curiosity may be greeted with uncharacteristic indifference. Loss of appetite – leading to noticeable weightloss – is common, as is a lack of interest in personal care or hygiene. Restlessness, irritability and unusual panic over everyday
circular problem, as the resulting loneliness can drive a person further into despair and depression. It’s important to note that loss of mental sharpness isn’t simply part of old age, and that sudden, rather than prolonged and gradually decreasing (as seen in the onset of dementia) is a strong indicator of depression in older adults.
Approaching the subject with empathy, tact and solutions is a good way to start supporting someone you care about. Suggestions that allow people to help themselves can be a start, (especially for those who have carved out an independent lifestyle in the years preceding depression in old age), along with an offer to help if it is required. Encouraging some exercise (where possible), even a brief walk, some time outdoors or simply a change of scenery is a good way to bring someone back ‘into their body’, where they may have otherwise been dwelling on issues internally. This is often a great time to talk with your loved one. The opposite of depression is expression, and giving them the opportunity to do just that is often a fantastic way of brightening an
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otherwise dark day. Scheduling regular social activities and including them can help to prevent feelings of isolation and create something for you all to look forward to. Whilst anti-depressants may be prescribed, there are often contraindications for older people – particularly where other medications are in use (your GP will know). In this case, encourage or support a healthy diet, and perhaps suggest supplementation with Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil or flax seeds) and folic acid. St. John’s Wort is often used, but do check with your GP first.
what you think might be depression, and if they’ve been your rock, you have the chance to pay them back by (figuratively) giving them – or even being – that glittering substance at the heart of this chapter of their lives. Loneliness and inactivity seem to be one of the prevalent catalysts in depression in older adults and the elderly: two things, which as a preventative measure, can be easily addressed. Time is a healer and love is a cure.
Ultimately, the latter years of life ought to be one’s golden years. If you know someone who is suffering from
Ageing? Be Careful What You Say! WORDS: Patricia Cherry
In our everyday language and communication we use words most of the time without really thinking about their significance. You may have heard of something called the law of attraction. This law is not a magic formula for getting what you want, but it is in action all the time, even if you don’t believe in it. Take a look at what people say and what happens as a result. Successful athletes and sports people are coached using affirmations and visualising kicking the ball into the goal or holding the winner’s cup, or perhaps seeing themselves crossing the line first. They are taught that if they hold a picture of themselves losing then they will indeed lose. So it is with our everyday language. Take ageing, for example. Our bodies start to age at around our 27th birthday; up until then we are building cells and developing into adulthood. When it reaches its peak, it starts to decline. During middle age, we try not to think about getting old. We may look at a pension scheme but it seems to be in the far distant future. People that I speak to about ageing, say that they don’t want to think about it, that they are too
young yet. They are resisting it and if they do look at it, it is in the light of anti-ageing. Anything to keep themselves young and deny that it is happening. But did you know that what you resist, persists? Why are they resisting it? Because they see it as a negative experience, and the language of society encourages that thinking. So what has this to do with the law of attraction and what we say? We use words and thoughts connected with ageing more often than we realise. We notice the grey hair, the wrinkles around the eyes, greater difficulty in maintaining our weight, worrying about our blood pressure or cholesterol more, the children leaving home and wondering what we are going to do with our lives.
Then around the age of 60 or so, we see differences in our body that become more significant. If we have been using anti-ageing products or concepts, we become disillusioned. But what we have done in effect is to attract ageing into our lives all the more, because we have simply been tackling it from the outside, instead of getting our inner selves sorted. When we work from the inside out and embrace the ageing process, we can actually glow and people don’t notice our age, or they become curious in how we do it! When I was around the age of 60, a friend of the same age said that she hated this business of getting old. She was struggling even then with walking and feeling tired all the time. I remember saying to her that it did not worry me, and although I did get more tired, it was not going to stop me from walking for exercise and getting on with an active life. Since then at the age of 67 I started a new career in life coaching. I certainly did not hate the business of getting old. Where the words and the law of attraction come into this is that we need to be aware of what we are saying. Don’t let “I’ve got arthritis in my knees” become “I’ve got arthritis in my knees and this means that I am getting older now and it’s time to slow down.” You may wonder why saying this is not the way to go. But what you are doing in effect is becoming a person who cannot do things because they are getting old. You are probably also saying “But the arthritis is reality and you cannot get away from that.” So let’s take this situation and see how things could be different.
You have arthritis in your knees and it is becoming more difficult to get about. So you cannot do the things you used to do. What is the reality here? The reality is that you cannot do the things that you used to do! That does not mean that you just give up and do nothing. But you could say instead, “I have arthritis in my knees now, so what else can I do to keep myself happy, healthy and vibrant.” You could perhaps start learning about arthritis and changing your diet or even helping others to find
for company. Can you see how the law of attraction is coming into play here? It is not a magical law, but a realistic one. It is happening in everyone’s lives every day. Are you aware of the law of attraction acting in your life? Now that I have drawn your attention to it you can learn how to change your thinking and start attracting better things into your life for your ageing process. You can make your older years vibrant, happy and joyful. Just like I have.
“When I was around the age of 60, a friend of the same age said that she hated this business of getting old. She was struggling even then with walking and feeling tired all the time. I remember saying to her that it did not worry me, and although I did get more tired, it was not going to stop me from walking for exercise and getting on with an active life.” their way through this disability. The experts of this world are the ones who have ‘been there and got the t-shirt!’ – so, you can learn and pass your expertise on. Let’s look at another scenario. Someone I know, since the age of 70 kept telling everyone that she was too old for all this noise and nonsense, she just wanted to be quiet. Now she is a widow and living on her own and because everyone got used to the idea that she just wants to be quiet, she has very few friends and depends entirely on her family
About the Author
Patricia Cherry is a UK based life coach specialising in Ageing with Vitality. Find out more on Facebook – Ageing with Vitality.
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Year-Round Fun and Fitness for All the Family at the Merton’s Aquadome and Leisure Club
You’re guaranteed hours of fun whatever the weather at the Merton Hotel’s exclusive pool and leisure club. Indeed, your wellbeing is their goal; whether you enjoy a challenging fitness regime, peaceful relaxation, or sharing activities with family and friends. The club is open 7 days a week, all year round, from early morning until late evening, and memberships are available for individuals, families, and corporates. It couldn’t be more convenient. And as for the facilities, the Club enjoys what is arguably Jersey’s largest and most unique range of facilities, including the year-round Aquadome. We went to have a look around … The Aquadome
The Aquadome is a truly unique purpose-built dome where the temperature is always 27°c, no matter the weather outside. We like it already. Inside this exciting subtropical paradise, you’ll find a large indoor pool with lazy river, cascade fountains, and spa pools … there’s also an 80m waterslide, sauna and steam room poolside, and an outside pool too. The outside pool has its own fountain and spa, and fully qualified lifeguards are on duty at all times throughout the whole area, so you can relax in the knowledge that everyone is safe while having fun in the water. Even the very young ones are catered for 64
with their own toddler’s pool, and a children’s play area in the gardens surrounding the Aquadome. Think you’ll work up an appetite after your work-out? No worries, the Poolside Café, Cascades, offers a menu with delicious healthy options, as well as treats. Members benefit from a 10% discount on all meals at the Merton Hotel’s restaurants and bars, although do note that the hotel itself closes annually, this year from 13th December 2015 to 23rd March 2016. Outdoor Pool and Gardens
We ventured outside … you can swim through from the indoor pool or walk to the outdoor pool where there is a Mushroom Fountain, a
large garden, tables, sun loungers, and the FlowRider® where you can surf, whatever the wind and weather conditions. The FlowRider® allows anyone to ride a wave without fear - just fun! ‘Flowboarding’ is a sport that combines the look of surfing, the ride of snowboarding and the tricks of skateboarding. The FlowRider® sends a thin sheet of water up a sloped, cushioned ride surface to create a wavelike flow of water. So it’s perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. After receiving your safety instructions and a few tips for a successful ride from the fully trained instructors, you’re off ! You can carve and try tricks; the FlowRider is made of soft material and when water flows over it, it feels like a judo mat. This makes flowboarding a safe sport. If you fall off, you just get up and start again! Do note, there is an additional charge for using the FlowRider®, but it’s well worth it, and health restrictions do apply, so best to check first. Private 1-to-1 lessons are even available – what fun!
