You Drive your Journey to Health

We promote everyone taking responsibility for their life situations. We cover all aspects of health – physical, financial and mental, and our life journey.

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We help you assess your own health, then see where your health is good and where there could be improvements, then try to help you get better.  We use questionnaires to assess every area of health, from smoking to stress to personality types. Take our overall wellness questionnaire and see how it works!

About You Drive Health

We believe in what we’re doing.  We want to create a community of people who care.  You can register and then start to understand and improve your health.

"We try to help with all aspects of health - physical, financial and mental, and encourage you to take personal responsibility for your own health"
Kristi Bowman author of 4 Keys to More Happiness
Kristi Bowman
Author - A Butterfly Life, 4 Keys to More Happiness

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Physical Health

Physical Health

Physical health is important to everyone, and when this starts to go wrong, it impacts on your financial and mental health. Obvious examples include sickness preventing work, with its impact on family finances, and also the depression that can result.

These are our drives in physical health. Click on one to go there.

Financial Health

Financial problems can lead to stress, illness and depression. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do for the best financially – it’s the toss of a coin

These are our drives in financial health. Click on one to go there.

Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental health is closely linked with other forms of health, but not as obvious. It can lead to financial and physical problems as well as being distressing in its own right.

These are our drives in mental health. Click on one to go there.

Life Journey

So you must try to enjoy your life and make the most of it – it’s not a rehearsal! Now is the time to make the changes you need to make to become the best you can be.

These are the stages of life in our journey. Click on one to go there.

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We believe in what we’re doing. We want to create a community of people who care. Go to ‘About' to see what we do.

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We post regular posts and news articles - you can too!

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Let's hope we're getting back to normal!

YouDriveHealth news for February 2022

We’re just about to start changing our look and feel, which hopefully will make everything a bit faster too.  You’ll see some changes – initially our Home page, then some drives will change – new material as well as a new layout.

We’re re-testing our new process allowing people to assess their own health and take steps to improve it, and we expect to start rolling out in stages over the next month or so – watch this space! 

If you are interested in contributing to our site, via posts, articles, links to their site, providing papers etc for download then click the button on the right and fill the form in.

Apologies if you’ve contacted us already – please redo using the above.

How To Use Our Site

  • We want to help people in all aspects of their health  – physical, financial and mental. 

  • We cover a number of areas in each category – we call the ‘Drives’

  • We also know that people are at different stages of life, so we summarise that in ‘Life Journey’.

Overall Site and Home page

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Our Home page reflects what we do, and what we stand for.

It allows you to see what we believe in in terms of personal responsibility, as well as showing our Drives and the Life Journey.

If you register (see below) then you can download our health quiz.

It shows you our most popular posts and gives access to our blog.

All our pages allow you to register (or sign up) to YouDriveHealth.  We’ll never ask you for financial details, but signing up allows you to download materials and papers from our site. When you register you provide an email address and we’ll send you a link.

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We want to create a community, so we encourage people to comment (once they’ve registered).

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Our Drives

We list our drives on our home page, with some explanatory text. Hover over one and click it to go there.

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You can also hover over the Health menu item and the full menu of Drives will open up.

The headings Physical, Financial and Mental also relate to summary pages, as does Health.

Each Drive is represented by an icon, and on each Drive there is s navigation bar which you can use to go to another Drive. These are in alphabetical order.

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Our Drives provide you with more information from relevant and trusted sites, and allow you to give a rating depending on how helpful you found it.

We also provide support if you need help achieving your goal, either from specific organisations or by showing you things which might help you.

Life Journey

We know that people are at different stages of their life, and we summarise that in ‘Life Journey’.

It deals with three stages of life – childhood, maturity and later life.

Each Life Stage also has an icon, and has a general introduction

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Each stage then has specific information relevant to that stage of life – e.g. DNA, maternity through to adolescence.

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About

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About explains about YouDriveHealth. It explains (again) how our site works, and what we believe, then describes our approach to support – getting the help you might need.

Then it covers our Vision, Mission Statement and our Values.

It then gives you the opportunity to register or sign in.

Blog

We regularly post news and articles relevant to specific Drives or about health generally, and these can be seen in our blog.

Clicking on the Blog menu item takes you to the blog summary, which lists posts by category and also the most popular posts.

The right hand side of the Blog provides additional information and allows you to select what you want to see.

There are instructions on how to use the blog and also a button to take you to the full blog, which contains all our posts

The full blog shows posts in chronological order, and again the right hand side allows you to select what you want to see. It runs to many pages and is growing!

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What We Believe

Taking personal responsibility

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  • We want to help people in all aspects of their health  – physical, financial and mental. We also provide detailed explanations of how overall health (or well-being) is measured.
  • We believe these things are often linked, so we try and address health holistically. We are building flow charts and decision trees to help you identify what’s important to you.
  • We think people should try and take responsibility for  of their own health as much as they can.  See below for what that means.

