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What is wellness? Expat Family Health & Wellness Survey 2018

We spoke to 32 families of different nationalities living around the world to explore what ‘wellness’ means to expats.

Download the full survey here

Frequent fliers: Maintaining the health of your globally mobile workforce

Frequent travel could be having a negative impact on your employees’ health and well-being. Here’s how you and your staff can mitigate its effects.

The effects of frequent flying

Sleep: facts, stats and tips to help you get a better night’s sleep

Concerned about getting enough quality sleep, or about the effects of sleep deprivation? It’s well understood that sleep plays an essential role in maintaining mental and physical wellness. Discover the facts, stats and tips that can help you develop healthier sleeping habits.

A better night’s sleep

End-of-life care: It’s in your hands

Across the globe, the one thing that connects us all ­— mortality — tends to be shrouded in mystery and silence for many people. In some cultures, it’s perfectly natural and desirable to die at home amidst family and caregivers. But in others, too many people are spending their last days in hospital — a place designed primarily to treat disease and illness, not provide the peaceful, dignified end-of-life care and experience many of us would like. And having frank conversations about death and dying is not commonplace everywhere.

Starting the end-of-life conversation

Relocating abroad with children: 26 pieces of advice from expat parents 

We surveyed 500 families to see what they thought was the most important thing to do to settle children into their new home. This article shows the top 12 most commonly given pieces of advice, followed by 14 additional insightful dos and don’ts.

What do the expat parents say?

Total recall: Can I record my doctor's visit?

As more people record their medical appointments, we look at the benefits, whether it’s legal and how best to go about it.

What to consider

Expat mental health: Do you need a check-up? 

As expat mental health becomes more of a challenge, how can you tell if yours is suffering? And what can you do to manage your own mental health?

Helpful hints

What does 'best' mean in health care?

How do you know you’re getting the best health care? And how would you choose it? Filmmaker Suzanne Garber explains how quality, accessibility, affordability and transparency mean the best health care in the world.

What does ‘best’ mean in health care?

Using tech to tackle mental health

As technology develops and its proliferation grows, it is increasingly being applied to treating and managing mental health conditions.

Tackle mental health with tech

Quit smoking tips

Giving up smoking can improve your health and well-being in so many ways. From coping mechanisms such as surrounding yourself with support and avoiding triggers to understanding how much you’ll benefit, find out how to take control of your health now.

Stop smoking tips

Skincare tips

Natural sunlight has many benefits. It triggers the production of vitamin D and serotonin, which help protect against inflammation and boost a person’s mood. However, too much sun can be harmful to your skin. Make sure you stay safe and protect yourself from the harmful effects of overexposure.  

Skincare tips

Get smart about sugar

You don’t have to completely give up the foods you love to have a healthy, balanced diet. But it’s important to know how to keep your sugar intake in check. 

Be sugar savvy

Weight reduction tips

Maintaining a healthy weight can help you feel better and can boost your energy levels. Everyone is different, but these tips provide some habit-changing guidance that can help you get on the path to a healthier you. 

Travel lighter

Work healthy

The goal of office ergonomics is to create a work space that fits you. Find out how to better manage your health at work, particularly if you’re using a computer for the best part of the day. 

Limit computer strain on your body

Tips to improve your diet

Dieticians and nutritionists seem to agree that we should all have more fruit and vegetables, more complex carbs and less refined sugar in our diet. (Beyond that, the right nutritional balance for each individual can be more difficult to define as a range of factors, including genetics and basal metabolic rate, play a role.) These healthy eating tips will help you start to make good food choices every day. 

Healthy eating tips

Create a peaceful holiday season

The holidays can bring an increase in social occasions, family visits, spending and the availability of tempting treats. Being organised and making good choices can help you maintain your calm — and waistline — over the holidays.  

Healthy holiday tips

Home safety: Help people avoid falls

Falls are one of the leading causes of injury at home. Is your home as safe as it could be? What can you do to make sure your ageing loved ones don’t fall and injure themselves at home? 

Live safer

How to practise mindfulness

When you bring your awareness to your emotions, thoughts and experiences in the moment, you’re being mindful. You can purposefully practise this every day and use it to your advantage. Find out how. 

Learn about mindfulness

Relative and absolute: 32 expat families describe health care in their new homes

Expats from 32 countries discuss health care in Hong Kong, Spain, Mexico, Singapore, India, Nigeria, and Canada.

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What is wellness? And what is the role of health care providers?

Wellness is a personal responsibility, but what role can health care providers play in supporting its customers in staying healthy?

Read more about expat health and wellness

What is wellness? And how is it affected by living in another country?

Expats give the real stories behind the statistics: what are the benefits and challenges of expat living

Get the expat wellness details

What is wellness? Mindfulness and mental health

What are the challenges expats face trying to maintain good mental health away from home?

Find out more about mindfulness

What is wellness? The role of physical health and diet

How do expats stay healthy abroad and how does it support general wellness?

Find out more about wellness abroad

How does personal security and safety abroad impact expat wellness?

