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Category: Healthy Living

  1. Why SLS Is Bad for You So I'm Giving Up Soap and Glory

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    - This blog post was originally posted on Sat 19th Jul 2014 and updated on 22nd February 2023. Sadly I've just checked the Soap and Glory website and Clean On Me still contains SLS ☹️ - 

    This was going to be a Soap and Glory review.  But I've decided to give up Soap and Glory products already, after only a few months of use.  

    I am sad to be saying goodbye to Soap and Glory products so soon.  I only started trying them a few months back and I had been really impressed.  The scents are amazing, the products last forever and the results seem fantastic so far,  so why would I be giving them up?

    The answer lies in their ingredients, and one ingredient in particular which was in the products I tried at the time of using them: SLS.

    Read on to learn why I'm not going to use any beauty products that contain SLS anymore and why you should question the use of this ingredient too.

  2. Chewing Gum For Stress Relief & Anxiety: Does It Work?

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    Are you struggling with stress and anxiety?  Stress and anxiety are common problems that affect millions of people worldwide. While there are many ways to manage these conditions, some of them require time, effort, and sometimes, money. 

    However, one simple and affordable solution that you might not have considered yet is chewing gum. Chewing gum may be a simple, cheap and effective solution.  But does it really work?

    This article will explore the science behind chewing gum and its benefits for reducing stress levels.  We’ll also share practical tips for using sugar-free chewing gum as a tool for managing anxiety.

  3. Why Does The Media Make Staying Healthy Seem So Difficult?

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    It seems every time you switch on TV go online or read newspapers and magazines, you’re bombarded with ads about how to stay healthy. The mainstream media make it seem like this massive challenge or an uphill climb.

    The media tells us that staying healthy is hard - but it doesn't have to be.

    In this article, we examine why the media makes staying healthy seem so difficult and what you can do about it.

  4. How To Keep A Healthy Lifestyle

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    Are you tired of constantly feeling fatigued and run down? It's time to take control of your health and start living a healthy lifestyle. But where do you even begin?

    The good news is, making small changes to your daily habits can have a big impact on your overall health and wellbeing.

    In this article, we'll share ten essential tips to help you achieve a healthy and fulfilling life, from eating nutritious food to avoiding bad habits and getting regular exercise.

    Whether you're just starting your healthy living journey or looking to revamp your current routine, these tips will give you the tools you need to live a healthy, balanced life.

  5. Healthy Eating - Even When You’re Madly Busy

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    It’s common to feel time pressured these days as we rush from home to school to work to gym to social (phew) with barely a break in-between.   Healthy eating and even healthy living in general often gets put on the wish list - something to focus on when there’s more time or to start next Monday!  The only problem is there’s never going to be more time, at least not any time soon if you’re a parent or even if you have a hectic career. 

  6. 7 Easy Ways To Use Essential Oils Around The Home

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    Are you looking for natural and effective ways to enhance your home's ambiance, improve your skin and sleep, and even repel insects? Look no further than essential oils. These concentrated plant extracts have been used for centuries for their therapeutic properties and pleasant scents. With a little creativity, you can easily incorporate essential oils into your daily routine to improve your home's environment and boost your well-being. They're also a cost-effective solution for many applications as only a few drops are usually needed.

    In this article, we'll share seven simple and practical ways to use essential oils around your home, from making your own reed diffusers and soothing irritated skin to freshening up your laundry and keeping insects at bay. Whether you're new to essential oils or a seasoned user, these tips will help you get the most out of these versatile and natural wonders.

  7. Unwind + Destress With Nature

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    Nature has a powerful ability to soothe and heal, yet in our fast-paced and technology-driven lives, it can be challenging to find time to connect with it. By creating a space for nature in your own home and garden, you can enjoy its benefits all year round, no matter the weather. Whether you have a small balcony or an entire garden, there are simple and cost-effective ways to bring the tranquility of nature into your home.

    In this article, we'll explore how to create a cosy balcony garden, tips for outfitting a small outhouse, and how to make the most of your outdoor spaces during the colder months. We'll also delve into the benefits of nature on mental health and how to protect natural spaces to improve our well-being. Join us as we discover the many ways that nature can help us unwind and de-stress.

