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The mental danger of darker nights

Today there were six-hundred and sixty-six minutes of daylight. Tomorrow there will be six-hundred and sixty-two. The days are dawning darker and the nights are drawing in. I’m not afraid of the dark, but I’ve been taught to view it as dangerous. As a woman, it is easy to feel increasingly confined as the days […]

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“Treat yourself!”…with kindness: Our capitalist conception of self-care

In an ideal world, to practise self-care, I would swaddle myself in a luxurious Egyptian cotton towel, smother myself with a face mark that’s so expensive it could be liquid gold (although, I’m not sure that would work wonders for my pores), and dunk myself into velvety, bubbly waters. Like most struggling students, however, this […]

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How I am learning to set boundaries with my anxiety

CW: Anxiety, Stress Anxiety is experienced by different people across all walks of life and comes in many shapes and forms. I have experienced anxiety and depression almost my entire life, it started in early childhood and has followed me into adulthood. I worry about everything, even though worrying is normal, I realised it was getting […]

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Pandemic passions: making time out count

A brand new 2020 diary, scrumptiously leather-bound with gorgeous thick paper waiting for my scrawling hand. Fast forward to March 2021 and this diary is practically empty. My concept of time has been completely rehashed, all tasks rotating around the small circle of kitchen-desk-bathroom. My social calendar is blank and my scheduled hours at University […]

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Cameras on? ‘Zoom face’ and digital dysmorphia

Social media and the online world in general have long been harbingers of body insecurity, especially for young women. From the unattainable standards of Instagram models and teen TikTok stars to Snapchat filters that alter your entire facial bone structure, we are all striving towards looking more and more like digitally retouched versions of ourselves, […]

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Curbing Coronavirus Spending

It is no surprise that with increased time at home and little to no activities to fill that time with, I find myself scrolling through a seemingly endless array of online shops. I might not be spending money on meals out or drinks with my friends, but the amount I’m spending online is definitely on […]

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Wellness: more than just a face mask

With less access to support circles due to COVID-19, it is all the more vital to perform ‘self-care’. But what does ‘self-care’ really mean? Too often social media suggests face masks, baths and exercise classes are the key. I wholeheartedly disagree. These are enjoyable but transient, and as effective long-term as a bandage is to […]

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Scandinavian tips to beat the winter blues

With the arrival of Blue Monday in this particular dismal start to the year, with increasing political tensions and rising Covid cases, the winter nights certainly seem darker, longer and lonelier. However, with this article, I hope to suggest some expert Scanidanavian winter advice, which has a reassuring success rate as Scandinavian countries top the […]