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Sarah has a degree in sociology and social policy and has qualified as an integrative counselor. This column focuses on women and the issues they may face in today's world.

Facing social anxiety 9 hours ago

Facing social anxiety

By  •  Health

Social anxiety, put simply, is the fear of social situations.

Living with social anxiety can be frustrating and overwhelming. Your mind is constantly jumping to the worst case scenario. …
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How to lose weight… without dieting 9 hours ago

How to lose weight… without dieting

By  •  Health

Let’s face it.

Conventional dieting doesn’t work!

Every year, the number of ‘diets’ on the market gets bigger and bigger with each one claiming that theirs is the one that …
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The Sober October Challenge 1 week ago

The Sober October Challenge

By  •  Health

Sober October has been running for years now, and it is a chance for people to challenge themselves and to give up alcohol for the entire month.

I know we …
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Recipes for success! 2 weeks ago

Recipes for success!

By  •  Health

Today, I’m going to give you a day of recipes that you can use straight away that are easy to make and they all taste great.

The one thing that …
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Watch: Why Reformer Pilates could be your new favourite exercise 2 weeks ago

Watch: Why Reformer Pilates could be your new favourite exercise

There’s something about September that makes us want to change things up. As we go back to routine, it’s always good to shake up our fitness routine and try something …
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Managing your negative thoughts 3 weeks ago

Managing your negative thoughts

By  •  Health

Negative thoughts can spontaneously pop into our heads, sometimes in an intrusive and critical way.

It can happen whilst you’re having a coffee with a friend. When suddenly a negative …
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Instagram weighs in on weight loss products 3 weeks ago

Instagram weighs in on weight loss products

By  •  Health

Last week, Instagram announced that it is rolling out new guidelines around posts that promote weight loss products and cosmetic surgery.

The decision was made in partnership with actress Jameela …
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Donegal doctor ‘knew young girls would die’ after cervical cancer vaccine was scrapped 4 weeks ago

Donegal doctor ‘knew young girls would die’ after cervical cancer vaccine was scrapped

By  •  Health

Leading doctor and former Government Minister Jim McDaid has questioned the number of young women who have died after the government ended the free HPV vaccine scheme in 2008.

Dr …
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Five training myths you may believe 4 weeks ago

Five training myths you may believe

By  •  Health

This is the second part of a 2-part article on myths.

This one looks at popular training myths and my blog from last week looked at popular nutrition myths.

I’m sure …
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5 diet myths you may believe 1 month ago

5 diet myths you may believe

By  •  Health

This is the 1st part of a 2-part article for you all.

This one will focus on popular nutrition myths and next week’s will focus on Popular Training Myths.

I’m …
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Saying No 1 month ago

Saying No

By  •  Health

Why is it so difficult to say “no”?

Having people think negatively of you is the ultimate rejection. This is a reason many people find it difficult to say “no”. …
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Summer Shape Up 2019 comes to an exciting conclusion 1 month ago

Summer Shape Up 2019 comes to an exciting conclusion

Letterkenny man Bryan Margey has won a €1,000 holiday after making an outstanding effort in the 2019 Rushe Fitness Summer Shape Up Challenge.

The ever-popular Summer Shape Up is Letterkenny’s …
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Use the back to school routine to your advantage 2 months ago

Use the back to school routine to your advantage

By  •  Health

In the next 2 weeks, the summer will be officially over.

The kids will all be back a school and everyone’s routines will start to get back to normal.

How …
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782 women waiting over a year to attend Letterkenny gynaecology clinics 2 months ago

782 women waiting over a year to attend Letterkenny gynaecology clinics

By  •  Health

It has been revealed that 782 women have been waiting over 12 months for gynaecology appointments at Letterkenny University Hospital.

191 of those women have been waiting 18 months or …
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The Food and Mood diary challenge 2 months ago

The Food and Mood diary challenge

By  •  Fitness, Health

I think we can all agree that food is great!

The members of my lean in 2019 program all agree to that too

We are always welcoming new members in …
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‘No matter how bad things may seem, there is hope’ 2 months ago

‘No matter how bad things may seem, there is hope’

By  •  Health

Julie Harrigan, 34, had always wanted to work in the legal sector. That was until depression reared its ugly head.

