How To Take Care Of Your Skin During The Cold Winter Season

The winter months can be a challenge in a lot of ways. The short days that lack sunlight are slightly depressing. Commuting during a snowstorm is also nerve wracking and stressful. And being inside a lot is boring.

Add to the fact that your skin usually suffers in the winter and you have a recipe for a long, long season to come. It’s dry and cold so your skin is usually irritated and sensitive which makes it hard to feel comfortable exactly when you need it most.

In this article, I will give you some winter skin care tips to keep you feeling good so you can tackle that season like it was nothing at all. 

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The Benefits of Postpartum Exercise

When you’ve had a baby, whether you’re a first time mum or a few years down your parenting journey, you might be keen reclaim your body back to its’ pre-pregnancy form. This can be especially true if you were very active before or during your pregnancy.

Exercise is beneficial for everyone, and in particular for new mums, and it’s not all about outside appearances. 

You’re likely to be carrying around a small bundle a lot now (who will only get heavier) so regular exercise helps to keep your muscles supple and prevent any aches and pains in your back and arms. Targeted exercise can also help to reduce any long term effects from the separation of the stomach muscles (diastasis recti), as can be a cause of back pain. The muscles from the abdominal area don’t usually snap back together after having a baby and the bulge that runs down in the middle of the stomach is one of the Symptoms of Diastasis Recti.

Exercise is excellent for helping your body to recover after birth, in particular if you’ve had surgery such as a caesarean section. It’s great for correcting posture issues and muscle imbalance, as well as a reset for your core and pelvic floor.

Exercise is also great for helping you to lose any extra pounds that you may have gained during your pregnancy in a sustainable and sensible way, rather than embarking on a crash diet. You’re more likely to keep the weight off doing it this way, plus extreme dieting is not recommended if you are breastfeeding.

Parenting requires a lot of stamina and strength, especially for multiple wake ups in the night and exercise is great for building this. Even though you may feel tired immediately after exercise, the long term impacts on your body will be very positive and it should improve the quality of sleep you get (even if it’s in small chunks!)

Just like in pregnancy, exercise can be a super boost for your mental health and can help minimise or prevent post-natal depression. This is all due to the endorphins in your brain, which jump to an increased level as you exercise..

There is no rush though and it can take a while for your body to adjust to your new life, so take things slowly.

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The early signs of dementia that everyone needs to know 

Vascular Dementia is a common type of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. It’s estimated to affect around 150,000 people in the UK, but for Dementia as a whole, this there are currently 850,000 people in the UK with the disease. 

Vascular dementia can affect anyone, anywhere, although, those over the age of 45 are most often diagnosed with disease.

With so many people in the UK with the disease, there are so many families who have to cope with their loved one’s health detreating. It’s a heart-breaking disease, but with research for the cure well underway, the best thing that can be done now is to continue raising awareness of the signs of Dementia and highlighting charities that are fundraising for the research into the cure. 

Vascular Dementia can affect people in different ways, and the underlying causes to the Dementia will vary too. Symptoms may develop over a long period of time, or they will develop suddenly, for example, after a stroke. 

Country Cousins have created the infographic below which highlights the eight symptoms of early Vascular Dementia that everyone should know about. 


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Lets talk about Men’s Sexual Health

Isn’t it crazy that in 2020 is still taboo to discuss sexual health, especially when it comes to man’s sexual health? There is so much secrecy and shame surrounding topics such as erectile disfunction, male low libido and even preventive care such as prostate examination. These are all very common things and they should be treated as such without the unnecessary heaviness that this conversation normally carries.

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Making Things Easier: How CBD Can Help Parents

Being a parent is not an easy job. In fact, some would say it is one of the hardest jobs there is, and most people would agree that parenting is one of the most important things you’ll do as a human being. All of this is to say that there is a lot of pressure on parents to be perfect and be great at all times, but achieving that isn’t easy. Stress, exhaustion, and other modern problems can impact how well we are able to keep up with our children and pay attention to their needs.

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Managing your family’s health this winter

Cosy woollen socks, toasty cuddles under a blanket and a mug of hot chocolate – winter is almost here, and we can’t wait to spend this season with our families. But as all parents know, winter also brings plenty of sniffles and coughs.

With the cold and flu season already underway, it’s time we look at other preventive measures to keep our family healthy, especially with so much overlap in the symptoms of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic. Here are a few tips and tricks to remember.

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