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The one thing the men in your life should be doing

There's one thing the men in your life should be doing in June, and it's free. Free! What is it? A health check.  As part of Men's Health Week, Unichem and Life pharmacies are offering men a free check to help them take stock of their health and wellbeing. It's part of a proactive approach to help men reduce the risk of a serious health issue, such as type 2 diabetes.  It's a bit of a generalisation to say this, but if the men in your life are anything like mine, they'll probably need a thousand reminders and the promise of a coffee date to get there. You might feel like a stuck record, but it'll be worth it. Better to know if they need to make changes...

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Five tips to staying sane through the silly season

While Christmas and New Year celebrations can be a wonderful time to take a break from the pressures of work and other commitments, it can also be a stressful time for many navigating the rituals of family, food, alcohol and other expectations. Here are our five tips to staying sane and enjoying the festivities this summer: Be mindful Practicing mindfulness is probably the last thing you’d think to add to your Christmas day, but it can be a helpful calming tool if you feel overwhelmed at any point. Mindfulness is about living in the moment and taking note of what’s happening. Examples include using your five senses to enjoy the festive foods on offer, watching the sun on water at the beach, and focusing on the feeling of...

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Ten tips for a better night’s sleep

As I said in my Facebook post recently, if you’re sleep deprived like me, you don’t need an expert to tell you sleep is wonderful. My sleep deprivation is thanks to children waking at all hours, and I know some of you are struggling with this too. I also know many of you are being kept awake at the moment by that other sleep deprivation fiend – the thought horse. Know that one? The thought horse only comes out at about 10pm, just when you’re really to rest. Out she comes, thundering around your head, over thinking things, reassessing the events of the day and making mental notes. And the more you wish her away, the more intense she thunders, right? There are other reasons for being kept...

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Men worry about it too

Since my last post on the words 'losing weight', I've had a couple of discussions with colleagues about body image. We've talked about how normal it is to dislike (can I say hate? Sounds so strong) our bodies, and how easy it is to equate what we look like with how we feel. In fact, such is the pervasiveness of body image dissatisfaction in women across the ages that some researchers have called it a “normative” phenomenon. In one study, that included 1,502 American women aged 50 to 64 years, researchers found that more than 70% in this age bracket were currently trying to lose weight* and more than 60% reported that their body weight and shape had an impact on their life. In another study, researchers...

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