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Rekindling the Real

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The festivities are nearly upon us. Sparkling, enticing shop windows, enchanting light displays, rich colours everywhere and an air of excitement, anticipation and enthusiasm running freely through the population. It’s a time for reunion, for sharing and for enjoying the simple pleasures of human existence. A time of reflection, connection, and celebration; reminding us all, of the joyous aspects of togetherness, ready for the year to come. Often though, this isn’t always the reality.

“We’re living in a time of true disconnection. While technology seems to connect us more than ever, the screens around us disconnect us from nature, from ourselves, and from others. Wi-Fi alone isn’t enough to fulfil our social needs – we need face-to-face interaction to thrive. Technology should be enhancing our connection to others, not replacing it. Our inherent need for human connection doesn’t mean that every introvert must become a social butterfly. Having a human connection can look different for each person. And if you’re not sure where to start in finding meaningful connection that’s okay. Connecting with others is more important than you might think. Social connection can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and actually improve our immune systems. By neglecting our need to connect, we put our health at risk” (The importance of Human Connection, 2019, Canadian Mental Health Association).

Let’s make a conscious and determined effort this December to rekindle ‘lost’, ‘real’ relationships. A back-to-basics approach to community and interpersonal interactions. Reach out to an old friend you’ve lost touch with; return that DM with a phone call or even better, an in-person invite for a get-together; volunteer for a cause you care about; introduce yourself to your neighbours; ask someone to help when you need it; do a random act of kindness.

This Christmas seek out that opportunity to experience what truly means to be human – connect for life; connect for wellness and connect for a healthy and rewarding existence. Enjoy!



Tue 1 Mar 2022

You Will See The Doctor Now

Star of Social and Mainstream Media, Dr Nighat Arif

When we were brainstorming ground-breaking women to interview for this issue, I knew who was first on my list to approach. Meeting again over Zoom, I start by apologising for the fact that, when we met, I had no idea ‘who she was’ and thankfully, she laughed…  

Mon 2 May 2022

From Seeds to Squirrels

Richard Dawkins’ Flights of Fancy

This year’s instalment of KITE, the Oxford-based festival of music and ideas, will see British evolutionary biologist and prolific author Richard Dawkins take the stage. He will be discussing his latest book, Flights of Fancy, which explores all aspects of flight – human and animal.

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Mon 2 May 2022

Gen Z Frenzy

It’s Not Talking if You’re Laughing

I recently tweeted that I’ve had the kind of year where if you read it in a book, you’d be like ‘Okay, that’s a bit far-fetched.’ and when it got to the stage where my sister’s therapist asked if I was okay, it felt like it might be time to do something about it.  

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Mon 25 Apr 2022

Water safety advice is being issued by Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service over concerns about the number of people getting into difficulty in the county’s waterways and lakes.