Lifestyle 

Belonging To Groups Are Good For Our Health

This month I write about the many benefits we experience when we are part of a group or community. Being a part of a group is essential to my wellbeing. I belong to many groups – these include my family group, friendship groups, work groups and other special interest groups doing yoga, dancing and spiritual development etc. They add such value to my life. As they are places I feel I belong. Belonging means acceptance. A sense of belonging is a human need and something we all want. It leads…

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Fat Freezing technology at The Zenith Clinic

How would it sound if a friend informed you that in their quest to lose fat and slim down, after spending HOURS in the gym daily, dieting and watching what they ate, all to no avail, they almost achieved the impossible, a six pack by simply putting a large rectangle cup on the area and letting it be sucked up and frozen!! Yes, that is exactly what I heard when I visited The Zenith Clinic recently to find out about their latest addition, the New revolutionary 3D Lipo Med machine….

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City Café: A Hidden Gem in Bradford

Bradford has always delivered when it comes to the eclectic mix of eateries situated around the city. A favourite location for many food fans is the now the city centre. Since the opening of the Broadway Shopping Centre and the fantastic success of City Park, Bradford city centre is slowly but gradually becoming a popular destination for shoppers. Hidden gems are usually hard to find and we were lucky to come across a small café tucked in at the back of the Kirkgate Centre. Opting for very late breakfast, we…

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Who Stole Your Peace Of Mind?

This month I would like to share with you about a wonderful organisation, The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK). They provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to explore their own spirituality and learn skills of reflection and meditation derived from Raja Yoga, which help develop inner calm, clear thinking and personal wellbeing. I first became involved with the Brahma Kumaris in 2009 when I attended a Raja Yoga course in Bradford. I have since attended several one day workshops on wellbeing and trained to deliver their course ‘Spiritual…

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Better Health with The Zenith Clinic For Complementary Healthcare

You would be forgiven if you ever travelled up Little Horton Lane and were completely enthralled by the amazing architecture of the Grade two listed buildings lining both sides of the long winding main road. Such imposing houses and architecture one rarely sees in today’s age of modern architecture. Your wonderment would increase 10 fold if you ever stepped inside one particular such building. A building which witnesses a steady stream of visitors, throughout the day, mums with children, fathers with toddlers, the young the old, of different ages and…

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Stop the overthinking!

This month we will explore overthinking – it is what psychologists call self-focused rumination. This means thinking too much, usually negatively – needlessly, passively, endlessly and excessively pondering the meanings, causes and consequences of your character, your feelings and your problems. I find doing it uncomfortable and painful so when looked into how to stop doing it, I learnt about several strategies, that I use and the result is that I rarely ruminate now. Research shows that overthinking sustains or worsens sadness, fosters negatively biased thinking, impairs a person’s ability…

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Letting go of Procrastination

The topic for this month is Procrastination – that is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. Research shows that everyone procrastinates sometimes but that 20% of people chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions. I chose this topic because I have experience of procrastinating. I first became aware of it when I was studying and had assignments to write. Instead of getting on with them, I would clean the house, do the ironing, any jobs to put off sitting down and getting on…

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Health & Diet Lifestyle 

Bags bring home comforts to relatives and carers

A heart-warming scheme is bringing comfort to relatives and carers of Bradford hospital patients. Bradford Hospitals Charity has recently spent £5,000 on 500 comfort bags which are handed out during difficult times to relatives and carers of patients at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital. Both hospitals are part of Bradford Teaching Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust and the charity is the Trust’s official NHS charity which works tirelessly to improve patient experience. The comfort bags are filled with everyday items to help unexpected stays in the hospital a little…

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Exclusive ‘Buy one get one free’ offer at Amira Abayas

Amira Abayas are offering a fantastic Easter weekend bumper sale where customers can buy one costume and get the other FREE! Since opening the store in January last year, Amira Abayas has become the talk of the town and has attracted customers from all over the country. Regardless of faith and background, Abayas have been purchased by women from all cultures. With an eclectic array of Abayas, Joobas (men’s equivalent) fragrances and Burkinis (one-piece swimsuits that cover up almost all of your skin when swimming), Amira has now built a…

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Calling all the single ladies

By Qainaat Aftab qainaat@urban-echo.co.uk It’s February and it’s the infamous month of Valentine’s Day. Every year we see the capitalist notion where hundreds of red hearted balloons and red roses fill up the shop shelves. Valentine’s Day is nothing but a capitalist con and another way to make singletons feel left out. I find it odd how some of my friends get so caught up on the idea of being alone on Valentine’s Day. In reality, it’s just another day. But listening to their conversation, I couldn’t help but find…

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