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4 Things I Didn’t Know About Intimate Health, That Are Completely Normal

Intimate health can be something that is embarrassing and awkward to talk about. According to Canestan®, this can mean that people don’t get the treatment they need to help with what can often be a perfectly normal issue. It’s time to break down the walls! That’s why I’m so excited to be part of the Let’s Talk Health campaign 💫

Canesten® believe that if we know more about intimate health – which can be an embarrassing or uncomfortable topic to talk about. Intimate health is not just a feminine issue and this is why Canesten® would like you to open up the conversation and discuss health issues that everyone should be aware of. Just from being part of this campaign, we have discovered a number of key facts that everyone should know about intimate health.

4 Things I Didn't Know About Intimate Health, That Are Completely Normal | UK Lifestyle Blog

Urinary Tract Infections Can Easily Be Prevented

Both men and women can get urinary tract infections and they cause discomfort or in some cases pain. An excessive need to urinate is also a common symptom. Did you know that this intimate health issue is so normal that it is responsible for ten million doctor visits a year?

The good news is that there is a simple way to avoid a tract infection. Make sure that you urinate after sex. This will help keep your vagina or your penis free from infections. Washing will also help.

Thrush Affects Everyone And Is Incredibly Common

If you search for intimate health issues online, you will find an article that talks exclusively about women. But intimate health issues can affect men too and thrush is just one example of this. Caused by a fungus found in natural healthy people, it’s triggered when the balance of skin flora which leads to embarrassing symptoms.

However, it is an incredibly common condition that will affect 75 percent of women at some point in their lifetime.

It’s also easy to treat and with treatment can go away in days. Thrush can even be caused by stress. Most people are worried about the condition because symptoms for both men and women can be unpleasant with itching.

It is also often mistaken for an STD. Many people often avoid talking about thrush treatments because there is a stigma it means that sexual organs are not clean. Rest assured thrush can affect men and women of all ages and is nothing to do with hygiene. It’s also nothing to worry about. Even severe cases can easily be treated.

Pain During Sex Can Be Caused By A Variety Of Issues

Pain during sex may seem serious but it can be caused by anything. Friction will cause pain if there is not enough lubricant for the vagina and the penis. Men who forget to pull back their foreskin may also experience pain while urinary tract infections can cause pain during sex.

If you are constantly feeling pain during sex, it’s worth going to see a doctor. This could be due to an infection, scarred tissue or a variety of other issues, many of which are benign.

Vagina’s Are Self Cleaning, But…

You might be worried that your vagina is dirty but nothing could be further from the truth. Similar to the eyes, vaginas are self-cleaning and this is what happens when you get vaginal discharge. It’s pushing the bad stuff out to keep the body clean. Penises, on the other hand, are not self-cleaning and need to be cleaned regularly to avoid issues including infections.

We hope you see now that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about with intimate health. Even if you do have a health issue there will be millions of people who are experiencing the exact same thing and intimate health problems are not gender biased.

2018-06-15T13:46:49+00:00 June 15, 2018|Archive, Health|

20 Things I’ve Been Grateful For – Spring 2018

I’m not going to lie, the last couple of months has been pretty stressful. I’m not going to go into too much details about exactly why it’s been difficult because this post is all about positivity ✨🔮  Long story short, we’ve had some steep learning curves at the Float Digital HQ, which has resulted in some long nights. It’s not the end of the world but it’s been tiring because we’re going through a lot of big changes and its been so taxing on our time.

The silver lining is that we’re growing and when we come out the other side of all this hard work, it’s going to be worth every bloody minute. I’ll stop being so aloof and explain more in an upcoming blog post once the dust has settled a little bit. For now though it’s all about lavender oil diffusers and mindfulness. So I’ve decided to put together a post on 20 things I’ve been grateful for over the last couple of months.

1. Being invited to talk at Business Marketing Summit 2018, Milan, Italy

2. The opportunity to surf a couple times a week

3. Waking up in the van with a view of the sea on our doorstep 🚐

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4. Driving around Cornwall with the roof of my Mazda MX5 convertible down 💨

5. Getting my engagement ring back from the jewellers and it now fits!

6. Enjoy a successful business trip to London to meet a client

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7. Booking my hen do in Marrakech in February with 13 of my favourite ladies ✈

8. Making awesome videos with our new GoPro camera

9. Weekends away in our van with my fiancée and our Jack Russell, Alfie

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10. Seth finishing my sleeve tattoo and my thigh piece, ready for the summer!

11. Waking up sober every day for the entirety of spring 🍹

12. Spending the weekend with my family, celebrating my nan’s 80th

20 Things I’ve Been Grateful For - Spring 2018 | UK Lifestyle Blog

13. Eating Korean food in London with my fiancée, my brother and his girlfriend

14. Full body massages, mocktails and lunch at Merchants Manor hotel

15. Officially beginning our 1 year count down before our wedding in April 2019! 💍

20 Things I’ve Been Grateful For - Spring 2018 | UK Lifestyle Blog

16. Bringing my giant cheese plant back to life again, no leaf casualties 🍃

17. Successfully learning to read, write and speak the Arabic alphabet ياي

18. Watching my friends tie the knot at a beautiful outdoor tipi wedding

20 Things I’ve Been Grateful For - Spring 2018 | UK Lifestyle Blog

19. Collecting my wedding dress from storage at the bridal showroom

20. Booking a holiday to Petra, Jordan in December with my best friend 🇯🇴

20 Things I’ve Been Grateful For - Spring 2018 | UK Lifestyle Blog

What are you grateful for?

