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Anxiety is a common and natural emotion, characterised by feelings of unease, worry or apprehension. These can be triggered by various factors, ranging from significant life events to everyday actions. Anxiety is a response to our world around us, which can be helpful in providing motivation or keeping us safe from harm. Excessive anxiety can disrupt our lives, causing distress, overwhelm and avoidance.

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Massage can benefit you if you have fibromyalgia by easing pain and soothing the nervous system. It can also help ease the pain of tension type headaches as well as helping with stress, anxiety and depression. Massage aids relaxation helping you have a deeper and restful sleep which may help your cycle of sleep depravation. Research shows that massage can be helpful to enable people to cope with some of the symptoms.

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How's your breathing? Autumn can be the time of year where many of us are finding it a little more difficult to breath. A lingering chest infection, pain and discomfort from a chronic respiratory condition, stress or anxiety causing a shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. Posture can suffer while we are trying to huddle and stay warm, too much coughing may have left our muscles sore.

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Does everything you hear about sound stressful?  Sometimes this can just feel too overwhelming so here are ten ideas to incorporate into your days and give you a bit of a boost.

1/ Be active - exercise won't make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you're feeling,

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How are you managing working from home? It’s been a year now and many of us have had to adapt with living spaces becoming temporary offices, some well set up and others less than ideal. Lack of space, sharing working space with other household occupants or family members plus other challenges may have led to working on beds, sofas or having lap tops perched on chairs. Potentially feeling uncomfortable.

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A different type of treatment has emerged since massage therapists weren't able to work during lockdowns. Although we have now restarted many people are looking for self-care options for the relief of pain, stress and tension, so along with the multitude of on-line options available it’s now possible to experience the therapeutic benefits of self-massage from the comfort of you own home.

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Springtime and if you have a garden, allotment, patio or plants on your balcony suddenly there seems loads to do. Physically and emotionally it’s a fantastic boost and looking at the resulst can be really satisfying however it's easy to lose track of time and overdo the gardening and ouch you have wobbly legs and a stiff lower back. Take it slowly and carefully for pain free gardening