Try a news fast, cranberry pistachio energy bites and exercises for your neck
Ka Hang Leoungk | pointspace

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Have you noticed that magazines and newspapers in August seem to be a little less substantial than other months? If there was ever a predictable time for footage of a skateboarding hamster on the evening news, August would probably be it. Use this as a good time to try having a news fast.


Need a news fast?

A news fast means opting out of watching the news on TV, listening to it on the radio, reading newspapers or following it on the internet. You can do this for a few days or even a week at a time. The idea is that taking periodic breaks can help promote mental wellbeing, calm the mind and help minimise the anxiety and overstimulation to allow your body to function better.

A number of studies have shown that images and reports of disasters, death and violence can promote undesirable changes in mood and possibly contribute to feelings of anxiety, sadness and depression. In a busy society where stress can affect us both physically and mentally I think it’s important to not overload our consciousness unnecessarily.
I find TV is the worst offender – the advent of 24 hour news broadcast often means they have to repeat the same shocking headlines over and over again while they wait for more details to come through. Add to that images are often shown on a loop and you may find yourself committing a lot more memory to a particular news report than you should.
I’m not advocating you live in a news black hole, being aware of the world around us is an important part of our being and culture. I am saying it’s time to take a break from the constant news feed of the 21st century.
Summer is a particularly good time to try a news fast because for whatever reasons, things seem to slow down during this time period. Pretend you’re on holiday and all newspapers are in a foreign language.
After a few days of not reading the news, consider living a “news fast lite” lifestyle which is what I personally have been doing for the last few years:
  • Read the headlines in a newspaper but not the article itself thus avoiding disturbing details, unless it is about something that interests you.
  • If you want to learn more about something, seek out in depth analyses from long journal articles.
  • Avoid the news on TV especially any channels dedicated to just news, the home of the 24-hour loop.
By doing this you should feel less anxious, less angry, less fearful – a wholly different state of mind. You will realise that, like resisting the urge to check your emails at midnight, you have a choice and the power to decide how much material you want to let in.
Try it and let me know what you think.

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Stress, in large doses, can wear the body and speed up the clock on ageing

Stress is one of the top three reasons people come to my practice for. It affects their sleep, their moods, their energy levels, their digestion. It can drain the fun out of everyday and leave you possibly overwhelmed. Stress doesn’t just wear you down mentally though, it can change your body and your face. Read more  he re.

Cranberry pistachio energy bites

Here’s an easy recipe for a healthy and tasty cranberry pistachio snack, and best of all it doesn’t involve baking. Perfect for that 3pm slump.

Ease a tired, weak, or sore neck with these simple stretches

Our necks do so much for us and yet it’s really easy to neglect and forget it until we feel discomfort. While it’s important to try to avoid a build-up of tension (physical or mental) strengthening and stretching your neck is also a nice proactive way to minimise the tightness and soreness. Try th ese exercises.

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If you have been kind enough to refer someone to me – I want to say a big THANK YOU. That is the highest compliment and it’s warmly appreciated every time.

Other news: Second practice location soon on King's Road; no appointments 8-11 August 2013

Due to popular demand I will soon be offering acupuncture treatments on King's Road, Chelsea. Every Tuesday, starting in September 2013, I will be at at Neal’s Yard Remedies on King’s Road SW3 4TR. For all other days or evening appointments, you can still see me at The Hale Clinic near Regent’s Park. Please contact me for further details.

I will be away on a course so there will be no appointment availability from Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th August, 2013. Please call The Hale Clinic 020 7631 0156 to book your appointment.


And finally...

I hope you’ve all been enjoying the lovely hot summer and soaking up the vitamin D. Take it all in - summertime is a time of colour and surprise which builds the foundation for the rest of the year. If you’re thinking about having a detox, now is the time to do it when the sun is high. I’ve rediscovered basketball, shooting hoops is a great way to get fit and enjoy the sunshine. Whatever you do, remember to stay hydrated and have a lovely August.

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Be safe.

Ka Hang



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