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Beyond the therapy room: three activities that can contribute to good mental health

Bryony Gordon (left), Matt Wightman and Anna Richardson are advocates for activities that can be beneficial to mental wellbeing (Picture: Pal Hansen, Metro.co/uk)

If we think about mental health support we might conjure up images of the therapist’s room or leaving our GP practice with a little green script.

But these are just two small parts of managing our mental health.

I love my GP. I remember accompanying someone to see her about depression and, before making a therapy referral and typing up that script, she asked about sleeping patterns, working patterns, eating habits, exercise and more.

I was so impressed that she considered the bigger picture and attempted to influence it positively.

Some… Read the full story

6 reasons why you should visit Perth, Australia, right now


The first non-stop flight from Europe to Australia has successfully taken place. Now, holidaymakers can fly directly from London to Perth in just under 17 hours, making travel to the Land Down Under much easier.

Last week, Qantas launched its new Dreamliner route, which crosses an impressive 14,498km (9,009 miles) in one swoop.

There is no need for fuel stops or a semi-conscious walk around a foreign airport. This is officially a speedier and more efficient means of travel to the opposite side of the planet.

11 reasons why you should visit Australia’s Kangaroo Island

Until now, it took over 20 hours to reach the city of Perth on Australia’s west coast, and a further four to six hours if you were to fly on to Melbourne or Sydney.

But with daily flights now arriving directly into Perth, there is now a good excuse to enjoy Western Australia’s capital city.

Here are six reasons to book… Read the full story

H&M’s new wedding collection looks cool enough to wear to any summer event

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Not everyone wants to be bankrupt after their wedding day.

And some of the prices tags on wedding dresses might mean forking out thousands of pounds.

Luckily some of our favourite high street retailers offer some pretty nice alternatives at a fraction of the price of designer boutiques.

Joining the ranks of French Connection, Whistels, Oasis and Monsoon, H&M has launched a gorgeous range of spring/summer bridal and bridesmaid dresses.

Even though they have pretty good wedding vibes, we also think you could get away with wearing it to any summer event.

Underwear is the secret if you want to make it look like you have a peachy bum



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Squats are the secret to getting a tight and toned bum, we all know.

But if you want to pose for the ‘gram, use the technique most fitness bloggers employ to make their rear look more plump, and it doesn’t involve doing a 100 squats.

It’s all about the underwear.

Kim K might have the derriere of our dreams but she also knows the best way to enhance your assets (see what we did there?).

If you wear the right undies, you could be giving others serious bum envy.

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If you’re sick of… Read the full story

Why do we have chocolate eggs at Easter?

Snacking on chocolate made to look like an egg is an Easter tradition but where does it come from? (Picture: Getty)

If you’ve never eaten a chocolate Easter egg before, you truly haven’t lived.

These yummy, often hollow festive treats fill supermarket shelves during the first part of the year and are then eagerly scoffed when Easter arrives.

But where do they come from? Who first thought of making an egg… but with chocolate?

And why are eggs connected with Easter, anyway?

Women are likely to have their best orgasms at 36

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Getting older isn’t a bad thing.

You’ve had more life experience. You know yourself better. And you’re likely to have better sex.

That’s according to a new study from Natural Cycles, anyway, which found that women tend to have their best experiences of sex when they’re over the age of 36.

The study involved surveying more than 2,000 women, dividing them into three groups: below 23, between 23 and 36, and 36 and over.

They found that women over 36 had the best orgasms, felt the most attractive, and enjoyed sex the most.

A lot of this comes down to confidence, which you have in spades as you… Read the full story

Artist’s house is a giant doodle pad

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Creative types, behold your dream home: A house where ever single wall is a canvas for your doodles.

Belgian artist Jook loves to doodle. She doodles everywhere whenever she can, as a way to give herself freely to her imagination.

Jook believes that be doodling without any thought, she can delve into her subconscious and create incredible drawn worlds, packed with mystical creates and made-up monsters.

