Tuesday, 25 October 2016

This one thing could make you look, feel and be healthier!

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Quit smoking - today!
Christmas is coming - and right after that a brand new year - full of hope and expectation. Maybe this January you are determined to start afresh with your health and fitness. Maybe you'll drink less and workout more. Maybe you'll REALLY stop smoking this time too. But why wait for another two months, when you could kickstart a healthier lifestyle immediately?

By quitting smoking you'll reduce your risk of cancer, heart attacks, heart disease and having a stroke. You'll also be less likely to catch colds and will be able to recover better if you do, breathing will be easier, your blood pressure will go down - and your skin, teeth and fingernails will all look better. And your lifestyle will improve - you'll have more money but no more worrying about when and where your next piggy break will be. You'll find food tastes better and those around you will love the fact that you, your clothes, your car and your home have lost that smokey smell. You'll also be protecting those you love from secondhand smoke and give everyone that loves you a reason to be proud of you - not least your children. But exactly how can you do it? 

Here are 5 great ways to quit for good:

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

October's new product roundup

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The White Studio's flexibility wheel - put to good use by
brand ambassador Kiley M Letch.
It's about this time of year that my ears prick up a bit when I hear the word 'new'. New season, new range, new for Autumn. Obviously I'm thinking about what tempting treats and treasures I could buy for all my lovely family and friends for Xmas. Scratch that, it's my birthday this month - and I'm thinking about myself.

But seriously though (hey, I WAS being serious), this month brings with it a slew of new products in the health and fitness arena, so I thought I'd share the ones that caught my eye with you!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Do you need help with home care?

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What's the best solution to caring for a relative?
Last week the Office for National Statistics announced that a record number of people in the UK are surviving to the age of 100. While it's great news that we are living longer - and potentially - healthier lives - this leaves us with one major problem. How will we care for our older generations?

Typically just as your children begin to grow up and need less physical care, your parents become more reliant on you - be that because they have mobility issues, chronic illnesses or are just lonely with less of a social network around them than when they were younger, particularly if they have lost a life-long partner. However, you might live too far away to make regular visits, or feel overwhelmed with their care needs alongside your other responsibilities as a parent, partner and/or employee. If you have siblings and other relatives you might struggle to find a way for you all to contribute to the emotional and practical demands caring, and that alone can cause added frustrations. You might have already chosen to opt for your relative to live with - or close to you - but now find you cannot cope with their needs. So, what's the best solution when caring for a sick or elderly family member in a home environment?

Monday, 26 September 2016

MyShowcase: Your very own beauty edit

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A range of products selected because they do 'what it says on the tin'.
I admit it. I increasingly find myself tuning out when I see new skincare and beauty products mentioned in print or on social media. I'm tired of seeing items promoted by people famous only for having a big bum or 'on fleet' eyebrows (funny my careers officer never mentioned these options...). And I don't for one minute believe that the reality star Instagramming a filtered pic of detox tea/teeth whitening/countouring kits has even opened the box, let alone seriously tried and tested the item they are co-incidently getting a fee to mention.

Partly, it's because my time in publishing has opened to my eyes to how brands 'encourage' editors to include them in their roundups too (big basket of freebies, cough, splutter), and it's also because I don't buy products tested on animals, and it's easier to stick to brands like Neal's Yard and good old Superdrug, which have always made a point of being cruelty-free, than to waste hours shopping for newer lines checking out their ethos and real provenance.

But perhaps I'm missing out? Are there lots of new ethical products out there I would like to try, and companies I'd like to show my support for? And how do I make time to find them?

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Looking for a new family dentist? Consider this...

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Always be ready with that show-stopping smile!
Finding a really great family dentist is something that should be simple. After all, you just look for a dentist office that offers services for the entire family - right? While the process seems straightforward, in reality there are some sticking points to consider. When you do decide on a family dentist, you build a relationship that should be long lasting. Ideally, you want to visit just that dentist and build that same strong relationship for the entire family.

So it's really important to take the following factors into account....

Monday, 1 August 2016

Holiday stress? There's an app for that...

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Ever wished you could just drift away from it all?
While the summer holidays bring a welcome chance for parents to spend more time with their kids, it can also be stressful as you try to combine childcare with your other commitments. As well as the opportunity to be outside in better weather, take a family trip and have fun - it's likely you'll also be dealing with bickering and boredom, re-jiging work schedules and other responsibilities and generally trying to please everyone, all of the time.

So it's no surprise then, that people will also find the long, school holidays difficult to manage. In fact you'd be forgiven for just wishing you could drift off alone to a desert island to relax and unwind. Which is exactly what you can do if you download the Feel Stress Free app from Thrive!

Yep, you can get your own little slice of paradise on your smartphone that offers quick activities and exercises developed by psychiatrists/psychologists that are ‘clinically proven’ to help you keep calm and carry on throughout the summer! So, plug in your headphones and head off to 'Calm Isle'...

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Sick of travelling this summer?

There's nothing worse than hearing the words 'I feel sick' from the back of the car as you head off on your holidays, and since motion sickness is more common in children aged three to 12, it's something parents often face during summer travels. 

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Don't 'drive' yourself crazy over motion sickness...
In fact travel - or motion sickness - can strike when travelling by car, ship, plane or train, which makes any sort of long journey pretty difficult. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea and - of course - vomiting. It's thought it is caused by the mismatch of what the eyes are seeing (the things outside your car window moving for example) and what your inner ears, which help with balance, sense (the fact you are actually sitting still). 

Either way it's awful to experience it - and it's awful to try and comfort a poorly child, clean up after a poorly child - and still continue to your destination. It can make trips to relatives tiresome, exciting holiday plans seem a whole lot less fun and put the kibosh on certain types of trips altogether (a Disney cruise say).

But there are several ways to ease symptoms and make your trip far happier. Here's my Top Ten of Travel Sickness tips...