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Your Wellness Center – holistic wellbeing inspiration

Whether you’re starting your journey into the world of nutritional supplementation and holistic wellbeing or are already well on your way, we have information, guidance and expert opinion to help and support you. Let us make it as easy as possible for you with a definitive range of trustworthy, authoritative and informative, easy-to-read articles and advice.

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The connection between oxytocin and happiness

Reading Time: 2 minutes If all you need really is love, then oxytocin may be where it’s at. This neurotransmitter is categorized as one of the four “happiness chemicals” (in addition to dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins) and is known for its link to feelings of love and connection. Oxytocin is created in the hypothalamus gland and released by the […]

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Understanding our physical happiness chemicals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Contrary to what we may think, happiness is not all in our heads. Chemicals in our physical makeup play a significant role in the state of our happiness and the actions we take can inspire our bodies to make more. This means that what we think, the behaviors we exhibit, the food choices we make, […]

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A year in review by James Ellington

Reading Time: 5 minutes Community is an important element that makes up Lifeplus. That’s why we’re so committed to driving initiatives that help others to succeed – on every level. And we’re delighted that our continued partnership with Olympic athlete, James Ellington, enables us to support his comeback through our quality products and enthusiastic community. James continues to inspire […]

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Ten self-care tips for a successful holiday season

Reading Time: 2 minutes Taking care of your mind and body during any time of the year is important. And during the holidays, it’s essential. The hustle and bustle of this time of year is often filled with scrumptious goodies and late-night parties – not to mention self-induced stress. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Make this […]

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The 6 secrets to maintaining a new habit

Reading Time: 4 minutes When something is a habit, you do it almost automatically and without thinking, but sometimes things we want to become a habit can seem a bit of a chore. Why is this? We all set ourselves goals and it’s great to do this, but with the best will in the world, much of the time […]

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Sustainable living and how it affects our wellbeing

Reading Time: 4 minutes Sustainable living, at its core, involves considering how our actions affect the environment around us and doing what we can to reduce our impact on the planet. While the environmental impact of sustainable living is clear though, what you might not have realized is that sustainable living can also help to improve our own mental […]

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United by emotion – breaking down language barriers

Reading Time: 2 minutes As Allen Klein once said, “There are no language barriers when you are smiling.”  Although we may not all speak the same language, simply being human grants us a common bond in the ability to feel and share emotions, which allows us to communicate without the need for any words.1 While languages might be different, emotions […]

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Mental health tips

Reading Time: 9 minutes Mental health tips to avoid depression and improve your state of mind Having reviewed the Lifeplus: Attitudes to Mental Wellbeing Full Report conducted by Cambridge Market Research I recognize the concerns about use of antidepressant medications, including the frequency of use and long term effects, an increasing desire for alternative mental health support. About depression […]

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Exercise to support a mental health issue

Reading Time: 3 minutes Getting started with exercise when you have a mental health issue The importance of mental health is thankfully becoming something that is more commonly spoken about. Our physiological health, and maintaining a healthy mental state, is just as important as our physical health. It affects how we think, feel and act, determines how we handle […]

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Stress and the effects it can have on your immune system

Reading Time: 3 minutes Stress affects different people in different ways, and we all have a different ability to cope with it depending on our genetics, early life events, personality and social and economic circumstances.1 According to the Mental Health Foundation, stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure. What triggers […]

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Overcoming barriers to physical activity

Reading Time: 4 minutes Quite often, the most difficult thing about any type of regular movement workout is simply finding the motivation to start. It’s not even that moving your body is necessarily going to be hard… but not moving it is almost certainly going to be easier. Not moving your body won’t bring you the wonderful health benefits […]

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Summer and skincare

Reading Time: 4 minutes Your guide to fabulous skin in the warmer months! We all love summer but summer and skin problems go hand-in-hand. Skin conditions can be caused by gut health, foods and allergies but weather, pollution and other seasonal factors can also contribute to skin issues – particularly during the summer months. It’s common to think of […]

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Mental wellbeing during a pandemic

Reading Time: 9 minutes After reviewing the Lifeplus “Attitudes to mental wellbeing – phase 2 report” conducted by Cambridge Market Research, Dr Elizabeth Robinson RMN BSc (Hons) PhD ENB 985 DipMan IPT comments on the impact and context of Covid-19 and make suggestions to help maintain positive mental health. Mental health in the context of Covid-19 Life at times […]

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The benefits of working from home

Reading Time: 3 minutes Working from home benefits: are you making the most of them? While it may have seemed a year ago that everyone was working from home, that wasn’t the case.1 Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with its required social distancing and stay-at-home mandates, remote working was increasing in popularity but it certainly wasn’t the ‘new […]

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How to boost mood with food

Reading Time: 3 minutes There are so many ways food can contribute to improved mood, which is one of the reasons why our relationship with food is a complicated one. We do not eat simply to fuel our bodies. We break bread with friends and families, passing on family recipes with fondness. We share meals to grow deeper in […]

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What are toxic emotions and how can you stop them?

