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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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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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Calling all the single ladies!

by Qainaat Aftab 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 their…

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The Colour of Love

Every year as Valentine’s Day approaches the high street becomes saturated with the colour red. From hearts and flowers to cards and gifts, vibrant window displays vie for our attention at every turn, and, as red has such a strong physical effect on us we can’t help but notice! Despite not being technically the most visible colour red gives the appearance of being closer than it is, so it gets our attention first. It also has a stimulating effect on the body, causing the pulse rate to rise, and can…

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The Importance Of Having Good Sleep

This month I would like to share with you about sleep and the difficulties we can experience and some ideas to help achieve good quality sleep. These times have been when I have experienced depression or experienced burn out at work, when I did shift work and more recently earlier this year when my mum died. We all have times in our lives when we can have problems sleeping, when we find it hard to fall asleep, find ourselves waking up in the night or have dreams that disturb our…

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‘Hygge’ – Having a Cosy Winter

I hope you are well. This month I want to share with you about ‘Hygge’ – a lifestyle I heard about from a lovely woman in a group I was facilitating, when we were having a discussion about the difficulties some people experience in the winter months. Hygge is a phenomenon first documented in 18th Century Denmark and has apparently been crucial to the Danes ever since. The Danes put their happiness down to Hygge, a particular lifestyle pronounced ‘hoo-guh’ or ‘ hue-ugh’. it involves a feeling of comfort and…

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Hands on Massage: An Interview with Abie Ansari

Within moments of meeting with massage therapist Abie Ansari of Hands On Massage, it became abundantly clear to me that not only is Abie extremely knowledgeable about the subject of therapeutic massage, but she also has an enthusiasm for her work which is both infectious and inspiring. Having experienced two different types of massage from the broad range of treatments, Abie offers (both equally wonderful and effective), I can attest that from the initial consultation, right through to the treatment follow-up, Abie works in a way that is both respectful…

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