Originally from outside Fahan, she moved away to pursue her …
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Almost 1,800 women waiting on gynaecology appointments at Letterkenny Hospital 2 months ago

Almost 1,800 women waiting on gynaecology appointments at Letterkenny Hospital

By  •  Health

Ireland’s consultant crisis is having a ‘serious effect’ on delivery of women’s healthcare as figures show that 1,783 women are currently waiting for an appointment with a gynaecologist at Letterkenny …
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Angela McGlanaghey announced as Vitality 2019 ambassador 2 months ago

Angela McGlanaghey announced as Vitality 2019 ambassador

By  •  Health

Angela McGlanaghey, of Simple Simon’s health food store in Donegal town, has been announced as a retail ambassador for Vitality 2019.

Vitality is a festival and celebration of natural …
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‘Good mental health is about finding your own happy place’ 2 months ago

‘Good mental health is about finding your own happy place’

Naomi Molloy, 23, was crowned Miss Kildare this year as she lives and works in Celbridge.

But her Donegal ties remain strong and she is focusing on both counties with …
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Your future is not defined by your Leaving Cert results 2 months ago

Your future is not defined by your Leaving Cert results

By  •  Health

If you received your Leaving Cert results today, please do not let them dictate your future and the person who you are.

I cried when I received mine, and not …
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What to do if a ‘Jenny’ is sabotaging your healthy lifestyle 2 months ago

What to do if a ‘Jenny’ is sabotaging your healthy lifestyle

By  •  Health

Each year I need to do a post about ‘Jenny’.

Around certain times of year, ‘Jenny’ seems to voice her opinion about what people do in their health and fitness …
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Great places to go and be active in Donegal 3 months ago

Great places to go and be active in Donegal

By  •  Health

We are being blessed with great weather for the time of year, so it’s time to make the most of it.

The days are crisp and bright and warm and …
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Tidy House = Tidy Mind? 3 months ago

Tidy House = Tidy Mind?

By  •  Health

The benefits of a tidy and organised home are obvious.

Cleaning can be an outlet for energy and negative emotions. Removing dust, dirt and clutter from our environment provides you …
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Mindset and motivation 3 months ago

Mindset and motivation

By  •  Health

On Saturday past, the Rushe Fitness members and myself set off on an adventure.

Oldcastle in Co Meath was our destination and “Tough Mudder Ireland” was our challenge.

When we …
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Why ‘Me’ time is a necessity, not a luxury 3 months ago

Why ‘Me’ time is a necessity, not a luxury

By  •  Health

Life can be hectic, chaotic, noisy…

It is so easy to feel overwhelmed by it all, no matter who you are or what your social media feed or stories say.


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‘If this event helps just one person then it’s job done’ 3 months ago

‘If this event helps just one person then it’s job done’

A local Letterkenny woman has organised an enjoyable and education evening out for everyone to focus on wellbeing this August.

The ‘Mind Yourself – Women’s Wellness’ event will be held …
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A challenge to boost your brain 3 months ago

A challenge to boost your brain

By  •  Health

This week’s challenge is AS important as all the others we have done this year.

One of the best things you can do for your health is being active and …
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5 ways to manage social anxiety this summer 4 months ago

5 ways to manage social anxiety this summer

By  •  Health

Social anxiety can impact on people in different ways. Some people will find that all social situations are stressful, while others will only feel the fear when they have to …
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The Plank Challenge 4 months ago

The Plank Challenge

By  •  Health

Last week was the start of the annual Rushe Fitness Summer Shape Up challenge.

We got all the new members settled in and on Saturday, I gave them their 1st …
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Over 1,770 women facing ‘distressing’ wait to see gynaecologist in Letterkenny 4 months ago

Over 1,770 women facing ‘distressing’ wait to see gynaecologist in Letterkenny

New figures have revealed that 1,773 women are waiting to see a gynaecologist at Letterkenny University Hospital.

The number of women waiting for a gynaecological outpatient appointment nationally is now almost 30,000 (29,152).


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It’s time to live in the here and now! 4 months ago

It’s time to live in the here and now!

By  •  Health, Life

Have you ever found yourself getting drawn into work and not realising how much time has gone by?

Have you ever went on your phone to check Facebook or Instagram …
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Rushe Fitness launches biggest summer challenge yet! 4 months ago

Rushe Fitness launches biggest summer challenge yet!

This is your chance to join the Rushe Fitness community in Letterkenny for their biggest summer challenge yet.

How would you like to get in shape AND be …
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CervicalCheck inquiry unearths outsourcing to unapproved labs 4 months ago

CervicalCheck inquiry unearths outsourcing to unapproved labs

By  •  Health

The second Scally report into the CervicalCheck controversy has found that the level of outsourcing was ‘greater than originally thought’.

