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Into (and back out of) The Woods

Into (and back out of) The Woods

How will you shape your landscape? Take a moment to imagine a lush, green meadow, stretching off into the distance on a bright sunny day. There are a few other animals, but they tend not to bother us if they are the cute and fluffy variety. This is a good analogy for the mind and positive mental health. Though, life ...

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The Community Cure – Arran Holcombe

The Community Cure – Arran Holcombe

Have you noticed the 'you' in community? Community: what does it mean? Etymologically, the word community comes from the Latin communis, which is translated literally as common. Broken up, this word contains co (together) and mun-i (change, exchange) and links with the Latin word munia (duties). In the modern ...

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The Road Map Ahead – Arran Holcombe

The Road Map Ahead – Arran Holcombe

Have you booked your own MOT*? On April 12th, the government proceeded with stage 2 of lifting of restrictions in England. There’s a bright light ahead and perhaps for once, we yearn to step into it. Though, cautiously we must tread, for the road ahead is uncertain. How best to prepare for the road map ahead? ...

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What do we bring into the world? – Arran Holcombe

What do we bring into the world? – Arran Holcombe

What’s healthy for both us and the planet? I remember the patter of tiny feet; the initial excitement and anticipation associated with expecting a child. I remember the plate of pancakes presented to me at the table for breakfast reading, ‘I’m pregnant’. I remember telling our parents, siblings and then friends ...

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You’ve Got The Green Light – Arran Holcombe

You’ve Got The Green Light – Arran Holcombe

What’s healthy for both us and the planet? Going green is not a new idea. Beatrix Potter famously campaigned for local conservation issues in the Lake District, and eventually left over 4000 acres of land to the National Trust when she died. In the 1960s, Rachel Carson wrote, ‘Silent Spring’ that discussed ...

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Love Long & Prosper – Arran Holcombe

Love Long & Prosper – Arran Holcombe

Understanding the science of love Love wins, for one reason above all: it lies within the very heart of us. Broken heart syndrome was first recognised by Japanese researchers more than 20 years ago and has gained more attention in Western countries in the past 10 years. Whether it be a deep, interpersonal ...

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Breathing or Exercise? Confused? Do read on . . .

Breathing or Exercise? Confused? Do read on . . .

On one of my walking routes, I noticed an advertisement outside River Bourne Health Club in Chertsey. It said: Are you looking to stay fit as you age, lose weight, and tone up? The ad clearly indicated that as you get older, your fitness will decrease, you will gain weight and your body will lose tone. As apt as ...

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A Walk In Progress – Arran Holcombe

A Walk In Progress – Arran Holcombe

A healthy, yet smart walkthrough for the year ahead… Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. The NHS have good reason to promote this often-overlooked form of exercise. Walking improves risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, ...

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Feeling Great – Slimming in 2021

Feeling Great – Slimming in 2021

I only found Slimming World literally when I googled it. I found out where my closest one was - just a 10-minute walk from my house. Two days later I just walked through the door. I took a big deep breath, opened the door and went in. I had done it before, back on the old plan when it was very confusing, but I wasn’t ...

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Time For (Healthy) Change – Arran Holcombe

Time For (Healthy) Change – Arran Holcombe

“Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind” This frame of mind leads some people to begin Christmas preparations as early as January. Personally, as a busy full-time teacher, I frequented that mad dash at the start of the Christmas holidays to buy presents. Fortunately, my wife has “taken the reigns” from ...

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