Staying healthy

Should women get leave for period pains?

On my drive this morning, listening to LBC Radio in the car, I heard an interesting feature asking listeners if they think that women should get a day off for period pains. My initial response was complete shock: isn’t it enough that maternity leave, emergency childcare and just plain old annual leave can raise eyebrows when you’re a working mum, but period pain leave? Really?

Looking for love this Christmas? What to talk about on a date

Your friends would say you could talk the hind legs off a donkey, but when it comes to going n a date, you find yourself lost for words – and that’s not because you don’t like your date. So how to do avoid an awkward silence? What topics are safe to talk about, without being dull small talk?

Communication is an integral part of any date because it’s not just about wining and dining – it’s your opportunity to get to know your date better. By asking the right questions, you will get a clear idea of the person you’re dating and will be able to say whether he’s your match or whether it will be the first and the last time you see him.

No time to read? Don’t be a statistic… find out how to read a book a day

According to a youGov survey almost 4 million adults never read for pleasure. While you might blame technology for taking over where a good book would pass the time, or the fact that we’re just too busy to read, making progress in life requires that you seek knowledge.

So how do you make sure you keep learning?

Save the gym membership – try these calorie-busting chores and lose weight

Spring’s on the way, and that means the bikini season isn’t that much further behind. No pressure, then, for the rush to lose weight and firm up those wobbly bits…

But the answer might already be at the tips of your fingers. Yes, believe it or not, housework really can help you burn those calories.

According to fitness experts British Military Fitness, housework really does pay!

Get your ship in order: How to lessen the load as a working mum

Forget all notions about being Superwoman. By now, you’ll know that it was fictitious and she didn’t have children anyway!

Being a working mum takes some effort. All the juggling of childcare, shopping, work commitments, social activities for the children, and then just taking a breath for yourself can be exhausting.