FlowRider® is suitable for all ages and operates all year round. It is outside, but not connected to the Outdoor Pool (which closes this year from 2nd November 2015 to 24th March 2016) – so, why not organise an event for friends and colleagues – or a swimming party, with or without the FlowRider, what fun this would be! Fitness Centre
Then we found the fully equipped fitness centre, where you can keep fit and healthy with a comprehensive range of cardio-vascular and weightresistant equipment, a selection of free weights and dedicated stretch area. The friendly and dedicated team of qualified instructors are on hand to work with members to help achieve your goals. Each member has a fitness profile, induction and personal development programme drawn up upon joining the Club, and you can have your progress monitored and receive help and encouragement at any time! An interactive TV system will even keep you entertained whilst you are working through your programme.
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There are free Aerobic Classes, including: Stretch & Tone, Pilates, Fat attack, Aero boxing, and ABS blast, also Groove, Stability, Firm and Power. Firm is a weighted workout that challenges all major muscle groups; and Power combines traditional strength exercises with the hottest functional training moves to
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You and the family can also learn new skills. Swimming classes are available for children of various ages and abilities; and there’s the opportunity to train with a personal trainer too. So many options, it’s hard to know where to start!
“You can relax in the knowledge that everyone is safe while having fun in the water.” make you fitter and stronger. Force classes are available for an additional subscription; Force is a 30 minute high intensity training session, programmed to define muscle and shred fat. Anyone for Tennis?
And it doesn’t stop there. If Tennis is more your thing, there is a well maintained hard Tennis court on the site, where equipment can be hired for a small fee; and, so conveniently, club members can park free of charge at all times when using the Aquadome and Leisure Club.
Parties and Socials
The facilities are such fun, and exclusive use can be arranged for large groups – all year round. If you are part of a Club, Society, or Social Club at work, what a wonderful way to spend time with your friends and colleagues, perhaps for that special occasion or celebration, having fun whilst keeping fit and forging team spirit. More info: www.seymourhotels.com/ merton-hotel/resort-facilities/theaquadome/
Zen For Children Should schools teach meditation? WORDS: Lucy Sanderson
No one can argue that a good education prepares us for a more fulfilled life, but could schools teach more than subjects? Our schools teach a broad array of subjects, and included in some of them, are many life skills – such as the benefit of a healthy diet and the fact that exercise is good for you. But where do we start to instill the value of mindfulness in our children? How do our children learn to find some peace and master the necessary coping skills for common issues that life throws their way, as they get older? Could it be that meditation would be a beneficial lesson in amongst the mathematics, science and other academic subjects? Our children are born into a digital Managing this noise can be easily bout of lessons in the afternoon. age; a fast moving pace of real time achieved with meditation. Now that This practice seems to have gone updates over social media, advertising is a lesson worth learning … and school days are over flowing bombarding them via every medium, with work and activities. Surely, pressure to grow up fast and not Years ago, in schools, there always there could be time for lessons in much time to reflect. School brings used to be that time in the afternoon, meditation; teaching our children its own specific challenges, how to use their own minds and puberty is a whole other to ease stress, focus and “Years ago, in schools, there stratosphere. Meditation can reflect. always used to be that time in the be a tricky thing for us to try to teach our kids at home. afternoon, sometime after lunch, Bed-wetting, shyness, The lack of camaraderie and clinginess, tantrums; just a where teachers would indicate unity and the very fact that few examples of children’s trying to get your kids to do stresses and issues … School, rest time. It was normally a class something that isn’t ‘their friends, bullying (on both lie-down in the ‘story corner’, or kind of cool’ is a hard sell sides!), puberty, anxiety, low indeed. But, if all the kids self-esteem, exams, learning ‘on the carpet’ and sometimes it were doing it … Well, then it to drive, nervousness – as would be the ‘norm’. children develop, their issues was at desks; ‘heads down’ time, may change but meditation where kids would invariably be Meditation is now a would address and benefit all mainstream practice for whispering and giggling with their of them. masses of people the world heads rested atop folded arms.” over. The benefits of it are Some schools are leading the widely appreciated to reduce way, but not all. Our schools stress, enhance the ability to sharpen sometime after lunch, where teachers (and parents!) should be teaching our focus and to instill a sense of balance would indicate rest time. It was kids, not just how to survive, but how and enable inner astuteness. Amidst normally a class lie-down in the to thrive. With yoga now becoming a galloping lifestyle, meditation is ‘story corner’, or ‘on the carpet’ and a popular form of exercise for all understood to be just the ticket to sometimes it was at desks; ‘heads generations, perhaps the introduction peace. These days our children think down’ time, where kids would of meditation wouldn’t be that in megabytes and are taking on more invariably be whispering and giggling difficult for our children. Instilling and more in terms of the ‘noise’ that with their heads rested atop folded the life skills that balance out the permeates every day – being busy has arms. The notion was there though, busy and enable our children to become a trend and without a release, for these young learners, to take a appreciate balance can only enhance this can cause out young to become chance in the day to reflect on their their chance of a fulfilling life. overwhelmed and overwrought. morning and rejuvenate for a fresh
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What Should a Child Know? With another school year already well underway and many parents wanting to make sure their loved ones are ‘on track’, we wanted to share the beautiful words of Alicia Bayer of rural Minnesota. Alicia runs a wonderful website called ‘A Magical Childhood’; and many years ago she wrote an article about what a four year old should know. This continues to be the most popular page on her site, and eight years on she continues to receive regular, even weekly, letters from parents, grandparents and teachers about her article. We’re similarly taken with it. Alicia writes that she was inspired to write the blog having read some of the answers posted on a parenting bulletin board, responding to a post by a mother who was worried that her 4 1/2 year old did not know enough. “What should a 4 year old know?” she asked. Most of the answers talked about laundry lists; counting to 100, planets, how to write their first and last name; and so on; some used the opportunity to add to the young mum’s concerns by listing all of the things their children could do that hers couldn’t; the fewest recognised that each child develops at his own pace and not to worry. Alicia felt compelled to respond; this is her list of what a 4 year old should know: She should know that she is loved wholly and unconditionally, all of the time. He should know that he is safe and he should know how to keep himself safe in public, with others, and in varied situations. He should know that he can trust his instincts about people and that he never has to do something that doesn’t feel right, no matter who is asking. He should know his personal rights and that his family will back them up.
She should know how to laugh, act silly, be goofy and use her imagination. She should know that it is always okay to paint the sky orange and give cats 6 legs.
day outside making daisy chains, mud pies and fairy houses as it is to practice phonics. Scratch that– way more worthy.
“He should know his own interests and be encouraged to follow them. If he couldn’t care less about learning his numbers, his parents should realise he’ll learn them accidentally soon enough and let him immerse himself instead in rocket ships, drawing, dinosaurs or playing in the mud.” He should know his own interests and be encouraged to follow them. If he couldn’t care less about learning his numbers, his parents should realise he’ll learn them accidentally soon enough and let him immerse himself instead in rocket ships, drawing, dinosaurs or playing in the mud. She should know that the world is magical and that so is she. She should know that she’s wonderful, brilliant, creative, compassionate and marvellous. She should know that it’s just as worthy to spend the
If you would like to read more of Alicia’s article, check out her site at: www.magicalchildhood.com
Girls Experiencing Problems with Mental WellBeing Contrast this. As we went to press, Girl Guiding UK published the results of their 2015 Girls’ Attitude survey. The survey asked 1,574 girls and young women aged between 7 and 21 for their views on a range of issues – from health and wellbeing to relationships and careers. It highlights the very real pressures girls and young women are facing in the UK today – including the troubling findings about the state of girls’ mental wellbeing and resilience. It makes for difficult reading to hear that girls of all ages are experiencing problems with their mental wellbeing; nearly two in three girls aged 11 to 21 know a girl or young woman who has experienced a mental health problem, and almost half of girls aged 17 to 21 have personally needed help with their mental health. Girls’ health and wellbeing concerns have changed dramatically over the last five years. Self-harming tops a list of health concerns for girls aged 11-21, closely followed by smoking, mental illness, depression and eating disorders. In 2010, girls’ top three health concerns were binge drinking, smoking and drug abuse. Issues such as low body confidence and fear over sexual harassment are taking their toll on girls’ wellbeing. Three quarters of girls aged 11 to 21 say ‘anxiety about experiencing sexual harassment’ negatively
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affects their lives in some way, while two in five girls in this age group have had a demeaning comment made to them about the way they look. Girls aged 13 – 21 say mental health issues, cyber-bullying and getting a job are the top overall concerns facing young people today, and 82% of girls aged 11 to 21 say adults don’t recognise the pressure they are under; they think their parents’ biggest concerns remain drug use, alcohol and smoking. As a result, girls feel they are failing to find adequate support with their mental wellbeing. Girl Guiding Chief Executive, Julie Bentley, said: “The findings in this year’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey provide a stark warning about the fragile state of UK girls’ wellbeing. We need the support of decision-makers to start an open conversation about girls’ concerns. By listening to girls, we can work together to tackle the root causes of their distress – and champion their potential.” More info: http://new.girlguiding.org.uk/ and http://new.girlguiding.org.uk/girls-matter
What’s Your Final Wish? And Who Knows It? WORDS: Anne Hembry, Wills and Probate Manager, Davies & Ingram Advocates
Carried aloft in an eco-friendly coffin made from banana leaves; or buried next to the beloved golf course, ensuring there will forever be fairways at the end of one’s eternal garden? These, and many others, have been the topic of numerous discussions with clients over the years. How one prefers to slip into the next world is an incredibly personal thing, and often not something that family members would necessarily know, or be able to take a guess at, especially when one is raw with emotion. The subject of death – especially our own – is not one that most of us usually care to contemplate. After all, as one wag once remarked: “Dying is the last thing I intend to do.” Yet, as the saying goes, “Along with taxes, death is the only great certainty of life”; it will come to us all. By taking the initiative and setting out what you want now, you can get
on with living your life, knowing that when the time comes your loved ones will know what you wanted and they will be spared from having to make difficult decisions. You will also know they will be looked after in the way you wanted. Planning for the future is part of life, and making a Will is one way to alleviate some of the distress for your family, to give them peace of mind, not to mention your own.
