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Creative ideas for effective check-ins with family, friends and colleagues

At a time when everyone is facing new challenges that can have a profound effect on emotional and physical well-being, it’s more important than ever to check in with friends, family and co-workers. Cigna has created some inspiring ways to help make your check-ins vital and meaningful.

Sleep in the time of COVID-19

Google searches for ‘insomnia’ surged at the height of COVID-19 pandemic as routines were disrupted and stress, anxiety and isolation affected millions of people during ‘lockdowns’ across the globe. The lasting effects of disturbed sleep and vivid dreams have been termed ‘coronosomnia’ by some. But, who is affected and what are the potential long term implications?

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How will you stay motivated?

What motivates you? Are you someone who likes to go it solo or do you prefer to be part of a team working towards a common goal? Are you driven by emotion or the challenge itself? Knowing what motivates you is key to success with any new whole health goal. Here, we look at the different types of motivation and how they can work for you.

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Be your own life coach

When you want to get your life in order and develop everything from your mindfulness and fitness to your work-life and free time, some of us may think of calling on a life coach. Now, you can download a virtual life coach with the new Body&Mind app from Cigna. Here’s how it can help with your whole health fitness...

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Whole Health Goals for 2021

What do you want to achieve? Do you want to get fitter? Eat healthier? Work smarter? Or just find more time for yourself? Here we look at six whole health goals and how to increase your chances of achieving them.

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STRESS AND ME

Whether you’re in the military, a flying doctor, chef or athlete, stress is a factor of everyday life. We talk to six people in very different jobs about the stress in their life.

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CHECKING IN WITH FOOD AND TRAVEL

Table travels: Japan and katsu curry
The Far East has always been a land of wonder and mystery, whether it’s for the iconic landscapes, the high-tech wizardry or the cuisine which has helped fuel a population often considered the oldest in the world.

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HEALTHY HABITS (AND HOW TO KEEP THEM)

With the uncertainty of the world around us, keeping a healthy habit - doing more exercise, eating a healthy diet or maybe drinking less, gets harder and harder.

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CHECKING IN WITH MUSIC

Whether it’s playing or listening, music can have a big impact on our emotions and help to reduce stress at the times when we really need it.

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CHECKING IN WITH ART

With so many of our check-ins with friends, family and work colleagues now virtual, why not give your backdrop a lift with this bespoke artwork by illustrator James Oconnell

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CHECKING IN WITH A STRESS-FREE MINDSET

The stress-free mindset: Coping with stress
‘Coping with stress is a marathon, it’s not a sprint’

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Are you stressed (and don’t know it)?

Stress manifests itself in the mind and body in many ways, some of them are obvious, but others you may not even realise are connected. We look at the many faces of stress and how to spot the signs.

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Checking in with food and travel

Table travels: China and hotpot

For thousands of years families have been gathering around a hotpot of steaming broth in China – the earliest hotpots are said to date back as far as 1,000BC.

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Checking in with golf

It’s good for your mind and body, it gets you out into the great outdoors and it gives you the perfect opportunity to have a proper catch-up with friends or family on the course – it’s not hard to see why golf is so popular.

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The rise of virtual care
Are the days of visiting your physician over?

Improved online and telephone services, a faster and more cost-effective diagnosis to treatment journey, combined with the easing of strict regulatory requirements due to COVID-19, has meant virtually checking in with your physician or health specialist is now easier than ever. Is this bringing to an end the days of check-ups at your bricks and mortar medical facility?

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7 ways to… work well from home

Working from home is no longer a temporary measure for many, it’s now how we work. But managing this effectively is often a trickier task. Here we look at how you can make working from home work for you...

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Checking in with a stress-free mindset

The stress-free mindset: Accepting change
‘When you accept change, you control change, and then you can move forwards’

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Checking in with home fitness

Focussed fitness: Squats

With the only consistency in the world proving to be uncertainty, keeping up with your workouts from home is essential to both physical and mental well-being. England Rugby World Cup winner Vicky Fleetwood shares her goal-based fitness session for people of all levels centred around squats.

