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Metro.co.uk: News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro

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    This is not Michael Jackson.

    How to look after your mental health on a daily basis

    Michael Jackson is probably still very dead. But his doppleganger is alive and driving around the US right now.

    Sergio Cortés is the ABSOLUTE SPITTING IMAGE of MJ.

    And when Twitter user and online joker Lourdes (not the Queen of Pop’s daughter) uploaded a selfie of him, pretending that he was her boyfriend, people started to lose their heads.


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    While nothing is a magic fix, medication can be a vital component in managing anxiety (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

    If you live with chronic anxiety, you’ll be used to people giving you well-meaning solutions.

    Are you permanently anxious? Then you need to learn to think more positively. Lying awake all night, crippled with unnamed dread? Just go for a walk in the woods.

    How to cope with mental health issues when it feels like the world is going mad

    All the solutions are thrown at us – be at one with nature, eat clean, get a dog. We’ve heard them all and… Read the full story


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    THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO! (Picture: Irene Palacio for Metro.co.uk)

    Planning a wedding is a stressful time. You can be the sanest person in the world and it’ll still make you lose your mind a bit.

    But for people who already struggle with anxiety, it’s a whole other challenge.

    Wedding cake15 people tell us what they wish they had done differently on their wedding day

    I once had to sit on some stairs in Robert Dyas because I was having an anxiety attack about buying a broom, so planning a wedding is DEFINITELY going to set me off.

    (Rest assured, the broom-buying was merely… Read the full story


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    If you’re getting sick of rainbow smoothie bowls filling up your feed, then you’re not the only one.

    Nigella Lawson also thinks they’re overrated – along with much of the Insta-foodie scene.

    Meet Roz Purcell - the model and cook who swears by the ring for better mental health

    Sure, she has an account herself but her’s is what’s you’d expect – pictures of her deliciously seductive recipes along with the odd book plug or candid lifestyle shot.

    But her issue is with heavily constructed, unattainable, ultra-colourful dishes and cakes which would take a genius to know how to cut, let alone eat.

    Writing… Read the full story


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    Asos is a one-stop shop for buying cute clothes and shoes, and spending so much money that you get the fear when you check your balance.

    It’s hard to resist a big haul, when you get that amazing feeling on delivery day, trying on all your new threads.

    The best street food in New York is from this Nigerian vendor

    Some people have found a little trick, though, to help ease that financial burden slightly.

    Since branded goods are usually cheaper in the US, and Asos offers free worldwide delivery, you can take advantage of a loophole that drops the price… Read the full story


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    I’ve never done boxing. I’ve never wanted to do boxing.

    When the guys here were training for Metro Fight Club, it looked like a lot of effort for six minutes in the ring.

    Forget your cardio, the key to injury-free exercise is 'functional fitness'

    And if you’re not sparring then who in their right mind would want to spend their evenings down a boxing gym, knocking ten shades of sh*t out of a bag and doing burpees?

    Well, loads of us – including me now.

    More and more women are choosing boxing workouts over plain cardio in a bid to get… Read the full story


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    We’re all too painfully aware of the effects of bulimia and anorexia.

    They can be life-ruining disorders. But what happens when you already have a chronic illness and you’re battling an ED?

    Nigella Lawson says that Instagram and smoothie bowls are a load of crap

    Around 350,000 people are estimated to have type 1 diabetes in the UK, and more than 725,000 people are living with eating disorders at any one time.

    And research now suggests that as many as 40% of all young women aged between 15 and 30 with type 1 diabetes are also living with an ED, or diabulimia.

    In fact, 60% of women with type… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    It’s like we need a glossary of terms for the insults hurled from either side of online debates.

    Snowflake, triggered, cuck, etc., are thrown around so often that they tend to just derail any legitimate conversation and make it a playground screaming match.

    Diabulimia is the 'most dangerous eating disorder' most of us have never heard of

    Last week a funny Facebook page I won’t name (funny being a very loose description here) posted a picture of two women with the caption ‘Tag a mate that would sleep with these two’.

    The obvious intention was to make a joke at the… Read the full story


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    Seriously, it’s not that hard to pronounce it (Picture: Ella Byworth for metro.co.uk)

    Apparently some names are just harder to grasp for people than others.

    Meet Roz Purcell - the model and cook who swears by the ring for better mental health

    Your parents probably thought that giving you a unique name it would set you apart from everyone else, and give you a quirky edge,

    But in reality it has led to a whole set of struggles throughout your life, and sometimes you just wish that you were given a boring safe name that is easily recognisable.

    From never getting a key ring with… Read the full story


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    If there’s one thing I know about Swingfields, the self-proclaimed original and biggest UK festival for swingers, it’s that no one talks about Swingfields.

    It’s a bit like sexy Fight Club.

    Sex around the world: Here’s what you can expect from Prague’s Sex Machines Museum

    The festival is held on private land and the location is only sent to ticket holders via a secure link.

    It is invite-only, and accessible only to those actively involved in ‘the lifestyle’ – the term used for people who have open and consensual group sex with their partner.

    Press and media are banned, and attendees are forbidden from using their phones… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    Wellness  – in the broadest sense of the word – is something we should all aspire to.

