Let’s face it, life is not always a walk in the proverbial park. Sometimes it’s hard, frightening and filled with a lot of bad news – need we mention climate change, a global pandemic and the extinction of the humble honeybee. One can understand the need for positivity. But too much of a good thing can end up being a bad thing.
One of the hardest things to adjust to is the cooler seasons and the shortening of days… It can often feel like you have less time to do all the things that you usually have to do in a day, and don’t get me started on finding the time to do laundry and get it to dry… The transition to the shorter and busier days of autumn can be a challenge.
Yes, a new year may arrive with new stress, which may not help you to see the bright side of things, but a simple change of perspective – positive thinking – could help you to cope better with daily stress and may turn your overall well-being around for the better.
You may make new year’s resolutions with the best of intentions of sticking to them. You want to eat healthier, exercise more often, get enough sleep…But sometimes you may set goals that are too high and quickly lose interest when you don’t see results overnight.
The best part of the festive season is being able to spend quality time with your family and marvel at how big your children, nephews, nieces and grand children have gotten but once you’re done pinching their cheeks, you almost immediately have to figure out how to keep them busy for the rest of the day or weekend.
If you are supposedly what you eat, why are you not comforted by comfort food? This weird time in the world may be leaving you feeling rather anxious and what you eat can play a part in helping you to deal better and consequently feel better…or not. Here are a few simple diet tips that may help you to feel a little less on edge.
The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has had a psychological, as well as physical impact on everyone as daily routines and livelihoods have been significantly affected. Stress, anxiety and depression have increased due to insecurity, loneliness and a loss of control. These emotional stresses may impact us physically, often resulting in back and neck pain as symptoms.
Next time you reach for a chocolatey treat, consider this: Quality dark chocolate that is high in cocoa content (70-85%) is actually good for you and far better for your health than the sugary alternatives of milk or white chocolate.
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants, fibre and loads of minerals, and is proven to have many health benefits.