People look at things differently.  Some people believe things happen to them, while others believe they can influence what happens to them. Technically this is called the ‘locus of control’.  People can have an Internal or external Locus of Control

Internal

  • More likely to take responsibility for actions
  • Tend to be less influenced by others

External

  • Blame outside forces for what happens
  • Don’t believe they can change their situation themselves

People tend to take more responsibility (locus gets more internal) as they get older.  However, external isn’t always bad – for example if you are physically unable to do some things you can accept it and focus on the things you can do.  This American video explains the concept and gives examples of how this can affect relationships.

So how do you see things?

If you want to find out how you see things, you can take a test to show what your locus of control is.  Most of the tests are based on work by Rotter dating back to 1966 – many have been updated since. 

Psychology Today have a 15 minute test which gives you a summary of your position you can buy the detailed results if you want to.

My Personality Test have a 10 minute test which gives you a summary.

It's OK saying you can take control, but what if the s%^t really hits the fan?

It’s too easy to be smug and say you need to control your own destiny.  We know that things can really hit you hard – there are many things you really can’t control.  That’s why we think this isn’t all you need to know.  There’s another VITAL lesson that goes with it.

E + R = O

an Event + your Response = the Outcome

Many people when they don’t get what they want blame the events in their life.  Actually they have no control over events – things happen.  However, the outcome is determined not just by the event but by your response to it – and you can control your response. 

Event + Response = Outcome

If you let the Event control the Outcome, and you don’t like the Outcome – you can only change your Response – not the Event.

This short video explains this – you can read more 

For a longer example – look at this US motivational speaker giving a real life example – it’s worth persevering with!

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YouDriveHealth and Interventions

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Where YouDriveHealth applies

We understand that if your problem has been going a while and is severe, you need to get it fixed urgently with professional help. We call this an intervention.

We deal with situations where you’re not even sure you have a problem (but might want to improve some aspect of your life) through to where it’s serious (such as deciding to seek expert help). Often help is needed in other areas AFTER some expert intervention in one area (e.g. looking at jobs or help with depression after an operation).

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So on a scale ranging from no problem to as bad as it gets, we deal with areas with no problem to serious – after this you need serious expert help.

Also, these areas are interlinked.  Often a problem in one area has a knock-on effect on others. Losing your job can lead to anxiety and depression, which can turn you drink and impact your health.

You might have a severe issue in one area but that can lead to problems in other areas, and the people treating you for the first problem won’t be equipped to deal with these linked issues.

For example, doctors and nurses can treat you for a physical problem but can’t advise you about your job or finances.

We take a holistic view – we look at all areas and offer support across the whole spectrum.

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Fantasy and Reality

Difference between sexual fantasy and reality

Well for many fantasies are just that and are kept to the individual or partner. Those can sometimes be extreme in nature but that’s where it stops and it never gets to reality. Some partners want to go further and put the fantasy into reality.

Well in this case it requires thinking through especially if it involves third parties or doing things whereby you can get caught. There is nothing wrong with turning a legal fantasy into reality provided everyone is truly consenting and not coerced into it.

Pornography is now almost universally available - on phones, computers and tablets. It's no longer a case of 'top shelf' magazines! Can watching porn spice up a sexual relationship, or is it a sad addiction? Who watches porn anyway? How real is it? Is there a balance between a bit of spice and a compulsion?

Multi-partner, Group, threesomes, orgies, are not for everyone and need to be planned otherwise things could backfire. There are people who enjoy these types of sexual gratification but if a partner is reluctant then they should never be coerced or forced. Sex and sex acts do magical things to our bodies naturally but the brain has to remain in control and make sure the act doesn’t turn into an addiction.

Why not take the sex addiction test in the tabs below and see how you get on?

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OCEAN Personality Types

People tend to believe that each individual is different and unique in their own way. While that may be true to an  extent, it’s not entirely accurate.

It’s certainly not helpful when firms are trying to recruit people ‘of a certain type’.

When it comes to personality types, there are tests that categorise people into one of a few groups that describe their characteristics.

The ‘Big Five’ personality traits  characteristics are :

  • Openness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extraversion
  • Agreeableness
  • Neuroticism

Easily remembered as OCEAN.  You can find out what type of person you are by taking a free test here.  It’s from Truity and doesn’t need an email or login.

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Holiday habits

• A third of Britons who go abroad return to the same resort every year
• The average UK holidaymaker has been to the same place four times
• More than one in ten return to the same holiday spot ten or more times – and many even try to book the same hotel room.
• More than a third, 34 per cent, go to the same restaurant they ate at on their last trip, and more than a quarter, 26 per cent, don’t even bother trying to find new drinking locations
• Some 59 per cent of us go on the same holiday in successive years
• McDonalds and KFC are worldwide brands and people in a foreign city can always head to a McDonalds and KFC because you only need to point at the picture and with 3 fingers held up means you want 3 – language barrier overcome. No slight embarrassment not knowing the menu or protocol.
• Many go back because it is the easy option.

No more seasonal fruit and veg - but at what price?