2018-06-04T01:08:20+00:00 June 1, 2018|Health|

8 Tips to be Happier with Less #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Your newsfeed and timelines are probably flooded with companies promoting #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Unsurprisingly, brands are distastefully trying to capitalise on this this week *shivers*. This doesn’t sit well with me but the silver lining is, bloggers are writing uplifting posts on mindfulness and confidence. It’s been so inspiring to see so much positivity online, and people developing helpful resources for others. I figured I’d do the same, whilst staying in keeping with the general aesthetic of my blog. Believe me, the ex-neuroscience-university-student in me wants to write about neurons, synapses and signalling… BUT I’ll save that for another time and place. Instead I’m going to talk about something equally close to my heart, minimalism and simplicity in a capitalist world.

The push to get people to constantly buy products is everywhere. From billboards to commercials and digital ads, we’re exposed to ads every day that are trying to convince us to part with our cash. If you somehow manage to ignore those (maybe you live under a rock?), you wouldn’t have missed your friends and family unknowingly doing the exact same thing on social media. Every time someone posts about how excited they are to get the new phone or laptop, it creates a sense of peer pressure that might leave you feeling like you need to buy that too. I’m so involved in social media and digital marketing, it’s only natural I’ve become mindful of the negative affect this type of advertising has had on society. It’s important to remember we need balance. 

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SO many people are choosing to live with less. Living with less can be better for the environment and it can be better for your mental and spiritual health to cleanse what you own (these are just two of the reasons I’m beginning to think this way). So here it is, my little contribution to #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek with some tips to help you transition to a minimalist lifestyle making baby steps without feeling like you’re missing out!

Focus on What You Gain

The first way to being living with less is to clean out what you have now. Throwing lots of stuff away can be discouraging, so use your cleaning time to focus on what you’re going to gain once you have less clutter. It could be a spiritual benefit to have less drama from all the unnecessary junk going on in your life. Think about what your motivations are to start a new lifestyle and put your mind towards what you’re going to gain once you get there.

Use What You Have

Living with less doesn’t mean you have to throw everything out and start from scratch. You can use what you have to find joy without needing to have everything. An easy way to do this is be grateful for what you have. Really try to think of a time where you wanted to be where you’re at now, and be thankful for what you’ve accomplished. It will help you feel more at peace with settling for a life that has less in it than before.

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Go Full On DIY

Buying less might mean that you make your own stuff more often, so try to learn as much as you can about how you can replace what you buy the most. Cleaning supplies are a good place to start, and you can make pretty much all of them with your own supplies. Vinegar can be diluted in hot water to replace window cleaners, and baking soda naturally deodorises smelly mineral buildups in sinks and toilets. Think laterally.

Think About How You’re Helping the Earth

So much about the production process that occurs every day in large factories hurts the earth in one way or another. They pollute soil and groundwater, and create air pollution that kills nearly 200,000 people each year. If more people live with less, less products will have to be created, slowing down production and the amount of pollution that’s created. Don’t even get me started on how much plastic is in the sea…

Create New Things

When you go out and buy things, there’s a bit of thrill that you’re adding something new to your life. That need for newness is hard to get rid of if it’s what fuels your buying habits, so try creating new things once you’ve limited what you have. Making something new like art or even putting a jigsaw puzzle together will make you feel more at peace without having to go swipe your card or hand over money for stuff that will only give you happiness for a few minutes.

Consider the Value of Everything

Let’s say you narrow down what you have in your life to just a few things. In your living room you have your sofa, some pillows and a blanket, a TV, your laptop and maybe a tablet. Have you stopped to consider the value of what you have? Even if you only have a TV or a phone, you have technology in your hands that can give you unlimited hours of entertainment and education. There’s value in everything you own, even if it’s not much.

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Make New Friends

It’s hard to do anything alone, especially a makeover on your lifestyle. If you’re giving away or throwing out a majority of what you have, it will be a mental uphill battle to keep it going once you’re in a room that feels empty. Make friends who want to live less too so you can have people to talk to and a supportive community around you. They’ll make all the difference if you ever start to question yourself or wonder where to go from here.

Become Inspired

You may not know anyone else trying to live with less, and that’s okay! You can always look to history for inspiration to keep you going. Socrates was a famous philosopher who lived with hardly any possessions. He chose instead to put all his energy into teaching others, which is why he’s still remembered and taught about today. SO inspiring ✨ Buying things won’t be what matters in the end. What will matter is how much good you put into the world and how you’ll be remembered.

8 Tips to be Happier with Less #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek | UK Lifestyle Blog

People say that money doesn’t buy happiness, but the consumer-driven society that exists today pushes that message in every other way. Advertisements are constantly showing people who seem happier after buying their particular product, and it’s easy to fall into the mindset that they’re right. The truth is that you don’t need to have a lot of stuff in your life to be happy.

Happiness comes from your mindset. You can control that by taking control of what influences your life. Having less stuff will help you clear your mind and focus on what matters. You’ll be helping the earth, creating more and getting happiness out of what you have. You’ll end up saving more money, too. Living with less is worth it even if it’s only for a short time, so try it out for yourself and see just how much happiness you can find when you declutter your life.

2018-05-16T19:14:30+00:00 May 16, 2018|Health|
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