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Watch: Donegal mum opens up about shock MS diagnosis 6 days ago

Watch: Donegal mum opens up about shock MS diagnosis

By  •  Health, Life

Life has changed a lot recently for Donegal mum and teacher Maggie Green, but this month she is focusing on helping others in a special way.

Maggie is encouraging people …
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BreastCheck programme to resume next week 1 week ago

BreastCheck programme to resume next week

By  •  Health

The HSE’s breast screening programme will resume on Tuesday 27th October, it has been confirmed.

The screening programme was paused seven months ago due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

BreastCheck units …
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Why this is the right time to set a new health routine 2 weeks ago

Why this is the right time to set a new health routine

By  •  Health

We are all back in uncertain times. 

Yet again we are back in a situation where so many of us are out of work and confined to our homes.

We …
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Women and partners ‘still waiting’ for maternity visiting rights 2 weeks ago

Women and partners ‘still waiting’ for maternity visiting rights

By  •  Health, Mammy

The Government is being called on to ensure Covid-19 restrictions are adjusted to allow partners to be present in delivery rooms and during scans.

Visitor restrictions are varied across Irish …
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One in four women had ‘fair to poor’ maternity experience in Letterkenny – Report 1 month ago

One in four women had ‘fair to poor’ maternity experience in Letterkenny – Report

By  •  Health

A new report has ranked Letterkenny University Hospital in joint-last place for maternity experiences.

The first National Maternity Experience Survey, published today, found that 26% of women had a ‘fair or …
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Demand for HSE’s breastfeeding experts rises due to pandemic 1 month ago

Demand for HSE’s breastfeeding experts rises due to pandemic

By  •  Health, Mammy

Parents of newborns in 2020 have been turning to online experts for guidance on breastfeeding.

The HSE’s recorded a 57% increase in demand for their ‘Ask Our Breastfeeding Expert’ online …
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Why it is important to celebrate your small wins 1 month ago

Why it is important to celebrate your small wins

By  •  Health

So many of us can go through the day completely disqualifying any positives that may have happened. We don’t always recognise what we have accomplished and if we do, we …
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Boost your confidence by showing yourself some self-compassion 2 months ago

Boost your confidence by showing yourself some self-compassion

By  •  Health

We all have that annoying, negative voice in our heads. The voice that criticises, doubts and generally puts you down. Destroying your confidence and feeding your anxiety.

Sometimes we …
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It’s Love Donegal Day! 2 months ago

It’s Love Donegal Day!

By  •  Health, Life

Today sees the return of the #LoveDonegal day campaign to showcase Donegal to a worldwide audience.

Taking part is easy and all you have to do is include the hashtag …
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Good news for expecting parents as maternity visiting hours change at Letterkenny Hospital 2 months ago

Good news for expecting parents as maternity visiting hours change at Letterkenny Hospital

By  •  Health

New visiting times have been introduced at Letterkenny University Hospital to allow birth partners to visit the maternity ward after a baby has been delivered.

From Monday 31st August, the …
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Meet Karen! 2 months ago

Meet Karen!

By  •  Health

Each year I usually 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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Serious failures with gynae services in Letterkenny uncovered in damning report 2 months ago

Serious failures with gynae services in Letterkenny uncovered in damning report

By  •  Health

A REVIEW into gynaecological services at Letterkenny University Hospital has delivered a damning verdict.

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The top 5 reasons you are not losing weight 2 months ago

The top 5 reasons you are not losing weight

By  •  Health

Weight loss isn’t always easy.

The premise of it is easy.  Create a calorie deficit and you will lose weight.

The execution of this, however, doesn’t always go according to …
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Meet the young couple facing cancer in style 2 months ago

Meet the young couple facing cancer in style

A young Donegal man and his wife are giving the middle finger to cancer with their punchy accessories company.

Luke Skinnader (aged 28) from Ramelton and Amelia Page (31) from …
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Three reasons to surround yourself with positive people 3 months ago

Three reasons to surround yourself with positive people

By  •  Health

The people who you spend the most time with can influence or change your mood and how you view yourself and your abilities.

When you are surrounded by positive people …
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Five high protein breakfast recipes 3 months ago

Five high protein breakfast recipes

By  •  Health

Breakfast doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when you are trying to get your morning protein in.

One question that I get most from our Rushe Fitness members, ALWAYS …
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Mental Strength 4 months ago

Mental Strength

By  •  Health

We still live in a society that somewhat values the “get up and at it” and “pull yourself together” mentality.

For years, anyone who was living with depression, anxiety or …
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Seven habits for success 4 months ago

Seven habits for success

By  •  Health

Building new habits into your daily routine is a great way to help you to get success with your goals.

