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Hello everyone

We are approaching the end of March, and I am glad that the clocks have sprung forward an hour. I will be honest, I have struggled this winter. It's been good to see the sun out during the past few weeks, although today we've had snow flutters and hail here in Berkshire!  It's been a busy month. I took some time away from work enjoying a holiday with Nick. I have to say it has done wonders to how I feel, and its boosted my motivation and positivity. So back to work now and looking forward to seeing some of you in April.

Know the symptoms of prostate cancer

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a large decline in the number of men going to see their GP with the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer.
According to Prostate Cancer UK, referrals have fallen by more than 52,000 in England since March 2020.

Prostate cancer can affect men of any age. However, there are certain groups that are at an increased risk of developing prostate cancer:

  • Men aged 50 or older
  • Men of African-Caribbean or African descent
  • Men who have a family history of prostate cancer
  • Men who are overweight
In the UK, one in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and that ratio increases to one in four men of Afro-Caribbean or African descent. There is also an increased risk for men who have a direct family history of breast cancer through their mother or sister.

Prostate cancer usually develops slowly and often symptoms do not appear until the prostate is large enough to affect the urethra. The most common symptoms of prostate include, but are not limited to:
  • Needing to urinate more frequently, especially during the night
  • Needing to rush to the toilet
  • Difficulty in starting or stopping urination
  • Straining or taking a long time while urinating
  • Weak flow
  • Feeling your bladder has not emptied fully
  • Blood in urine or blood in semen

Some of the above symptoms may be thought of as normal aspects of growing older. However, it is vital that people do not ignore them.
If anyone you speak to is describing these symptoms, or knows someone who is experiencing them, they should contact their GP as soon as possible.
For more information visit the NHS website, Macmillan Cancer Support website and Cancer Research UK website.
You can also call Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurse team for free and confidential support on 0800 074 8383.
Prostate Cancer UK has a 30-second online risk-checker to allow men to find out more about their risk and what they can do about it.

The 7 types of rest we need

When we feel tired or exhausted we often assume it’s due to lack of sleep and think that the answer to the problem is an early night, or increase the number of hours we sleep. But that might not be the case.

In fact, sleep and rest are not the same. But we commonly associate them as the same thing. Many of us believe that we've rested because we’ve had a good night's sleep, when in reality we could be missing out on other types of rest that our body and mind need.

By not having the right type of rest it can lead to burn out - a term that many of us are familiar with.

Studies have shown there are seven types of rest which we need in our lives:

1. Physical rest, which can be passive or active. Passive physical rest includes sleeping and napping, while active physical rest means restorative activities such as yoga, stretching and reflexology

2. Mental rest. Sometimes it’s hard to switch off. Mental rest can be achieved by meditation, doing an activity such as reading to distract our minds, or keeping a note book by our beds

3. Sensory rest. Bright lights, computer screens, background noise can cause our senses to feel overwhelmed. Try closing your eyes for a minute in the middle of the day, and take time away from screens and devices

4. Creative rest. This type of rest is especially important for anyone who must solve problems or brainstorm new ideas. Allow yourself time to enjoy nature and the outside world

5Emotional rest. Having the time and space to freely express your feelings and cut back on people pleasing. Acknowledging when you're not ok

6. Social rest. How many of us have packed diaries? And long for a day on the sofa? It's important to plan some downtime

7. Spiritual rest. The ability to connect beyond the physical and mental and feel a deep sense of belonging, love, acceptance, and purpose. This can be though meditation, religion, or by doing something to help others

Quality sleep, sound mind, happy world

This month saw us mark World Sleep Day. Sleep is a foundational pillar of health, and the quality of your sleep can impact not just your physical energy in the morning but your mental and emotional health too.

Many of my clients come to see me because they have trouble sleeping. Reflexology can really help you to relax and many of you say you sleep so much better after a treatment.

Here is a hand reflexology video for sleep which you can do on any friends or family who struggle with sleep.

Self-care mood boosters

It's a challenging time for so many people at the moment. If you are feeling anxious or worried, or a little out of sorts, listed above are 10 self-care mood boosting ideas, including reflexology! I still have a couple of appointments available in April and my diary is open for May too. Please get in touch if you'd like to book a treatment.

That's all for this month. Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter. If you haven’t seen my Facebook and Instagram pages please take a look and give it a like (if you do!)

Stay safe and well.

Love Andrea x  

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