Is it safe for me to exercise with my health condition?

Yes – There is overwhelming evidence that exercise and being physically active is essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age whether you have a health condition or not. The most important thing is to find an exercise or physical activity you like so that you stick with it and build up gradually in relation to your current fitness levels.

Are there cures for mental health problems?

It is often more realistic and helpful to find out what helps with the issues you face. Talking, counselling, medication, friendships, exercise, good sleep and nutrition, and meaningful work can all help.

How much sleep should I have?

8 hours is the recommended amount. Although this may differ slightly for individuals, if you are regularly having less than 7 hours then you are part of the sleep deprived population and things have to change for your long-term health and wellbeing.

How do I know if I’m overweight?

The best indicator to find out if you are a healthy weight for your height is to check your body mass index (BMI) and  what steps to take if you are overweight.

Will skipping meals help me lose weight?

No – Eating at regular times during the day, including breakfast, helps burns calories at a faster rate. It also reduces the temptation to snack on foods high in fat and sugar.

Are there any foods that help arthritis?

There’s no specific food that helps arthritis although some people feel certain foods help reduce their symptoms and may have anti-inflammatory effects. It’s important to have healthy, balanced diet when you have arthritis.

Will an e-cigarette help me stop smoking?

Many people find e-cigarettes, also knowns as vapes, helpful for stopping smoking especially when combined with expert support.  E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but they carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes

What is the maximum I can drink per week without putting my health at risk?

No more than 14 units a week on a regular basis, for both men and women, is advised to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level. Easy-to-understand guide to give you the facts and advice on alcohol units and measures.

Is work good for my health and wellbeing?

Yes – There is strong evidence showing that work is generally good for your physical and mental health and wellbeing especially if your job is meaningful and you have a supportive working environment. Working also helps to reduce financial worries, further improving your health and wellbeing.

Is loneliness the same as social isolation?

No – People can be isolated but not feel lonely and people can be surrounded by other people, yet still feel lonely. However, both can have a negative effect on your health and wellbeing so it is important you start socially connecting with others.

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