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Why box set binging is bad for your health

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Why box set binging is bad for your health

When I was younger I used to watch TV. Normal, right? Well the longer I'd watch the less I was in the 'real world' and the more i literally got sucked into whatever I was watching, the TV would vanish, the room, even me. My consciousness would float bound to whatever storyline was playing out in front of my eyes.

So my boyf went away for a week and boom his amazon prime was the perfect baby sitter/ second boyf.  Parks and Rec has been the latest bff.  So much so I went into a full Leslie Knope enthusiastic stream at, yes at, the woman on the reception on the garage I dropped my car off at.  Over familiar to the max.  (Does anyone say that anymore? no don't think so..)

So back to the title.  Why box sets are bad for you in bullet from..

  • Your eyes get blurry after the 5 eps in a row.
  • Your virtual friends are not real, although very funny and endearing.
  • Escapism from what may I ask?
  • Reading is far cooler, and better for the brain.
  • Your boyf will mock you on a regular about it.  
  • no delaying of gratification (which apparently good for adulting). next episode playing in 10 seconds. YES PLEASE.
  • Lazy in bed begets lazy in bed

But they are also great because

  • You get to work from your bed office with company
  • It's easy to do, I love comedy, good writing, and also looking at the beautiful and perfect comedy contrast to the brilliant Amy Poehler - Rashida Jones
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but also for this...

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5 ways to hold on to optimism — and reap health benefits

We came across this great article by Harvard Health and wanted to share it with you.  Fantastic affirmation of the work we already do here at Cherish Healing!

In these turbulent times, it may be a struggle to maintain a glass half full view of life. A poll just released by the Associated Press on New Year’s Day indicated that most Americans came out of 2016 feeling pretty discouraged. Only 18% feel things for the country got better, 33% said things got worse, and 47% believe things were unchanged from 2015.

However, 55% of those surveyed said they expect their own lives to improve in 2017. If you are among this majority, it may serve you well. A growing body of research indicates that optimism — a sense everything will be OK — is linked to a reduced risk of developing mental or physical health issues as well as to an increased chance of a longer life.

One of the largest such studies was led by researchers Dr. Kaitlin Hagan and Dr. Eric Kim at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Their team analyzed data from 70,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study, and found that women who were optimistic had a significantly reduced risk of dying from several major causes of death over an eight-year period, compared with women who were less optimistic. The most optimistic women had a 16% lower risk of dying from cancer; 38% lower risk of dying from heart disease; 39% lower risk of dying from stroke; 38% lower risk of dying from respiratory disease; and 52% lower risk of dying from infection.

Yes, you can acquire optimism.

Even if you consider yourself a pessimist, there’s hope. Dr. Hagan notes that a few simple changes can help people improve your outlook on life. Previous studies have shown that optimism can be instilled by something as simple as having people think about the best possible outcomes in various areas of their lives,” she says. The following may help you see the world through rosier glasses:

1. Accentuate the positive. Keep a journal. In each entry, underline the good things that have happened, as well as things you’ve enjoyed and concentrate on them. Consider how they came about and what you can do to keep them coming.

2. Eliminate the negative. If you find yourself ruminating on negative situations, do something to short-circuit that train of thought. Turn on your favorite music, reread a novel you love, or get in touch with a good friend.

3. Act locally. Don’t fret about your inability to influence global affairs. Instead, do something that can make a small positive change — like donating clothes to a relief organization, helping clean or replant a neighborhood park, or volunteering at an after-school program.

4. Be easier on yourself. Self-compassion is a characteristic shared by most optimists. You can be kind to yourself by taking good care of your body, eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep. Take stock of your assets and concentrate on them. Finally, try to forgive yourself for past transgressions (real or imagined) and move on.

5. Learn mindfulness. Adopting the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment can go a long way in helping you deal with unpleasant events. If you need help, many health centers now offer mindfulness training. There are also a multitude of books and videos to guide you.

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Thanks to Beverly MerzExecutive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

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How To Meditate: Meditation Made Simple For Beginners

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How To Meditate: Meditation Made Simple For Beginners

A lot of people are put off meditation, thinking it is difficult to master. However, this Huffington Post article explains meditation simply. 

"Why meditate? Meditation is a powerful tool that can reduce stress, help our physical health, ease chronic pain and support better sleep. Meditation has also been proven to..."

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Man Beats Depression Medication With Meditation

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Man Beats Depression Medication With Meditation

Story about a man who fought depression with meditation rather than medication. Meditation itself is very powerful, and this is a great example. 

"he now lives his life medication free thanks to the mental peace he achieves through meditation. He says years ago he was able to stop taking his depression meds when he discovered the ancient mindfulness practice..."

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Mindful Listening and Body Language

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Mindful Listening and Body Language

Listening mindfully to other people can really help to communicate your care for them and make their day that little bit better.

"I have often been curious about how they listened that made it so restorative to receive. How could I too give that gift of mindful listening to my children, my husband, and my friends — indeed, everyone I meet — so that they too bloom like flowers, as I did in their presence?

This is how they listened, and indeed how we all can listen to...."

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Mindfulness at Work

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Mindfulness at Work

The definition of mindfulness is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”. However there’s a lot more to it and there are many ways we can control our thought process – how we think. Bearing in mind the experiences I’ve acquired since working 9-5, I think the first to becoming a mindful individual is accepting that life is not perfect. Nor will it ever be, but it is in our capability to control it to a certain level. We can sometimes even avoid unpleasant situations (such as arguments with colleagues) just by being mindful of others and understanding that external events we are exposed to cannot be controlled by us. Another way of being mindful to one self is by acknowledging we are only human and it can help to just go easy on ourselves when times are hard.


