Feeling Frail, Being Strong

Frail Strength is a funny thing really when we think about it. It’s characterised as something physical: cartoon strongmen, huge muscles, Arnold Schwarzenegger. At a base level it’s portrayed as something that is overarchingly associated with exercise, of exerting ourselves in a physical manner or by having the stamina to endure a long period of…

Power Outfits

They say you have to fake it to make it and I think  that in some cases that’s completely true. Sometimes we don’t feel confident naturally or we need some support to feel good and comfortable in our own skin. If you can’t be confident automatically you have to make yourself feel good and then…

Learning to love yourself

It’s weird isn’t it? We spend so much time making sure we make others feel appreciated, valued and included, to praise them and take an interest in their lives, yet we rarely take the time to do the same for ourselves. Instead we’re our own harshest critics and deem ourselves worthy of comments we would never…

Friday Favourites

This week has been a good one. I’ve finally finished exams and my second year of university and have been celebrating by inducing myself into a ginger beer-infused slumber and catching up with friends. I’m going on holiday tomorrow on my first ever solo trip to Riga, Latvia and I can’t wait to nourish my…

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List for a healthier, happier you.

If you, like me, are a student and are just coming out of exam season then there’s no doubt that you’re a little bit worse for wear. Tired from days and nights of cramming, lethargic from weeks of comfort eating and starved of culture and fun from days on end of monotonous revision, you’re definitely…

How to win at exam season

Exam season, it’s like Marmite…. no scrap that we all hate it. Especially when the sun is shining and we’re stuck in the library reading source after source that we’re probably never going to quote, but we’ll read in the off chance we can use it, even though most of it goes after our heads….

Lessons learned from never being the “pretty, skinny” one

Body hang ups. We all have them. There’s always someone prettier than us and unfortunately in our cliquey society of secondary school and the world of US teen dramas we learn to associate “attractiveness” with popularity and the ability to be in a relationship. So those who aren’t popular or who are single are made…

How to create a positive thinking notebook

  From as early as I can remember I have found great comfort in writing. I would look forward to English all day, especially those lessons when the teacher uttered those magical words ” We’re going to do some creative writing.” I clearly remember telling my year two teacher that when I grew up I…

Coaxing yourself back from the ledge

I ain’t gonna sugar coat it. Right now I feel like shit.   In the early hours of this morning I entered a really dark place. I was at a party and I felt incredibly lonely. I don’t know what triggered it, I just remember one minute being fine and the next being unable to…

Ten Myths about Depression

I’d say we live in the greatest age of enlightenment. We accept that there are several ways of life, whether they be within or outside a faith; gay marriage is becoming legal in more and more countries. The voice against everyday sexism and sexual abuse is becoming louder and the information age  means that we…

A Valentine’s Day guide for singles

  There are some dates that we just don’t look forward to. Dentist appointments, exam season, for some of us, Christmas. They fill our bellies with dread and we would rather forget their existence. But there’s one day of the year that most singles dread the most and that is Valentine’s Day. Let’s face it…

What to do if you’re having a bad day

Bad days. We’ve all had them. Sometimes it’s a combination of little things going wrong, sometimes it’s something major that really upsets us or pisses us off. Sometimes we wake up in a shitty mood and have absolutely no idea why. Most of the time I’m in a great mood, yet there are those days…