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Mental health

Managing GP appointment anxiety

Dr. Macarena Staudenmaier, our Head of Clinical Product and Operations, talks about appointment anxiety – what it is, what you can do about it, and how you can prepare for appointments.

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Changing the conversation on men’s mental health

We’re shining a spotlight on men’s mental health and the conversations that need to happen when helping men navigate challenging emotions.

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Physical health

Protect yourself from workspace woes

Home working comes with the potential impact on physical health and the risk of Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Before you consider rushing back to the office, have a read of our home office health check.

Health guides

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Your guide to health treatments

Want to learn all about the health treatments we cover? We've asked the experts and got their answers for you. Find out what happens at the podiatrist, or what's involved when it comes to physiotherapy. Topics covered:

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Your guide to women's health

Discover the ins and outs of women's health and help us remove the stigma. It's time to have open and honest conversations because no one should feel embarrassed to talk.

This comprehensive collection of articles on women's health covers topics such as:

  • Screenings and symptom awareness
  • Menstruation
  • Fertility and pregnancy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Menopause
  • Physical health & wellbeing

    Catherine Rutland, Clincal Director

    Physical health

    Finding a dentist in 2024

    Our Clinical Director Catherine Rutland talks us through the world of dentistry in 2024, including how to find a dentist and what to look for when choosing.


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    Physical health

    Understanding your gut

    Having healthy gut bacteria can result in fewer illnesses, allergies, and autoimmune conditions.

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    Physical health

    Helping you cope through the winter season

    We’ve put together some top tips to help you navigate through the winter season, like how to keep warm and look after yourself.

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    Physical health

    Eating on a budget

    Top tips to help you make good food choices without breaking the bank.

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    Physical health

    Cycle syncing your workouts

    Yes, cycle syncing is a thing! Research has shown, by learning to harness your hormones and matching workouts to the different phases in our cycle, we can improve everything from stress to mood and performance.

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    Physical health

    Using an online GP abroad

    Discover how you can access the benefits of having an online GP in your pocket, wherever you are.

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    Physical health

    Hay fever - what it is and how you can reduce the symptoms

    We asked a pharmacist everything about hay fever and found out what you can do to reduce symptoms, both with medication and lifestyle changes.

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    Physical health

    Five things you should know about sun safety and your skin

    What do the SPF numbers mean? Can you get burnt through glass? And does sun cream go off? We take a look at five sun safety facts you should know.

    Claim back your healthcare costs

    Get money back into your bank account in days, with our 1-2-3 Health Plan from just £20 a month.

    Mental health

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    Mental health

    Dental anxiety

    We spoke to Catherine Rutland, Clinical Director at Simplyhealth and Denplan, to learn more about dental anxiety. We looked at what dental anxiety is, how often dentists see it, and what you can do to manage your anxiety if you're struggling. 

    Man feeling anxious researching symptoms online using mobile phone

    Mental health

    Managing GP appointment anxiety

    Our Head of Clinical Product and Operations, talks about appointment anxiety – what it is, what you can do about it, and how you can prepare for appointments. And why searching your symptoms online isn’t a diagnosis, and for some, it can have a damaging impact on mental wellbeing.

    Woman asleep in bed

    Mental health

    Sleep well - be well

    Review, reflect and make positive changes to your day-to-day routine to help you improve your sleep. Discover our top tips on how to sleep well and download an interactive sleep diary to help you stay on track.

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    Mental health

    A crisis taking the lives of men under 45

    Let’s dive deeper into what you can do to help yourself, others and best navigate this world with mental health.

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    Mental health

    A helping hand in the eye of a financial storm

    Practical help from Simplyhealth to alleviate the pressure of money on our minds and bodies.

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    Mental health

    Counselling for 16+ teens

    When life gets a little overwhelming, qualified professionals are just a phone call away for Simplyhealth health plan holders, and their family and over 16 year old dependants who are named on their plan.

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    Mental health

    Actual, useful tips for managing your anxiety

    Direct from our Mental Health First Aiders at Simplyhealth: discover their favourite ways to manage anxiety and stress when fear builds up.

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    Mental health

    What is body dysmorphic disorder?

    Body dysmorphia can have a huge impact on a range of aspects within your life as well as impacting those around you. Learn more about the symptoms and what you can do to combat this mental health disorder.