There are many important matters to decide on to enable your estate to be dealt with after your passing. Who would you want to undertake the responsibility of dealing with your movable estate (known as ‘the Executor’ where there is a Will) which entails applying for a Grant of Probate, collecting in all the assets of the estate, and settling all the liabilities and debts, before distributing the balance to the beneficiaries named in the Will? This is a responsible job and you should consider carefully who you wish to appoint (it is also a good idea to appoint an alternate Executor). If you don’t make a Will then you will not have the opportunity of gifting money to charities and friends.
Charities are always grateful for funds left to them in Wills since these legacies help fund their ongoing vital charitable work. A Will, therefore, is a way of passing on your possessions or money - not forgetting your assets held on various social media platforms - for the benefit of others. It is often assumed that the persons you wish to inherit will do so without the need for you to make a Will. In fact, the beneficiaries may not be the same as you think. Having a professionally drafted Will may be the best investment for future planning of your estate that can be done. Homemade Wills can be problematic and ultimately could cost considerably more in unravelling the mistakes than the cost of making a professionally drafted Will.
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When a person owns immovable estate in Jersey then a separate Will is made which is registered in the Public Registry by the person(s) inheriting the property upon your death. There are specific requirements as to the execution of a Will dealing with immovable estate in Jersey and so it is important that legal advice is taken to ensure that the Will is valid. Having made a Will/Wills it is then important that you keep it/ them under review as your personal circumstances change, such as marriage, the birth of children and grandchildren, separation or divorce. Your wishes should, at the very least, be reviewed every five years. Even though you may not see the need to leave cash under your gravestone, as apparently is the
custom in some countries, the best advice is probably to be prepared and to be properly advised.
Davies & Ingram Advocates are experienced in preparing Wills, with an emphasis on the provision of high-quality service. They have a small friendly team and are happy to provide a fixed fee quote for the preparation of your Will(s), including all meetings. They can provide storage for the Wills and will diarise periodic reminders for you to review them. More info: anne.hembry@ daviesandingram.com or: +44 (0) 1534 833433.
Regardless of age or status, it’s most likely you’ve heard the saying ‘stop acting like a girl’ at some point in the past. This aphorism, although it shouldn’t be, is deemed a negative connotation. But what does ‘like a girl’ really mean and why do many of today’s youth associate it with such negativity? 72
Overcoming limitations that hold us back is something that all of us should strive to do, regardless of our gender. However, society doesn’t make this easy for girls … especially those facing puberty. In fact, many young girls today are confronted by a number of misleading preconceptions such as ‘girls aren’t strong’, ‘girls aren’t tough’ and ‘girls can’t be heroes.’ And why on earth not? So, with these prejudices in mind, the brand Always has made it their mission to help girls overcome these preconceptions. The aim? To make them understand that limitations can and will be smashed! The #LikeAGirl campaign has been created to help girls embrace confidence, not just throughout puberty, but far beyond.
stop acting ‘like a girl!’ From charity workers to army officers, to successful sportswoman, some of today’s most powerful ambassadors are women! This is exactly the message Always is trying to endorse. Their original campaign, which first aired in June 2014, featured people being asked to fight, run and throw like a girl. The majority of those asked feebly reenacted these actions. However when younger girls (pre-puberty) were
but at the crux of it, they’re saying it in a derogative manner. This negative connotation is something that is only learned over time, which means it’s something we can change. We should all be teaching our children that gender doesn’t stop us from being strong and powerful individuals. Girls can be anything they want to be regardless of what society says and now is the time to kick down the perceptions and expectations bestowed on the female population. The #LikeAGirl campaign is a hugely important promotion and one that shines a much-needed light on sexism. Being ‘like a girl’ doesn’t mean you’re weak and it doesn’t mean you’re any less ambitious than your male peers, it means you’re badass and fierce and that’s the message we need to portray to our children. So the next time someone says to you do something #LikeAGirl, don’t get offended, simply take it as an opportunity to do something fabulous! As Coco Chanel put it, ‘A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.’
“Being ‘like a girl’ doesn’t mean you’re weak and it doesn’t mean you’re any less ambitious than your male peers, it means you’re badass and fierce and that’s the message we need to portray to our children.”
The advertisements themselves underline a few home truths and feature a diverse group of girls and young women, who shed a little light on the limitations they’ve experienced as a result of society’s expectations. One of the more heart breaking ads showcases a kid’s point of view. The girl featured suggests she doesn’t feel she can aspire to be a hero because in all the stories she’s ever read, it’s always the boy that rescues the girl.
Girls, just like boys, should be encouraged to be strong, unstoppable and brave and should never be told to
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asked to act out the same movements, they did so with passion, aggression and vigour just like anyone would. The consequence? As well as resulting in an Award-winning campaign, it shows that females need to be empowered, as although equality has come a long way, women are still underrepresented and in some situations, oppressed.
Ladies, we think you’re fabulous, so girl power from us to you, and if you haven’t seen the awesome #LikeAGirl campaign from Always, do check it out!
When people say you’re acting ‘like a girl’ they may be trying to be amusing
Listen up Ladies … MEDITATION = HOT SEX! Words: Lucy Sanderson
Do you hate oysters? Well, listen up … there’s a new aphrodisiac, which is actually older than any other sexy advice, ever … Meditation is the answer to some seriously good lovin’ … and that is a fact. We are definitely down with all of the benefits of meditation; from sharp focus to blissed out peace of mind; meditation instills an array of wonder and goodness for those who practice it. But did you know that meditation is super good for your sex life? Let’s just say that mindfulness can do a whole lot more for you than Viagra in the bedroom! So, a tantra mantra? Nope, we’re not going to embark on a lesson in tantric sex here; nor are we going to be offering up medals for carnal gymnastics. The notion that meditation is fantastic for sex does not mean that you need to be well practiced, or a yoga expert – it’s all much, much simpler than that. The reasons for meditation being a great boost to your sex life are really quite straight forward … Meditation enables deep rest and in turn means more energy for sex. Fatigue is a proper passion killer – and as we mentioned in the last edition’s article about ‘Libido Limbo’, tiredness and ‘not being in the mood’ is the most common issue. It’s a circular issue too, as the more tired you are, the less likely you are to want sex, the less likely you are to want sex, the less likely you have sex, and round and round you go … Sexless. Not good. Meditation also decreases stress and enables focus. Mmmhmm, a definite yes in the sex stakes, as a pent up and stressed out body is far less likely to enjoy an orgasm. A body, which is relaxed along with a mind that is focused, equals a person who is geared up for much better sex. In fact, cortisol (the stress hormone) can literally prevent female orgasms and for guys, erectile dysfunction – two symptoms of some pretty disappointing sexy time. Meditation takes you away from the fight or flight response caused by stress hormones, and invites you to the stay and play vibe which comes from the bliss chemistry (dopamine and serotonin) in your brain. Om shanti, lovers. Another widely appreciated advantage gained from meditation is the power of internal fulfillment … Through meditation we can unlock our inner most peace and spiritual contentedness; we can access our own happiness, in the moment and wholehearted. With that kind of perspective, relationships aren’t there to ‘complete’ us – we
are in them to enhance the love we already have inside ourselves. In terms of our sex lives, it means that we are open to enjoy the beauty of love making with someone that we love – no pressure of how we look when the lights are on and no concerns about our jiggly bits. It also means we are less distracted; nobody wants to have sex with a preoccupied or distracted lover! Now, here’s a really interesting fact about meditation, which both you and your partner will benefit from in the bedroom. Did you know that meditation increases mirror neuron function? In case you’re wondering, mirror neurons are the nerve impulses that emit, like tiny boomerangs, during both the execution and observation of a specific action; in this case, the action is sex. Simply watching someone else being pleasured can create pleasure in your brain. So, basically, meditation means you will be a far more intuitive and generous partner. Win, win for both of you. So, if you’re living a fast paced life and feel you’ve got no time to set aside for sex, you’re looking at it the wrong way. Furthermore, if you’re drudging along with little appetite for time in the bedroom, then you need a little nudge in the right direction. We recently read somewhere, a sort of review by someone who had started meditation with a view to renewing their sex life … How does, ‘animalistic, raw and mind-blowing’ sound to you? Move over Sting and Trudi, next stop … Tantra.
