Brain shrinkage & 10 other signs it’s time to quit

For about 8 months I have been suffering from work related stress. My body and brain has been telling me for some time that life was not going well and I was done in. We all have to deal with stress and stress can be a good thing. However, there is a tipping point when stress becomes damaging. At the point when you are seriously effecting your health and well-being, it’s time to do something about it.

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Stress really can have serious effects on your brain, including brain shrinkage. Aaaaaaahhhhh! My brain is shrinking!

You can find yourself trapped in a cycle of stress.  It can also cause other long term health issues, like depression and Alzheimer’s.

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The Benefits of Therapeutic Baths

Since the beginning of time, bathing in water has been essential to health and peace of mind. As early as the third century, bathing emporiums quickly became the fashion. A hot bath is the original “hydrotherapy” (water treatment) and is still one the most accessible. In our busy, modern lives it’s easy to opt for a quick shower rather than investing time in having a long, soak in the bath.

For me therapeutic baths are a really beneficial tool for health and well-being. I am now making therapeutic baths part of my weekly routine.Read More »

February Reflections

Monthly Reflections is a new category being introduced to Cultivating Time. My monthly Reflections will be a bit of a monthly round up and a chance for me to take stock and reflect on the month. I hope you enjoy.

I will be writing a post next month exploring the role of reflection – watch this space!

February Films & TV

Ant-Man – I loved  this film. The special affects were brilliant and great fun. This is the sort of film I feel special effects are made for. Definitely one of my favourite super hero films. Some memorable scenes with the special effects. All I’m going to say is – record, disco, carpet and Thomas! They even managed to be the product placement entertaining and funny. Some really clever concepts and ideas. I even enjoyed the fight scenes, which I normally switch off from completely but these were different. Who knew ants would one day star so greatly in a Hollywood hit! Make sure you stick it out right to the very end of all the credits. There are 2 extra scenes setting the scene for future films.

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Fridays – I need them like oxygen

As some of you know, I started a new job in January. I’m using my skills, experience and expertise while having lots of new challenges. It’s a great organisation and a great team. It all sounds just lovely doesn’t it?

However, I have inherited a bit of a mess with issues and problems, which as a manger it’s my job to resolve. Then of course there is the the huge workload. I can spend 5 hrs a day in meetings, often do not get a lunch break and have to stay late to get work done.

I keep reminding myself,  prior to starting the job, I’d been incredibly ill and stuck in bed for 2 weeks. So it’s no surprise that by Thursday evening my brain and body are totally done in.Read More »

What’s the value in reading fiction?

One of my tasks/ goals for 2016 was to read more – I Spy Book Challenge 2016 

I’m a fan of audio books. I regularly listen on my mp3 – walking the dog, doing housework, soaking in the bath and in bed before sleep. Listening to books is going great – it’s reading books that is not quite going to plan.

I have a small bookcase seriously over flowing with fiction books. There are some books I am looking forward to reading. But I just don’t seem to be making time in my life to read books. Admittedly, when I have free time to read, there is now a tendency to go to my WordPress Reader to explore other people’s blogs and support my fellow bloggers. In the modern world there is a a lot of options for escapism and distraction – the massive world of the internet, box sets, films galore and of course blogs, blogs and more blogs. I want to find space in my life for books.

In an attempt to remind myself of the value of reading fiction, I am exploring the benefits of reading fiction. Read More »

Healing from the Dead Sea

So here’s my first post in the category of The Little Apothecary.

The waters of the Dead Sea have been recognised for their therapeutic effects and capacity to heal the human body since ancient times. I think think this is one of those times when the ancients knew best. I’m a big fan of Dead Sea Salt.

A Dead Sea salt bath helps provide deep relaxation, as well as minerals for the skin. We all need a bit of deep relaxation in our lives.

The water from the Dead Sea is unique. It contains 27% of various salts where there is only 3% in normal sea water.  Dead Sea water contains magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides.Read More »