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Secrets from the boudoir

Silk, shadows, and silhouettes: we speak to a boudoir photographer to find out what we can learn about body confidence and self-love from this delicate, deeply sensual artform "I’d be hesitant to put it into Google images. It gets a little bit naughty – not safe for work, as it were,” Johanna Elizabeth says, after I admit I’ve struggled to pin down a concise definition of boudoir photography, prior to our interview. “You can go from being in a snuggly jumper with a pair of socks, holding a mug

Is remote working making imposter syndrome worse?

Do you often find yourself faced with feelings of not being ‘good enough’, or that you've tricked others into thinking you're better than you are? A new study has found that you’re not alone Imposter syndrome is on the rise, according to a study by work management tool Asana. The global study, which sampled 13,000 people – including 2,010 from the UK – has found that the levels of those experiencing imposter syndrome have hit 69%, with 45% saying this has worsened for them since working in a re

Six parents share their tips for homeschooling in lockdown

We spoke to parents to find out how they’re making homeschooling work for them while taking care of their own, and their family's, mental health As schools around the country closed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, once again parents are faced with the challenges of homeschooling their children. And it’s no easy feat. Contending with schoolwork alongside juggling your own work, not to mention the mental wellbeing of your family, parents have a lot on their plate at the moment. In these

Tess Daly, on being human

She’s the beauty influencer with the brightest palette, but Tess Daly’s account is also a space of positivity and conversation, and now the platform where she shares her journey as the UK’s first person to have the latest treatment for spinal muscular atrophy. Here, we catch up with Tess about shielding in lockdown, representation, and why she doesn’t want to be called ‘brave’ Hi Tess! How has your lockdown experience been so far? I’m classed as a vulnerable person, so I was told to shield, an

5 virtual exercise classes for the whole family

Capture the fun and practicality of a PE class from the comfort of your own home With the ‘stay at home’ message firmly in place, and the temperature dropping to an icy level, we’re all looking for new ways to do things. Staying fit and healthy is a priority for a lot of us, and is particularly important when you consider the host of wellbeing and mental health benefits that comes with regular exercise. Beyond that, exercise can be a welcome distraction from day-to-day stress, and an effective

5 signs you could be heading towards burnout

Spot the signs and take action before burnout strikes A term that was first coined in the 70s by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, burnout is a mental health condition that can occur following long-term stress, leading to both physical and mental exhaustion. Burnout can be a complete loss of motivation or a sense of mental and physical fatigue. It can also be a loss of passion for things that once made you happy, and a sense of hopelessness. But there are things you can do to prevent it. On

What is future shock?

Feeling left behind and overwhelmed by the unwavering forward-motion of technology? You’re not alone. Learn how to mentally log off and reconnect with reality Technology: it’s the all-consuming, ever-evolving, attention-needing force that rules our lives. And it’s developing at an incredible rate. Our days are saturated with emojis, browsers, hangouts, hashtags, cookies, clickbait, influencers, passwords, hyperlinks, cyberspace, pins, posts, likes, follows, IMO – AITA? Overwhelmed? You’re not

How to spot a fad diet

Don’t be taken in by false promises! Learn how to spot an unsustainable diet, and prioritise your health and happiness this New Year We all know the drill. The New Year comes around and suddenly we’re bombarded with ‘New Year, new you’ ad campaigns, promising that the latest diet is guaranteed to transform your body, and your life. The hard truth is that the majority of diets just don’t work. Not just because they may be factually inaccurate or designed for mass consumption rather than individ

5 Christmas films with a mental health message

We round-up seasonal screen warmers, that teach us a thing or two about wellbeing, relationships, community, and acceptance ‘Tis the season to get cosy in front of a good film, and luckily there are plenty to choose from. We know that Christmas films tend to have a feel-good element to them, but have you ever stopped to think about what they can teach us about mental health and wellbeing? Here, we round-up some of our favourite Christmas films, and take a look at the things that they can teach

4 virtual tools for combatting loneliness this Christmas

This year, many people are facing the prospect of spending the festive season alone. 2020 has already been tough enough, and in the past nine months we’ve watched as the numbers of people reporting loneliness have edged ever higher. Many people may be facing the prospect of Christmas on their own for the first time, something that could be causing a great deal of sadness, frustration, and anxiety. “But there are also two categories of people for whom the lockdown restrictions will make little

