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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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SUICIDAL THOUGHTS: WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE THEM

Many people have suicidal thoughts at some point during their lifetime, but what are they? Suicidal thoughts or feelings mean thinking theoretically about ending your life, or feeling as though your loves ones would be happier without you. It can also involve thinking about ways you can take your life, or setting out plans to

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: MANAGING FEAR, ANXIETY AND PANIC

In today’s Wellness Wednesday blog post we’re going to be sharing ways that you can manage your fear, anxiety and panic. It’s normal to feel anxious and fearful sometimes – they’re really important emotions that help us avoid dangerous situations. However, it’s not normal when these emotions arise without a threat present. Fear, anxiety and

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: A GREEN TRANSPORT REVOLUTION

Happy Monday and Happy August! This is our first Good News Monday instalment of the month, and it’s all about a ‘new era for walking and cycling’. The government has put together an active transport and travel strategy to make England safer for pedestrians and cyclists. As part of this initiative, cyclists are now able

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SPOTTING SIGNS OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN A LOVED ONE

It can be difficult to see when a friend or family member is suffering from mental health issues, particularly because many people try to hide it or don’t feel like they can speak openly. A mental health crisis can also develop slowly and gradually meaning it’s more difficult to notice the changes. Luckily there are

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: SUPPORTING EMPLOYEE DEPRESSION

Did you know that 10% of people in the UK are reported to be living with depression? With that high of a statistic, it’s very likely that some of your employees are part of that 10%, and the mental health issue can hugely impact their work life. The mental health charity, Mind, found that one

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: THOUSANDS WRITE TO NURSING HOME

A North Carolina retirement and assisted living home has started a pen pal programme for its residents and residents living in other nursing homes in the area. A group of residents took to social media to ask for letters to help boost their spirits. They posted on Facebook photos of themselves holding up a mini-bio

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SPECIFIC PHOBIAS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Most of us have fears – whether that’s of spiders, snakes, heights… Feeling scared is an evolutionary and rational response to things or scenarios that are a threat to us. It becomes a problem however, when the reaction of panic or terror to objects, activities or situations is largely out of proportion to the actual

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: DEALING WITH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in negative thoughts. Do you often take things personally? Do you find yourself criticising yourself regularly? Get angry often? Turn little things into big issues that can play on your mind for days, weeks or even longer? If these scenarios seem familiar, you’re experiencing negative thoughts. Negative

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: COVID19 VACCINE TRIALS

It can all seem a bit doom and gloom when it comes to coronavirus. Whilst we are now opening the country back up again and cases in the UK are declining, it’s hard not to worry about what the future holds. Luckily, there seems to be some positive results from vaccine trials around the world.

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WHAT IS SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER?

Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is a common issue that typically begins when the sufferer is a teenager. It’s a long-term and overwhelming fear of social situations. It can be a very distressing issue and it can have huge impacts on day to day living, and for most people, it doesn’t resolve

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: HOW TO MANAGE EMOTIONS

It’s extremely important to experience and express emotions, and they play an intrinsic role in how we react to certain situations. Our emotions can help us to make decisions, form positive relationships, interact with others and even help with self-care. That being said, they can become out of control and can also take a toll

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: GYMS TO REOPEN

In today’s instalment of ‘Good News Monday’, we’re talking all about last week’s government announcement which detailed how lockdown is continuously easing, the latest with the reopening of gyms. Outdoor swimming pools were permitted to reopen to the public from Saturday, and outdoor gyms have been able to operate since 4 July. However, it has

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WHAT IS OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)?

Many people suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). As the name suggests, those who have OCD experience obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. It is a form of anxiety disorder which is characterised by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and ritualised, repetitive behaviours that the sufferer feels compelled to perform. The disorder can affect everyone – men, women and

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: HOW TO MANAGE STRESS

We all feel stressed from time to time. Maybe you’re under pressure in your job, you’ve had an argument with a family member, or perhaps you have money worries. Stress is normal, however, it’s important to know how to manage stress before it gets worse and starts to affect your daily life. Stress impacts us

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: NHS TURNS 72

Welcome to another instalment of ‘Good News Monday’, and this week’s positive news is all about our National Health Service. Yesterday (5 July 2020) marked the 72nd anniversary of our beloved NHS. On this date in 1948, the NHS was established by Aneurin Bevan – Minister of Health at Park Hospital in Manchester (now known

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WHAT IS A PANIC ATTACK?

