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Learning to live and work with a disability

For those who have recently been diagnosed with a disability, it can be a minefield learning how to cope with everyday tasks, never mind the worries of going back to work. But as long as you’re willing to put in the effort and do the research, it’s more than possible to carry on working and...

Ed Barker

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All the latest health and wellbeing information and advice from the experts.

Seasonal Flowers to Boost Morale and Mental Wellbeing

Authored by Laura Bolick

There is no doubt that this year has been harder than most, full of uncertainty, anxiety and tricky times. Today, more than ever we need to be with people we care about and yet that is the very thing that we are not allowed to do. Social connection is vital for mental and physical health and if there is anything this pandemic has taught us, is it that we need to find new ways to regain this...

New research suggests that waterside breaks could help ease the pain of 2020 

Find wellness by the water to beat Covid blues

Authored by Lifestyle Editor

The Covid pandemic has highlighted the importance of staying healthy in both mind and body and new research from industry body Discover Ferries, suggests that waterside breaks could help ease the pain of 2020.

Key findings show over three quarters (77%) of people agree they find spending time by the water relaxing and two thirds (66%) of the public feel like they have been on holiday...

Back pain is common and can often be alleviated

Tips on how to take care of your back

Authored by Ed Barker

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy states that “most people worldwide will experience back pain during their lifetime”1 and according to the NHS, is the largest single cause of disability in the UK2.

Back pain is common, and can often be alleviated, prevented or even cured by implementing a few simple measures.

We spoke to a range of expert physiotherapists,...

Most people will benefit from lowering their total cholesterol levels

How to lower your cholesterol and why it is so important to do so

Authored by Lifestyle Editor

Cheryl Lythgoe, Matron at Benenden Health, discusses the difference between good and bad cholesterol and shares her tips for reducing cholesterol levels.

Ahead of Heart UK’s National Cholesterol Month (October 2020), it’s important to know what cholesterol is and what it means for your health.

Your body naturally produces cholesterol and it is also found in certain foods....

59% of the UK are Googling their health symptoms before consulting a doctor

59% of Brits are using Google to self-diagnosing themselves during coronavirus pandemic

Authored by Lifestyle Editor

Lenstore has conducted a survey of over 1,000 people to find out what the UK’s habits are when it comes to Googling their health symptoms. Looking at how often we search our health symptoms, why we self-diagnose, the actions we take as a result, and how much we worry about our health, Lenstore has uncovered the UK’s hypochondriac habits. You can view the full graphic here: https://www....

Research reveals that golf remains a dangerous sport!

New research reveals golf is more dangerous than rugby

Authored by James Carter

While professional sports players often sustain injuries, sports can be just as dangerous for those of us who play it for fun. Played as a pastime for many, the potential damage these sports can cause is often overlooked.

So which is the MOST dangerous sport to play in the UK?

GolfSupport set to find out! Following their 2018 analysis of the official National Health...

The new initiative entitled Hike From Home, inspires everyone to explore new, local walks from their doorstep

New initiative launched to inspire mental health amid pandemic

Authored by James Carter

Merrell has launched a brand new campaign in aid of Mind , the mental health charity, that encourages and inspires people to get outside and explore their local area to support their mental health during a difficult year. The initiative follows a survey by Mind of more than 16,000 people during lockdown* which revealed the scale of the impact of the pandemic on people with mental health...

 Back care Awareness Week is from 5th-9th October

10 simple steps on how to alleviate back pain

Authored by James Carter

In the lead up to Back care Awareness Week (5th-9th October), Feel Good Contacts has collaborated with Personal Trainer, Badrul Islam to offer advice on how to alleviate neck, shoulder and back pain (aka posture pandemic) caused by working from home.

Sitting at our desk, dining table, bed or sofa (if that’s where you’re working from) for eight hours a day is the most passive thing...

nearly half of British parents will not get their child vaccinated against COVID-19

Nearly half of UK parents will NOT get their child vaccinated against COVID-19

Authored by Lifestyle Editor

The UK’s largest online platform for childcare providers, parents, schools and tutors has discovered that nearly half of British parents (45%) will not get their child vaccinated against COVID-19.

The survey of more than 5,000 parents and guardians by Childcare.co.uk discovered that a fifth (20%) of those who would reject a vaccination believe that COVID-19 is ‘fake and doesn’t...

Staying hydrated is important for your health

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Tip staying hydrated

Authored by Lifestyle Editor

Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated throughout the day is really important for keeping your heart and circulatory system healthy. Dehydration makes the heart work harder and it can cause your blood pressure to drop. Being hydrated can also help with weight loss as thirst can quite often feel the same as hunger! During hot weather, or physical activity, we lose water through sweating and...