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Well-being Works

April 2018

Is it time to spring clean our well-being?

Since the clocks moved forward, some of us find the lighter mornings.
more encouraging to get up.
At last, there are signs of Spring. The trees are proudly wearing their blossom as though dressed ready for a special celebration.

The celebration is part of the wonder of nature. Tree blossom and flowers provide nectar to pollinators. Pollinators transfer pollen from one blossom to another, from the stamen to the stigma enabling pollination to take place. 
Many creatures are pollinators including bees, birds, bats, flower beetles and butterflies. The same thing happens with plants and flowers including wild flowers and those used by people for food and medicine.
Cross-pollination is said to help at least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of our wild plants to thrive.
"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito" Bette Reese
Most of us are aware of the pollution caused by plastic, especially since the programme Blue Planet. The world has a huge plastic problem. There are many ways to reduce the use of plastic.
In 2015 a 5p charge for thin supermarket bags was introduced and many supermarkets started to sell “bags for life”. Apparently, England's plastic bag usage dropped by 85% within just a few months of the 5p charge being introduced.
A well-known grocery chain has pledged to remove all disposable coffee cups from shops by autumn this year. The supermarket’s customers will still be able to claim a free drink if they bring a reusable cup. The grocery chain said the move would save more than 52million cups a year across the UK.
Other supermarkets have pledged to use recyclable packaging within the next 10 years.
Is there a throwaway clothing culture?
Increasingly it seems that some clothes are thrown away after very little wear and end up in landfills and unless made from natural fibres clothes can take many years to decompose. Whilst they are decomposing they release a toxic brew of air pollutants including carbon dioxide and methane.
So rather than throw them out we could “swop” clothes with friends or family, donate them to charity shops, make a headband from an old top, a dog’s blanket from an unwanted jersey, cleaning cloths from old tee shirts etc.
"I didn't train all that time just to come here and get it over with as fast as I can." John Bingham
One of the UK big events in April, is the London Marathon. This year’s London Marathon is on April 22nd.
The story goes that the London Marathon was created after the former Olympic champion Chris Brasher returned from running the 1979 New York Marathon with John Disley.
Brasher was so inspired by the sight of more than a million spectators and runners from different cultures united by this one challenge, he felt London had to have its own marathon.
On returning home, Brasher wrote an article for The Observer called The World’s Most Human Race. Brasher ended the article by “wondering whether London could stage such a festival?”
After many meetings with the relevant authorities who would be involved in organising a marathon, the first race was held In March 1981.
Since then, each year thousands of runners take part, running the 26-mile course cheered on by supporters along the way. Some run for personal achievement, some to raise money for their favourite charity; and many are wearing fancy dress.
“I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being.”. Abraham Lincoln
Recently the government assured us they are looking at making UK law specifically recognise animal sentience.
Animals can perceive or feel things and can therefore suffer. To achieve well-being, they need to be treated with compassion and respect by humans.

Animals need certain things to be healthy. The right diet, enough water and somewhere safe to call home.

They are affected by their surroundings just as we are.
“An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.” Martin Buber
Animals are taken in by sanctuaries and rescue centres for different reasons. Some animals may have been abandoned or rescued from situations of suffering and neglect, whilst others may be there simply because their owners who have loved them are too ill to look after them or have sadly passed away. For some animals this is their last chance.
There are many unsung heroes working away in the background whose main aim is to improve the physical and psychological well-being of our fellow animal creatures.
I was reminded of this just the other day whilst chatting to someone I had not met before. It turned out she rescued all sorts of reptiles including tortoises and lizards. She clearly loved them all.
Pets are for life
 “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” Winston Churchill
Pets come in all shapes and forms. Some are furry, some like to swim, some like to shed their skin periodically, some have wings and feathers, and others have beards and remind us of prehistoric creatures.                                                                                                               
Whatever their shape or nature we love them as part of our family.
Just like us there are times when they need a little extra support.
Part of my work includes working with animals.
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I provide a supportive, natural therapy referred to as animal healing which can be offered alongside conventional veterinary treatment.
This therapy helps animals in a wide range of physical, emotional and psychological conditions, promoting calm, peace and deep relaxation in a non-intrusive, gentle and yet powerful way.
Do you know someone whose pet would benefit?
Everyone deserves a sense of well-being.
Contact me below to find out more.
Remember, "Laughter is an instant vacation" - Milton Berle
Have a great month everyone.

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