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Society, media, pressure and aspiration 19/11/2014

With the western culture we are living in today, there is a
particular pressure in the physique we carry. Why is it that the mannequins in
shops are a size 6, when the UK average size is 14?. What we perceive as beauty
can sometimes be poisoned by society and the media, to live up to a certain
standard that can be so harmful to our health and wellbeing. From such a young
age it is represented that image is so important, but is it really so important
to obsess over? Sickness is inflicted and there is too much injustice within
our minds over pressure. We should be inspired to free ourselves from the trap
of unrealistic expectations of the self that have no beneficial outcome.

As stated, he average UK size is 14, yet any model above
size 8 is a ‘plus size’. It should be promoted that all bodies are beautiful,
and everyone is at the same value. The good news is, there are certain role
models that are placed in a ‘plus size’ category and are proud and beautiful. There
is absoloutely no shame in these people and this should be a more common
occurrence. Myla Dalbesio, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton are all very
slender women who are classed as plus size because of their curves, however,
they own those curves, and they are extremely proud women. Barbra Brickner is a
beautiful plus size model of 10 years now, and is now involved in country music
performance. Its great that the focus is on her skills and she is respected for
her talent, as should we all be.

 Health wins over any desperation,
because no matter what size you are, be proud, own it and live up to your

Words by Zofia Mannings

Food vs Peace 19/11/2014

The illusion that we can manage life situations by
controlling our weight is taking its toll on too many sufferers. It’s a
slippery slope with the temptation to comfort ourselves with the habits of neglecting
nourishment from ourselves, starving, binge eating and purging out of guilt and
shame, how do you break the cycle? Mini targets and a realistic meal plan are a
good start, remembering what you truly find inspiring for happiness is also a
good one.. Finding support is always incredibly beneficial, whether it is a
support group or a phone call  (for
example, with the Eating disorders helpline 01494 793223 any day, any time or
B-EAT 0845 634 1414). 

It is recorded that 1.6 million people in the UK are
affected by an eating disorder (b-eat 2014) and the mortality rate is the
highest of all mental illness at a devastating 40%. The recovery side of it is
challenging, and all the support available is necessary, which is why S.E.E.D.
and Breathe Therapies are proud to cover all of Lancashire, with both online
support, drop in and of course, a treatment service is available. There are
many little ‘keys’ to the success of recovery, to name a few, hope, faith and
trust- in both yourself and the process of recovery. 

Written by Zofia Mannings

Self-Acceptance.. where do I start? 19/11/2014

1) Intention: I intend to accept myself, I want to,
and I want to love myself.

2) Surrounding ourselves with people we love and
care about, and who show support. A good support system is a magical tool. 

3) Celebrate your strengths, and look at yourself
from the eyes of a loved one. Forgive yourself; no matter what, give yourself
peace and trust, because it is not fair to hold a grudge on yourself and cause

4) What are your strengths? Celebrate them!

5) Do a good
deed, it is rewarding! And create goals that are realistic. 

6) Be kind to yourself, whether you think that is
selfish or not it is still a god thing; when you show up for yourself, you can
show up for the world. 

7) The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable
with yourself” – Mark Twain 

Written by Zofia Mannings

Yoga Practice fighting the war against the body- Eating disorder recovery. 6/11/2014

It is common for eating disorder sufferers to struggle getting the most they can from yoga because it can be seen as a calorie-burning workout to help the body lose weight. However, yoga is a workout for the mind too, giving it the flexability to relax, and learn about the person as a whole: body, mind and spirit. Yoga is not just fantastic exercise that relieves mind and body stress, but also aids arthritis and oseoperosis too. With the practice of yoga, the body reaches new levels of flexibility, relaxation and sometimes, a little sweat. We can always have a stretch out whenever, but when is it we really feel our bodies from the inside out and appreciate ourselves as a whole unit rather than a single project? There is an opportunity to free yourself, to let go of the world for the time you are practicing yoga or yogalates, no contact to the outside world to bring you tension, just yourself as a whole within a new environment that you are creating in the existance of peace and recovery.

8 of the benefits from yoga:

-peaceful mind set and relaxation: pushing the emotional toxins out and taking yourself to a mentally safe place, yoga and yogalates also reduce anxiety levels.

-a good stretch, and improved circulation: many yoga combinations are stretch-based, helping the blood flow softly through the body

-a safe and complex form of exercise that's suitable for all: it's a holistic form of exercise, that is not too strenuous, suitable for all fitness levels

-ideal for weight management: benefits mental state to calmness, helping you prevent any rash desicions and keeping ease from stress related dieting and eating

-fantastic breathing practice: yoga and yogalates encourages regulated and mindful breathing, bringing elegance to your current state

-protects cartillage and joints: bringing muscles strength without stress or too much preassure

-boosts immune system: researchers say yoga and yogalates improve immune system and overall health. Gene expressions alter to benefit immune system

-sleep better:
researchers from Harvard found that daily yoga practice gave a massive contribution in the cure of insomnia. The breathing exercises and generic mentality in yoga allow the mind to slow down, yoga practiced twice weekly even helped cancer sufferers to to feel less fatigued and sleep better.

Written by Zofia Mannings


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