Usually it takes anywhere between 14-28 days for something …
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Re-entry anxiety: How to adjust to life after lockdown 4 months ago

Re-entry anxiety: How to adjust to life after lockdown

By  •  Health

The lockdown cloud is slowly starting to lift and whilst some of us are eager to feel a sense of normality again in our lives, the prospect of a ‘new …
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Welcome news as Cervical screening resumes in July 4 months ago

Welcome news as Cervical screening resumes in July

By  •  Health

CervicalCheck screening tests are set to resume in early July.

The HSE is planning to begin testing from 6th July as it works on the backlog of suspended tests due …
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Three ways to boost your confidence 4 months ago

Three ways to boost your confidence

By  •  Health

Self-confidence is about trusting your abilities, qualities and judgment.

When you believe in yourself, you’ll be more willing to try new things. Whether you apply for a promotion or sign …
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Men’s Mental Health: What you can do to support a loved one 5 months ago

Men’s Mental Health: What you can do to support a loved one

By  •  Health

International Men’s Health Week runs each year from June 15th to 21st.

This year’s theme is ‘Restoring the Balance’ and everyone is asked to ‘part of the solution’ and do …
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Gráinne Gallanagh launches Colour Dash Family 5k 5 months ago

Gráinne Gallanagh launches Colour Dash Family 5k

By  •  Health, News

The Dancing With The Stars finalist from Donegal, who returned to work as a nurse, has backed the new venture, which is sponsored by Aldi Ireland.

The new event replaces …
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Post-lockdown anxiety: What happens now? 5 months ago

Post-lockdown anxiety: What happens now?

By  •  Health

If you live with an anxiety disorder, or if you have experienced anxiety for the first time due to the pandemic, there are things you can do to help you …
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Donegal chef Kellyann cooks up a treat for Temple Street Children’s Hospital 5 months ago

Donegal chef Kellyann cooks up a treat for Temple Street Children’s Hospital

By  •  Health, News

Kellyann Brogan (23), from Castlethird, Carrigans, is a chef at the Redcastle Oceanfront Hotel and Spa.

Her apron had been hung up in March with no certainty or clarity as …
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Double delight as Joanne completes ‘Hike for Heroes’ 5 months ago

Double delight as Joanne completes ‘Hike for Heroes’

Gortahork woman Joanne Cullen set up Hike for Heroes at the start of May in aid of Letterkenny University Hospital and the Donegal Hospice.

 Joanne is pictured above with Geraldine …
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Five ways to make weight loss easy for yourself 5 months ago

Five ways to make weight loss easy for yourself

By  •  Health

Our June challenge is in full swing in Rushe Fitness Live.

We have loads of members who are keeping healthy and active while the gyms are closed and we …
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Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself: How to help boost your self-worth 5 months ago

Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself: How to help boost your self-worth

By  •  Health

When it comes to your self-worth, only one opinion really matters — your own.

Yet we should be very gentle with ourselves as we tend to be our own worst …
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Five fitness myths that need to end now 5 months ago

Five fitness myths that need to end now

By  •  Fitness, Health

There are many myths that circulate around the fitness world.

You will hear them in the gym, in the office, talking with friends, on social media and even in …
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Living with Depression through Covid-19 6 months ago

Living with Depression through Covid-19

By  •  Health

Depression is much more than feeling sad. It is a very real mental health condition and affects the mind and body. Depression affects how people sleep, eat, and see the …
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Your free 5km walking/running plan 6 months ago

Your free 5km walking/running plan

By  •  Health

There is finally some good news starting to filter back into our lives.

With the start of the phased opening of the country happening today we not only have the …
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Donegal scientist elected as President of Lung Cancer Europe 6 months ago

Donegal scientist elected as President of Lung Cancer Europe

By  •  Health, News

A Donegal scientist has been elected as President of Lung Cancer Europe (LuCE).

Dr Anne-Marie Baird, is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College in Dublin.

Dr Baird is …
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Nursing home matron wins draw for frontline workers 6 months ago

Nursing home matron wins draw for frontline workers

A Donegal nursing home matron has won a two-room home makeover in a unique competition in appreciation of all frontline workers.

Jennifer Rankin from Trentagh, Matron of the Lake House …
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Don’t feel bad about your jiggly bits 6 months ago

Don’t feel bad about your jiggly bits

By  •  Health

Myself and Maria are helping people to stay fit and healthy in our Rushe Fitness Live classes each day and we always preach the importance of being positive about yourself …
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Caring for yourself and your family during lockdown 6 months ago

Caring for yourself and your family during lockdown

By  •  Health, Kids

The coronavirus outbreak has affected our daily lives. It can be a big adjustment, as we create a new routine at home, with home-schooling and working from home. Tensions might …
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The Positivity Challenge 6 months ago

The Positivity Challenge

By  •  Health

We are all living in uncertain times and it is very easy to feel down, let negativity take over and make it seem as if things may not get better …
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Donegal mum giving back to ‘superhero’ staff at Letterkenny University Hospital 6 months ago

Donegal mum giving back to ‘superhero’ staff at Letterkenny University Hospital

By  •  Health

A Donegal woman who has lived with kidney failure for 17 years has started a campaign to give back to Letterkenny’s Renal Dialysis Unit.