  8. What Does It Take To Live In A Carefree And Uninhibited Way?

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    Do you ever see other people living their lives in a carefree and uninhibited kind of way and wonder why you can’t do the same? It can be frustrating when you can see other people getting it right while you continue to get it so very wrong. However, don’t let that frustration overtake you. Instead, you should give some more thought to how you can change how you live your life and start becoming more carefree and uninhibited yourself.

    If you’re not sure where to start with all that, I’ve put together some tips and pointers that will help you to ensure that you always live your life in the right way and stop being bogged down by negativity. Read on now to start learning about some of the steps you should be taking.

  9. Is It Time For You To Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden?

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    Everyone needs fruit and vegetables. Since we were little we’ve been told it’s an important part of well-balanced diet.  They are vital for good health.  However, it seems only recently that more and more people are becoming interested in growing them - as well as eating them.  Is it time for you to grow your own vegetable garden?

  10. How To Make Your Workout More Eco-Friendly And Cost-Effective

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    When people talk about ways to be more eco-friendly, they usually say things like recycling, turning down the thermostat, and taking shorter showers. Of course, these things are important, but if you care about making less of a negative impact on Earth, then you’ll want to look at making all aspects of your life better for the environment. But good news: this is more than possible, even when it comes to things like being healthy. Below, we take a look at several ways you can save the planet and be your fit and healthy best at the same time.  You can even save money too!

  11. How To Avoid Back Pain While Working On A Computer

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    If you work on a computer all day, whether that’s at an office or from home, then chances are you spend most of your day sitting down.  Whilst this seems like a convenient position to get your job done, it can be terrible news for your back.  Working from home back pain is a real thing and it's likely you have a less healthful office set up at home as you can sit on the sofa or even in bed to work! 

  12. Megahome Water Distiller Review: Why I Drink Distilled Water

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    Welcome to my Megahome water distiller review.  Read on to learn about my decision to switch my family to distilled water when we made the switch in January 2018, and how we're getting on after almost five years in September 2022 in the updates at the end.  After some extensive research watching videos, reading articles and checking out all the water distiller reviews we could, we chose the Megahome countertop water distiller in white with the glass jug.  I'll share our honest thoughts in this article with photos so you can see what it looks like, how we use it and clean it, and how we store the distilled water we make.  I'll also explain why we decided to start drinking distilled water and what was in the UK tap water that concerned us.

  13. Oura vs Whoop: Which Is Better For Sleep, Activity, & Recovery?

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    If you’re looking to get active, a fitness band or smartwatch could be a good investment so that you can track your activity and compare your progress – but did you know there are devices that can help with your recovery too? Both the Oura ring and the Whoop band are paving the way when it comes to wearable fitness that tracks exercise intensity, sleep, and recovery. But what are the differences and features?

  14. How To Make Your Workspace Cozy

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    We spend most of our time at work, yet many office blocks have workspaces that are dull and uninviting.  It’s well-documented that creating an inspiring office environment can boost staff morale and productivity, but how do you go about it?  One task to focus on is to make an office feel more homely and cozy.  This will make it a place where employees love to be and feel comfortable working all day and less mundane.  So how to make your workspace cozy? 

  15. allplants Discount Code

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    We’ve been getting allplants deliveries since autumn 2021 and have been really impressed with the variety and quality of the vegan meals.  It saves us a night of cooking each week and we get to try something different, that perhaps we wouldn't cook ourselves.  These are vegan meals with no dodgy ingredients that are ready to heat and eat.  I have an allplants refer a friend link where you can enter your email for a 35% off allplants discount code!

    Read on to learn what allplants is and how you can get a discount off your first order to try these delicious plant-based, vegan–friendly readymade meals!

  16. How Do Period Pants Work? Can They Save Money?

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    In recent months I have been converted to the many benefits of period pants!  For a good year or more, I had seen period pants popping up everywhere on social media newsfeeds and even in High Street stores.  I’d been curious to try them for a while, but somehow only got to buying myself a few pairs just over six months ago.  Now I’ve been using them monthly for six months I’m in a good position to explain how period pants work,  what are the benefits of period pants and what are the disadvantages.  Plus, we’ll explore how they can save you money and time, two of my favourite benefits so far!  I’ll delve into exactly how much my period pants are saving me each year and how popular period pant company WUKA has just released a revolutionary product, WUKA Stretch, for those who have no idea what size to order!  Buckle in and get ready for your ultimate guide to period pants and whether they’re right for you!