Sometimes, you just have to let yourself feel it

Following the news that Christmas 2020 will be very different for households across the UK, Happiful’s head writer, Kathryn Wheeler, reflects on managing bad news and finding hope in hard times, and reaches out to mental health professionals for their advice It was midday Saturday 19 December when I first started picking up on whispers that something big was about to be announced. By 4.30 PM, push notifications, reports, tweets, texts, clips, and frantic phone calls confirmed that the planned r

Survey finds nearly one in five women could have an eating disorder

New data from The Health Survey for England uncovered that 19% of women screened positive for a possible eating disorder when questioned about their relationship with food According to charity Beat, eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that can involve restricting or avoiding food, bulimia, binge eating, and anorexia. As with all experiences, eating disorders exist on a scale but, wherever someone sits on that scale, it’s still vital to take their experiences seriously. Monitoring the

How to apologise, authentically

Begrudgingly, desperately, softly, sincerely – however you go about it, we all have to make up for the things we’ve done every now and then. But how can we ensure that our apologies have real meaning? With help from psychotherapist Ruth Parchment, we explore what makes a real apology, and the tips you can use to make amends, for good The importance of apologies is something that’s drilled into us from when we’re young children. Think back – can you remember parents and teachers instructing you

85% of seniors are now talking about their mental health

New research has suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many senior people to begin to open up about their mental health They may be the generation known for upholding the ‘stiff-upper-lip’, but new research from Amica has suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has prompted many seniors to begin to have conversations about their mental health. In their survey of more than 1,400 American and Canadian seniors, Amica discovered that 85% are now talking about their mental hea

Kenny Ethan Jones on mental health, role models and representation

He made history by becoming the first trans man to front a period campaign and, since then, the only way is up for activist Kenny Ethan Jones as he tackles topics from body politics to mental health, all with his signature dose of candid authenticity. Here, we find out more about the journey that led him to where he is today Hi Kenny! When we spoke in May 2020, you said that mental health mattered to you because it’s a universal experience. That stuck with me, what did you mean by that? We’re

8 LGBTQ+ brands to support this Christmas

From unique homeware to the retro-inspired exercise class membership, we’re rounding up some of our favourite Christmas gifts from LGBTQ+ brands This Christmas, a lot of us are thinking about where we’re spending our money. After the year we’ve all had, it makes sense that we want to give back to local communities, small sellers, and those who have social change at the heart of their businesses. In recent years, huge strides have been made in LGBTQ+ representation, inclusion, and equality – bu

Santa officially given essential worker status

In the must-see official letter and video, Santa is cleared to continue his work in the UK and Ireland It’s the question on a lot of children and families' minds at the moment: What about Santa? Could he be held up by current travel restrictions? Will he be forced to self-isolate for 14 days? Should he be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines? Understandably, there's a considerable amount of concern about his wellbeing. But, after much speculation, it appears the government has fi

15 unique Christmas gifts from independent sellers

Shop small this year, from the pick of our favourite independent sellers who, in their own way, are having a positive impact on the world Christmas is going to be a little different this year. But something that will never change is the power of generosity. Nothing beats the feeling of watching someone’s face light up with delight as they unwrap a thoughtful present selected just for them, and when you shop from independent sellers, not only are you able to uncover truly unique gifts, but you’r

5 compliments that aren’t about how someone looks

Want to let someone know you appreciate them without falling back on clichés? Look no further, we’re here to inspire There’s nothing wrong with letting someone know that they’re easy on the eye, but when we centre our compliments around the way we look, it can put an unequal focus on our physical appearance, rather than the people that we truly are. Besides, we can be more creative than that. Here, we offer five compliments to inspire you for the next time you want to let someone know how much

5 ways to de-escalate stressful situations

Don’t be a bystander. Learn how to gently step in, and soothe stress, with these simple steps It’s never easy to see someone else going through a stressful time. It can often leave us feeling hopeless, agitated, and maybe even stressed ourselves. But, with the right amount of caution and gentle management, there are several things that we can do to support those going through stress, helping them to manage their emotions in the moment, and also look forward to addressing the root of the problem
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