I confess. I have a vice. I should have a dunce's hat placed on my head and be paraded in public before a jeering crowd of the righteous and worthy. I have battled my demons and failed. I am a smoker.
How come we don't know when to give up and when to keep going? What price are we willing to pay for life? Would we do whatever it takes to prolong it? Should we be allowed to determine when to stop treatment, when we or a relative become seriously ill?
It's important to note that stress isn't something that you should face alone, if you have been, then now is the time to open up, stress is something that reaches out to all of those in your life, as they play as much of a role as you do in ensuring that you are able to reduce stress.
Sometimes there is just no avoiding an infection and a course of antibiotics, particularly for more vulnerable members of our communities, such as young children, those with long-term medical conditions and the elderly. But there is much we can do to boost our immunity naturally, reduce mucus and make ourselves feel a little brighter this Winter.
Eating disorders carry the highest mortality rate of all mental illness, with 1 in 5 sufferers dying from complications associated with their illness, or through suicide. Every life lost to an eating disorder is 1 too many; especially when it could have been prevented.
If there was a parenting rulebook, I would unashamedly campaign for this to be in the top 5; because if it offends some parent, somewhere, to be challenged on this point, I'd suggest they put their reproductive organs in some blending device and feed them to the family dog...because they shouldn't use them for anything else.
Do you suffer with stubborn unwanted pockets of fat? You're not alone, and it was recently reported over 60% of UK women would like to see the back of specific lumps and bumps.
Sometimes the system takes the flexibility of human judgement out of the equation, and we end up with a situation akin to the famous Little Britain sketch where the computer simply says no to everything.
There's a lot more to this journey than just what you put in your mouth, and understanding that your lifestyle, mental state and external stressors also play a huge role in your health is vitally important.
New psychological studies have proved that walking improves our cognitive performance; that it enhances our working memory and ability to learn, as well as creative thinking and problem solving. To reap these walking-induced benefits, however, we must be walking at our own chosen pace.
So you are job hunting, could be you are planning on changing jobs or careers, been made redundant, just left school, college or university or you have lost your job.
The negative impact that burnout has on productivity and health has been known to governments for years, but the only country in the EU to have actually introduced legislation about burnout is Belgium.
I am not a doctor, but merely a patient with a lot of experience and a desire to share information offering support to others in similar circumstances. I write about every aspect of living with an on-going long term illness. No subject is taboo or off limits.
I will keep saying it until I'm blue in the face: new HIV Infections have almost doubled amongst 15-24 year olds. I read my briefing over breakfast this morning and I cannot quite describe the feeling in my stomach. How can we, how can I allow this to happen, and how did these data slip out and go largely unreported this week?
In effect, the mask of cool represents a certain stylised suffering and compels wonder in an outside observer: Who is this person? What has she or he experienced?... It is a performance of emotional self-control that demands the suppression of a range of emotions.
I've got something to tell you. My mother has suffered with mental health issues since I was born. I have never known Mum completely free from her bipolar/depression/schizophrenia/psychosis. You see, she has been diagnosed and re-diagnosed more times than I care to remember. W