  17. 10 Safe Ways To Reduce The Effects Of Insomnia

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    Adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep per night so getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of your overall health. If you find yourself having difficulty falling asleep or sleeping through the night, this could be a sign of insomnia, a common sleep disorder that makes it hard for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. Insomnia can affect both your physical and emotional health because if your body doesn’t have enough proper rest, it can affect your mood and ability to concentrate and it can increase your risk of conditions like depression, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. To help reduce the signs of insomnia, here are 10 safe ways to reduce the effects of insomnia and how they will help you sleep better:

  18. Riverford refer a friend: new customer offer £15 off

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    In April 2022 we signed up to Riverford at our new address and we’re very impressed!  We also have a refer a friend link so you can get a Riverford discount for £15 off your second organic fruit and/or vegetable box if you are a new customer. 

    Simply use my Riverford link and the £15 credit will automatically be applied to your second delivery.  They plant a tree for each referral too, so free food for you and a free tree for the planet, win-win!

  19. Yvette Clothing Running Sports Bra + Leggings Review (Recycled Range)

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    Made with 75% recycled polyester, saving plastic bottles from the ocean, is the Yvette recycled Echo range any good for running or yoga?

    I’ve been testing the Yvette eco-friendly sportswear Echo range recently, putting their recycled sports bras and running leggings to the test to see how they perform.  Read on for my Yvette clothing review to see what I think.

  20. How to feel more energised throughout the day

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    Being a self-confessed workaholic and mum of two, I’m always busy. If I’m not working on my business, then I’m on mum duty, doing house chores, running errands or finding time to exercise. But there is a big difference between being busy and feeling energised. Even though you are always busy, you can still feel lethargic and tired.

    There are many products you can reach for to help you get more energy or feel more awake, but they aren't always the best for your health.  So if you're for how to feel more energised throughout the day and how to boost energy when tired that are natural solutions, then read on.

  21. 3 ways to get rid of body fat without exercising

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    You already know how important it is to exercise and eat healthy if you want to burn unhealthy body fat. Be honest: sticking to a conventional diet and fitness plan can be very difficult sometimes. And not everyone has the time to commit to it. 

    Yes, a good diet and exercise are crucial, but there are other effective ways to eliminate those stubborn fats without pitching up camp in the gym or torturing yourself with running a marathon. 

    Here are three ways to get rid of body fat without exercising.

  22. Ways to live a more balanced and healthy lifestyle

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    At times, it can seem as if the world is conspiring to make your life more stressful and less healthy. Long work hours, limited leisure time, and fast food restaurants popping up on every corner are just a few of the hurdles that stand in the way of leading a balanced life.

    It’s no secret that the demands of everyday life can take their toll on your mental and physical wellbeing. With so much pressure to succeed at work, excel in our personal lives and remain active, it’s not surprising that so many of us succumb to stress and anxiety.

    If you feel like your hectic schedule has left you with little time or energy for self-care, you’re not alone. However, there are plenty of simple ways to live a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. Here are some healthy living tips to help you get started.

  23. 5 quick, easy and deliciously sweet vegan Nairn’s Oatcakes toppings

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    Oatcakes are perfect for breakfast or a quick snack. They are gluten-free, vegan, and very low in calories. You can top them with anything you want to make them taste better. If you are looking for some delicious, sweet oatcake toppings, that are healthy too, then read on.  I share five easy oatcake toppings that are vegan-friendly and super quick to make.  And after these sweet oatcake toppings, I'll share some ideas for savoury oatcake toppings too.  Here are some of the best vegan oatcake toppings to try at home, which we have made and taste tested.  Read on for some vegan oatcake toppings ideas that you can make with just a few ingredients so you never need ask again, what do you put on the top of oatcakes? 

  24. Working from home? Here are 7 simple ways to prioritise your health

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    Working from home can be beneficial in a number of ways, but it also has its fair share of challenges. Your work environment and daily routines can have a profound impact on your mental and physical health. When working from home, it can be more difficult to find the right work/life balance, which is critical to good health. Here are some simple ways to make sure your health gets priority when you’re working from home.

  25. How to help elderly loneliness

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    For all humans, social contacts are important and perhaps even of vital essence. The people around do not only give us a sense of purpose, but they are also important for us in order to stay healthy both mentally and physically. When people become lonely, they lose a sense of connection to their surroundings and this can be very damaging to their well-being. Although this is a problem that affects all age groups to some extent, the age group where these issues are most prevalent is that of the elderly. It is important that we stay in touch with these people who have often seen everyone leave them, usually in unavoidable ways.