If you have experienced a panic attack before, you’ll know that they can be very scary and distressing. We all have times where we feel anxious or panic, it’s a completely natural response to scenarios that are stressful or dangerous. However, it becomes problematic when these feelings arise on a regular basis for no apparent

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: RELAXATION BREATHING TECHNIQUES

When you’re feeling stressed and anxious, have you ever stopped to take note of your breathing? It tends to be shallow and rapid. In contrast, have you realised how your breathing differs when you’re relaxed? It’s slower and deeper. Practising breathing techniques is an effective way to help you relax in stressful situations – they

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: CARE HOME CREATES A ‘HUG TUNNEL’

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures have meant that many people around the world have had to completely isolate and keep their distance from loved ones to avoid catching the potentially deadly illness. This has been particularly difficult for elderly and high-risk people who have been advised by the government to stay at home.

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WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY AND HOW CAN IT HELP?

You’ve probably heard the term hypnotherapy before, but a lot of people aren’t completely sure what it is, or what the process involves. In short, hypnotherapy is a method of therapy that uses the power of suggestion to encourage positive change. Many people opt for hypnotherapy if they’re looking to quit smoking, treat phobias, stop

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: LEARN TO MEDITATE

Life is stressful. Work, relationships, household chores – it can get on top of us sometimes. This stress can make us feel anxious, on edge and worried. If this sounds familiar, why not try and find some time to meditate? Everyone can meditate – it doesn’t cost any money, doesn’t require any special equipment and

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: FOOD VOUCHERS EXTENDED

It’s the start of a new week, which means another dose of good news. Today’s good news is that the government have agreed to extend the free food vouchers scheme over the summer holidays! These £15-a-week vouchers will continue to be distributed to some of the country’s poorest families as the ‘COVID Summer Food Fund’

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WHAT IS LONELINESS AND WHY DO WE EXPERIENCE IT?

Leading on from our previous blog post to mark Loneliness Awareness Week, today we’re going to be discussing what loneliness is and why we can experience it. Loneliness is a term used to describe the feeling of an absence of rewarding social contact and relationships. It’s not the same as being physically alone; some people

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LONELINESS AWARENESS WEEK

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: LONELINESS AWARENESS WEEK

This week marks Loneliness Awareness Week. We can all feel lonely at any point in our lives, however, many people are experiencing loneliness at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. Being apart from loved ones during this time has increased the risk of feeling lonely and isolated for many people.

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8 WISE ™ – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

You might have heard us talking about our unique 8 Wise ™ Approach – a programme that has been developed by professional psychotherapists and mental health practitioners. We’ve run workshops about it, spoken about it at events and referenced it a lot in our social media posts. In case you’re unsure of what it is,

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: HOW TO RELAX THE BODY

‘To relax’. Many of us are told to do this countless times during our life. But how do we actually do it and what does it mean? Relaxing means to calm your mind and body. In today’s instalment of Wellness Wednesday, we’re going to be sharing some tips on how to physically relax. When we

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: CYCLING MORE POPULAR THAN EVER

Happy Monday everyone! If you are wanting to start your week off on the right foot, be sure to check out our weekly ‘Good News Monday’ blog posts where we share uplifting and positive news. Today we’re talking all about cycling. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown that has ensued as a result,

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WHAT IS POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder also referred to as PTSD is a form of anxiety that is caused by experiencing extremely stressful, scary or distressing events. Those who suffer from the disorder tend to relive these experiences through nightmares or flashbacks and sometimes have uncontrollable thoughts about the event. They may feel isolated, irritated and even guilty.

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION (PMR)

You may have heard of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, otherwise known as PMR. It’s often used to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, help with insomnia and even reduce symptoms of some kinds of chronic pain. It’s essentially a deep relaxation technique that works by tensing one muscle group at a time, then releasing that tension.

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: REUNITING WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY

It’s the start of another week, which means we’re bringing you another dose of good news! As of today, in England groups of up to six people are now permitted to meet outdoors in both public and private spaces – meaning you can meet people in your garden. After ten long weeks in lockdown, you

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WHAT IS GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER?