It has emerged that smear tests were sent to 16 laboratories, …
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Let’s talk about men’s health 4 months ago

Let’s talk about men’s health

By  •  Health

This week is Men’s Health Week 2019.

It runs from the 10th to the 16th of June and it’s time to get men talking about their health!

If there is …
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Three healthy vegan recipes that taste great too! 4 months ago

Three healthy vegan recipes that taste great too!

By  •  Health

Today, I’m going to give you a day of Vegan recipes that you can use straight away and they all taste great.

The one thing that I hear time and …
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How you can help care for a new mum 5 months ago

How you can help care for a new mum

By  •  Health

Statistics often say one thing about postpartum mood disorders and social media says another. Many new mums feel like they can’t identify with the happy messages being shared on social …
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Your guide to climbing the Cuilcagh Steps 5 months ago

Your guide to climbing the Cuilcagh Steps

By  •  Health

Unless you have been living under a rock this year, you will undoubtedly have heard of the Cuilcagh Boardwalk in Co Fermanagh.

Nicknamed the ‘Stairway To Heaven’ it had become …
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This eat REAL food challenge could be easier than you think 5 months ago

This eat REAL food challenge could be easier than you think

By  •  Health

Convenience has become part of our lives.

I have written before about how impatience can be costing us our goals when it comes to our health and fitness.

This also …
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Brave young Donegal woman inspires MS fundraiser 5 months ago

Brave young Donegal woman inspires MS fundraiser

By  •  Health

Jordana Devine’s life changed three years ago when she developed multiple sclerosis (MS).

At 21 years old, the Killygordan woman became one of the 9,000+ people in Ireland living with …
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Identity: Learning to like who you are 5 months ago

Identity: Learning to like who you are

By  •  Health

Your self-talk is one of the major factors in helping to shape your identity.

Studies show that self-talk can improve your memory, confidence and focus.

Show yourself some kindness


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Don’t compare your progress to someone else’s! 5 months ago

Don’t compare your progress to someone else’s!

By  •  Health

It is very easy to feel down when it comes to progress.

You commit yourself to your training and diet, only to have someone else get a better result than …
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World Ovarian Cancer Day – the symptoms you need to know 5 months ago

World Ovarian Cancer Day – the symptoms you need to know

By  •  Health

Today, 8th May, is World Ovarian Cancer Day.

Termed the ‘silent killer’, today is about sharing the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and encouraging women to talk to their …
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Irish women are the fourth heaviest drinkers in the world, study finds 5 months ago

Irish women are the fourth heaviest drinkers in the world, study finds

By  •  Health

A new study has found that women in Ireland are some of the heaviest female drinkers in the world.

More than a quarter of Irish women were classified as binge …
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It all comes down to choice! 5 months ago

It all comes down to choice!

By  •  Health

This might not go down well with some.

It might touch on a nerve or two.

But it’s time to realise that everything we do is a choice.

Whether you …
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Motherhood Unplugged – Why we need Maternal Mental Health Day 6 months ago

Motherhood Unplugged – Why we need Maternal Mental Health Day

By  •  Health, Mammy

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week starts April 29th – May 3rd. Maternal Mental Health Day is May 1st.

As many as 1 in 5 mothers experience some type of perinatal …
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Taking the first step into counselling 6 months ago

Taking the first step into counselling

By  •  Health

Visiting a counsellor for the first time is incredibly daunting and it can be really difficult. Many people will often think about making that first appointment for months before they …
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The fresh air challenge 6 months ago

The fresh air challenge

By  •  Health

This week’s challenge is fairly self explanatory.

I want you to get out and get at LEAST 30 mins of fresh air every day this week.

With the change in …
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Eggxtreme ways to take the fun out of Easter 6 months ago

Eggxtreme ways to take the fun out of Easter

By  •  Health

This is going to be short and sweet today. After all, it is a Bank Holiday and most of you are probably still in bed.

I am pre-empting an early …
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Let’s unplug and try the ‘Live in the Now’ challenge 6 months ago

Let’s unplug and try the ‘Live in the Now’ challenge

By  •  Health

This week’s challenge is going to follow on from last week’s Gratitude Challenge.

Last week we spoke about how social media can make us feel as if we are missing …
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Emmet’s health challenge of the week: The Gratitude Challenge 6 months ago

Emmet’s health challenge of the week: The Gratitude Challenge

By  •  Health

This week’s challenge is one that we all need to do much, MUCH more.

We live in an age of instant gratification.

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • SnapChat
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

Each …
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