Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning balance, the beach and ballooning.
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It’s a go, go, go world out there. Many people are feeling pushed to the limit, overworked, underpaid and definitely time poor. With the inventions of the mobile phone and internet, people have become available 24/7. Maybe it’s time to switch off and gain some balance. Large corporations are coming to terms with the fact that work-plays stress is not a figment of the imagination. But don’t wait for the big boss to introduce yoga into your workplace. Do something for yourself to ease the pressure. Spending time with love ones is too often cast aside in favor of work. Organize a family outing, good food, great company—it’s a recipe for relaxation. And studies have shown that if you take your time over a good lunch, throw in a bit of happiness, love and laughter you’ll actually absorb the nutrients in your food more efficiently. Don’t go for that burger on the run, take the time to sit and eat. When was the last time you had a vacation? Life can’t be all work and no play. Even a holiday at home with pets and family can help you de-stress. It’s been scientifically proven that petting and playing with the family pet lowers your blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attack. Nobody can force you to relax it’s all up to you. Take your life, add in some family fun and personal adventure. Give it a good shake and hopefully come out with a balance mix. Deep in the soul of every human being is the innate knowledge that the beach is place for respite, rejuvenation and inspiration. We holiday at the beach. We write odes to the beach. We dream of living at the beach. The healing power of this magical place is not just in our imaginations. Beach air is full of negative ions which have a very positive effect on your health. They help the body carry and use oxygen more efficiently making the beach the perfect haven for asthmatics. A dip in the sea will relieve aches, pains and tension as the magnesium in the water works its magic on your muscles. Ancient ayurvedic medicine suggests a fasting detox which includes ingesting copious amounts of seawater. Not something to try without your practitioner. But best of all just being at the beach can work wonders. Meditating as the sound of the waves washes over you—a chance to replenish, reconnect. Next time you're feeling a little under par perhaps you're in need of some beach therapy. Everyone has a list of things they’d most like to experience in life. Hot air ballooning is bound to be in most people’s top ten. Invented in the 1700s by two French brothers it wasn’t until the 1960s that ballooning became a recreational phenomenon. People wanted the chance to get away from it all, to see life at from a different angle. This has got to be the most enjoyable way to fly. Tuck to safe in your gondola, imagine the wind in your face as you float slowly over patchwork pastures and exciting city escapes. As the balloon has blessed and goes, the winds have welcomed you with softness. The sun has blessed you with warm hands you have flown so high and so well. Now that’s food for the soul. Working hours and overtime have increased alongside the incidence of stress-related disease, time to clock off.

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