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Top stress management techniques

  Learn how to cope with stress by eating healthy and taking a closer look at your nutrition.   “The right diet is crucial for managing stress,” says health coach and wellness blogger Nic Makim. “Eat regularly and consume yoghurt and low-fat milk to boost your calcium levels and settle your nerves. If you have an intolerance to dairy, make sure you’re getting enough calcium and magnesium from other food sources. Chamomile tea is an age-old tonic to relax and soothe – you may also want to consult a naturopath about herbal support to help decrease the impact of stress on your brain and body.”
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Top Tasmanian spa retreats to visit

For locals and visitors alike, experience a spa retreat like no other at one of these breathtaking locations in Tasmania, Australia. PURE LUXE Waldheim Alpine Spa At Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge The place: The spa well and truly makes the most of its spectacular location, overlooking the Cradle Mountain and its ancient forests, snow-capped pine trees and crisp mountain streams. Drop in and ease your body after a day of bushwalking in the mountains. The experience: There are many luxurious face and body treatments on offer, each using completely natural Tasmanian-made skincare products. Revel in treatments like Highland Healing, where
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Treatment options for coping with stress and anxiety

Everybody has moments of anxiety, deep worry and high stress; here are a few treatment options available during those times. Counselling   The good news is that treatment for anxiety – for those that seek it out – is usually successful. Your first port of call is your GP to discuss your options and receive a referral to the best psychologist or counsellor, for your needs, in your area. “The most recommended psychotherapy for anxiety disorders is cognitive behavioural therapy,” says Rudy Nydegger, psychologist and author of Dealing with Anxiety and Related Disorders.“It is not a template therapy method where
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Spa retreats in Western Australia

  Holistic health and wellbeing experiences awaits at these top spa retreats in Western Australia. PURE LUXE Indijup Spa Retreat The place: A spa retreat surrounded by national parkland, sprawling vineyards and unspoiled beaches. There are 10 luxurious villas, each with a private plunge pool overlooking a secluded beach. As well as massages, they deal in invigorating sea salt scrubs, clay body masks and detoxing baths infused with Australian native ingredients such as juniper berry, cypress and lemon myrtle. The experience: Rather than choose a specific treatment, go in for a private consultation. The gently handed, highly skilled staff will
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Detoxing: the good, the bad and the informative

  Before you jump on the detox bandwagon, it’s important to look into the potential side affects to a full body cleanse. Here, the experts help us unpack the pros and cons to this weight loss phenomenon.   Starving yourself is not the way to go Most detoxes promote a reduced calorie intake, which can quickly turn into starvation mode. According to GP Dr Fran Bruce of Wesley LifeShape Clinic, most detoxes are “low in protein which can result in fatigue, dehydration, light headedness, headaches, mood swings and constipation. Our bodies are capable of detoxing on their own As our
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Finding the right meditation style for you

  The key to finding the right style of meditation that suits you, is defining the reason why you’re meditating in the first place and your purpose.   To do that, you need to find a style that suits your goal, whether it is to find calm or discover clear thinking to reducing pain or connecting with the world, says mediation teacher and counsellor Nadine Cameron. Here are a few meditation styles to kick-start your journey: Mindfulness Also known as vipassana, is the most popular form in the Western world. It’s about ‘being present’ and letting your mind run. It’s
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The importance of sleep

  If you want to give yourself a better chance of avoiding the curveballs, prioritise sleep. Clocking less than six hours of sleep per night compromises the brain’s ability to regulate emotions, making it that much harder to deal. And it only takes one night of insufficient sleep to make you vulnerable to meltdowns according to a new Tel Aviv University study that identified the neurological mechanism responsible for disturbed emotion regulation and increased anxiety due to sleep debt. In effect, the brain loses its ability to discern between what is and isn’t important, reported The Journal of Neuroscience. Hannah
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5 ways to promote a healthy brain

  A healthy brain is an important aspect to a healthy body. Reflect, play, rest, move and mingle to promote brain health.   Reflect Meditation improves memory, increases brain size, improves cooperation between brain hemispheres and enhances emotional intelligence according to the Exploration of Consciousness Research Institute. A separate study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience concluded that participating in an eight-week meditation training program was evident in brain function outside of meditation sessions. TRY IT: High Performance Coach Stephanie Kakris, who teaches meditation, recommends starting with a guided meditation using an app such as Relax and Rest, which gives
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Your path to healthy skin

  Looking for natural remedies to treat acne, eczema and other skin conditions? The dermatologist and nutritionist share their expert tips.   The experts show us how to optimise your diet for clearer, healthier, brighter skin.  ACNE » Dermatologist says: “Look for products that are non-comedogenic, so they do not block pores or cause acne. Key pore-clearing ingredients include salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acids) and many vitamin A products. Also look for anti-inflammatory components such as benzoyl peroxide, zinc and niacinamide. You should look for products that are not too creamy or rich. Even without pore-blocking ingredients, oily or excessively moisturising
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Tackling anxiety

  Learn more about recognising anxiety symptoms and how to treat it.    The Problem: You often feel anxious, with negative thoughts and a racing heart. Frequently, your stomach feels queasy and occasionally you stop in the middle of the room and can’t remember what you’re doing. More and more, you find yourself in tears over the smallest things. Mental Diagnosis: Anxiety. If the problem is ongoing, you could be diagnosed with GAD – generalised anxiety disorder. Your doctor will probably be keen to establish whether or not there has been any event in your life that may have triggered
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