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From Monk to Millionaire –
Meditation made him one ‘appy man. After dropping out of his second year of university, Andy Puddicombe did “everything from teaching English in Russia to working as a videographer on a Caribbean cruise ship” in order to scrape by for 10 years whilst training to become a Buddhist monk. The founder of Headspace, an app, which has essentially demystified meditation and brought enlightenment to iPhones across the world, is now a long way away from his humble beginnings in Bristol. But Andy’s aim was never financial gain. He became a millionaire almost by accident and maintains that money will never be his motive for success. Headspace was a start up, founded by Andy and his business partner, Richard Pierson, to help create a healthier, happier world. With endorsements from WellBeing World favourite, Ariana Huffington, (The Huffington Post partnered with Headspace when it
was launched), and an array of features in the notable mainstream media, Andy has gone on to write a number of books, which have been published in over 25 countries in more than 10 languages, and has given TED talks on the subject of mindfulness and meditation.
Andy is the pioneer of mediation in the digital age and a champion for men to take up the practiceâ&#x20AC;Ś Why not get some Headspace of your own, and try these 21 tips for meditation: 1. Sit with your hands resting in your lap or on your knees, keeping your back straight.
10. Scan again, this time noticing which parts of the body feel relaxed. Spend twenty seconds on each scan.
2. Your neck should be relaxed, with your chin slightly tucked in.
11. Then turn your awareness to your thoughts. Notice the ones that arise without attempting to alter them.
3. Unfocus your eyes, gazing into the middle distance. 4. Take five deep breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. 5. On the last exhalation, allow your eyes to close. 6. Slowly settle into your body. Observe your posture and notice the sensations where your body touches the chair and your feet meet the ground. 7. Feel the weight of your arms and hands resting on your legs. 8. Acknowledge your senses - otice anything you can smell, hear, or taste; sensations of heat, cold, or wind. 9. Turn your mind inward. Scan your body from head to toe, observing any tension or discomfort.
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12. Consider why you're sitting today. You may realize you're hoping to stop your thoughts - remind yourself it's impossible to do this. 13. Next, observe the rising and falling sensation your breathing creates in the body - notice where the sensations occur, whether they're in your stomach, chest, or shoulders. 14. Focus on the quality of each breath, noticing whether the breaths are deep or shallow, long or short, fast or slow. 15. It's normal for thoughts to bubble up at this moment, so simply guide your attention back to the breath when you realize your mind has started to wander. 16. Silently count your breaths as they pass: one as you inhale, two as you exhale, three on the next inhalation, and four on the exhalation, until you reach ten.
17. Then start again at one. 18. Let go of any focus on the breath now. Spend thirty seconds just sitting. You may be inundated with thoughts or feel calm and focused - just let your mind be as it is. 19. Become aware of the physical feelings - the chair beneath you, your feet on the floor, your arms and hands in your lap. Notice anything you can hear, smell, taste, or feel. 20. Slowly open your eyes. 21. Form a clear idea about what you're going to do next, like brushing your teeth or e-mailing your boss. It's easy to jump up off the seat and lose the calm you've just created. Carry this awareness with you to the next activity. Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tips appeared in Esquire magazine, but you can download the Headspace app for free on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store. Head over to www.headspace. com for plenty more information, and definitely check out their blog.
What does it mean to ‘Be a Man’? In our article reporting on the female empowering, Always campaign, entitled, ‘#LikeAGirl’, we outlined the detrimental effects of using the phrase ‘like a girl’ when commenting on how someone does something – to throw ‘like a girl’ to run ‘like a girl’, to cry ‘like a girl’, implying the connotation that to do something, ‘like a girl’ is to do it weaker, slower, with less power and less verve. Being all about balance at WellBeing World, we thought it would be equally important to shed some light on the over used ‘be a man’, otherwise strewn around as ‘man up’.
The connotation on the phrase is hardly positive and in fact, to nag at someone to ‘be a man’ indirectly says, toughen up, be stronger, faster, cleverer, more witty. It really doesn’t have any place in today’s society – along with, ‘Boys don’t cry’ … nonsense. So, how do we determine how to ‘be a man’ in a way that reflects the
modern day expectations from the hairier of the sexes? Strong is a word that most people consider to be an apt description of the expectation in a masculine ideal – but what is strength? How is muscle any indication of what it is to ‘be a man’? Masculine strength in 2015 is a far cry from the predetermined ideal of a man’s strength some years ago.
But the implication of toughness is still an improper presupposition in measuring the man. An interesting clip from cutvideo. com begs the question: ‘What is it to be a man?’, from a number of boys and men, aged between 5 and 50, their answers were insightful. A large proportion of the guys realised
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So, in order to ‘be a man’, it would seem that the best course of action is to remain true to yourself. Be strong, in the sense that you should have inner strength – as should anyone. Strength to … Be a Peacemaker: Whether it’s out
at the club on a Saturday night, at a football match, or at home with the family, diffuse conflict and be an advocate for the tolerance and forgiveness.
Forgive: Whether it’s the idiot who stole your parking space or a family member, make peace and let it go. Seek Help: Same rule applies to
directions, carrying a heavy cabinet, and emotional baggage - it’s OK to not do it alone. In fact, we’re all better off when we don’t! It’s good to share!
Embrace Fear: Many of the most
profound breakthroughs can happen when we face fear head-on …
Communicate: Openly, humbly,
vulnerably, and constructively - even when you’re scared. It’s good to talk!
the term to be derogatory and out of touch with today’s ideal. Most indicated some form of necessary strength in establishing manhood – but not all insisted that the strength be stereotypical. The vast majority, spanning all the ages, indicated that, to them, to be a man should mean something, and not assume it. Over 95% of
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them attributed ‘being a man’ to a wealth of traits – including sensitivity, courage, responsibility, embracing feelings and being true, decent, individual and gentle, as well as strong and unafraid.
Be Gentle: Sometimes the greatest power exists in a warm hug, gentle touch or soft whisper. At other times, simply in a smile.
Perhaps the phrase ought to change for 2015, how about we ask you guys to: ‘Be a gentleman’. Surely, that’s a label to aim for. Being male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of age. Being a gentleman is a matter of choice. So, be a gentleman.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure: Mindfulness and autonomy in self-health WORDS: Lucy Sanderson
Prevention is better than cure. Wise words and definitely some good advice; with a strong focus on maintaining optimum health, we are in a better position in terms of our overall wellbeing when we opt to strengthen our minds and our bodies. As well as avoiding the harmful effects of smoking, drugs, excessive drinking, junk food and all the other nasties that lead to ill-health, we have to be proactive about preventing illness. A good start would be turning our attention from sickness and cure, to wellness and prevention. Wellbeing is ‘trending’ at the moment, which is a rough awakening for some – 20 a day, never exercise, live off ready meals; those folk. That lifestyle was rather well suited to ten or 20 years ago, with smoking being fashionable and fast food becoming so cheap and easily available, everywhere (as well as
being perpetually imposed on us via sexy advertising), burning the candle at both ends was in fact the ‘cool’ thing to do. It’s probably a good job Facebook wasn’t invented, as we’d all be rather embarrassed of our passive approach to prevention of illness and preservation of health! Hindsight, eh?