Caroline Mc Bride, aged 45, started …
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Living through isolation 6 months ago

Living through isolation

By  •  Health

This is a really challenging time for everyone. We have our good days, and our not so good days. Many people will be feeling lonely, isolated and disconnected from the …
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Grainne Gallanagh returns to nursing front line 6 months ago

Grainne Gallanagh returns to nursing front line

By  •  Health

Former Miss Universe Ireland Grainne Gallanagh has returned to nursing today after signing up to help Ireland’s fight against Covid-19.

The LYIT nursing graduate and model admitted she was “nervous” …
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Why it’s so important to set a new health routine 6 months ago

Why it’s so important to set a new health routine

By  •  Fitness, Health

We are all in uncertain times right now.

There has never been a situation like this in our lifetimes where so many of us are out of work and confined …
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5 ways to create a new routine for your wellness at this time 7 months ago

5 ways to create a new routine for your wellness at this time

By  •  Health

Without a routine, our life can feel stressful and unpredictable. If you have a mental health condition, this unpredictability and lack of structure can cause you extra stress, worry, as …
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Convoy’s Shannon helps set up virtual Race Against Corona Virus 7 months ago

Convoy’s Shannon helps set up virtual Race Against Corona Virus

Shannon and Pauric McLaughlin from Convoy have set up Race Against Corona Virus.

Both talented athletes who leaned the trade at Finn Valley AC, Shannon and Pauric have been through …
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Recipe: Low-calorie lean lasagne 7 months ago

Recipe: Low-calorie lean lasagne

By  •  Health

Evening everyone ⁣⁣I hope you’re all having a great day and are all holding up okay during this uncertain time. ⁣Tonight, I’m going to give you all a meal that …
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15 wellness tips for self-isolation 7 months ago

15 wellness tips for self-isolation

By  •  Health

The main focus at the minute with my clients, myself, my friends, my family and probably the majority of people is how can we care for our emotional and mental …
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Minding your mental health during Covid-19 7 months ago

Minding your mental health during Covid-19

By  •  Health

This is an unsettling time for us all, therefore it’s important to remember the facts and only listen or follow reliable news sources.

Anxiety creates repetitive, intrusive and fear-based thoughts. …
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Four ways to stay motivated during Covid-19 7 months ago

Four ways to stay motivated during Covid-19

By  •  Health

We are living with quite a bit of uncertainty at the minute. Our routines have been turned upside down, our daily schedules have changed and we may find it harder to motivate ourselves.

Here are 4 tips that can help us to self-motivate:

1. Welcome the challenge.

Embrace this time.

Is there anything you would like to learn or upskill in?

Re-write your daily routine. Get up and get dressed every day and face your day with a plan. Set a goal, such as clearingcout cupboards, baking, reading, calling a friend or listening to a guided meditation or breathing relaxation technique on YouTube.

2. Reflect on your motivation.

Look back on times in your life, when you were motivated. What was the underlying driver? Why did you do it? For yourself, your family or your work?

Tap into these reasons again.

This is what drives the ‘initiation phase’ and it requires focus to change our daily routines and to start new habits.

3. Self-regulation.

Self-regulation is about managing our own behaviour. This is not just about having self-control, it also involves goal setting and starting and maintaining good habits.

Creating an adaptive mindset, will help you to have the ability to adapt your goals, attitude and habits in response to the changes you may face.

4. Goal-Setting.

Many of our goals have gone or they seem uncertain. So, set a new one!

Take time and think about what you would like to do. Perhaps you may consider going down a different work path, or learn a new skill or it may be an opportunity for you to catch up on paperwork. Perhaps set some shorter, medium and longer-term flexible goals.

This pandemic provides a unique chance to reflect and recharge.

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No gym? No problem! 7 months ago

No gym? No problem!

By  •  Health

We are in the middle of the most uncertain few weeks any of us have ever seen in our lifetimes.

Buisnesses all over Ireland are closing and many of …
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Grainne Gallanagh signs up to join Ireland’s healthcare heroes 8 months ago

Grainne Gallanagh signs up to join Ireland’s healthcare heroes

Dancing with the Stars finalist Grainne Gallanagh is set to return to nursing to help during the Coronavirus crisis.

The Buncrana nurse and model (25) revealed that she has answered …
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Donegal duo leading live kitchen workouts 8 months ago

Donegal duo leading live kitchen workouts

By  •  Health

Last weekend, like so many businesses, Rushe Fitness was forced to close its doors to the public. 

Emmet and Maria made the decision to close in order to curtail the …
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We’re all in this together 8 months ago

We’re all in this together

By  •  Health

Fear and anxiety can drive us to become very self-focused. Yet our choices affect everyone around us.

We are all connected to each other, our actions will impact others.

It …
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