Seven ways to help someone through a panic attack

More than 13% of people are susceptible to panic attacks, which can be very intense and distressing. So what are the symptoms and how best can you respond?Educate yourselfAccording to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), 13.2% of people have experienced a panic attack. If...

‘Hangxiety’: why alcohol gives you a hangover and anxiety

A few drinks can relax you – but, says scientist David Nutt, that morning-after feeling is the booze playing tricks with your brainIf you are looking forward to your first stiff drink after a dry January, be warned: it may feel bittersweet. You may feel you...

Seven ways to beat a sore throat this winter

Lay off the hot drinks, suck ice lollies or gargle with salt water. And, above all, don’t assume you need antibioticsRest your body – and your voiceSore throats are very common and usually get better by themselves within a week. Getting a good...

Burned out and overwhelmed: should you embrace the joy of no?

Once we were pressured to acquire things and do more with our lives. Now, we’re being told to declutter our homes and diaries. What happened to just being ourselves?What brings you joy? It is a question that is hard to avoid these days, as joy seems to...

Need a mood boost? Just 5 minutes in nature will increase happiness, study finds

Spending just five minutes in nature can quickly improve your mood, researchers from the University of Regina have found.In a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, researchers found that participants who spent just five minutes sitting in nature experienced an increase in positive emotions.Researchers conducted...

This Is Exactly How Long You Need to Hold a Plank to Flatten Your Belly

Finally! The six-pack you’ve always dreamed of is only a plank (or two!) away. You’ve even mastered the plank upgrades that can reshape your body. But there’s just one catch: While the act of planking is pretty straightforward, how long you should actually hold one is probably a bit less clear. Thankfully, the...

The calming effects of sewing can help people express and heal themselves

How absorbing your concentration in needlework relieves inner turmoilIgrew up in post-war Britain when, saved from German invasion – men returned from war, children from evacuation, families were reunited – the comfort of the home became paramount. Its importance was marked out in sewn domestic niceties: embroidered...

After a trip to the hairdresser’s, I feel refurbished

They aren’t qualified counsellors, but could legitimately whack those skills on to their CVsThere was a time when I went years without visiting a hairdresser. I know. But I found sitting bang in front of a starkly lit mirror faintly terrifying, and did my best to avoid...

Fit in my 40s: ‘Judo, yoga and ballet in a week? There’s an app for that’

I’m trying ClassPass - a single membership to billions of gymsFitness tips: how to get the most out of exercise classesClassPass is global, but has a few hundred studios in the UK, in Bristol, Bath, Manchester and the London area. The principle is that you...

5 Facts About Baby Teething That Parents Should Know

There is no denying that newborns are the cutest things in the world. This is your opportunity to raise a life! While you’re probably proud as punch (and have every right to be), teething usually involves a lot of tending to a crying baby. This means a lot of sleepless nights. Here are...

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