Running, juicing, step counters, healthy cooking; all the attributes of a health conscious social media account (whether it’s always a true account is another matter!). But this is a strong indicator of the younger generations being a lot more mindful and autonomous in their approach to maintaining their health and wellbeing. It’s cool to have kicked the habit of smoking (even cooler not to have smoked at all), it’s cool to drink kale smoothies and eat whole foods. It’s cool to have the longest red wiggling line, showing your mammoth run after work. Prevention is better than cure and preserving our youthful glow, healthy bodies and strong minds for wellbeing is definitely cool. It is in fact, common sense that we aim to take better care of ourselves – focusing on wellness and prevention. A few decades ago, it was the norm. Society went full throttle on a downward spiral of bad habits and a slovenly approach to taking better care of their health. People seemed to become used to the idea that increased prosperity and medical advances bring longer and healthier lives. But it is now very clear that we cannot take those advances for granted and that progress was uneven. Although a younger generation may seem to be more health conscious and proactive about prevention over cure, binge drinking and substance abuse is still rife and too many people still smoke and eat junk food. The fall out on the health service from the past half a century’s generation is still a huge burden. Illnesses from smoking and poor eating habits have us with no option but to change our ways. There is always more we can do to prevent ourselves from getting sick; but there isn’t always a cure for the diseases we can find ourselves battling.
In the 1920s and 30s, the nutritionist Victor Lindlahr, who was a strong believer in the idea that food controls health, developed the Catabolic Diet. That view gained some adherents at the time and the earliest known printed example is from an advert for beef in a 1923 edition of the Bridgeport Telegraph, for ‘United Meat Markets’: “Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.” If we eat junk food, we feel the nasty effects – eat healthily and we are fuelled and fulfilled. There has had
So, if we are what we eat, what does that make you? It isn’t a new concept, using food as a medicine. Chinese people have been doing it for thousands of years. The word for eating in Chinese is comprised of two characters: chi fan; eat rice. The word for taking medicine is chi yao; eat medicine. The ancient culinary traditions of China created meals for healing, as well as satisfaction. ‘Food is Medicine’ is the term coined by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine; it was his belief that eating wholesome food is the basis for good
“It’s cool to have kicked the habit of smoking (even cooler not to have smoked at all), it’s cool to drink kale smoothies and eat whole foods. It’s cool to have the longest red wiggling line, showing your mammoth run after work. Prevention is better than cure and preserving our youthful glow, healthy bodies and strong minds for wellbeing is definitely cool.” to be something of a food revolution of late, in order to really have the necessary impact on how our food habits over the past 50 years have been detrimental and why the need for change. In the Western world, many people became lazy, or none too mindful about what they were putting in their bodies. Opting for cheap, fast food over fresh, home cooked produce was all too easy a rut to fall in to. The food industry absolutely endorsed this mass issue too. The problem was, the rut is a steep void, and without the right fuel, how would we ever have the energy to pull ourselves out. A food revolution, that’s how.
health. Hippocrates said almost 2,500 years ago “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.” Learning more about the food we eat is imperative. Understanding which foods aren’t good for us (including things we could be intolerant to) is as important. Taking the time to prepare food and understand the vital properties of the ingredients brings about an ideal foundation for prevention rather than cure in terms of our overall health. So, take rest, sleep well, laugh lots, be active and eat your medicine.
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Thyme for Change Why restaurants must tune in to their plant-loving customers. WORDS: Lorraine Pannetier, The Food Coach.
With a gradual shift in consciousness towards more healthy, ecological, compassionate and peaceful lifestyles, a western trend towards plant-based diets is slowly growing towards the sunlight and getting ready to bloom over the next quarter of a century. For those of us already aboard the veggie train, it feels like the start of a wonderful journey, but not without its daily struggles. As a plant-fuelled food coach who also happens to require a gluten-free diet, eating out can be a challenge rather than a joy; a plate of food without an animal based protein source is still not classed as a ‘proper meal’ which is frustrating for all those plant-loving customers. Wouldn’t it be lovely if restaurants offered the same gastronomic experience for vegans as they do for meat, fish and dairy lovers? Perhaps when the medical world opens up to the value of the wholefood, plant-based diet, then the catering industry may just follow suit.
start, drizzled with high quality olive oil and freshly grown basil from the restaurant’s own garden … followed by a Middle Eastern falafel burger stacked up on a baked Portobello mushroom with rainbow slaw of carrot and beetroot and a cucumbermint salsa served with sweet potato fries and a jug of freshly infused lemon water. Sounds delicious right?
fruit, vegetables and whole-grains as possible). Some of the results were disappointing; involving a choice of dry bread roll and salad; jacket potato with baked beans (delicious but not very adventurous), bean burger (now no longer on the menu); pizza with cheese on the lactose-free menu … so how can we help? If you’re a consumer with dietary needs, don’t sit there meekly, speak up for what you believe in and what you deserve.
“Thankfully, there are a growing number of cafes and restaurants in Jersey that have taken on board customer feedback and demand and I’m really pleased to be able to share these fantastic comments from vegan dining experiences this summer.”
As always, the main thing required is education. Our chefs and restaurateurs need to learn about modern lifestyles and stop offering butter- and flour-rich quiche or goat’s cheese on baguette as the only vegetarian options. Ask your average eatery for a gluten-free, vegan option and you can guarantee they’ll be stumped. Try this at an outdoor music event, well, there’s always a bottle of water, a black coffee and a packet of plain crisps!
Considering I manage to make different meals every single day of the year with little repetition, can it really be so difficult for restaurants? How about a heritage tomato salad to
Over the past couple of months, myself and a few ‘reporters’ from the Facebook group Jersey Vegans and Vegetarians, embarked on a culinary adventure, trying out Jersey’s newest and oldest cafes and restaurants to see just how willing and able our local businesses could adapt to the plant-based customer (plant-based is the avoidance of animal products and the inclusion of as much fresh
Vegan blogger Sam from itdoesnttastelikechicken.com has come up with a great set of tips in her blog How to Eat Vegan at Any Restaurant (and not eat salad): Call ahead: When you get to the restaurant you can relax because you already know the options.
Be clear: I hated saying the dreaded word ‘vegan’. Asking as soon as possible ensures a relaxing dining experience. Be nice: When you ask, just be polite. Not everyone understands vegan, so tell them what you don’t eat and leave out any animal cruelty talk. Look for the codes: Look for little icons such as a little ‘v’ or a leaf. Be a clever subber: Most vegetarian options can easily be made vegan.
Just ask if the egg or dairy can be removed. Peruse the menu and see if there’s an ingredient that might make a great substitution. Thankfully, there are a growing number of cafes and restaurants in Jersey that have taken on board customer feedback and demand and I’m really pleased to be able to share these fantastic comments from vegan dining experiences this summer. A special mention goes to Moo for being a leader in the organic, vegetarian sector, and to new café, Flavour, for offering delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten free takeaway food. Other helpful eateries, included Pizza Express St Brelade who offer garlic bread made with oil instead of butter; St Mary’s Country Inn who do a Japanese Miso soup which is delicious; if you ask for it without egg and with tofu then it’s vegan; and the Herb Garden Café at Samares Manor where many of their dishes are vegetarian and cooked to order
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so ingredients can be omitted or replaced if you mention that you are vegan at the time of ordering. Unawatuna and Lazin Lizard bend over backwards to cater for vegans, even ordering vegan wine! Indeed, the best restaurant in many people’s opinion was Unawatuna, Jersey’s only Sri Lankan restaurant run by Sudu; preparing food infused with mum’s spice blends which she sends over every few weeks. For me it was easy to sit back and relax knowing that almost the entire menu was gluten free with plentiful vegan options. Their food is deliciously spicy with all its layered flavours of freshly prepared, real food, made with love and passion. I was so impressed I sent Sudu a thank you letter and asked if he’d like to write something for WellBeing World: "At Unawatuna we want to give our guests an authentic taste of Sri Lanka. As the majority of Sri Lankans are Buddhists they generally follow a vegetarian diet and they
are very close to nature using the plants, vegetables and herbs that are abundant in Sri Lanka as natural remedies. I like to use this same philosophy in my food bringing a healthy and tasty combination of Sri Lanka to Jersey." Eating out with family and friends is a delightful, sociable experience that should not be denied to many on the basis of food preference or medical need. While we don’t expect restaurants to suddenly fill their menus with vegan dishes, it is clear that we really need to see an increase in food cooked to order from fresh ingredients and flavoured with natural herbs and spices. This allows for creativity in the kitchen and ensures that fresh produce doesn’t go to waste as well as easy catering for any kind of allergy, medical condition or lifestyle food choice. While I head off to prep some spicy sweet potato fries, I’ll leave you with this … Be grateful. Eat more vegetables. Love others.