  26. Best morning routine for success and healthy living

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    Let's face it, we all probably have seen, at least once, videos from bloggers or influencers about their extra productive morning routine. They start the day by drinking water, going to the gym, taking supplements, eating a super healthy breakfast and only then getting off to work. But have you ever wondered how you can achieve the same and still feel great about waking up early and staying active during the day? If the answer is 'yes', this article is the right place for you. 

    Not everyone (especially night owls) is able to wake up early and feel refreshed. Some people just need a little help or boost their pre-sleep routine to perform all these actions in the morning without ruining the mood. We collected 7 steps that will help you boost your morning routine and transform it into a healthy habit.

  27. Global 1st eco friendly gift ideas + 25% off promo code

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    If you’re looking for eco-friendly gift ideas then eco-conscious website Global 1st is a great place to start.  They kindly sent me four of their amazing natural, handmade and green products so I could see for myself how wonderful they are.

    These gifts are perfect for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, new home gifts, stocking fillers, treats for yourself and for many other occasions too.  Plus, they have shared a discount code with me so my readers can get 25% off purchases on the Global 1st website!

  28. 5 best mental health benefits of playing golf regularly

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    Golf is one of those sports that people either love or hate. There’s no denying that golf can get quite expensive. However, people who love the sport become avid and passionate golfers. Golfers often try to make time to enjoy their favorite sport at least once a week, if they can manage.

    Golf offers many benefits. There are physical benefits, and then, of course, you get the mental benefits — which are plenty in this sport.

    As a sport, golf can bring mental peace and clarity that is no doubt welcome in these uncertain times. If you’re wondering what other benefits you might see from playing golf, read on to find out!

  29. 6 self-care tips to get you through winter

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    We all know that self-care is essential for health and well-being, but in our busy lives, sometimes we don’t take the time to look after ourselves as much as we should. With burnout becoming more common, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we must do more to prioritise our mental and physical health — especially in the winter months when shorter days and dreary weather might make us feel blue.

  30. How to make your own essential oil blends

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    Essential oils are a popular natural remedy for a variety of health and wellness needs. These oils are not just a trend: they have been used by many cultures for centuries and they can be used in so many ways. You can buy them at the store or create your own blends using different kinds of oils. Using essential oils, you can create your own customised essential oil blends to address specific needs.  Creating your own essential oil blends could help to save money in comparison to buying readymade blends as you'll be able to buy your ingredients in bulk and make a saving. 

    In this article, we will discuss the benefits of essential oils, as well as how you can use them to create your own personalised blends that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  31. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

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    You may try to practise self-care as much as humanly possible but you still feel that you are hitting the wall in life, either because you're feeling depressed or anxious.  And when you feel like this, sometimes when you need help the most, is when it's most difficult to ask. Asking for help when you are depressed is not about admitting you are weak and it's not just about defining the steps, but it's about understanding that how you are feeling is standing in the way of your opportunities for hope. So if you are experiencing obstacles on the path to emotional recovery, how can you work towards asking for help?

  32. The cost of drinking and driving

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    Christmas and the holidays are sneaking up on us and many people will drink more alcohol than usual whilst celebrating with after-work drinks, at Christmas office parties and whilst visiting family and friends to socialise.  And whilst you may be tempted to have just one drink or two and then drive home, I’m here to remind you it’s a terrible idea as I explore the cost of drinking and driving in more than one way.

  33. Stress related hair loss recovery tips

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    Long-term, or chronic, stress can put you at risk of a number of health problems. It has been linked to depression, anxiety, insomnia, and digestive issues. However, one of the unexpected side effects of stress is hair loss. Although there is good news, if your hair loss is stress-related, it means that your hair follicles haven’t been permanently damaged, and as such, there are a few things that you can do, let’s dive in.  Here are several ways you can begin to reverse and treat your stress-related hair loss.

  34. Family activities and eating habits to stay healthy

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    To encourage healthy habits in your family, you must practice those same habits yourself. Your kids will follow in your footsteps if you show them that living a healthy lifestyle makes you a better person. If you think about it, it’s unreasonable and hypocritical to expect from your loved ones what you can’t achieve yourself. 

