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6th Feb 2016 – International Zero Tolerance of FGM

As you may know, on ‘let’s talk!’ we raise awareness of the campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and tomorrow marks another important stage in the process to end FGM worldwide. The theme of this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance of FGM theme is around aiming to achieve global goals of eliminating FGM by 2030….

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Insomnia – How psychotherapeutic techniques can help.

Here at The Terrace we are lucky enough to have a group of therapists skilled at working with clients on specific issues. Today we are highlighting insomnia – an inability to sleep – that can affect any of us for brief periods (due to a short-term stressful situation for example). However, for some it can…

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Delight in the preciousness of every single moment

This is a marvellous quote from Pema Chodron, on Dr Bill Wooten’s blog, which beautifully sums up the principles of mindfulness. Of course, we are rarely, literally, facing tigers; but many of us have to deal with daily challenges that prevent us from taking time to look at the immediate beauty around us. So maybe…

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More poetry for mindfulness: Rainy days..

The weather in Britain in the past two months has been extraordinary. Talk of climate change was once more to the fore as we waited in vain for the crisp, cold days of winter. Instead of a white Christmas we had the warmest December on record, record rainfall and the consequent horrors of flooding, and…

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Switch off the email notifications, switch off the stress….

Do you ever switch off? REALLY switch off? Many of us take a break by going for a walk, chilling on the sofa with a box set of our favourite programme, or having a meal out with friends. But is it really relaxation if we take our phones with us and allow it to make…

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A Mindful New Year…..

Well we are a week into 2016, so we thought we would repost a great piece by our own mindfulness expert, Miranda Bevis. How many of us are still keeping to those new year’s resolutions? Should we even be trying – adding additional pressures to our already stressful days?  In days gone by, as the…

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More tips to help survive Christmas!

Well, we say ‘survive’ but really it is all a matter of planning, arranging and agreeing to a festive season that suits your needs whilst supporting other family members and friends who might also find Christmas a difficult time. December, for example, is a month in which many relationships struggle as the stress of organising…

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Coping with the stress of Christmas

This is the third Christmas on the ‘let’s talk!’ blog and here at The Terrace we like to share our hints and tips for coping with the stress and strain of the season. However one celebrates at this time of year, it is impossible to avoid the crush in the shops, the inflated prices and…

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Eradicating FGM – some good news

Here at The Terrace we have always supported the worldwide campaign to eradicate the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM, or female circumcision, involves the removal of the clitoris and the stitching shut of a girl’s genitals, and is done for non-medical reasons. The practise is illegal in the United Kingdom, but many young…

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Bullying – Top tips for parents and carers

November 16th marked the beginning of ‘Anti-bullying week’ and we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the information and support offered online. After all, bullying doesn’t just take place in the playground, or at work. Cyber-bullying has opened up a myriad new ways to exert power over the vulnerable, particularly over…

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5 Recipes for well-being – Healthy eating on our Pinterest board…

Have you tried Pinterest? It is like a digital scrapbook come corkboard, particularly useful for saving your favourite images or links in any number of categories. It can be incredibly addictive, as you have access to thousands (millions!) of pictures and links saved by other users and there is the inevitable temptation to spend hours browsing…

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On letting go, and being here…

“If you want to fly on the sky, you need to leave the earth. If you want to move forward, you need to let go the past that drags you down.” ― Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird Today we have been thinking about letting go – of people who can…

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Don’t waste it: Healthy Halloween pumpkin soup!

We are coming up to Halloween (the 31st is on Saturday this year, so more parties and trick or treating than usual we think!) and love it or loathe it (and many do hate it, especially those living alone who dread the knock on the door…) the one thing that is certain is that there…

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Competition time! Win a free massage with Sarah Sellick…

Our very first proper competition at The Terrace!! We are genuinely giving away a fabulous one hour massage with our new therapist Sarah Sellick. Sarah offers relaxation and remedial/deep tissue massage  here in Taunton and there is really no catch. Sarah has run a successful business offering both relaxing and sports massage and reflexology from her…

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Overnight Oats – a healthy breakfast for porridge haters!

We have all heard about the benefits of porridge. The oats are high in fibre, which fills you up, and the complex carbohydrates they contain are digested slowly, releasing energy in a way that keeps your blood sugar levels steady (unlike the simple carbs in sugary cereals for example, which give you a quick energy boost that dissipates swiftly, making…

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Action for Happiness – will it work? We have to try….

Two weeks ago we heard that the Dalai Lama has given his support to the Exploring What Matters course established by the Action for Happiness project, started in 2010  by Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan and Anthony Seldon. He is  AfH’s official Patron, endorsing its key beliefs: 1. We can each affect our happiness and the…

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Mindfulness in autumn – and a poem by May Sarton

We have written recently about how autumn can be seriously good for your soul, and indeed it can. However, for many it is a melancholy time, when thoughts of loss, or of letting go are to the fore. Some of the words we associate with autumn can feel sombre and muted – ‘fall’, ‘decay’, ‘mists’  –…

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Guest post: Words are tools of healing by Vivienne Tuffnell

Our thanks today to our guest blogger, writer and poet Vivienne Tuffnell, author of a number of wonderful novels, including Strangers and Pilgrims, The Bet and one of our favourites, Away With the Fairies, all dealing with the human condition in a mystical and spiritual way. Her short story collections are full of mystery, with supernatural elements…

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Well-being for students – University isn’t all party, party, party…

We have recently reposted our piece about ‘empty-nesting’ and the anxiety of parents as their children head off to University and college for the first time. This time of year can be tough for the whole family, and it is important for everyone to acknowledge the emotional and physical stress involved in this new phase…

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How autumn can be seriously good for your health…

We came a little late to this research, but as meteorological  autumn begins, and the nights start drawing in, we thought it was a good time to cast off any gloom at the imminent end of the British summer and highlight how wonderful autumn is, and how good it can be for your health. In…

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