Reading Time: 5 minutes The term ‘toxic emotions’ is regularly used, but what are they exactly? They are feelings of anger, guilt, shame, anxiety, fear, self-loathing, regret, bitterness, and resentment – feelings that bring no positive benefit to our lives or our mental wellbeing. These are all toxic emotions that are harmful not just to us but to everyone […]

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Altruism and happiness

Reading Time: 3 minutes Helping others and the link between altruism and happiness Have you ever wondered what altruism means? Altruism is the principle and moral practice of concern for the happiness of other human beings or other animals, resulting in a quality of life, both material and spiritual. Essentially by caring for others, it benefits your own wellbeing. […]

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Friendships and mental health

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is the link between friendships and mental health? Nurturing friendships is important throughout the life cycle. When we place value in our friendships, this positively affects our wellbeing—friendships and mental health are intrinsically linked. The evidence has shown us time and time again that we are influenced by our social groups and our subcultures, […]

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Understanding the mind-body connection for positive mental health

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can developing mindfulness support positive mental health? Positive mental health is determined by a variety of factors and while it’s impossible to control everything that happens around us, developing mindfulness can be a strong step in the right direction when it comes to experiencing greater happiness and a positive state of mind.  Why should […]

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Declutter to reduce stress levels

Reading Time: 4 minutes Why you should declutter to reduce stress levels We all know how good it feels to open a wardrobe and be able to easily see everything inside it, or to sit at a desk that isn’t cluttered with papers. On the flipside, do you remember the last time you walked into your kitchen after someone […]

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Laughter is healthy

Reading Time: 5 minutes This is how laughter affects our body “A day without laughter is a day wasted,” Charlie Chaplin once said. And he isn’t the only one to think this. Dr Lee S. Berk of the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions, and one of the pioneers of laughter research, also encourages people to laugh every day. Why […]

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Improve your health with community sport

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’re new to an area, or have recently decided to get more active, why not take a look at the community sports available locally? Many towns, villages, charities and schools offer local people the chance to get involved in a wide range of activities, from walking to water polo. And whatever you choose, if […]

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Try something new!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Human beings are truly exceptional creatures. Think about those very first few days, weeks and months of a baby’s life, of your own life. We are born into a world of extraordinary change from day one. All around us are brand-new sensations, sounds, smells, tastes, sights. Absolutely everything is unknown. The wonderful thing is that […]

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Success – a dish best shared

Reading Time: 2 minutes The simple act of recognizing success is incredibly powerful, but so often in life it seems that the natural thing to do is to be humble and shy in coming forward to celebrate our successes. We fear being recognized, but why is this? Some believe, it’s because at a deep internal level, we can all […]

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Self-Tracking: learning about your health

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is self-tracking? There are different ways to track aspects of your lifestyle, in areas like fitness, sleep or nutrition, and while technology has made it easier than ever to do, it’s something that has been accessible to everyone for a long time. You might already keep a gratitude diary for example, where you log […]

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Keeping fit as a family

Reading Time: 2 minutes Exercise. Whether the word brings a rush of excitement or sparks a fear in you, there’s no denying the fundamental truth that it’s good for us.1 Taking part in regular exercise not only makes you feel better about yourself; it has a couple of pretty impressive shorter-term effects too. Exercise helps us sleep better, reduces […]

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Kindness: Good for our minds?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Throughout history, difficult times have drawn out the best in human nature. Across the globe natural disasters, wars and economic recessions have been testament to this and it’s no different today. Each situation has been unprecedented and each has had its own unique struggles but, in each, we have seen truly inspirational acts of generosity […]

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Maintaining healthy habits

Reading Time: 2 minutes When we’re on vacation some of us struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with food. 1 The temptation of treats is extremely enticing, and while some people diet before to allow themselves room to indulge, others just resign themselves to being frugal afterwards. The truth is that neither way is good for your overall health […]

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How not to overeat

Reading Time: 3 minutes For millennia humans had barely enough to eat. Yet these days many people find it difficult to keep their eating in check. Knowing the health consequences isn’t enough. So, here are some ideas we’ve found on how not to overeat from experts around the world. 1. Change your plates Using a smaller plate can offer […]

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Lifeworks for the young at heart

Reading Time: 2 minutes With growing up comes wisdom, experience and often better self-confidence and fewer insecurities. When we refer to growing up, it’s not a specific age, it’s a sense of being. You’ve probably come across a younger person who already acts older than their years, or a parent, or grandparent, who has a better social life than […]

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Teamwork: The secret ingredient to success

Reading Time: 2 minutes “No man is an island”, as the 17th century English author, John Donne, famously declared. We quite agree. People are at their best when they work together towards a common goal – especially when this has benefits for the group and also the wider community at large. Cooperation for mutual benefit is fundamental in the […]

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Generosity matters for our mental health and happiness

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sometimes it’s worth stating the obvious: our world would be a better place if we were all a bit kinder towards each other.  So how can we make that happen? I read somewhere that today, generosity is almost as endangered as rainforests – as we all strive to pursue our own happiness. But don’t we […]

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The Habits of Happy People

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s one of the age-old questions; what is the secret to happiness? Being happy is not just a mood – it’s a state of mind that frames our outlook on life and has a confirmed positive effect on our mental and physical health.1 It’s easy to sit back and wait for happiness to come to […]

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Reducing stress at work

Reading Time: 2 minutes The benefits of working in harmony There are some things that people just can’t do alone. No matter how smart, fast or strong you may be, it’s a given that everyone can still achieve a whole lot more when we face things together. From solving a tricky problem to achieving a shared goal, cooperation is […]

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