BONE BROTH, the new green juice? We’ve been taking stock about the trend in drinking bone broth. It certainly doesn’t have the same super-food sound to it as say, the famous green juice, and let’s face it the mere thought of drinking bone broth has probably brought many a veggie or vegan to their very knees. But we’ll get to the herbivores in a bit. Bone broth is as simple as it gets. It is a Paleo diet favourite and requires no culinary skills, or creativity, no expensive appliances or utensils. Frankly, bone broth is an ancient and effective wellbeing booster. Cue Autumn; and perfect timing for bone broth.
Why is bone broth good for you?
Bones are a perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover. Locked away inside that hard outer layer is a wealth of essential nutrients – antiinflammatory and gut-healing proteins, healthy fats, and a wealth of minerals just waiting to be used. What better way for us humans to get the best out of bones, than by boiling them up? We’re not quite adept to opening bones with our bare teeth. Instead, we have to make use of our oversized, primate brains by cooking the bones to get at the good bits inside. Bone broth makes the basis for many a culture’s wellbeing food adage; from Jewish ‘penicillin’ to Vietnamese pho, broth plays a role in countless warming, life-affirming dishes. It is naturally gluten and dairy-free, easy to make at home and thrifty to top it off, just ask your butcher for beef bones (any bones will do really, from chicken to beef – but for a real hearty bone broth, definitely opt for beef ). So, a pot, some bones, some heat and some water? Well, that’s easy, but what does it do?
calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. Iodine comes from fish bones (not too sure we’d like to know about the taste of fish broth though …!). Great for boosting your immune system! Bone broth containing marrow has even more benefits. Marrow is technically an organ meat, and organ meats tend to be extremely rich in nutrition. Marrow plays an important role in living creatures as a part of the immune system as its cells are necessary for immune function and bone growth. At this time of year, we are more susceptible to colds and flu, so immune boosters are all the more important. Plus, if you’re fighting a cold, warm bone broth with a bit of spice (pepper or chilli powder) can help the symptoms. The spices will release watery fluids in your mouth, throat, and lungs, which help thin respiratory mucus so it’s easier to expel. Bone broth is definitely one to try this Autumn!
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What better way for us humans to get the best out of bones, than by boiling them up? We’re not quite adept to opening bones with our bare teeth. Instead, we have to make use of our oversized, primate brains by cooking the bones to get at the good bits inside.
Great for your joints! Bone broth contains several nutrients that help strengthen your own skeletal system. Believe it or not, bones are actually pretty rich in protein, almost 50% protein by volume. The collagen from the bones, tendons, and ligaments are broken down during the cooking process and turned into gelatin, which is actually a protein. Gelatin contains several important amino acids, such as proline and glycine. If you’ve ever heard of glucosamine, you’ll know that it helps to ease the pain of aching joints – the same benefits come from bone broth. Great for digestion! The same nutrient, glycine: Glycine helps improve digestion through increased production of stomach acid. Increasing the glycine in your diet may help if you suffer from acid reflux. Glycine is also an important component of bile acid, which is necessary for fat digestion in the small intestine. It also helps maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels.
Great source of minerals! Bone broth is extremely high in minerals. Cooking the bones (especially over a long time) demineralises the bones and releases the minerals into the broth. When using land animals, broth will be rich in
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A veggie or vegan bone broth recipe? You’re probably wondering how that’s even possible. There are no vegetarian bones, of course (and using the bones of a vegan would be cannibalism). But there are plenty of vegetables that are super nourishing and good for your health, and without the need for any animal casualties!
One of the main reasons animal bone broth is trendy is for the collagen inherent in bones. Collagen can help reduce inflammation and support healthy hair, skin, nails and joints. But similar to calcium, the body may absorb collagen-enhancing nutrients from plants just as easily as those decocted from an animal carcass. Particularly adept at promoting collagen production are foods including seaweed, celery, soybeans, kale, beets, spinach and olive oil – and they happen to make one delicious vegan ‘bone broth’ recipe. They’re also rich in minerals (like calcium mentioned above), and phytonutrients that boost immune system health. Adding miso paste to your vegan or veggie ‘bone broth’ brings the extra benefit of a fermented food to the broth, which helps improve digestion, boosts immune function and improves energy. Winner, winner, veggie dinner.
Food on the Move. Does it make you fat? New research suggests that eating on the go could indeed lead to weight gain, as it makes dieters more likely to over-eat later in the day. In a new study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, researchers from the University of Surrey found that dieters who eat ‘on the go’ are more likely to increase their food intake later in the day, which could lead to weight gain and obesity. The findings from the study also showed that eating while walking around triggered more over-eating compared to eating during other forms of distraction, such as watching TV or having a conversation with a friend.
The small-scale study, which saw the team examine 60 females who were either dieters or non-dieters and gave them all a cereal bar to eat under three different conditions. The first group was asked to watch a five-minute clip of the sitcom ‘Friends’ while eating; the second was asked to walk around a corridor while consuming the snack bar; the third was asked to sit opposite a friend and have a conversation.
track or recognise the food that has just been consumed.” According to Nutritional therapist, Janette Hyde, it’s not good at all to eat on the move, she said: “There are so many other mechanisms in the body that get messed up by eating on run – one is the gut; we are not designed to eat on the run.” She explained that when on the run, our sympathetic nervous system (the one for fight or flight) is active. Instead, when eating we need to have the para sympathetic nervous system switched on (for rest and digestion). If we are permanently in fight or flight we will not digest our food properly.
After the experiment, participants completed a follow-up questionnaire and a taste test involving four different bowls of snacks, including “Even though walking had the most chocolate, carrot sticks, impact, any form of distraction, including grapes and crisps. The reeating at our desks can lead to weight gain. sults showed that dieters ate more snacks at the taste test When we don’t fully concentrate on our if they had eaten the initial meals, we fall into a trap of mindless eating cereal bar while walking around; specifically, they ate where we don’t track or recognise the food FIVE times more chocolate.
Meal skipping? Don’t even think of it. A new survey conducted by Huel (www. huel.me) with 2,829 British adults suggested that 82% didn’t have time to eat; 73% forget to eat; 68% can’t be bothered to cook; and 41% prefer to snack rather than that has just been consumed.” eat meals. Julian Hearn, “Eating on the go may founder of Huel, commentmake dieters overeat later ed; “Food is a great thing on in the day,” said Psychologist and lead author, Professor which many of us enjoy – but in our everyday routines, Jane Ogden from the University of Surrey. “This may be we can’t always set aside time, attention and energy to because walking is a powerful form of distraction which dedicate to our mealtimes. On a typical weekday, it’s not disrupts our ability to process the impact eating has on our unusual to just grab a coffee while dashing out the door or hunger. Or because walking, even just around a corridor, work through lunch without even realising. Our busy lifecan be regarded as a form of exercise which justifies overstyles, however are not good for us. If we skip meals we eating later on, as a form of reward. often end up over-compensating later with sugary foods as our energy levels sag.” “Even though walking had the most impact, any form of distraction, including eating at our desks can lead to So, stop, sit and eat … mindfully … code that it’s food, weight gain. When we don’t fully concentrate on our do not get distracted. And don’t kid yourself that rushing meals, we fall into a trap of mindless eating where we don’t from meeting to meeting counts as meaningful exercise! 86
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A plethora of amazing new books to choose from, here are just a few of our latest picks:
Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts – By Guy Winch, PhD – Publisher: Plume Books; Reprint edition (18 July 2014) How to heal small emotional injuries before they become big ones. We all sustain emotional wounds; failure, guilt, rejection, and loss are as much a part of life as the occasional scraped elbow. But while we typically bandage a cut or ice a sprained ankle, our first aid kit for emotional injuries is not just under-stocked, it's non-existent. Fortunately, there is such a thing as mental first aid for battered emotions. Drawing on the latest scientific research and using real-life examples, practicing psychologist Guy Winch, Ph.D. offers specific step-by-step treatments that are fast, simple, and effective. Prescriptive and unique, this is essential reading for anyone looking to become more resilient, build self-esteem, and let go of the hurts and hang-ups that are holding them back.
