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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.
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?
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.
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...
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.
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 OconnellRead more
The stress-free mindset: Coping with stress
‘Coping with stress is a marathon, it’s not a sprint’
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
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?Read more
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...Read more
The stress-free mindset: Accepting change
‘When you accept change, you control change, and then you can move forwards’
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.
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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
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?
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.Read more
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.Read more
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
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.
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.
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.Read more
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…Read more
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?
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
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.Read more
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.
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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
Your new favourite Zoom backdropRead more
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