To save both cash and time you can set up a retreat for yourself – and maybe a friend or two – and enjoy a relaxed time of self-nurturing without leaving home. Let’s talk about how to relax and relieve stress with your very own home retreat. Realistically, a half-day or day of dedicated downtime is a good way to start with your first retreat. Talk the idea over with a few like-minded friends and make sure you’re all looking to achieve the same thing. Preparing Your Retreat Pre-planning makes all the difference to the success of your retreat, and this is true even if you’re starting with just a couple of hours on your own. Your experience will be more satisfying if it’s well-organised so that you can move easily through the time without having to stop and think about what’s next. Organise food and drink and supplies such as journaling materials, pens, paper, crayons, paints. A Simple Meditation Retreat Are you longing for peace and quiet, a chance to reflect and contemplate? We brought our own lunches and ate together in companionable silence, then enjoyed a walking meditation outdoors for 30 minutes, before ending our silence over tea and setting out for home, feeling calm and relaxed. Whether you love writing, painting, sculpting or any other activity, you can make your passion the focus of a retreat.
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a type of eye drop which could potentially revolutionise the treatment of one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK.
The results of the collaborative research, published in Investigative Opthamology and Visual Science, could spell the end of painful injections directly into the eye to treat the increasingly common eye disorder known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
AMD affects more than 600,000 people in the UK and predictions suggest this figure could rise sharply in future because of an ageing population.
A painless condition which causes people to gradually lose their central vision, usually in both eyes, AMD is currently treated by repeated injections into the eye on a monthly basis over at least three years.
This is a problem because, apart from being an unpleasant procedure for patients to undergo, the injections can cause tearing and infections…