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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: HOW TO DESTRESS THIS CHRISTMAS

It’s the first Wellness Wednesday of December! Christmas is ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, but it can also be the most stressful. In today’s blog post we’re sharing 25 tips to help you manage the stress that the festive season can often bring. Plan, plan, plan! There’s so much going on at Christmas

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: THE QUEEN’S NEW GIN!

Happy Monday everyone, and welcome to another good news story! With everyone watching ‘The Crown’ on Netflix at the moment, we thought we’d share an uplifting story about the monarchy (and gin!). Queen Elizabeth has launched a speciality dry gin distilled from the botanicals on her 20,000-acre Sandringham country estate. The Norfolk estate gardens has

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PERSONALITY TYPES: ISFP – THE ARTIST

In today’s blog post, we’re going to be taking a look at another personality type, this time ISFP – The Artist. As always, let’s see what the letters stand for: Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving. ISFPs are energised by spending time alone, they focus on facts and details as opposed to ideas and concepts, make

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: HELPING OTHERS GOOD FOR WELLBEING

It’s widely acknowledged that helping others is a nice thing to do. It’s kind, empathetic and supportive. But did you know that it can also have a direct positive effect on your own mental wellbeing? Acts of kindness, big or small, help to give you a sense of purpose and can make you feel happier

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: SLEEPING HABITS GOOD FOR HEART

Happy Monday everyone! We’re back with another good news blog post to get your week started on a positive note. Today we’re sharing a new study which has shown a connection between healthy sleeping habits and a lower risk of heart failure by 42%. Heart failure affects over 26 million people and new evidence suggests

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PERSONALITY TYPES: ISFJ – THE PROTECTOR

Today we’re going to be exploring the personality type of the ISFJ – The Protector. So what does ISFJ stand for? Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging. An ISFJ gets their energy from spending time on their own, focuses on facts and details as opposed to ideas and concepts, make decisions based on feelings and values, and

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: CRAFTS AND WELLBEING

In today’s Wellness Wednesday we’re talking all about the connection between crafts and our wellbeing. Did you know that making things, particularly crafting, can decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, loneliness and even dementia? Craft courses have actually been prescribed to patients since the late 19th century, and basketry was used to relieve anxiety and physical

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Ricardo Pimentel is greeted by dogs that he rescued at his Tierra de Animales (Land of Animals) shelter in Leona Vicario, Mexico, on Oct. 13, 2020.

GOOD NEWS MONDAY: 300 DOGS SAVED FROM HURRICANE

Happy Monday everyone! This week we have a good news story that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Last month saw hurricane Delta make its way through the US, and down to Mexico, where Ricardo Pimentel lives in Yucatan Peninsula. The hurricane was tearing a path of destruction directly to his door,

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PERSONALITY TYPES: ISTP THE CRAFTER

Happy Friday everyone! It’s time to explore another personality type, and this week we are looking at ISTP The Crafter. If you missed it, last week we featured ISTJ The Inspector which you can read HERE. You can also check out our blog post on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Personality Test HERE. First of all,

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: WHY FRIENDSHIPS ARE IMPORTANT

We’ve previously spoken about how social interaction is key for our mental health – we’ve even shared studies on how socialising can ward off dementia in the elderly! In today’s Wellness Wednesday blog, we’re going to be focusing on friendships and why they are so important to our overall wellbeing. It’s actually been scientifically proven

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: GARDENS BOOST IMMUNE SYSTEMS

Here at Dalton Wise, we know just how important spending time in green spaces is for our mental health. A recent study in Finland has shown that it is also great for our physical health! During a study, it was found that the immune systems of children between three and five improved when forest undergrowth,

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PERSONALITY TYPES: ISTJ THE INSPECTOR

A couple of weeks ago we published a blog post all about The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. You can read it HERE if you missed it. The indicator is a questionnaire which identifies you as one of 16 personality types, with the aim of allowing you to further explore and understand your own personality. In today’s

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: WALKING DECREASES STRESS LEVELS

This week is International Stress Awareness Week. Stress is something that affects us all, and has become ‘the norm’ for a lot of people. However, if not managed effectively, it can lead to further mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Today we’re sharing a tip that has been proven to reduce stress levels

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: A TIP FOR REDUCING INSOMNIA

In the UK, 16 million adults suffer from sleepless nights, and a third say that they have insomnia. If this sounds like you, be sure to read on! According to researchers in Sweden, those with insomnia experience better sleep and less sleepiness in the daytime when they sleep with a weighted chain blanket. The study

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HOW TO INCREASE YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Emotional Intelligence also referred to as EQ, is a really important skill to have. We recently wrote a blog post all about it, which features information on what it is and why it’s so important. If you missed it, you can read it HERE. Whilst the skills of EQ tend to come more easily to

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: NAVIGATING A MOVE TO A NEW CITY

There are many reasons for moving to a new city, whether it be for a job, university, to move in with a partner, or just because you fancy a change of scenery. Whatever the reason, even if it’s positive, relocating to a new city or town can be really stressful and present new challenges. Finding

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: SOCIALISING COULD PREVENT DEMENTIA

It’s the start of a new week, and that can only mean one thing. It’s ‘Good News Monday’ time! According to new research carried out by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, elderly people who have more social engagement have more robust grey matter in regions of the brain relevant

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PERSONALITY TYPES: THE MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR

Have you ever wondered what your personality type is? The chances are, you’ve probably been so curious as to take a personality test online at some point, we know we have! So how do personality tests work? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is today one of the most commonly used psychological instruments in the world.