Gorilla Mindset: How to dominate and unleash the animal inside you to live a life of health, wealth, and freedom – By Mike Cernovich – Publisher: CreateSpace (28 June 2015) Originally written for men, Gorilla Mindset also applies to women who appreciate a direct approach to getting more out of life. There are chapters on routine, self-talk, frame, focus, state/mood, mindfulness, and body language. Gorilla Mindset is an entire system that, when coupled with specific mindset shifts and habits, will change the way you think, feel and live your life. Your thinking will become clear. You will have more focus. You will know exactly what steps to take to change your life.
Sane: How I shaped up my mind, improved my mental strength and found calm – By Emma Young – Publisher: Yellow Kite (4 June 2015) Just like everyone else, Emma Young occasionally gets down, anxious and disproportionately stressed. Disappointed that her mind does not always deal well with the pressures of modern life, Emma decided to go on a mind-toning journey. Is it possible to tone your mind just as you can tone your body so it becomes more resilient and better prepared to deal with what life throws at you? By looking at some of the new and tried and tested techniques, from meditation to mental preparation involved in extreme sports and military training, Emma has devised a programme that will help everyone achieve mental stability.
A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World – By Daniel Goleman – Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2 July 2015) For decades, the Dalai Lama has travelled the world, meeting with people from a wealth of countries who differ greatly in their background, social status and viewpoint, bringing them his own individual wisdom and compassion. In his encounters with everyone from the inhabitants of shantytowns in Sao Paulo and Soweto to heads of state in Davos and Washington D.C., the Dalai Lama saw similar problems: a set of values that have helped the very rich to advance beyond the multitudinous poor, a disregard for the environment that could lead to global catastrophe and governments in paralysis, bereft of positive, progressive policies of any sort.
Back In Time For Dinner: From Spam to Sushi: How We've Changed the Way We Eat – By Mary Gwynn – Publisher: Bantam Press (12 March 2015) Do you remember the arrival of the fish finger, the rise and fall of Angel Delight, Vesta curries and Wimpy hamburgers? Did you own a fondue set or host a Tupperware party, or were you starving yourself on the Cabbage Soup Diet? Was life always too short to stuff a mushroom? And what was the point of Nouvelle Cuisine?
Now, as he turns eighty, having built up a profound knowledge of the world we live in today, as well as a penetrating grasp of its scientific context, the Dalai Lama gives us his vision for a better future. Challenging what he sees as a general mix of cynicism and self-interest, he offers a radically different perspective and a vision that can be assimilated by people around the globe. From cultivating early on a capacity for caring that transcends religious, ideological and national boundaries, to creating an economic system that applies principles of fairness and which values fulfilment, his argument focuses on what is urgent and why it should matter to each of us.
There has been a revolution in our kitchens. In 1950, the average housewife worked a 75-hour week. No one owned a fridge or had seen a teabag, let alone an avocado or a Curly Wurly . Ten years later, sugar consumption had rocketed: we ate more biscuits for dinner than vegetables and fruit. It was not until the mid 1990s that we started to worry about ‘five a day’. And now, nearly 20 years on from the first vegetable-box delivery scheme, we are fatter than ever before . . . Has there ever been a golden age of the family meal? Full of delicious detail, this marvellous companion to the BBC series is rich with nostalgia and provides a feast of extraordinary factual nuggets. Who can guess the filling of the first pre-packed sandwich in 1984? (Salmon and tomato). And who could have foreseen then that a kitchen robot that can write your shopping list is now just around the corner? Reflecting all the fads and fashions that have graced our table, Back in Time for Dinner is much more than a book about dinner; it holds a mirror to our changing family lives.
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Kale and Coffee – By Kevin Gianni – Publisher: Hay House UK (21 July 2015)
A most entertaining health book. After realising that he may have a hereditary cancer risk, Kevin Gianni was intent on finding the key to perfect wellness. He and his wife went on a global search of what works and what doesn’t for a healthy life. They drank wheatgrass shots, gave up sugar, said goodbye to coffee and tried every nutrition plan to guarantee good health. But Kevin got sicker and sicker, and had to give up healthy eating to save his life. Written with humour and practical wisdom that has delighted millions, Kevin shows how to sidestep the health hype, diet fads and weight-loss promises on his path to wellness, helping you to develop your own personal plan for optimal nutrition and fitness.
Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution – By Brene Brown – Publisher: Random House (8 September 2015) When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write the ending. Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: we are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall. The rise from falling is the subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brene Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. Asking the question: What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders 90
nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognise the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort. Walking into our stories of hurt can feel dangerous. But the process of regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Our stories of struggle can be big ones, like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship, or smaller ones, like a conflict with a friend or colleague. Regardless of magnitude or circumstance, the rising strong process is the same: We reckon with our emotions and get curious about what we’re feeling; we rumble with our stories until we get to a place of truth; and we live this process, every day, until it becomes a
practice and creates nothing short of a revolution in our lives. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are.
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Eileen Holland is a fully qualified Aura-Soma consultant and teacher with many years experience. Aura-Soma is a beautiful colour system, which is based on a self-selective, non-intrusive approach. You choose from a speldid array of over 100 bottles of colour and light - appealing to and revealing the inner self. Eileen will then help you explore your choices. A compelling journey into the deeper aspects of the being. See this colour system for yourself - be inspired. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +44 (0) 1534 619 167
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CTT International offers a range of Bespoke Psychological Consultation, Therapy and Training options to individuals, employers and groups. Specific areas of expertise include: • Stress in the workplace and Mindfulness based Stress Reduction and Pain Management • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol/drug problems and any other mental health problem. • Breathworks accredited W: www.cttinternational.com E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 7797 810 268 The Harvey Suite, Lido Medical Centre
Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Clinic. Elevate is a privately owned sports and rehabilitation clinic in Jersey, founded and run by industry-leading professionals with a revolutionary vision to redefine rehabilitation and personal training practice. It is the only Sports and Fitness clinic in the Channel Islands where you can use the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. Elevate’s programmes are created around the four pillars of Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery; and can help anybody: top level athletes and those looking to achieve their personal performance goals; those suffering from serious mobility limitations, orthopaedic and neurological; and people simply looking to lose weight. W: www.elevate.je E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +44 (0) 1534 723 516 The Waterfront, 1 Harbour Reach, St Helier, Jersey 93
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Energetix combines sophisticated exclusive jewellery with the power of magnets. People wear the jewellery because they are fascinated by its radiance and want to have the power of magnets in their immediate vicinity all the time. All the jewellery and accessories have the same purpose, to give us moments of wellbeing in our daily life and each of these moments tells us we are on the right track. Designs for women, men, children and a great sports look. T: +44 (0) 1534 758 808 Up and Above, 50 Don Street, St Helier Order online at www.upandabovejersey.energetix.tv
GRAND JERSEY HOTEL & SPA
A subterranean haven, The Spa at Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa offers a wealth of amenities. Stretch out in the pool; lay back in the sauna; release your cares with an aromatherapy steam, or under the cascade of an exotic adventure shower. Then revel in your solitude in the comfort of the exquisite relaxation lounge, where you can sample fruit and herbal teas and spa nibbles. The Spa offers the ultimate cocooned experience, with a range of VIP, twin and single treatment rooms, indoor heated pool and bespoke treatments from some of the world’s leading product houses, including ESPA, to ensure quality and results. W: www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/grandjersey E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 1534 288 450 Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey
Georgina uses both EFT and NLP techniques; she is also the FETMRA trainer for the Channel Islands. She specialises in supporting people suffering with stress, anxiety, depression and bereavement. Georgina also offers a variety of Weight Loss programmes both in person and online. For information on all offerings, please visit her website.
W: www.georginanoel.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +44 (0) 1534 499 915
HEALTH POINT CLINIC
Lorna Jackson Acupuncture 1st BSc (Hons), MBAcC, AFN. Traditional acupuncture is more than pain management, treating headaches or back pain, it is uniquely suited to modern life as physical, emotional and mental blocks are seen as interdependent. Acupuncture is safe, gentle and it can be used by everyone, including babies, during pregnancy, sports enthusiasts and the elderly. Lorna operates from her clinics in The Lido Wellness Centre and Greencliff Chiropractic Clinic. Most private health insurers cover acupuncture treatment. Please check before treatment.
