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Simple '4-7-8' breathing trick can induce sleep in 60 seconds

A deep breathing trick can make insomniacs drop off to sleep in under one minute, a health expert has claimed.<p>The method involves making a loud whooshing noise with the mouth then holding the breath in stages.<p>Called the ‘4-7-8’ method, it has been pioneered by the US sleep expert Dr Andrew Weil who …

House prices fall but property market is picking up, claims Halifax.

Rising wages, increasing spending power and a stamp duty tax cut are boosting demand from homebuyers, Halifax claimed, as it reported house prices …

Will you get the full state pension? Some 6.1m people could miss out

Some 6.1million people aged 40-65 could miss out on getting the full state pension because they haven't paid contributions for enough years, …

Martin Lewis: 10 steps to save £1,000s on your mortgage

In 20 years’ time, people may look back and say this was the best time ever in history to remortgage. Two huge opposing forces herald this potentially momentous mortgage moment.<p>On one hand mortgage rates have plummeted to all-time lows due to fears about the world economy and deflation. Yet 2015 is …

Out of the pension pot and into … ? It’s time to rethink your retirement

With only weeks to go before the pension freedom day, peer-to-peer loans and equity release are now serious options<p>We need to start radically rethinking how we are going to obtain an income in retirement. In just five weeks, anyone over 55 can draw down the cash in their pension pot and spend it …

25 Signs You're Succeeding At Life (Even If It Doesn't Feel Like It)

<i>This post is just the tip of the iceberg! For even more of Shannon Kaiser's wisdom, be sure to check out her newest class, Get Unstuck: How To Find</i> …

Insecurity

How To Do Great Things: A Self-Care Checklist

If you're a driven, passionate person who wants to do great things, you probably have a tendency to overload yourself with endless meetings, …

Productivity

A simple remedy for relationship anxiety

The concept of dating, relationships, marriage—even divorce—can evoke feelings of anxiety in many. This is a natural component of relationships with …

10 Small, Unexpected Things That Will Make You Happier

Who would have thought that reading your old diary entries and listening to sad songs would make you happier?<p>We never get tired of thinking about happiness, do we? Life is so much nicer when you’re able to couple it with joy and gratitude.<p>We’ve published posts before about simple ways to be happy …

How to invest a £100,000 pension

The perfect home for your money is a mix of assets. We explain the most popular options<p>If you have built a sizeable pension pot over your working life, it could be yours to do with exactly as you want in a matter of weeks.<p>Cautious savers may be tempted to buy an annuity to guarantee an income for …

Finance

9 Great Yoga YouTube Channels

Interested in yoga but don't want to pay for an expensive class or be seen flopping around on your mat like a fish out of water?<p>YouTube has tons of yoga channels that are great for yoga enthusiasts who prefer to salute the sun from their own backyards.<p>Of course, not all yoga channels are created …

Yoga

The Only 2 Questions You Need To Ask To Find A Job You Love

Can you really love what you do?<p>Oh my gosh, yes. Yes, yes, yes. I watched my father be a successful engineer and salesman at an intractable cost to …

What happens to your body when you give up sugar?

In neuroscience, food is something we call a “natural reward.” In order for us to survive as a species, things like eating, having sex and nurturing …

Motorists could recoup 'millions' on illegal parking fines

Motorists could be in line for payments of “tens of millions of pounds” for unfair parking fines of more than £100 a time, according to the RAC Foundation.<p>John de Waal QC, a barrister, has prepared a report for the motoring organisation arguing that private parking companies are levying huge …

Tariq Ali: ‘Renationalise the railways. Cut military spending. Argue with whoever says it can’t be done’

A leading figure of the British left since the 60s, Tariq Ali despairs of Westminster and the ‘extreme centre’ that dominates politics today. His solution? It’s not to trust Ed Miliband – it’s to follow the principles laid out by his father<p>Tariq Ali is recalling a party for the late Tony Benn on …

Here’s How Meditation Boosts Your Health Beyond The Brain

A new study clues us into how meditation can improve our physical health.<p>One of the most interesting things about mindfulness meditation is how its benefits seep beyond our brains and into our bodies. So not only does it help decrease stress and improve focus, but it can have an impact on your …

The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living

Confession time: I’m a cheapskate. Some would say frugal, which sounds much more positive, but in reality I can be a real cheapskate.<p><b>I am fairly</b> …

How To Use Restorative Yoga To Boost Your Confidence

Many of us have experienced the feeling of not being good enough, whether it's all encompassing or brought on by certain stress-inducing situations. …

Yoga

10 Signs You Have An Unhealthy Gut + How To Heal It

In functional medicine, we believe that every system in the body is connected. Your digestive and hormonal systems, for example, aren't independent …

What Hangovers Do To Your Body And Brain

Perhaps your head is throbbing, your mouth is dry, and you are craving salt and sugar but aren't certain you can stomach any food. Even worse, if you have to get any work done, your mind is foggy and it's hard to focus.<p>We get it.<p>But what is it about veisalgia — the medical term for a hangover, …

Japanese MSers accumulate less disability

Piccolo L, Kumar G, Nakashima I, Misu T, Kong Y, Wakerley B, Ryan S, Cavey A, Fujihara K, Palace J. Multiple sclerosis in Japan appears to be a …

Natural Beauty: Hair Care

Natural hair care is something that lots of you have been asking about so I thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks with you today. The best …

Hypermobility vs Flexibility: Do You Know the Difference?

<i>by Jenni Rawlings</i><p>When most people think of flexibility, they picture someone like a dancer, a gymnast, or a yogi – someone who can easily move their …

Fight Off A Cold With These 7 Simple Tips

Photographed by Heather Talbert.<p><i>From her laid-back, effortless style to a fresh, ahead-of-the-trend beauty aesthetic, Lauren Conrad is a girl after</i> …

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It …

Drug Addiction

Social Media Time-Saving Tips

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>There are days when I spend loads of enjoyable time writing new blog posts, creating images to share, and checking analytics, and then when I’m just nearly ready to close the laptop and sign off, I remember: I need to schedule social media posts for …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Pensions: the 10-point action plan to take advantage of the new rules

You don’t have to be on the point of retirement to be thinking about how you will survive once you stop work<p>Next April will see the biggest, and most popular, reform to pensions in more than a generation. Any requirement to buy an annuity – much hated because of the poor payouts they offer – will …

10 Daily Rituals That Will Revitalize Your Life

Changing your daily routine can be a great way to initiate long-term change in your life. Although it takes conscious effort at first, if you …

Consciousness