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: NAVIGATING RETIREMENT

Retirement is a big change for many people, and the transition can come with a huge range of emotions. You may feel excited, uncertain, hopeless, disenchanted. Before retiring, many people spend a lot of time and energy ensuring that they are prepared for retirement. Transitioning from a full-time job into retirement can be really stressful,

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: HALLOWEEN THEMED!

Happy Monday! It’s time for another ‘Good News Monday’ blog to start your week on a positive note. With ‘Spooky Season’ just around the corner, today’s post has a special halloween theme. Retired Ken Klinker in Utah has spent 20 years carving hundreds of Halloween lanterns (or Jack O’ Lanterns as they call them across

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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

You might have heard of the term ‘Emotional Intelligence’ before. The concept was introduced in the 1990s and refers to the ability to identify and manage your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. As a concept, it’s almost the opposite of the traditional IQ measurement of intelligence. Someone’s IQ is based on

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: COPING WITH THE LOSS OF A PET

When we get a pet, they become a member of the family, and we form really powerful bonds with them. They offer us emotional support, companionship, unwavering love, and are great for our mental health.Loosing a pet is an incredibly difficult and upsetting life event to navigate. In today’s ‘Wellness Wednesday’ blog post, we are

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: PLANTS REDUCE STRESS LEVELS

It’s time for another ‘Good News Monday’ and this week is all about greenery! Research by the Department of Landscape Architecture in the US in collaboration with Royal Horticultural Society found that having plants in your garden or yard has been found to significantly reduce stress levels. The researchers at the Universities of Sheffield, Westminster

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WINTER BLUES: HOW VITAMIN D CAN AFFECT MENTAL HEALTH

Autumn has well and truly arrived in the UK, and with the changing of the seasons, it means that we’re going to be seeing less sunlight than the spring and summer months. A main source of Vitamin D comes from the sun, and those who live in countries far away from the equator, like the

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: COPING WHEN A LOVED ONE IS ILL

Last week’s Wellness Wednesday post was all about how to navigate being diagnosed with a serious illness. In today’s blog, we’re going to be sharing some tips on how you can cope when a loved one is ill. Whether you become their carer during these difficult times or not, having a loved one diagnosed with

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: CUTE ANIMALS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

If you’re anything like us, watching a cute puppy, kitten, bunny (anything fluffy really), will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. The above photo is actually of our Dalton Wise family dog, Archie! We’ve got some great news for animal lovers this week, as researchers at University of Leeds have found that looking at

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LIFE TRANSITIONS: THE EFFECTS ON MENTAL HEALTH

We all go through periods of change in life, and sometimes these transition periods can be really overwhelming, making us feel anxious and exhausted. Significant change can sometimes be hard to navigate, and it’s not just the negative transitions that can be draining. Happy moments like a new job, marriage, starting a family can also

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: COPING WITH A SERIOUS ILLNESS

Around three million people in the UK are living with a serious illness. Whilst serious physical illnesses affect your body, they can also take a toll on your mental health and affect every area of your life. They can impact your relationships, career, spiritual or religious beliefs, socialising habits and can make you feed sad,

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: HOT BATHS MAY BE GOOD FOR HEALTH

Happy Monday and welcome to another instalment of ‘Good News Monday’. We’ve got some great news for all you bath lovers out there today – a recent study suggests that taking regular hot baths may be good for your health. The study showed that taking a hot bath several times a week may reduce risks

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EATING DISORDERS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Eating disorders are serious and potentially fatal mental illnesses, and effect around 1.6 million people in the UK. If left untreated, they can impact your daily life and make you seriously ill, leading to health issues such as heart and kidney problems or even death. They can involve eating too much or too little or

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: NAVIGATING THE MOVE TO UNIVERSITY

In the coming days, many people will be packing their bags, loading the car and moving to university. Starting university can be really exciting and fun, but it’s also natural to feel nervous and overwhelmed throughout those first few weeks as it is a big life transition. In today’s Wellness Wednesday blog post we’re sharing

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: GIRL SCOUT HELPS BATTLE STRESS

Stress is unfortunately very prevalent in the lives of many and it can lead to a whole host of health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and anxiety to name a few. It’s normal to feel stressed sometimes, but it’s vital that you’re able to manage it before it leads to burnout or other mental

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TRAUMA: WHAT IS IT AND WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES?

