Reading for pleasure to rewire our brains – Chatting to Dr Hilary Jones about reading as a health retreat for the brain

Apr 24 2019

I recently found a quote on a painting in Amsterdam that said ’Reading is not a pastime, it’s a way of life. It eases souls, and when you need it most, it’s a light in the dark’. This is exactly how I feel about reading for pleasure. I am a bookworm and I was curious to find out the long-term benefits of reading on our health when I was invited to a presentation by TV doctor Dr Hilary Jones about reading for pleasure as a health retreat for the brain at a recent health talk (over a luscious lunch at the Ivy Soho). Along with other experts Dr Hilary presented and discussed the latest research around reading, brain health and wellbeing. So what does reading hold for our health and wellbeing? 

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Me-time: Why parents shouldn’t feel guilty for taking time for themselves

Mar 18 2019

Me-time or no me-time? That is the question… Across the globe, there are 258 worldwide births per minute, resulting in a huge 516 individuals becoming parents for either the first time or expanding their family further every 60 seconds. Only parents know the true extent that having a child can have on your life, with time, energy and undivided attention required at all times. With no pre-written handbook to give answers to the meaning of newborn cries, how to handle the ‘terrible twos’ phase or even how to complete primary education homework, the journey through parenthood, whilst hugely rewarding, can also be exhausting. 

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Simple steps to prolong longevity after 40

Jan 22 2019
I am a bit obsessed with longevity because I lost my parents at a young age despite being healthy and sporty. I live every day as if it was my last. My motto is Carpe Diem (Latin expression for ‘Seize the moment’). I live a healthy life including a balanced diet and the right amount of sport (not too much, not too little) always in my quest to prolong longevity. I have never been on a diet because I take everything in moderation. But I take the longevity thing quite seriously and treat my body like a temple.

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