Sunlight is good for you. It’s good for your health, helping your body to manufacture vitamin D (which is essential for the effective functioning of the immune system) and to absorb calcium (keeping your bones in order). It stimulates the secretion of serotonin in the brain, enhancing your mood and general sense of well-being, and it ensures a healthy rate of night-time melatonin production, ensuring a good night’s sleep. As we advance through May, the days are drawing out towards midsummer…the sunlight is there, but not always the weather!
Next week (12th to 16th May) is Walk to Work Week. You should give it a crack - walking is good for you on so many levels. Hippocrates deemed that “walking is man’s best medicine” whilst Nietzsche purported that “all truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” Regular exercise will serve to lower your weight and bmi which, in turn, reduces the risk of suffering from a whole gamut of 21st century, sedentary lifestyle nasties like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Did you know that the human eye is able to distinguish more shades of green than any other colour? This is believed to be related to our early ancestors’ reliance upon the colour green to locate a source of water and food: in short it represents life and is profoundly, subliminally reassuring.
The complementary and alternative therapy industry is growing rapidly in the UK. Over 6 million British people consult over 120,000 practitioners, spending almost £300m annually: a figure that is rising by 10% or more each year.
Easter is the second most popular time of year for relatives to travel long distances to spend time with their loved ones. Preparing for their visit, no matter how well loved and enjoyable their company, can be very stressful especially if you’re expecting a house full for the duration of the double ended Easter bank holiday weekend.