health and wellbeing
Growing up is hard at the best of times for most children, but for Aidy Smith, life presented an even bigger challenge. Aidy has Tourette’s Syndrome, a condition that causes him to make involuntary movements and sounds known as tics. This presented Aidy with a difficult childhood as he searched for ways to overcome his condition. Now a successful TV presenter and producer, Aidy wants to raise more awareness of Tourette’s Syndrome and assure other sufferers that they can achieve whatever they want to in life.
Talking in your sleep is generally harmless, but there are a few cases where it can be cause for concern.
Providing better information and reframing the narrow and simplistic picture that minority-producing statistics create will empower everyone to reflect on the wide-ranging impact of mental ill health and poor wellbeing in their own lives and others'. Subtly but surely, it will increase mental health campaigners' momentum, and most importantly, bring mental health that little bit closer to parity of esteem.
There's obviously much work to be done and it's now vital that we recognise the importance of achieving a healthy balance in our lives: allowing time from work for ourselves, engaging in both physical activity and mental stimulation, and surrounding ourselves with more positive relationships. These all have a significant impact on our feelings of wellbeing.
Next week is pivotal for the future of artistic diversity in the UK. On 4 July Parliament will debate whether the EBacc should include expressive arts subjects, with the result having potentially huge ramifications for who the arts are 'for' in Britain - are they for everyone to practice and appreciate, or are they the preserve of a wealthy and culturally homogenous elite?
It's no surprise that we're often unwilling to talk about our bowels, but if we were more open about the number of trips we take to the bathroom or spoke freely about changes in colour, odour, and texture then it could be truly life changing. Important health issues could be diagnosed and addressed much sooner.
Children are each other's teachers too, and many life lessons are learnt well out of sight of parents, teachers and staff. The mental, emotional and spiritual health of students really matters, because they influence each other's levels of misery or confidence just as much as whatever is coming from their school.
More than a third of Brits are thought to be sleep-deprived, but thankfully, a lot of hotels around the UK are tackling the
Have you heard of clean eating? It's the new buzz phrase in nutrition. The days of calorie counting and low fat diet foods are soon going to be a thing of the past and in its place whole and natural nutrition.
Yoga is everywhere these days. It's fair to say it's become well and truly mainstream. In most Western cities yoga studios are as ubiquitous as fast-food joints or liquor stores. 20 million Americans say they practice yoga. So, what exactly is happening here? How can we explain the meteoric rise of yoga?