Many people experience trauma in their lives, but what is it? According to the American Psychology Association, it is “an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster.” Trauma can be lead to a number of both physical and emotional symptoms, and there are actually different types. Not everyone who

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: NAVIGATING A DIVORCE

Did you know that in England and Wales, 42% of marriages result in divorce? Divorce is one of the most stressful life transitions, and it can really take a toll on your mental and physical health. Many people expect to be with the partner for the rest of their life, so the breakdown of this

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: ELDERLY GIVEN FREE VIDEO DEVICES

Many elderly people are still shielding and keeping their distance from their loved ones in order to protect themselves from the potentially fatal coronavirus. As a result, many have not been able to see or talk to their family or friends for months. The Dreamweaver Foundation has now provided 300 free Facebook Portals to OAPs

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WHAT CAN TRIGGER POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the outcome of experiencing or witnessing a trauma. We have previously written a blog post about the disorder which you can read HERE and today we’ll be discussing what can trigger symptoms of PTSD. Not everyone who experiences a trauma will develop Post-traumatic stress disorder, however, it can affect people

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: COPING WITH CHILDREN MOVING OUT

When you have children, your life is defined by your role as a parent. It can be really difficult to adjust to a new way of life when your children move out. Some parents have an especially hard time dealing with this transition, and this experience is often referred to as ’empty nest syndrome’. This

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: LIFELONG FEAR CURED BY HYPNOTHERAPY

The start of a new week can mean only one thing – a good news story. This week we’re sharing a brilliant story of how hypnotherapy cured a lifelong fear of fruit and vegetables. 32-year-old Jenny Edgar from Coventry had an intense fear of these nutritious foods and would physically gag if she tried to

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a form of mental illness that is distinguishable by extreme mood shifts. It’s actually pretty common, with 3 million people in the UK living with the disorder – that equates to around 1 in 50 people. It’s one of the UK’s most common long-term conditions – it’s

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: NAVIGATING ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS

We all have relationships in our lives, whether that’s with a significant other, family members, friends or work colleagues. Relationships are so fundamental to our daily lives, so it’s vital to our happiness that they are healthy ones. Many of our stresses come from third parties, so being able to navigate the relationships in your

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: YOGA GREAT FOR HEART CONDITION

We are all advocates of yoga here at Dalton Wise, and today’s ‘Good News Monday’ post is all about this form of exercise. According to a recent study of 538 patients, yoga has almost halved the number of symptoms amongst those with the common heart condition Atrial fibrillation (AF). The condition is potentially fatal and

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SEPARATION ANXIETY IN ADULTS

Separation anxiety is a typical part of child development from the ages of six months to three years old. Some children may continue to have symptoms of into late childhood – they may have irrational fears about being away from their parents meaning they’re scared of doing things like sleeping over at a friend’s house

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: NAVIGATING LIFE’S TRANSITIONS

Life transitions and major changes can be really stressful to deal with. Transitions occur multiple times throughout life and can include challenges such as a relationship breakdown, divorce, starting a new job, moving home, health issues, loss of a loved one or significant financial loss or gain to name a few. Whilst they can be

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: ITALY’S OLDEST GRADUATE AT 96

Happy Monday everyone. The start of a new week can only mean one thing here at Dalton Wise – a good news story! This week we’re sharing a lovely and uplifting story about Giuseppe Paterno, former railway worker and now Italy’s oldest graduate. He has already lived through childhood poverty, World War II and now

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SUICIDE: HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WITH SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

We recently wrote a blog post about what to do if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Today, we want to share some advice on what to do if a loved one is thinking about taking their own life. There are many reasons why someone may think about suicide, and if they are exposed to a

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM

We all feel nervous or unconfident sometimes, maybe in a room full of people, we don’t know, before public speaking or a job interview. However, low self-esteem can become a long-term problem which can negatively impact mental health and even effect your day-to-day life. When you have low self-esteem, you view yourself negatively and tend

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: A BETTER WORK-LIFE BALANCE?

Whilst lockdown has been a long and tedious experience, it may have had a positive long-term effect on work-life balance. The requirement to stay and work at home has taught a lot of employers a really valuable truth, which is that staff don’t actually need to be in the office to be productive. In fact,

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SELF-HARM: WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN YOU STOP?

Self-harm is when someone intentionally hurts themselves as a way of dealing with difficult emotions. There are many reasons why someone self-harms, these could include: Expressing or managing emotional distress Trying to gain control Punishing themselves A need to change emotional pain into physical pain An escape of traumatic memories A cry for help Response

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: MANAGING DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIPS

We all know someone that we find it difficult to deal with, perhaps it’s a family member or a work colleague. These relationships can cause a lot of stress, so it’s important to know how you can manage these relationships and keep a healthy, happy mindset. In today’s Wellness Wednesday blog post, we’re sharing our

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: BEAVERS CAN STAY IN THEIR HOME

Happy Monday everyone! We hope you had a lovely weekend are ready for the new week ahead. This week’s Good News Monday is a really fun and positive news story, all about beavers! It’s been a very good week for beavers in Devon. No one knows how they came to arrive there, but 15 families

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