Many expats work in countries where families are at risk from wars, terror threats or petty criminals. What is it like to live with this? And how do expats tackle it? 

Find out more about wellness abroad

What do expats think of virtual health? How does it help achieve wellness? 

Technology is revolutionising health care for expats, but what do they actually think of virtual health?

Discover more about virtual health

What is wellness? And what does it mean to expats?

We spoke to 32 families living around the world to explore what ‘wellness’ means to expats. What does it mean to you?

What is wellness?

Antibiotic resistance: Do your part to fight it!

Throughout the world, antibiotic drugs have saved countless lives — and chances are pretty good you’ve taken at least one course of an antibiotic yourself. The problem is, overuse and misuse of these miracle drugs have caused some bacteria to successfully adapt in order to survive. This means that some antibiotics no longer work against some bacterial infections.

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Your dinner plate: A novel way to fight antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance has emerged as one of the world’s deadliest health crises. The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is threatening the effectiveness of last-resort treatments for life-threatening infections. You may have heard that the problem is partially driven by doctors overprescribing the medications and patients misusing them. But you might not realise that another contributing cause is the extensive use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, especially factory farming.

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11 health, wellness, stress and mindfulness techniques you can do in the office

No matter what your career choice, work can be tough on your physical and emotional well-being. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to manage your wellness during your working day. 

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Basal metabolic rate (BMR)

To maintain a healthy weight, knowing how many kilocalories to intake every day can be a great place to start. 

Calculate your BMR

Cholesterol health tips

Understanding cholesterol and its impact on health can help you to reduce your risk of developing certain conditions. 

Reduce your risk

Fitness tips

How often should you exercise? What’s the best form of exercise? A schedule of cardio, stretching

Get the fitness tips

Flu and pneumonia vaccine guidelines

Whether your immune system is fragile or you’re a frequent flyer, find out more about flu and pneumonia vaccines here.

Get the vaccine guidelines

Manage your stress and take control

Get on top of your stress levels to help avoid health complications, such as heart and blood pressure problems.

Balance your stress levels

Tips for your next doctor's visit

Whether it’s in person or via a virtual care service make sure you get the most out of your next doctor’s appointment.

Ask the right questions

How to stay strong and focused at work

Struggling to focus at work? These small changes can help.  

Learn more from our tops tips here

Expatriate mental health: Key things to know before you go

Many people living or working abroad are woefully unprepared for how the challenges of being an expatriate might affect their mental health. If you’re taking an overseas assignment for work or starting a new life abroad, arm yourself with these top tips to prevent or address common mental health issues before you go. 

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Expatriate stress: Top five pressure points  

Working abroad or accompanying your spouse on international assignment? Don’t underestimate its potential to impact your mental health. Find out how to recognise - and manage - stress, anxiety and depression.   

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Working abroad? Five ways to safeguard your mental health 

Here are five ways to prepare for the mental well-being challenges you could face when moving abroad. They’re all designed to help you prevent the onset of stress, which can lead to anxiety and depression.  

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A balanced diet abroad

Moving overseas for leisure, retirement or work is always an exciting challenge. One of the major issues to affect all expats is adapting their diet in a new country.

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10 smart snacks around the globe 

Snacking is a part of everyday life for many people. Here’s a list of some of the world’s favourite healthy snacks. 

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Why do assignments fail and how to avoid it

While there are clear benefits to relocating staff internationally, there are also risks involved on both sides: not least, the cost. Because foreign assignments are so expensive, companies involved in moving staff around the world are continually looking to find ways of ensuring sure they don’t fail. 

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10 health checks you can do at home

These 10 basic checks can help keep track of your health, monitor ongoing conditions and check symptoms – without having to leave the house.

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International child health for globally mobile families

While living and working in a new country can bring excitement and adventure, it also creates a range of unique challenges. If you’re considering emigrating with young children, it’s important to be understand how to handle any potential health issues that could arise.

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Health care for new families: an international guide

Many of us will face the challenge of nurturing a young family and developing a career simultaneously.

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Stress and your health

Try these tips for reducing stress during your relocation, wherever you are. 

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Mental health support while you're abroad

Off on an international assignment with your family? Don’t underestimate the impact relocating can have on mental health. Learn more about the challenges expats face and where you can turn to for support.

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Common anxiety disorders

Moving abroad can be a cause for anxiety. Here are some of the common forms it can take.  

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Expat parenting a child with ADHD

Moving abroad with children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can seem especially daunting. Find out how to prepare and nurture them throughout the move with our top tips.

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Eating disorders and travelling abroad

Here are some ways to prepare for the challenges you could face when moving abroad. They’re designed to help you prevent the onset or relapse of eating disorders. 

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Expat risk of depression

People are less likely to seek help for depression than for other medical conditions, even though treatments can be very effective. Make sure you’re getting what you need.

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Treating depression abroad

A guide to treating depression for those who live away from home – from medication to counselling.

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Mindfulness tips for expats

Try our tips for incorporating mindful moments into your daily routine, wherever you are

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