    It means being healthy, both mentally and physically. Active. At peace. Balanced.

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    Now in my mid (*ahem* late *ahem*) 20s, I’m pretty into the whole thing.

    I work out five times a week. I follow a plant-based diet. I barely drink, I don’t smoke, I freak out if I don’t get a least six hours sleep.

    Rewind back five years, however, and I was a different person altogether.

    During my BA,… Read the full story


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    With everyone talking about how the end is nigh, it’s hard not to think how you’d fare if the apocalypse was upon us.

    Thankfully, the cult that predicted it happening yesterday were wrong, but with everything from global warning to Trump vs Kim Jong Un to deal with, it might be best to start stocking up on canned goods.

    A new Audrey Hepburn exhibition has opened for all your style goals

    Everyone thinks they’d be like Indiana Jones in an end-of-the-world crisis, even though most of us struggle to open a jar of pickles.

    If you have ideas above your station, it might be a good shout… Read the full story


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    There are certain things you take as standard when it comes to social behaviour.

    Avoid making any sexual comments about kids. Don’t take the mick of out of disabilities. Try not to be openly racist.

    Makeup artist posted a blackface '#slave' makeup tutorial

    But loads of people find the latter really, really hard.

    For some reason, they can’t help themselves but just be really racially offensive – and they fail to understand why what they’re doing isn’t cool. As long as they’re not using the N-word or going around lynching folk, they’re fine.

    Take Turkish MUA @percemakin, for example.

    She recently uploaded a video to her… Read the full story


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    As winter closes in on us, it’s time to revamp our wardrobes.

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    Layers and knits take over from all the frills and sheer fabrics of summer and it can be hard to get your head around the transition.

    Often you end up looking like an old bag lady, clutching your battered coat closer to cover up your seasonally inappropriate outfit beneath.

    But if you need inspo, then help is at hand.

    A new Audrey Hepburn exhibition has opened in London this weekend and it’s a celebration of the actress’ iconic style.

    (Picture: Nils… Read the full story

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    Stop the world, I think I want to get off.

    We have reached the apex of being offended and I don’t think I want to be on the planet anymore.

    A woman is boycotting Tesco because the staff are too friendly.

    Let that sink in.

    There are a lot of things worthy of getting offended about in the world.

    Homophobia is offensive. Racism is offensive. Sexism is offensive.

    The 10 weird and wonderful ways you will make friends at baby and toddler groups

    Really, the list of more important things to get offended about could continue on and on ad infinitum and we still wouldn’t… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    I have conjunctivitis. It’s gross, unsightly, annoying, and very obvious.

    What I’d really appreciate is for people to stop commenting on it. In the street, in the workplace, and even when I’m a customer – it’s annoying and embarrassing.

    Well educated women are 'dumbing down' to avoid being single forever

    To the server in Pret who laughed at me and asked if I’d gotten shampoo in my eye: Was it necessary to loudly single me out in a busy shop at lunchtime? What if I had something more serious?

    To clarify, this is only conjunctivitis. In a short period of… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    There’s no set trajectory for dating anymore.

    Perhaps it used to be courting, becoming official, all the way up until you either break up or do the whole marriage and babies thing.

    Meet Roz Purcell - the model and cook who swears by the ring for better mental health

    Now there’s FWB situations and flirtationships. They might be breadcrumbing you, or benching you. You might be with someone who just ‘hates labels’ so you’re stuck in an ersatz relationship without technically being together.

    It’s frustrating enough, but if it all goes tits-up, it can… Read the full story


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    Milk hasn’t got the coolest image around.

    These days, it’s considered much more on-trend to offer up all possible varieties of nut and oat milk, with regular old milk from a cow getting left in the dust.

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    Now that we’ve grown tired of those ‘got milk?’ ads, and are questioning milk-makers claims of milk building strong bones and making us taller (I blame What the Health), milk producers are trying slightly more out-there techniques to make us keen to down pints of milk again.

    Techniques like selling fizzy milk.

    We’ll… Read the full story


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    (Pictue: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)

    People who’ve been married for ages always give the same advice: Don’t go to bed angry.

    metro illustrationsPeople need to stop commenting on others’ visible illnesses

    (Another tip I’ve always loved is ‘never fall out of love at the same time’)

    It turns out those words of wisdom aren’t just doled out for the sake of your love life, though.

    New research suggests that going to bed angry can absolutely wreck your sleep. Considering a lack of sleep has the power to increase mental health problems, make us put on weight, make us more irritable, and put a dent in… Read the full story


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    I’ve always been a procrastinator.

    I worry so much about doing things wrong that I put them off, put them off, and put them off until the last minute, when I’ll rush through things then enjoy the high of them still turning out okay.

    That’s always worked out for me in the past – for essays and homework, the good marks made me think this was a perfectly reasonable technique.

    But one thing procrastinating really doesn’t work for is looking after your mental health.

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    It must be incredibly frustrating for the people who care about me to watch me refuse to do things that I know will help me.

    For the last year I’ve been banging on about how much pilates and running helped with my anxiety – and yet, every time it comes to actually getting out of bed and doing it, I’ll come up with… Read the full story


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