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Back to our roots: the benefits of self-sufficiency

Can a simple, more self-sufficient lifestyle help us to feel grounded? The afternoon sun is in the sky, through an open window you can hear the sound of chickens gently clucking and cooing and, beyond that, bees buzz hypnotically in and out of a handbuilt hive. On the kitchen counter, clipped sweet peas blossom in a jar of water, and a loaf of freshly baked bread is cooling besides a trug of vegetables – ready to be prepped for tonight’s dinner. If that sounds idyllic to you, you wouldn’t be a

Researchers discover a genetic link between anxiety and depression

Anecdotally, many people can attest to the way anxiety and depression often come together. But, now, a new study has discovered more than 500 genes that link the conditions together, in research that gives hope for future treatment According to the World Health Organisation, 4.4% of the global population lives with depression, and 3.6% with anxiety. Often experienced together, anxiety and depression can feel like an unrelenting cycle. One may trigger the other, trapping us in spirals that can b

Scientists develop blood test for depression and bipolar disorder

In findings that could open the door to people seeking a diagnosis, or who want to better understand their condition, scientists have discovered a biological basis for mood disorders Depression is an incredibly common condition, with one in four people experiencing a depressive episode in their lifetime. And yet, despite this, current diagnosis and treatment plans are mostly trial and error – leading some people to feel uncertain and excluded, while others are overlooked completely. But now, r

Food banks: What, where, and why?

Demand for food banks is on the rise in the UK. Whether you’re looking for support yourself, or you want to help out, we’ve gathered together everything you need to know According to the Trussell Trust, in the first six months of the pandemic, nearly 2,600 food parcels were given to children every single day – and between 1 April and 30 September 2020, 1.2 million people in crisis received emergency food parcels. These figures are just a snapshot of the bigger picture, but they tell a story of

How to support a pet with separation anxiety

Animals can experience anxiety the same way that humans can, and seeing them in distress can be heartbreaking. With the help of a clinical animal behaviourist, we explore how we can better support our companions Many of us will be familiar with anxiety or depression, but did you know that our furry friends can experience this, too? According to research by Rover.com, one in 10 dogs are living with a mental health problem – equating to nearly one million dogs in the UK. And it’s not only affecti

10 feel-good songs for your Spring playlist

Lighter days are on their way, so we’re gathering together some of our favourite feel-good songs for Spring The right track at the right time is bound to put a spring in your step – so, as we head into Spring, it’s only right that our playlists reflect a more radiant mood. With brighter days on the horizon, we’ve selected some of our favourite feel-good songs to boost your mood and get your toes tapping. Press play on these… 1. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles We don’t know how long it’s goi

All on the Board: the people's poets

You may have passed by the boards yourself, or seen them going viral online, but now we talk to the duo responsible for the inspirational messages left on London Underground customer information boards, to discover the story behind their iconic verses It was March 2017, and crowds of people were surging into North Greenwich tube station for a Craig David concert at the O2 Arena. While singing some of his songs to themselves, two TFL employees working on the platform came up with a poem using we

This is why we experience ‘Zoom fatigue’

Do you find that virtual meetings take a toll on your energy levels? You’re not alone, and researchers think they know why Over the past year, it’s safe to say that many of us have been spending a lot more time in front of screens, taking part in virtual meetings and dropping in and out of video calls. Of course, it’s fantastic that we’re able to stay in touch with each other while staying safe at home, but if you find yourself experiencing ‘Zoom fatigue’ – that drained feeling after finishing

5 things you shouldn’t say to someone having a panic attack

In the middle of a panic attack, the right people doing the right things can make all the difference. But, here, we share some of the common phrases that do more harm than good Panic attacks can be characterised by feelings of intense anxiety mixed with physical symptoms including shaking, breathlessness, sweating, dizziness, nausea, and a rapid heartbeat, amongst other things. And they’re common, with 13.2% of the population estimated to have experienced a panic attack at some point in their

