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Here’s how to tell if your therapist is a good fit for you

Here’s how to tell if your therapist is a good fit for you

So, you’ve started therapy – congratulations! That's a huge step towards self-care and improving your mental wellness. But here’s a question that might be on your mind: ‘Is my therapist the right one for me?’ Finding the right therapist can be hard - but it’s crucial, because so much of your progress depends on your relationship with your therapist. If you’re struggling to understand if you’re with the right therapist, here are a few questions to ask yourself to figure…

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07 Feb 2024

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What is Therapy? What You Need to Know Before You Start

What is Therapy? What You Need to Know Before You Start

While the conversation around therapy has definitely exploded over the last few years, there is not enough  So let’s break down the basics: What is Therapy? Therapy is an umbrella term for a number of medical treatment approaches that help manage emotional distress. It’s also often called ‘talk therapy’ or psychotherapy. It not only helps reduce the symptoms - such as anger, stress or sadness - but can also help identify root causes of people’s behavior. This, in turn, can…

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06 Feb 2024

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How old is your body, really? How to improve BMR and metabolic age

How old is your body, really? How to improve BMR and metabolic age

Last month, I tried one of those fancy weighing machines at my friend’s house - which measure much more than just your weight - and was shocked to discover the reading - the machine told me my ‘metabolic age’ was over 40, when I was just in my early thirties! (Compare this to my friend - whose metabolic age turned out to be in her late twenties, despite being the same age as me.) Now, I've been hearing the term…

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05 Feb 2024

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Feeling unhappy? It might be connected to your wandering mind

Feeling unhappy? It might be connected to your wandering mind

Ever started day-dreaming in the middle of a meeting? Or found yourself lying awake in the middle of the night thinking about all the chances you didn’t take? Well, you’re not alone.  Mind-wandering - or the process of having thoughts that’s not immediately related to your current task or environment - is a universally human experience. In fact, humans might be the only species who actually does this: spend a lot of time contemplating past or future events or even…

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02 Feb 2024

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Feeling Good After Exercising? Our Brain on Endorphins

Feeling Good After Exercising? Our Brain on Endorphins

The third of our How to Feel Good series. Check out the other parts of the series here: dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin. Ever wondered what actually happens in your body when you stub your toe? Or accidentally cut yourself? Or when you’re feeling particularly stressed after a long day? Your body is releasing endorphins - its natural painkiller. Endorphins refer to a group of hormones your body releases to prevent pain, whether emotional or physical. They’re also released by the…

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01 Feb 2024

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Fats: Everything You Need to Know in One Place

Fats: Everything You Need to Know in One Place

Welcome to our Foundations of Food series – where you can get comprehensive, beginner-friendly guides to the foundations of nutrition, to help you make better, more informed choices about your health. Fats have often been considered the enemy of a healthy diet. But like carbs, they're often misunderstood. Not all fats are bad for you. In fact, healthy fats are an essential component of a well-balanced diet. In this comprehensive guide, the second of our Foundations of Food series, we will unpack…

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01 Feb 2024

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Carbs: Everything You Need to Know In One Place

Carbs: Everything You Need to Know In One Place

Welcome to our Foundations of Food series - where you can get comprehensive, beginner-friendly guides to the foundations of nutrition, to help you make better, more informed choices about your health. Carbs, or carbohydrates, are often the subject of debate in the world of nutrition - ranging from being called ‘essential’ to your diet to being labeled as ‘harmful’. There’s so much information out there to sift through that it often becomes hard to know what to believe. In this…

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17 Jan 2024

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Five Foods to Help You With Your Period Pain (and Four to Avoid)

Five Foods to Help You With Your Period Pain (and Four to Avoid)

Period pain, also known as menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea, are cramps and pelvic pain that you may experience during menstruation. This happens because every month, the lining that has built up within the uterus is shed - unless you’re pregnant - and the muscles of the womb contract and relax in an irregular rhythm to do so. Prostaglandins, chemicals that induce uterine muscle contractions, are the primary cause of period pain. Estrogen, one of the primary reproductive hormones in women,…

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17 Jan 2024

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Five easy mental tricks to build an exercise habit in 2024

Five easy mental tricks to build an exercise habit in 2024

It’s that time of the year again. The time we all make ‘new year, new me’ resolutions about getting fitter, eating healthier and leading a more balanced life. The problem is, many of us find it difficult to sustain the habit and most new year resolutions are dropped by March. Even if you’re already on the fitness wagon, it can be difficult to regain the motivation to start your routine after a few relaxed weeks of end-of-year festivities. We spoke to some…

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28 Dec 2023

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Managing Holiday Weight Gain: Myths v/s Realities

Managing Holiday Weight Gain: Myths v/s Realities

December marks the height of the holiday season - with Christmas, end-of-year celebrations, weddings and general festive spirit. But it also brings in a challenge familiar to those of us who are trying to manage weight gain or stick to consistent nutrition routines: holiday weight gain. If you’re finding it difficult to keep on track of your health and fitness goals this time of year, you’re not alone. Is holiday weight gain real? Unfortunately, yes. Research has shown that most…

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22 Dec 2023

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Crack the Code: Understanding Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

Crack the Code: Understanding Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load

Have you ever felt tired and hungry after a meal, even though you ate a lot of food? Or have you experienced a sudden spike in your energy level followed by a crash? If so, it may be related to the glycemic index and glycemic load of the food you ate. In this blog, we will discuss the glycemic index and glycemic load, how they affect our bodies, and how we can use this information to make better food choices.…

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19 Aug 2023

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From Bacteria with Love: The Benefits of Mindful Eating for Gut Health

From Bacteria with Love: The Benefits of Mindful Eating for Gut Health

Are you ready to discover how mindful eating can make your gut bacteria do the happy dance and transform you into the superhero of your own health story? When it comes to maintaining a healthy gut, what you eat is just as important as how you eat it. Mindful eating, the practice of paying attention to your food and how it affects your body, can have a positive impact on your gut health. According to a study, mindful eating can…

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19 Aug 2023

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