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There’s an app for everything. There’s an app for counting sheep and an app for licking icicles. There are apps that let you pop virtual pimples and spin off rolls of toilet paper.

There are also apps promising to change your life for the better, namely by helping you lose weight. Quite a number of them, actually. Mostly, the idea seems to be that you sign-up with your start-weight and then you can build a weight-loss plan, design a fitness regime or bet on yourself to lose weight.

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There's a trap we all fall into which I call the Before You Know It Phenomenon. Life and work are so full of demands and challenges that we often become distracted and take our eye off maintaining our wellbeing.

Over the days, weeks, months and years, the cumulative effect of not placing an emphasis on our wellbeing mounts up.

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"I told my boss I couldn't come into work today because of a cold. I thought it seemed more of an acceptable reason than anxiety so bad I couldn't leave the house." 

Have you heard of Whisper?

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We all know that being outside is good for us. Exercise keeps us fit and there are plenty of psychological benefits too. Good Day At Work Content Editor, Tori Wastnedge, speaks to Garden Designer, TV Presenter and psychology enthusiast Dr. Juliet Sargeant, about how organisations can catch the gardening bug. 

Between Friday 31st July and Thursday 6th August, Manchester City Centre will be transformed into a sprawling garden party with the annual Dig The City festival. Celebrating the joys of gardening, the festival promises to bring colour, life and learning to the city, not least of all because gardening is fast becoming an increasingly popular way to experience all the benefits of being outside.

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Recently, the Robertson Cooper team took a day out of the office to collect our thoughts, connect the dots across the business and play the drums. Marketing Executive and Good Day At Work Content Editor, Tori Wastnedge, dishes the dirt on what it’s like to work for a wellbeing company.

My first day as Marketing Executive at Robertson Cooper was three months ago, and also happened to fall on “RC Day”. I remember thinking I’d picked a brilliant time to start – it was a whole day dedicated to talking about the company’s mission, new ideas, projects and clients, and communicating what’s going on in our day-to-days. And, because everyone from the company played a part, I got to meet everyone in the same room at the same time which, because our business psychologists are always out delivering and we have a few remote workers, is quite rare.

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