6 green flags of a healthy relationship

You may be aware of relationship red flags – warning signs to avoid – but what about the things that give you the signal that you’ve got a good thing going on? Controlling behaviour, breaking boundaries, and not respecting your needs – we’re all familiar with some of the major red flags to watch out for in relationships. But what about the things that can indicate your relationship is healthy, productive, and secure? Here, with help from relationship counsellor Bibi Jamieson, we explore the gr

How to tell a partner you want to attend therapy

1 in 5 people are afraid their partners will judge them for attending therapy. Here, we explore how to approach the conversation Beginning therapy is a huge step, and it can often take overcoming a plethora of hurdles to get there. One of those hurdles may be telling the people in your life about your decision, and a new poll from Superdrug Online Doctor has found that opening up to a partner about attending therapy is another challenge that comes laced with anxiety. In a poll of more than 1,0

Animal magic: the life-enhancing power of pets

From pooches to parakeets, koi to cats, our animals can have a profound effect on our mental wellbeing. But why is that, and are there things we can do to deepen the connection even further? They’re in our homes, our hearts, and our passwords – and it really goes without saying that pets play a huge role in enriching our lives. In the UK, 12 million (44% of) households own pets, with an estimated 51 million pets owned in total. Cats and dogs top the charts as the most popular companions – no su

Why are 96% of women not reporting sexual harassment?

A survey from UN Women UK found that 97% of 18–24-year-old women have been sexually harassed, yet 96% did not report the incidents. Here, with the help of experts, we explore the barriers that keep women quiet, and what we can do to bring them down The UN defines sexual harassment as ‘unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.’ Catcalling, sexual comments, inappropriate gestures, jokes, teasing, intrusive questions, innuendos

How to tell if someone is having a panic attack

Learn how to recognise the signs that someone needs support In the middle of a panic attack, your mind may be racing as your body is flushed with frightening physical sensations. But what does that look like from the outside? It’s estimated that approximately 13.2% of the population have experienced a panic attack at some point in their life, and they can be frightening and unsettling to go through. Here, we explore the signs that someone may be having a panic attack, and share tips for suppo

Government pledges £79 million to support children’s mental health

The UK government has outlined the steps it will take to support children and young people’s mental health in the fallout of the pandemic The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the lives and wellbeing of children and young people in unprecedented ways and, while we have an end in sight for restrictions, it’s now the time to begin work on supporting those whose mental health has been impacted by the unique pressures of the past year. Research from the NHS has found that one in six young people have

5 ways to transport yourself with food

Go on a journey with these five bite-sized servings of meal inspiration It’s a sense that has the power to completely transport us to another time and place, but how much are you utilising your tastebuds for your wellbeing? “The relationship we have between food and our emotions starts when we are infants, and continues throughout our entire lives,” says nutritionist Michaella Mazzoni. “There are physiological effects of food that go beyond simple hunger and satiety (the feeling of fullness),

8 thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts

Let your mum know how much she means to you, with these thoughtful, sustainable gifts for Mother’s Day After the year that we’ve all had, many of us have a newfound appreciation for our families. With long-awaited reunions looming on the horizons, make this Mother’s Day one to remember with our pick of sustainable, thoughtful gifts. If your mum loves to sit back and relax with a good book, a subscription to LoveMyRead could be just the thing. Each month, the team offers up soon-to-be-published

How to have an argument

Whether it’s with a partner, colleague, friend, or family member, we get some expert insight into managing arguments, communicating in the throes of passion, and discovering your ‘conflict style’ Like it or not – and, let’s be honest, most of the time we don’t – conflict and arguments come hand-in-hand with relationships. That’s not to say that they’re pleasant, or something that we should become accustomed to if they’re affecting us negatively, but arguments are normal – and could even be good

7% of children attempt suicide by the age of 17, and 1 in 4 have self-harmed

As the number of children who have attempted suicide or self-harmed continues to rise, we take a look at why this might be, and get expert advice on supporting the young people in our lives According to a paper published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, 7% of children have attempted suicide by the age of 17, and one in four shared that they had self-harmed in the past year. Taking a closer look at the findings, researchers found that there was a higher prevalence of severe mental health d
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