Years ago we had seasonal fruit, but not now. Strawberries were April to August – now it’s January to November under poly-tunnel. How can a plant produce so much fruit??? Artificial feeding. How can they be so big?  Artificial feeding. How can they look so pristine with not a mark on them? Artificial feeding and pesticides to keep the insects off. But because they are grown in artificial circumstances they can attract new types of diseases so chemicals are added to stop those diseases taking off. But, is there an alternative? Yes buy organic fruit and veg – at least there is an element of inspection and testing.

Fresh food could be as bad as processed food

What is becoming scarier than processed food is fresh food. The farmers and scientists and government are now on a mission to feed the increasing population, HOW? Well, producing fresh food that we can grow quicker, faster, bigger, disease free and more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. But all these things come at a price.
The chemicals that farmers and growers put on the land to grow super-fast produce mean that the feed is so powerful it can double the growth and size in half the time. The pesticides they put on the plants kills everything and anything that lives on a plant, just so we don’t have a marked apple on the shelf. We do need chemicals to stop some diseases on fruit and veg but the chemicals on fruit and veg today go much further. This article in the Daily Mail on 1st November 2018 said;

On average, new research has found, a supermarket potato will have been doused with an astonishing 30 active ingredients (an active ingredient is the part of a substance or compound that produces its chemical or biological effect). Compare that to 40 years ago — when a potato would have been treated with just 5.3 active ingredients — and you start to see how mind-bogglingly dependent farming in Britain today is on chemicals.

Meat - is that healthy to eat?

Well years ago it was. When animals could go into the fields and eat grass and get normal supplements to keep them fit and healthy.  But then big business wanted more and started to produce feeds like rocket fuel, the sort of food body builders eat to accelerate muscle and weight. Can you blame them? Not really. If someone says; “Hey, here’s a food that will treble the size of your animal in half the time, which means you get it to market faster and it’s cheaper to feed, so less cost and more profit.”  Who wouldn’t?

But then you look at what they feed the animals and think it just doesn’t pass straight through the animal and out the other side – it is absorbed into the flesh. And then humans eat it. But, what’s the alternative? Locally produced, farm and grass reared, local butcher sold meats. Organic, just to add a bit of assurance nothing has been used on the land.

Out of date bread - where does it go after the supermarket?

Ever wondered where the old out of date bread goes when it comes off the supermarket shelves? Well it goes to a special company and it is all ground together into a giant mincing machine and ground up into crumbs. This includes the coloured branded plastic bag it came in and the tag on the end. As bread is yeast based it requires further chemicals to stop another fermentation process taking place.

It is then sold to farmers for winter feed to cows who eat the crumbs and plastic bag and tag. We then milk the cow or eat the beef. Just to remind you cows stomachs may be big but they are not designed to eat colour printed plastic. Yet again another Food Standards Agency and Agricultural Agency getting together to provide winter feed at a cheap cost with no regard for the cow or the consumer. But what’s the alternative – organic milk. Aldi, Co-op and Sainsbury sell organic milk very competitively.

Farmed fish / shellfish - is it good for us?

So what do we know, well firstly fish living together in huge pens in huge quantities attract disease. They also, in the case of salmon, lose their colour, so scientists created a food that has colour built in and contains chemicals that kill the fish lice and then we eat it. Take a look on YouTube at the investigations and make your own mind up.

The biggest fish farms in the world are now in the Baltic Sea. They farm pollock, haddock and cod and we also know the Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas on the globe. But, what is the alternative – fish caught in the open ocean.

Shellfish is a popular product in the UK but most prawns come from Thailand, Vietnam and South America. All are farmed. But, what’s the alternative – organic and ocean caught never farmed.

This recent documentary opens your eyes to fish farming and the issues they have  – click here.  

When is the best time to eat?

It’s not just eating the right food or drinking the right amount of water – it’s about when we do this. In the UK we eat as fuel and don’t eat for pleasure. We often push food down our throats as fast as we can – often late in the evening just before we go to bed!!  There is an old saying breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, dinner like a prince and supper like a pauper. Eating during the day gives our bodies the chance to work off the fuel we have put into our bodies. Many people have such busy days they don’t get time to eat during the day. If you’re that busy your body needs fuel so snack every hour or two if you cannot give up the time at lunch to eat. Little and often is recommended rather than a big meal at the end of the day.

We are creating a new type of member – the YouDriver.

YouDrivers will be able to build their own health dashboard – they will take health questionnaires to see how healthy they are, they will look at all aspects of their health and understand exactly what matters to them.

They will go on a journey to decide which health areas they want to work on, how they want to tackle these and then they will be able to build their own action plans. 

We’re also inviting more people to get involved – whether by contributing their own views or by offering support to our site visitors.

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We have built the YouDriver Dashboard, which will enable everyone to check their own health, decide which areas to tackle and build their own action plans.

We have also built a full contributions system, whereby people will be able to sign up to contribute posts, articles, links and downloads. At this stage, we’re checking who may be interested before any soft launch – let us know your thoughts.