W: www.healthpointclinic.co.uk E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 1534 852 039 (Greencliff Chiropractic) T: +44 (0) 1534 789 367 (Lido Medical Centre)
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Healthhaus is a boutique styled private members club for the discerning health conscious individual. With the pace and pressures of modern living, the vision at Healthhaus is to provide an effective and time efficient fitness solution leaving you the opportunity to indulge in a 360Ë&#x161; approach to wellness. Healthhaus Express is a smaller, more intimate club with service and support values synonymous with Healthhaus. Using Milon it gives you a time efficient fitness solution that can be incorporated seamlessly into your working day. W: www.healthhaus.co.uk E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +44 (0)1534 614 800
IRLEN CHANNEL ISLANDS
Jean Felton of Irlen Channel Islands is an experienced professional with a proven track record in teaching and learning. Throughout her career she came across many children that did not achieve the success they deserved. This led her to a path that resulted in a career change; initially as a screener for Irlen Syndrome, and then an Irlen Diagnostician. Client health and wellbeing is a priority â&#x20AC;&#x201C; physical, emotional, and educational. Jean uses a model of care that goes beyond just fixing a problem. The comprehensive diagnostic process will help you gain awareness and understanding of the challenges you have faced, and to take the next steps. E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 1534 864 543 M: +44 (0) 7797 922 561
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HUNGRY FOR HEALTH
Hungry for Health offers various Personalised Nutrition Programmes and Allergy, Intolerance and Sensitivity Tests using a specialised saliva testing system from Australia, for people who want to feel well, naturally. Nutritional Advisor, Chantelle Spriggs, BSc (Hons), CHed DipNutTh, works with clients to advise, educate and support them throughout their journey to natural wellness, whatever their health concern may be. Hungry for Health operates from The Lido Wellness Centre. W: www.hungryforhealthjersey.co.uk E: firstname.lastname@example.org FB: hungryforhealthjersey
Nutrients presented in a healthy, natural way, just as they are with whole food, Jersey Foodstate exists to provide the highest quality vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements, as well as information and education about diet and nutrition.
W: www.jerseyfoodstate.com T: +44 (0) 1534 855 280
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L’HORIZON BEACH HOTEL & SPA
Nestled by the sea, the views are just the beginning. Step inside and let your journey of indulgence begin. The new L’Horizon Spa has been designed to offer a world of pampering whether you are visiting for a wedding, a girls’ weekend away or a break with a loved one. Enjoy a special day reviving mind and body, select an Elemis treatment, reinvigorate tired limbs with a dip in the sea-view swimming pool or simply drift away in the sleep room. Feel your cares wash away, just as the ocean washes over the golden sands of St Brelade’s Bay. W: www.handpicked.co.uk/lhorizon E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 1534 743 101 La Route de la Baie, St Brelade, Jersey JE3 8EF
LIDO WELLNESS CENTRE
A diverse and experienced range of health therapists have come together to provide the island with a premium centre for wellbeing. The Lido Wellness Centre is based on the 2nd floor at the Lido Medical Centre in St Helier. With six individual treatment rooms, the Centre provides a base for a wide range of therapies, offering a vast array of knowledge and experience to support people back to wellness. The centre is open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. W: www.thelidowellnesscentre.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 789 367
LIDO PHYSIO AND SPINAL CLINIC
Owned by local Physiotherapist, Paul Deveney, Lido Physio and Spinal Clinic welcomes you to our brand new, fully equipped suite and gym on the second floor of the Lido Medical Centre. We pride ourselves on treating all muscular, sports and spinal pain or injury. We combine the very latest in analytical technology with the highest quality Physiotherapy. Our range of services also include Sports Massage, Acupuncture and Ante-natal/ Post-Natal Physiotherapy with our qualified and experienced Obstetric Physiotherapist. W: www.lidospinalclinic.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: + 44 (0) 1534 639 233
LORRAINE PANNETIER FOOD COACH & WRITER
Revitalise, transform and empower your life! Lorraine will guide you through the confusing world of health food, inspiring you to eat more simply yet abundantly to achieve optimum vitality. Subscribe to receive details of group courses, 1-1 coaching, and delicious recipes.
W: www.beetrootbrownie.com W: www.thefoodcoach.je (coming soon) T: +44 (0) 7797 742 929
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PAMELA PITCHER THE CONFIDENCE COACH
Pam is a Master of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (‘NLP’) and a Practitioner with Distinction of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy. She is a certified Motivational Coach, Life Coach, Social & Emotional Intelligence Coach and Weight Loss Master Coach. She is registered with the International Coach Federation, the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council of the UK and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council. Down to earth, straight talking and goal oriented, she will both challenge and motivate you to focus on becoming the best you can be. W: www.pamelapitcherconsulting.co E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 770 070 2213
TAP IT BETTER
Tap It Better is the brainchild of advanced practitioner Yolanda Sáez Castelló MSc and combines Emotional Freedom Technique and Thought Field Therapy for comprehensive treatment of a wide range of complaints. These include anxiety, stress, phobias, physical pain, performance nerves, academic performance issues and even hayfever. Non-invasive and drug-free, EFT and TFT can be used effectively on both adults and children. Tap It Better is a member of AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Therapies) and fully insured. Facebook: www.facebook.com/justtapitbetter E: Yolanda@tapitbetter.com T: +44 (0) 7700 788 870
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Reclaim, revitalise and maintain your space … and peace of mind. Eliminating the clutter in your home will have a ripple effect on your entire lifestyle. When you are ready to de-clutter, organise, stage or design, I offer de-cluttering, organising, home staging, property presentation and interior design services right here in Jersey. Contact me for details of how I will help you re-claim your space.
W: www.spaceagain.co.uk E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +44 (0) 7797 750 647
THE DIAMOND BODY PILATES STUDIO
Marilyn has a unique approach to teaching through her study of the Franklin Methode in Switzerland. The Franklin Methode was a three year study of anatomy in breathing and movement and with this knowledge she teaches Pilates on equipment designed by Joseph Pilates at her studio at Fort Regent. All classes and personal training is by appointment only. Suitable for both men and women regardless of age or ability. E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 1534 724 771 or Mobile +44 (0) 7797 717 803
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THE FITNESS AGENCY
The Fitness Agency have an extensive fleet of treadmills, cycles, cross trainers and rowers for hire, available for a minimum period of 4 weeks from as little as £65 including delivery and collection. Exclusive CI agents for Life Fitness home equipment and many others also, they will help you decide on the type of exercise you need, which fitness equipment will benefit you the most, and will also help you assess whether to buy or hire. Please note that The Fitness Agency, Good Health, and Puffin Cycles are no longer based at Harbour Reach. They can be contacted on the numbers below. W: www.thefitnessagency.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 633 109 (The Fitness Agency) T: +44 (0) 1534 875 057 (Good Health) T: +44 (0) 1534 639 720 (Puffin Cycles) M: +44 (0) 7797 727 446 (All businesses)
Ann Marie Clarke of Therapybreaks practices at the Lido Medical Centre, Jersey. She provides psychotherapy, coaching, professional supervision and therapy breaks for individuals, couples and families. Psychotherapy can help with many life changes and challenges e.g. Stress, Work related problems, Depression, Anxiety, Loss, Eating disorders, Experience of abuse, Alcohol and drug problems, Parenting and Redundancy. Coaching supports you in discovering effective ways of living your life and achieving fulfilment. Ann Marie offers a free 30 minute consultation to assist you in deciding which is the best support for you. W: www.therapybreaks.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: Ann Marie +44 (0) 7797 770 059 98
THE LOG KABIN JERSEY
Quilting, Sewing, Teaching and Retailing. The Log Kabin is totally committed to teaching quilting and sewing. It also retails Jersey’s largest selection of unique American cottons and all manner of notions. Come and lose yourself for a day in the beautiful tranquil pine log Kabin, in the delightfully unique setting of my garden, sewing to your heart’s content for only £25. This amazing value includes a day’s tuition with an experienced prize-winning qualified tutor, tea, coffee and biscuits for only £25!! T: Fiona: +44 (0) 7797 784 734 FB: thelogkabinjersey
VENUS HEALTH & WELLBEING
Combining looking good with feeling good. Vee Smith-Gauvin loves everything that involves fitness and wants to help her clients in as many ways possible to improve their health and wellbeing. She has a diploma in health studies and qualifications in many individual disciplines; she now works with clients of all ages from birth and beyond. Based in St Helier, her range of specialist services includes Facial Reflex Therapy; Japanese Cosmo Facelift; Cosmobody Treatment; Foot Reflexology; Body Massage; and Reiki. Vee is also a district manager for Arbonne. W: www.venuswellbeing.co.uk E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 7797 719 696 Based at Beauty Box, 3 Seale Street, St Helier