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March

Are you free for a chat?

By Dr Shami

Are you free for a chat?  

“So sorry, been really busy, must catch up soon, how about in 5 weeks’ time, on a Friday between 1 and 3pm? Can’t stay long, must leave on time as I have to rush somewhere else.” Sound familiar? And your response? “Great, perfect, it’s in the diary… I’m really busy too, so that works out well for me as well.”

Where are we running away from and hurrying towards? What are we chasing exactly?

In 2016, Lifeline carried out a loneliness survey

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25

February

Disconnect to Reconnect

By Dr Shami

Do you ever feel frustrated when your loved one comes home and instead of making eye contact with you, is glued to his/ her phone instead? Having a conversation with an old friend and she is constantly checking her phone for messages, leaving you thinking “why do I even bother”? Do you sometimes feel unheard?

Why are we slowly disconnecting ourselves from those we truly care about? Is it time to reconnect by disconnecting from our devices?

Before moving onto reasons why, here are some shocking facts:

The Cyber

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22

January

10 Reasons Why Learning to Slow Down Can Change Your Life

 

By Dr Shami 

 

Could you be suffering from Chronic Stress?

 

Cast your mind back to a moment in which you felt under pressure. Racing against the clock to hand an assignment in on time? An exam you felt underprepared for? Unsure how you were going to pay the next bill? Do you remember how you felt in those moments – the discomfort? Did it feel like stress?

 

Stress is often described as the feeling of being overwhelmed. Too much to do and too little time to do it in, making you feel lost

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16

December

Meet our Dedicated Dietitian, Jess.

Meet our Dedicated Dietitian, Jess:

After setting out to study Nutrition, Jess went on to do her Masters in Dietetics; not completely sure if it was the right path for her, but now, many years later, Jess joined me for an interview to let me in on just why it turned out to be the best career decision she made.

Read on to see why this wise and wonderful lady says that dietetics, weight loss and feeling well is so much more than just the food you eat!

What inspired you to study

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12

December

Meet our Wonderful Counsellor Sue :  

 

Wonderfully kind, nurturing, insightful, wickedly smart – our Counsellor.

We wanted you all to have a chance to get to know our lovely Sue, so we sat down with her and questioned the counsellor!

 

 

Which life events led you into becoming a counsellor?

Well, the short answer is that I started working in childcare where I did a lot of behavioral management and early childhood development, so the want to counsel grew from there I think.

But there were a few things along the way that turned me towards it too like a childhood

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27

October

Have you had your mindful break yet?

By Dr Shami Barathan

Imagine a day when you wake up in the morning, filled with energy and excitement as you prepare yourself for the upcoming day. You bounce out of bed and leisurely sit down to eat breakfast with your loved ones, smiling and enjoying the first conversation of the day. Perhaps you can hear the birds sing or feel the warmth of the morning sun on your cheeks as it streams through the windows. You take your time to enjoy each mouthful of your delicious

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26

July

Watch this space….

We’re currently updating blog posts 🙂

Please check back soon

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14

July

Save Your Back: Wise Advice when Feeding Baby in High Chair

When you’ve got a bad back, you absolutely know about it. Sitting, walking, bending – even lying in bed – can be excruciatingly painful with back pain, and believe it or not, something as simple as feeding your baby in a high chair can add to the pain.

As a parent, you know just how it can be when it comes time to feed your baby. Normally there are a million and one things going on, and it’s really tempting to do other things while spooning food to your baby. Don’t

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14

July

Interesting Facts About Weight Gain During Pregnancy

By the time women give birth, over 1/3 of their extra wight will come from the baby, the placenta and the amniotic fluid. Here are some averages to give you an idea….- At birth a baby weighs about 3.3kg- The placenta weighs 0.7kg- The amniotic fluid weighs 0.8kg

The other 2/3’s can be accounted for by the changes that happen to the woman’s body. Again, the averages:

– Muscle layer of the uterus (womb) grows an extra 0.9kg- Blood volume increases an extra 1.2kg- Extra fluid in the body weighing about 1.2kg-

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14

July

Tummy Time

In 1994, the Back to Sleep campaign was established and recommended that parents place their infants on their back while sleeping. Since then there has been a positive reduction in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, chiropractors are now noting a rise in Plagiocephaly which is flattening of the cranial bones from prolonged back lying.

Unfortunately, it is not an aesthetic issue, chiropractors are seeing the effects of Plagiocephaly such as developmental delays and poor tone in infants.

Parents should note the importance that Tummy Time plays on a child’s development. Infants should

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