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Christmas on your own

Ideas for getting into the festive spirit and keeping healthy if you're on your own over Christmas. If you're on your own over the Christmas break, there's plenty you can do to get into the festive cheer. With these tips from Mind and a bit…

Citrus chicken

A zesty dish, not to be confused with our lemon chicken recipe. Try serving this with brown rice and some green beans. Serves: 2 Time: 45 minutes Ingredients 1 tsp sunflower oil ½ onion, finely chopped 1 chicken breast 1 dessert spoon wholemeal flour ½ red pepper, sliced…

Cocaine addiction: get help

If cocaine is damaging your relationships, work, money situation or health you can get help to stop on the NHS. You don't have to be taking cocaine, or crack cocaine, every day to be addicted to it. One sign of addiction is that you have tried…

Cold or flu?

Flu is not a "bad cold". Each year, thousands of people die of complications after catching the flu. Find out how colds and flu differ. Colds and flu share some of the same symptoms (cough, sore throat), but are caused by different viruses. Flu can be much…

Combined pill

The combined oral contraceptive pill is usually just called "the pill". It contains artificial versions of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which women produce naturally in their ovaries. At a glance: the combined pill   How the combined pill works   What to do…

Coming out

Coming out is when someone who is gay, lesbian or bisexual tells the people around them about their sexuality. This can be difficult and people may worry that others will treat them differently once they know. Even though it can be scary, most people feel that…

Common digestive problems - and how to treat them

Digestive complaints such as constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating are very common and usually treatable with lifestyle measures and over-the-counter remedies. Around 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time, according to Dr Anton Emmanuel, consultant gastroenterologist at University College Hospital…

Common energy stealers

Not sure what's causing your fatigue? Here are some common energy zappers that may be to blame - and tips on how to overcome them. Being a couch potato Sitting in one position for long periods of time can sap your energy, even if you're watching…

Common exercise mistakes

Get the most out of your workouts and avoid injury with these tips to correct common exercise mistakes. From lifting too much weight to poor technique, an exercise performed incorrectly can mean you're not getting the benefits you're looking for, and can even cause pain…

Common posture mistakes and fixes

Exercises and tips to help alleviate muscle tension caused by poor sitting and standing habits, such as: Slouching in a chair Sticking your bottom out Standing with a flat back Leaning on one leg Hunched back and 'text neck' Poking your chin Rounded shoulders Cradling your phone…
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