Author: All Around Health

Better sleep = Better health

In a working culture where taking regular breaks seems like a taboo, and bragging rights are gained by how many hours straight someone worked, it is no surprise that sleeping is often times seen as a waste of time. Who can sleep when you’ve got so many other things you could be doing? It should

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Overcoming depression and anxiety…

According to national statistics, 1 in 4 people in the UK have or will experience mental health difficulties. That is a staggering number of people! In my own life journey, I have been managing my own mental health difficulties since 2013. Before then I had symptoms of what I know now to be depression and

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The BioPsychoSocial Model of Health

Ok, I know that sounds like a mouthful. But when you get into what it is, the model is actually quite simple. I promise! The BioPsychoSocial Model (Engel, 1977) basically states that our health is a combination of biological, psychology, and social factors. Simple! It originally came about as a challenge to traditional ideas that

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Self care: What it is, and what it isn’t…

Whenever the phrase ‘self care’ gets mentioned, I feel like many people use it to justify unhealthy habits, because it makes them feel good in the moment. How many times have you gone to the shops, browsed the chocolate section and thought ‘Oh I’ll treat myself’. That, dear reader, is not self care. My point

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Football’s coming home! ⚽️

I’m not the biggest football fan, but even I have been swept up into the World Cup madness sweeping the nation. After the recent win by England at the Quarter Final, you cannot avoid football even if you tried. There’s something exciting about sharing a positive national identity, and even though the critic in me

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Sleep helps you lose weight?! 😴

While research is not extensive when it comes to the link between sleep and weight management, the majority point in a similar direction: Getting regular, good quality sleep, for at least 8 hours or more, can help you to lose weight. Whenever we think of losing weight, typically our minds go to eating healthy, and increasing

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Why just saying “I’m going to exercise more” doesn’t work

The majority of people who made resolutions in celebration of New Years have broken them by now. As much of an optimist I am, that is just a fact. While there are a number of factors that contribute to why this may be, for many it is because their resolutions are way too vague. What

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Reflection is the best medicine 😌

Sometimes you just have to stop, take a moment, and just be. In a world where we are so work driven, it is difficult to allow yourself to be present in the moment. There is always that project you need to get done, that deadline always nagging you at the back of your mind. The

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“But I can have that cake because I’m going on a run…”

How many times have you said something like that? Replace the cake with some other temptation, and it may sound all too familiar. Well my friend, you are engaging in Compensatory Health Beliefs! Compensatory health beliefs are a way for us to manage the uncomfortable feeling we have when faced with a temptation, but at

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