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Checking in with a stress-free mindset

The stress-free mindset: ‘Don’t become a stress-reoffender, learn to read the warning signs first time’

Ultra-distance marathon runner and lifestyle coach Rory Coleman offers his advice on trying to stop the onset of stress before it begins.

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Checking in with art

As virtual meetings become part of the new working normal, when you check-in with your work colleagues make your background a talking point with this bespoke artwork created exclusively for Cigna.

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Checking in with poetry

When you’re looking for an outlet for the trials of every day, trying your hand at poetry could prove just the tonic. Start the hobby with a family member or friend and you’ll have the perfect reason to check-in on how they’re doing at the same time.

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Checking in with food and travel

Table travels: Italy and Parmigiana di Melanzane

Take your family on a sublime culinary trip – and enjoy a good check-in chat along the way – to the warm southern Italian regions of Campania and Sicily

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Checking in with food and travel

Table travels: India and samosa

Every dish the world over has a story to tell, and the humble samosa is no different. Get your family talking by sharing the back story of this ‘Indian’ favourite and then why not don the aprons to whip up a batch?

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Five ways to… cook with kids

The ultimate comfort food is something you’ve cooked with your family, so spend some time checking in with your loved ones while making lunch, the evening meal, a healthy snack or the occasional sweet treat. Here we look at ways to get kids started with an important life skill in the kitchen.

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Checking in with astronomy

Wherever you’re working, either overseas or at home, one thing we all share with our friends and family is the night sky, so what better topic to help start up new conversations than astronomy.

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Checking in with a stress-free mindset

The stress-free mindset: ‘The key to dealing with stress is knowing where to start’

Ultra-distance marathon runner and lifestyle coach Rory Coleman begins his video series on finding your way to a stress-free mindset

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Checking in with fitness

Focussed fitness: Planks

Planks might strike fear into anyone who has attended a circuit class, but with the help of Rugby World Cup winner and fitness instructor Vicky Fleetwood you can still hit fitness goals with the exercise.

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Checking in with fitness

Focussed fitness: Sit-ups

Complete perfect sit-ups or discover next level sit-ups with England Rugby World Cup winner and fitness instructor Vicky Fleetwood as part of her exclusive goal-based workout series.

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Checking in with gardening

Gardening is a perfect hobby to pick up if you want to share more quality time with family, start new conversations with friends – old and new – or even have a good excuse to regularly check-in with older family members for tips and advice.

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Six ways to… holiday at home

A holiday is the best time to check-in with your close family, but what happens when travel is restricted? Take a holiday at home, of course. We offer six ways to holiday without the need for a plane, train or automobile…

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Checking in with food and travel

Table travels: Macau and custard tarts

Food is more than just fuel for the belly, it’s also the perfect fuel for conversation with your family and friends – who doesn’t want to check-in with a delicious pastry and a coffee?

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Checking in with fitness

Focussed fitness: Press-ups

England Rugby World Cup winner and fitness instructor Vicky Fleetwood offers a goal-based workout that anyone can do, whatever your level of fitness

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Checking in with drawing

Bringing together families over a shared art project or allowing your mind to take a break from the world around, drawing is the ideal way to help relieve stress or anxiety.

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Checking in with food and travel

Table travels: Peru and ceviche

What sparks conversation and debate more than food? A new dish served on the family table or even preparing the ingredients can spark a thousand questions, especially when that dish is citrus-cured raw fish from South America.

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Checking in with sport

Why watching sport is good for your health

We look at how watching your favourite team is good for your mental well-being and easing the worries of everyday life.

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Checking in with nature

Checking in with birdwatching is the ideal antidote to modern-day life. A walk in the park or woods or even just sitting in your garden can become a wildlife adventure, sparking conversation and even debate with family and friends.

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Checking in with food and travel

Food can tell a thousand stories, so preparing a dish with your family or friends that hails from an ancient city gives you the perfect chance to traverse the globe together without leaving your kitchen.

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Checking in with art

Your new favourite Zoom backdrop

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