Lifestyle changes

You may decide that you want to change your lifestyle for a number of reasons, some of which may or may not be linked to your health. Whatever made you decide to do this, there are a number of health apps that could help you. You can look at some of these in the ‘Apps for managing lifestyle changes’ section below.

There are also websites which have lots of information. The NHS: Home website is full of excellent material, with links to different apps, and covers a wide range of health and lifestyle issues such as:

Abuse
Addiction
Adoption and fostering
Alcohol support
Allergies
Autism
Back health and exercises for back pain
Bereavement
Bites and stings
Black health
Bone health
Breast cancer
Bullying
Cancer prevention
Cancer, living with
Child health 6-15
Children’s sleep
Colds and flu
Complementary and alternative medicine
Contraception guide
Cosmetic surgery
Couch to 5K running plan
Dental health
Diabetes
Digestive health
Disability
Drugs information and addiction support
Eat4Cheap challenge
Eating disorders
End of life care
Exercise
Exercise: getting started
Eye health
Facial disfigurement
Family health
Fatigue
Fertility
Fitness
Fitness Studio: exercise videos
Five a day
Food and diet
Food safety
Foot health
Gay health
Good sex
Healthy Christmas
Healthy eating
Healthy recipes
Hearing problems
Heart health
Incontinence
Infertility
Insomnia
Kidney health
Learning disabilities
Lesbian health
Living with a condition
Lose weight
Medicines and pharmacy
Menopause
Men’s health 18-39
Men’s health 40-60
Men’s health 60-plus
Menstrual cycle
Mental health
Moodzone
Pain
Penis health
Periods
Pharmacy and medicines
Pregnancy
Prostate health
Puberty
Ramadan
Schoolchildren
Screening and testing
Sex and young people
Sexual health
Skin
Sleep
Snoring
South Asian health
STIs
Stop smoking
Strength and Flex
Stress, anxiety and depression
Stroke
Student health
Summer health
Superfoods evidence
Talking about sex
Teen boys 15-18
Teen girls 15-18
Tiredness and fatigue
Transgender health
Travel health
Treatment abroad
Vaccinations
Vagina health
Vegetarian and vegan diets
Volunteering
Weight loss plan
Weight loss support
Winter health
Women’s health 18-39
Women’s health 40-60
Women’s health 60-plus
Workplace health
Youth mental health

It is also possible that if the reason for your lifestyle change is a result of a medical condition, your practice nurse or GP might suggest Flo could be of benefit to you. Losing weight, stopping smoking, exercising more could be helped by text reminders from Flo. There is a short video below showing how Flo works.

Facebook is being used in some situations by local clinicians, where ‘Closed Facebook Groups’ are set up to enable invited people to join a group of others with a similar problem, such as weight management. Although there is usually a clinician involved, to make sure that any advice suggested is sensible, on the whole people support each other with encouragement, tips, and sympathy. It’s really useful to be able to message others who know exactly what you’re going through, as they understand better than anyone how difficult it can be. There is a video below of a nurse and patient describing how a closed Facebook group has worked for patients with atrial fibrillation.