We should not expect others to understand us straight away, just as we should not expect ourselves to understand things straight away. Thinking solely rationally and logically is not always the case when emotions are involved. Taking time to be mindful and not reacting straight away to certain actions can really be a good habit to get into (e.g. thinking how the other person may feel once you express your opinion on a sensitive matter). There is nothing wrong with actively taking time to think and aiming for inner peace. Acknowledge and enjoy that cereal in the morning. Acknowledge and enjoy being able to sleep in a comfortable bed at night before thinking about anything else. Finally, try to remember everyone deserves happiness. 

By Lucie Fialova

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Morning Motivation

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Morning Motivation

Namaste. My name is Lucie, I’m currently a placement student adjusting to the working world. One thing I’m sure about: it’s not until you try it yourself, that you find out how difficult it can be waking up in the morning Monday to Friday after a late night of work. I’ve probably experienced the majority of physical states one can experience in a 9-5 job. Motivation, excitement, laziness, and tiredness – you name it. If there’s a thing many of us have in common it’s that we all can find it difficult to get out of bed time to time. Whether it’s after a late night or interrupted sleep, we enjoy having a few extra minutes after the alarm goes off. Once its time to get out of bed, thoughts such as “do I really neeeed to get up?” “Do I really neeeeed to go into work today?” and picturing yourself staying in bed for a few more hours.

However, once we get into work we end up waking up and being in a better mood. Here are my top 2 tips that I would advise you to follow if you feel demotivated to wake up/get out of bed during the early hours of the day:


1.   Think of how what you will be doing in the day will benefit you in the short and long term. Is there someone you’re doing it for? You may be going into work for overtime so you can buy that special someone his or her favourite gift. Whatever the reason behind the planned day activities, also try to remember they will either benefit you or someone you care about, eventually.


2.   If you wake up wide-awake a few minutes before your alarm – get out of bed. Try to avoid falling back to sleep when you have woken as you will feel a lot more tired once your alarm goes off, making it more difficult to recover in the morning. 

By Lucie Fialova

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7 Of The Best Spots In Dublin To Try Out Yoga For The First Time

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7 Of The Best Spots In Dublin To Try Out Yoga For The First Time

Travelling to Dublin this year? Check out this article which mentions some of the best spots you can visit in Dublin and not miss out on your daily yoga sesh!

"Here are some of our favourite spots to stretch and get a little limber, all of which are absolutely perfect for people at the very start of their journey. Your body will thank you for it later, we promise. Namaste. "

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Yoga May Be The Medicine Aboriginal Communities Have Been Looking For

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Yoga May Be The Medicine Aboriginal Communities Have Been Looking For

A lovely article that shows that yoga is for everybody and has lasting benefits for those who practice it..

"One night, “a spark went off” in his head. “I didn’t have the courage to kill myself, but I didn’t have the strength to live,” Terrance told The Huffington Post Canada in an interview. “I thought ‘OK, I need to do something about this.’" Terrance was...."

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Yoga Everywhere: Finding Your Zen At A Lifestyle Festival

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Yoga Everywhere: Finding Your Zen At A Lifestyle Festival

Yoga can be done anywhere when you have the motivation! Here's a lovely article on yoga and festivals.

"In a massive tent on the grounds of Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley ski resort, a woman in a white turban sat cross-legged on a small stage, looking out calmly at her hundred or so students before mouthing one sacred word: “shake.” 
“We shake to get healthy,” her voice boomed throughout the tent. “We shake to get happy. We shake to get holy.” ... "

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Immerse Yourself In Nature To Restore Balance

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Immerse Yourself In Nature To Restore Balance

Some of us get carried away every now and then that we forgot to appreciate the nature around us and its benefits. Why not take a minute or two every day to acknowledge the beautiful world around us - you will slowly start the see the world in a different, more appreciative way :)

"We all feel stress now and then — it’s simply part of modern life. But when our stress levels get too high or don’t subside, we want relief. Can we regain a sense of calm and get results with an all-natural remedy? The short answer is “Yes!”..."

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Yoga saved my life: three people share their stories

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Yoga saved my life: three people share their stories

Three lovely stories that tell us how yoga has helped people in life..

"At a time of difficulty last year I found comfort in yoga. I went through a period of torturous insomnia that left me wide awake every night until 3am, begging for my brain to switch off. I’d heard that yoga could help so started going to a local class. Immediately, I felt better. I loved how slow and methodical it was, and the fact that teachers discussed mindful and positive thinking. These were all things I’d heard little about before. Gradually, as I de-stressed and learned to relax, my sleep improved. I even used to go through the poses in my head before bed, which always helped me drift off..." 

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Developing a habit of mindfulness can boost kids

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Developing a habit of mindfulness can boost kids

Mindfulness can not only benefit adults but also children, especially if they adopt this holistic technique from a young age.. 

"Encouraging children to develop a habit of mindfulness can have big payoffs for school, home and social environments. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the here and now. It is an active awareness of thoughts, emotions and sensory perceptions (what you are currently hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and feeling)..."

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Improving wellness in the workplace - think holistically and beyond

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Improving wellness in the workplace - think holistically and beyond

There are many reasons why people can potentially get stressed at work, but adopting different holistic approaches can really help alleviate stress. 

"While many workplaces already have some form of health program in place, there is increasing focus on developing a best practice approach to workers' wellbeing. In this article we explore this theme and the benefits of adopting a holistic approach to creating a workplace climate that promotes wellness, eliminates and minimises psychological harm and manages health and safety legal liability arising from psychosocial risks."

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