Many people are confused by the term “summer solstice”, but actually all it means is the longest day of the year, and it occurs on either June 20th, 21st, or 22nd each year. This year it is/was (depending upon when you are reading this) June 21st when the UK has 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. Yes, the sun rises at 4.52am and sets at 9.26pm.
Geographically speaking, the summer solstice is the point at which the earth’s axis is at its’ maximum inclination towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer. It is the point at which the sun’s path stops moving northward in the sky and begins to return the other way resulting in the days becoming shorter as we progress towards the winter solstice, which this year is on Monday December 21st. Then we have just 7 hours and 50 minutes of daylight.
At Acubody, we have years of experience in the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, together with massage treatments, in order to relieve pain, resolve stress and anxiety, cure problems associated with posture and more. Using this combination of techniques, we can create a programme of rehabilitation for most issues.
One of the things that we recommend to people who are interested is yoga. Although I am not a qualified yoga teacher, and therefore do not teach it, yoga is something that I practice myself for several reasons. It is a practice that stems from ancient India, and it helps the body to become more flexible while at the same time strengthening the muscles and tendons. It helps to focus the mind and improve awareness of the body, and it also releases stress.
Men’s Health Week this year runs from June 14th to June 21st and includes the CAN DO Challenge on the Monday through to the Friday, there being five ways to wellbeing and the five days of the week.
Everyone’s mental health has been challenged by the pandemic and the resultant lockdowns, and although it is hoped that the worst of it is over, there is still cause for concern. There is a wide gap between the high number of men who die from suicide and those who look for treatment for anxiety and depression. There has also been a large rise in youth unemployment and young men at school and university have been hit with home-schooling.
We all know that nutrition is important for our bodies. Eating junk food does us no good, and is linked to obesity, depression, digestive issues, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and early death. It can also lead to loss of memory and learning problems, and inadequate growth and development of children.
Equally, eating the right foods and drinking alcohol in moderation also improve our overall health, and this is why we now have Nutrition and Hydration Week each year, in 2021 taking place from June 14th to June 20th.