Did you know that in the UK, around one in ten of us are living with anxiety? That equates to over eight million people. Anxiety is a constant feeling of worry, fear or nervousness. It’s natural to feel these emotions at times – if, for example, you’re experiencing stress at work or significant life transitions.

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: ESTABLISH A GOOD SLEEP ROUTINE

Establishing a good sleep routine is essential for your health and wellness. Unfortunately, in this day and age, we are typically sleeping less as a species and our sleep quality has also decreased. Stressful days at work, excessive screen time and other factors can interfere with our natural patterns. So, why is sleep so good

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: SUNNY WEATHER ON THE WAY

It’s Monday so that means we’re bringing another dose of good news to you to start your week off on a positive note. If you live in the UK, the chances are you will have checked your weather app for the latest forecast, and the good news is that we’re going to be treated to

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WHAT IS BURNOUT AND HOW CAN YOU PREVENT IT?

Have you ever experienced constant, excessive stress – so much so that it leaves you feeling exhausted, helpless and disillusioned? You may be facing burnout. So what is it and why does it happen? You’re likely to experience burnout when you’re feeling overwhelmed, emotionally drained and that you just can’t meet constant demands. It’s a

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: EAT A BALANCED DIET

Today’s top tip for Wellness Wednesday is to ensure you are getting lots of nutrients through food and drink. What we put into our body has a huge effect on our health, both physical and mental, so it’s essential to have a healthy, balanced diet. So what exactly qualifies as a ‘healthy diet’? Essentially, it’s

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: SOCIAL WELLNESS

Coronavirus and the subsequent measures taken all across the world in an attempt to contain it, has meant that many of us haven’t been able to socialise or see loved ones in months. Whether you’re isolating by yourself, with your other half, or with family – the majority of us have other people outside of

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WHAT IS STRESS AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT US?

We all feel stress at some point or another. Whether you’re stressed about not hitting a work deadline, about your finances or relationships. Stress is essential for us as humans, and in fact, without it we wouldn’t have survived as a species. For example, cavemen needed to feel stressed to alert them to potential danger

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: ARE YOU DRINKING ENOUGH WATER?

Today brings our second instalment of ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ – that means we’re sharing another wellness tip here on our blog. Today’s tip is to drink plenty of water! Experts recommend you drink two litres or eight glasses a day. Did you know that staying hydrated can help to reduce symptoms of depression? Dehydration zaps your

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: LOCKDOWN EASED AND MENTAL HEALTH

Last night saw the highly anticipated coronavirus from Boris Johnson. Whilst lockdown is still a reality for the time-being, there has been one restriction eased that will help many people’s mental and physical health. That change is that we can now exercise outside more than just once a day, and we will even be able

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THE ‘D’ WORD: WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

The ‘D’ word. Depression. It’s a word we’ve all heard a lot, but what actually is it? According to WHO 322 million people across the globe suffer from depression, so if you are experiencing it you are not alone and there is no shame in it. So if you recognise the symptoms don’t hide it,

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INTRODUCING WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: GOING OUTSIDE

What is wellness? The Global Wellness Institute defines it as ‘the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health’. For us at Dalton Wise, wellness is a sense of overall wellbeing, body, mind and soul. Every Wednesday we will be sharing some wellness tips right here on our

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: CORONAVIRUS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Coronavirus. Covid19. Pandemic. Global Crisis. It’s something we can’t get away from – we hear about it every time we turn on the TV, the radio, scroll through social media. From worrying about catching the disease to feeling helpless and stir-crazy due to lockdown, it can all seem a bit doom and gloom and many

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MANAGING ANXIETY DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

The ongoing situation with the Covid-19 has meant that many people are suffering with increased anxiety. Our routines have been turned upside down, work has been put on hold for many, social events have come to a complete halt and we’re stuck in our homes for the forseable. All of this is enough to take

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ANXIETY: THE PHYSICAL EFFECTS AND HOW TO TACKLE THEM

Anxiety is part of life. Everyone will experience feelings of anxiousness at some point or another – whether that’s before an exam, starting a new job, moving house or public speaking – the list goes on. Anxiety in this form is completely normal. However, if your anxiety starts to get in the way of your

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