    This principle applies to the activities you engage in and the food you eat; throughout this article, you should keep in mind the common theme of self-improvement being the first and most essential step to fostering a healthy lifestyle for your family. So, naturally, the very first thing you need to do is...

  35. 10+ free and simple ways to beat stress

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    Prolonged stress is a modern day phenomenon that has been affecting all of us in one way or the other. We all have our own ways to beat stress, but what if we could share some time-tested and easy to implement tips in this article for all of us?

    Some of the tips in this article will help you to calm down after a stressful day, while others will help you prepare yourself from being stressed out by your work or other stressful events in your life.   The best thing is, they are all free and you can do them all in the comfort of your own home.

  36. Is CBD for the whole family?

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    CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, has remarkable properties, and its therapeutic potential is vast. As CBD is a natural ingredient and not made up of artificial chemicals, it is entirely safe to consume for people of all ages. CBD is legal in Britain, and it is up to the parents' discretion on whether or not they want to give it to their children. However, if you are new to the world of CBD, the sheer amount of products and uses can be overwhelming. Read on to learn more.

  37. CBD secrets for a better work life

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    How can work and modern life affect a person?  Can CBD help us achieve a better work life and less stress?  Let's explore.

    We are living in a highly stressful world.  Not just because of pandemics and current events, but our own personal lives were already pretty stressful already.  Our lives have become more switched on with modern technology and many of us struggle to leave work at work.  There’s a blurry line between home and work life, particularly for those of us who work at home, and let’s be fair, nowadays most people are finding themselves working from home!

    The problem with this is work is always accessible and there is no clear divide.  We can always just check another email or finish that project, instead of leaving it until Monday or our next working day.  There are also many roles that expect people to be switched on all the time, with no thanks or even pay rise. 

    In my husband’s previous role he was expected to be on call every weekend, even when we were on a trip away and hiking up a mountain!  It was a new addition to his role and there was no increase in pay for this added responsibility - it was just an expectation, or rather demand that he had to do it.  So, even when people are supposed to be on their days off or annual leave, many still can’t relax and forget about work.  The option to switch off completely has been taken away from them.

    As well as work roles being demanding, many of us are worried about money.  Right now we need to work as hard as possible to pay off our mortgage and ensure we have a nest egg for our future.  Otherwise, how will we pay for our retirement?  This financial pressure is what keeps us working as hard as we can and maximising our earnings, albeit at the sake of our mental health sometimes.  Trying to run businesses, be successful and raise a family at the same time can be quite stressful at times.  If not, very stressful.  It can all be too much.

  38. How to focus on you in 2021

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    Taking time for yourself and looking after number 1 has never been more important than it is right now. Everyone has had a tough year, the majority of people have either been rushed off their feet working crazy hours, or you’ve been furloughed, possibly made redundant and therefore taking care of yourself has probably been taking a back seat.

    2021, however, is the time to put yourself first. It’s the time to sort out your routine, to look after your skin and get healthier. It’s not easy to rewire your habits and learn new things so make sure to take your time and not be too hard on yourself.

    Read on to discover how you can best focus on you in 2021.

  39. The best plans for disconnecting from routine

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    Right now, more than ever, we need to prioritise self-care and take a break from our normal routine.  Or even a break from the current routine we find ourselves in due to the global pandemic.

    Work may be more stressful than usual.  You may be furloughed, have job uncertainty or even had to have closed your business for lockdown.

    It’s important to take a step away from your regular routine to refresh your mind, destress and connect to yourself instead.

    Here are some of the best ways to disconnect from your usual routine.

  40. Wellbeing tips while working from home

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    National lockdown number two starts in England from midnight tonight.  After the government’s big push to get everyone back to work, many will now be preparing to return back home to work once again!

    Whilst working from home seems like a luxury to some, it doesn’t suit everyone.  And, combined with the uncertainty of the current economic situation, working in isolation at home can cause heightened stress, loneliness and anxiety.

  41. Remote working: your flexible working rights for a better work life balance

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    Is remote working: here to stay?

    The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has totally turned our worlds upside down.  Life may never be the same again and in some ways this is great news.  If there’s one positive change that will remain once the pandemic ends then it’s the continuation of flexible working for the UK workforce.

    Flexible working arrangements and the ability to work from home have long been sought after by many employees for an improved work-life balance.  Most of us who work online or using computers already knew that our jobs can be completed just as effectively, if not better, from the comfort of our own homes.