Ways to Boost Your Mood During Summer (+ Help with Reverse SAD)

Out of the four seasons, Summer is my least favourite. It’s hot, sweaty and can be very uncomfortable to sleep. I also burn very easily (even in overcast English weather) which doesn’t help my ill feelings towards the Summer season either! And I’m not the only one; an estimated 10% of people in the UK experience depressive episodes in the Summer months. Commonly referred to as “Summertime Sadness” or the clinical name ‘Reverse SAD’. Photo by Alexander Shustov on Unsplash. But why do some people experience low moods this time of year? Aren’t the bright sunny days supposed to brighten […]

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Why You Should Date Yourself (+7 Easy Ways to Do It)

When was the last time you did something nice for yourself? A week ago? A month? Longer? Sadly, you’re not the only one… So many of us put the needs of others before our own; whether that’s friends, family members, or even romantic partners. But you should try to make time; when you date yourself you get the chance to do what you love, boost your self-confidence and gain more independence. You may even learn more about yourself too. So it’s important to try and fit in some ‘me time’ whenever you can. Dating yourself can be hard. Being comfortable […]

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How I’m Embracing Body Positivity ft. Tutti Rouge *

AD, GIFTED | Body positivity is something I’ve always struggled with; I’m not plus-sized but I’m not skinny either. I find myself somewhere in the middle and I always have been. I’ve been bullied for being “fat”, but also told I’m not big enough to have body image issues! So does that mean I shouldn’t be embracing body positivity myself? No, it doesn’t, but it can certainly feel that way. Because, feeling beautiful has everything to do with how you perceive yourself. It’s about embracing your flaws (real or otherwise), and being comfortable with the person staring back at you […]

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Eco-Friendly Hiking Tips for Beginners *

AD, GIFTED | If you’d told me 10 years ago that I’d love hiking and even consider it one of my favourite hobbies, I wouldn’t have believed you. In fact, you wouldn’t have seen me doing much leisure walking at all! Besides the occasional canal path walk with my mum that is. It’s true. The thought of going for a walk for fun seemed alien to me; but, thankfully, over the years those little walks with my mum, which were more to do with supporting her, became fun for me as well. The walks got longer and I felt fitter […]

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How You Can Protect Our World’s Oceans | World Oceans Day 2020

Today is World Oceans Day, an annual, global event celebrating the role of our world’s oceans in everyday life. Its aim is to spread awareness on how we can protect our world’s oceans, restore them, and learn to use marine resources sustainably. And a chance to show the world why our seas are so important. Why should you help protect our world’s oceans? According to World Oceans Day’s website, healthy oceans are critical to a healthy planet and to healthy people. Because our oceans do so much more for us than we realise, from producing oxygen for us to breathe, […]

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2020 Goals Update

The first few months of the year started off well for me and I was feeling pretty positive about the year ahead. I was luckily enough to see one of my favourite bands – Slipknot – in concert at the end of January. And enjoyed a bunch of day trips in February and March too, including Crocodiles of the World and a ride on the Cheltenham ferris wheel – which I’d highly recommend! But then the pandemic hit and things went from positive to uncertain pretty rapidly. To be honest, I almost decided not to post my 2020 goals update, […]

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