Goodbye to Winter Blues

The clocks changing is good news all round for our mental and pysical health.

Waking up to sunshine kicks starts and regulates our body clock so feel much more energetic and wide awake. Not only does it help get us out of bed, it can help those suffering from insomnia too. According to sleep experts, an hour of sunlight between 7am and 9am every day and has a knock on effect when we hit the pillow.

We should feel more cheerful too. Those who experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD - a depressive condition thought to be caused by the lack of sunshine in winter) can look forward to banishing the winter blues. The mood-enhancing hormone serotonin falls in winter but rises with exposure to sunlight, as does our mood. We should even be eating better because the rise in our body temperature stops us grazing on comfort food and the increase in daylight hours allows more time for exercise.

Some doctors also believe that during winter we are deprived of vitamin D - the “sunshine vitamin”. Absorbed through the skin from the sun's rays we can store vitamin D in our bodies for only about two months and by this time of year we’re on low supplies. According to experts getting some sun now will help strengthan bones, reduce risk of heart disease, stroke,high blood pressure, various forms of cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, arthritis and infertility.

  • Countdown to the Vitality Show

    The clock is ticking down until the UK’s largest largest health, beauty, fitness, healthy eating and wellbeing event. Between 26th-29th March, Earls Court 2 is home to The Vitality Show which is also celebrating its 10th anniversary. Aimed at women, the emphasis is not only on fitness and feeling good but wellbeing and your spiritual side as well.

    24 March 2009

  • Natasha Richardson – was it in the stars?

    This week, we said a very sad farewell to actress Natasha Richardson, who died after a skiing accident. (Seen here in one of latest films: The White Countess) 

    24 March 2009

  • Barbie turns 50

    Exploring the spiritual side to the world’s most famous doll. She turns 50 this year, but if you thought Barbie was all clothes, cooking and Ken you thought wrong. There’s a spiritual side to Mattel’s most popular doll whose jobs over the years have ranged from a fashion model to an astronaut to a presidential candidate!

    16 March 2009

  • Crystal Skull Conference

    Absolutely nothing to do with Indiana Jones, the Crystal Skull Conference kicks off in June and tickets are on sale now, but what can you expect from the weekend event?

    16 March 2009

  • Events in March

    March marks the dawning of Spring - a season for new beginnings and fresh starts, so it’s the perfect time to attend a course and learn a new skill. Here are some events and courses coming up in March…

    4 March 2009

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