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Why does recovery feel even more lonely than when I was first diagnosed with depression?

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Depression can be very isolating (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

When people ask me if I’ve fully recovered from my mental illness, I’m not sure what to say.

I currently work three jobs – whereas I was previously unable to hold down just one – and I’m able to maintain my composure in most social situations.

I have an anxiety disorder and people need to stop saying these things to meWhy giving your mental illness a name can help you recover

To me, that’s progress.

I can refrain from crying on a daily basis and I very rarely have fantasies about suicide,… Read the full story

‘I legit thought we were going to fight’– 7 people share their worst first date stories

Millennial pink one-bedroom home is on sale for £1.2 million

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When it comes to property hunting, we all have a little streak of masochism.

We gaze out luxurious apartments we could never afford, dream of decorating a wide open studio loft, and scroll through endless photos of the houses we’d buy if we could.

Then we look at the reality of our budget and feel like weeping when we go to yet another flat viewing with a fold-out bed that doesn’t actually have space to fold out.

We know that you want to look at this millennial pink one-bedroom home that’s just gone on sale for £1.2 million not because you’re actually considering buying the place, but because you enjoy the… Read the full story

It’s time to call time on the ‘bastardisation of strength training’ we see on Instagram

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

Go on Instagram and the whole world seems to be weight training.

No one wants to do cardio anymore, they just want to show off their guns and spam your wall with #gains photos.

But do they really know what they’re doing?

Head into many weights rooms or HIIT studios and you’ll find people frantically lifting heavy weights without having a clue about safety or posture. Many of these new boutique gyms expect folk to deadlift sizable amounts in a two-minute window before moving onto lunges or other exercises – meaning that if they aren’t already well-versed in posture then it’s quite likely they’ll be putting themselves at risk.

Richard Tidmarsh… Read the full story

Bike brand Pinarello causes outrage with sexist advert

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*face palm* (Picture: Christine Majerus/Twitter)

I love cycling.

I cycle a 20 mile round commute when I work at the Metro.co.uk office because it’s so much better than surrendering my soul to the Underground.

Cycling gets my exercise out of the way, I save money and I don’t have to deal with TFL’s constant delays/miserable passengers.

However, there are a few prices to pay for being a female cyclist – one of them is that my vulva can get a bit swollen (alright, lads?) and the other is having to deal with sexist cyclists.

I’m not saying I’m the fastest cat on the road, but I do overtake a lot of men… Read the full story

Bag yourself a new pair of GHDs with up to 30% off this Black Friday

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The biggest discount week of the year has arrived and there are plenty of Black Friday beauty deals to get stuck into from Beauty Bay, Feelunique and Look Fantastic.

But if you’re looking to upgrade your hair tools, now is your chance, as this year cult hair styling brand GHD are offering up to 30% on hair wands, tongs, products, hair dryers, hair brushes and their iconic straighteners until the 27th November.

GHD’s tools are beloved by hair stylists, bloggers and beauty addicts across the globe for their crazy-fasst heat-up time and high shine salon finish.… Read the full story

Does vodka actually make you more aggressive?

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I used to have a mate who lost her mind every time she spent the evening drinking gin.

She’d be fine for the first hour and then she’d do a lot of crying, screaming, various other boarder-line illegal things.

That kind of thing never happened on wine, only gin.

But does alcohol type really have such a profound effect on our behaviour? Or is it just kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy whereby we tend to drink red wine in relaxing settings and gin when we’re preparing to get bladdered?

Well, it looks like there really is a connection between how we feel and what we drink.

A study of 30,000 18… Read the full story

People say their best years were their twenties

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If you’re over the age of 29, we’re so sorry. Your best years may already have passed.

According to a recent survey, anyway.

A new YouGov survey polled 2,000 people over the age of 20 and 30% of respondents said that their 20s were by far their ‘best years’. Meanwhile, only 16% said their 30s were their best.

And although many of us have recurring nightmares of hormonal tantrums and boring geography school trips, 12% somehow rated their teenage years the best years of their life.

If you’re struggling to agree, don’t panic just yet.

Given that 40% of people in their 20s said that this age range was… Read the full story

Currys Black Friday deals now include Dyson hoovers, Beats headphones and more

Can we all just eat our food instead of Instagramming it?

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Women standing on a chair in a restaurant to take photos of food for Instagram
They were actually photographing a bowl of chips (Picture: John Godwin)

You might have seen a recent video on social media where a guy ruins his friends’ Instagram food pics by sticking his fork in just as they’re about to take the picture.

There’s a reason it’s gone viral and it’s because we are SO over this sort of thing.

Come on, you know what I’m talking about, we’ve all been there.

You’re having dinner, a sharing dish is plonked on the table, you pick up your fork… and then before you’re allowed to touch it, it has… Read the full story

An extra muddy obstacle course for dogs and their humans is traveling around the UK next year

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Fancy getting muddy with your pup? ‘Course you do. So we’ve got some great news.

Next year Battersea Dogs & Cats Home will be taking the Muddy Dog Challenge around the UK.

What is the Muddy Dog Challenge, you may ask?

Well, it’s a fun obstacle course designed for dogs and their humans to show off their agility and general skills… but with a whole load of mud involved. We all know how much dogs love getting muddy.

There are water obstacles (think paddling pools for pups to… Read the full story

Morrisons 1.75L bottle of Jagermeister Black Friday deal is Christmas magic

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Morrisons have put the cherry on top of their Black Friday sales by releasing their mega bottles of spirits for the second year.

People were lining up at the door to get their hands on a colossal bottle of spirit that would see them, and everyone around them, through the New Year.

This year Morrisons are back again with the giant bottle of Disaronno, Famous Grouse, Jim Bean and most importantly Jagermeister.

Morrisons are selling a 1.75L bottle of the black stuff for just £30.

Health coach says that ‘cancer and disease is your body trying to save you’

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Ever since blogger Belle Gibson, who claimed to be curing her brain tumour through healthy eating, was revealed to be a fraud, we’ve become more aware about quite how misleading medical claims on the internet can be. 

Blogger Olivia Budgen, however, doesn’t seem to have been deterred from tackling the C word.

The health coach and ‘raw food educator’ shared a post earlier this week which opened ‘CANCER AND DISEASE IS YOUR BODY TRYING TO SAVE YOU’.

The post goes on to ask: ‘What if these conditions were not actually bad at all? What if they were created by the body to help save you? What if disease is your body’s survival mechanism?’

Read the full story

Morrisons Black Friday deals include 10L of Old Rosie Cider for just £15

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OK listen up cider fans.

Tomorrow (AKA Black Friday) Morrisons is selling 10 litres of Westons Old Rosie cider for just £15.

Yep, we’re talking about a massive bag-in-a-box of good, old-fashioned cloudy cider for peanuts.

A bottle of the stuff normally costs about £5 for two litres – meaning that you’re making a £10 saving here.

Which isn’t to be sniffed at with the festive season fast approaching.

Oh, and it’s suitable for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs.

This is an in-store exclusive so you’ll have to hot foot it to your nearest Morrisons to get your hands on it, rather than shopping online.

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We need to think about what we want to happen to our bodies after we die

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*illustration request* Different methods of burial - pros and cons
It may be morbid but you should consider what your want to happen to your body once you die (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Most of us have picked out our music, some of us may even have chosen the readings we want or imagined our eulogy.

But what a lot of us may not have considered is what we want to happen to our body once we’ve shuffled off this mortal coil.

There are lots of options, from the traditional to the unique, and all have pros and cons.

John Williamson, head of operations for Co-op Funeralcare, explained: ‘There’s not a right or wrong as it is… Read the full story

Amazing human-sized birdhouse let you snooze among the treetops

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These human-sized birdhouses are pretty dreamy.

Tucked away in a forest in British Columbia, human-sized birdhouses allow guests to sleep in the treetops.

By guests, we mean humans… and birds.

The hut accommodates two people, twelve varieties of birds, and ‘whatever inquisitive critters come by to visit’. There are twelve bird-sized houses available for visitors to relax in, so no, you won’t have to try to get sleep as a bunch of pigeons flap around your face.

The hut is the creation of Calgary-based design firm Studio North, who wanted to provide ‘an inviting place for people to nest’. Missing accomplished.

You can get a kilogram of cheese for £10 for Black Friday

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You know what’s better than a small wheel of cheese? 

A big wheel of cheese.

You know what’s better than a big wheel of cheese?

A big wheel of cheese that you got on a MASSIVE DISCOUNT.

Morrisons is selling this bloody huge Stilton for just £10.

It’s a lovely mature blue Stilton, which Morrisons say is made to a traditional recipe at the Long Clawson dairy in the Vale of Belvior. We’ve got no idea where that is, but it sounds absolutely lovely.

The cheese is only on offer for as long as stocks last, and with Christmas on its way I think we all know that they’re not going to last very… Read the full story

Would you eat pickled gherkin, Siracha chilli sauce or cheese and onion crisps flavoured ice cream?

‘Womanspreading’ is starting to take over Instagram, and it’s about time men shoved up

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For ages, we’ve had to put up with staring at men’s d*cks on trains as they spread their legs over three seats.

Manspreading is a plague which sees no sign of being cured.

If you try to push against these guys’ splayed thighs, they only push out further. What’s a gal to do?

Online, however, it’s a different ball game altogether.

Because on Instagram at least, women are taking up space with #womanspreading.

Yep, celebs and influencers are letting their fashionable groins breathe by uploading pics of them sitting with their legs wide open.

And they look great!

Not a mediocre-yet-offensive bulge insight

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True, models have a… Read the full story

Why we don’t need to ban Sleeping Beauty in schools

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Sleeping Beauty
Does this classic story really need to come out of the library? (Picture: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)

I’ve never been a big fan of Sleeping Beauty.

I find it rather dull, and I’m unsure how I feel about a story replete with strong female characters who then depend on a man to save them.

Still, I wouldn’t go quite as far as Sarah Hall – a Tyneside parent who’s asked whether the book could be taken out of circulation for younger classes.

Why does she want it pulled? Well, it’s because it helps ‘create a culture where consent isn’t important’.

Sleeping Beauty promotes inappropriate sexual message, says… Read the full story
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