She turned her house into one giant doodle pad so there’d be no barriers for her drawing. Whenever she feels inspired she can just pick up a pen and go wild on the walls.

The bathtub is covered with wipe-away doodles by Jook and her son, and… Read the full story

Autism Awareness Week: How does being the parent of an autistic child change as they get older?

The challenges of parenting will change (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Sometimes, parenting is about being in the moment. Other times, it’s all about planning ahead.

But when you have a child with autism, you tend to take it one day at a time.

What is Autism Awareness Week and how can you get involved?

There’s no such thing as the long haul when it takes every ounce of energy simply to make it through to bedtime without losing the will to live.

Still: people change, and people with autism are no exception to this. The toddler who has a meltdown in every supermarket… Read the full story

World Autism Day: How I channeled my Asperger syndrome, ADHD, and OCD into YouTube

Autism Awareness Day
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Asperger syndrome is a form of autism that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

People with Asperger syndrome see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you have Asperger syndrome, you have it for life – it’s not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’.

But as there are no visible markers of the condition, it can be difficult for those who have it to navigate everyday life.

Routines, for example, have to be exceptionally followed.

Dan Morgan who has Asperger’s, ADHD, and OCD, found that living in rural Wales left him isolated and unable to connect with other people with… Read the full story

Pure O – how I realised I had this form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and gradually learned to manage it

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You’re probably familiar with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – a mental illness where sufferers can have obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours such as performing certain rituals and routines in order to ease the anxiety that comes from obsessional thinking.

Pure O stands for ‘purely obsessional’.

This means that there are fewer obvious rituals (such as checking or counting) and these often take place in the mind itself.

Up until a few years ago, I was completely unaware of Pure O and what it meant.

I had been told that, most likely, I had generalised anxiety disorder and depression.

It was only once I had read about Pure O… Read the full story

‘Fashion is not about hype, nor about usefulness gossip or pseudo journalism’– says Vetements


Just in case you were wondering, Vetements isn’t going anywhere.

But why would I ever doubt that fact?, you ask.

Because a couple of days ago, streetstyle bible Highsnobiety published an article citing a number of industry insiders who questioned just how profitable Demna Gvasalia’s label was.

The article stated that at first, the ‘the world went Vetements mad’, with pieces selling out as soon as they dropped; today, collections are uncreative and seem to revolve around reworked ideas – which fewer and fewer fans are willing to buy.

‘Word on the industry’s rumour mill is that the brand is on its way out, with sales slumping and customers uninterested,’ it reported.

‘The sources we spoke to all pointed to the same reasons for the brand’s slump in sales: recent collections offered no new ideas and largely consisted of reissued or reworked pieces from previous seasons, while prices were too high for the quality offered. Customers were instead moving on to Gvasalia’s Balenciaga collections,… Read the full story

Good job guys – Brits officially eat more chocolate than anyone else in the world

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As you emerge from your chocolate hangover, bask in the knowledge that you’ve done your country proud.

Because Brits, it turns out, eat more chocolate than anyone else in the world.

The average person in this country put away around 8.4kg, or 187 bars of chocolate last year alone, according to data released last week.

But it’s not just our consumption which is on the rise.

Everyone’s eating more, according to Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD), which found that in 2017, Easter chocolate production rose by 23%.

Holiday-themed chocolate is playing an ever-larger role in chocolate production, with the US and Germany leading the way for novelty sweet treats.

Brazil leads… Read the full story

Breast cancer survivor launches eco bras made from Eucalyptus trees

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When Stephanie Devine was diagnosed with breast cancer, she struggled to find a bra to accommodate her needs.

Rather than give in, however, she decided to launch her own range of eco-friendly intimates.

After four years in development, the Very Good Bra is due to launch this month and is entirely made from sustainable Eucalyptus trees and natural fibres; its slogan is ‘no wire, no toxins, no waste’.

‘The more I’ve learned about materials, the more I’ve had to re-calibrate my thinking in terms of what is “good”. Once you discover that it takes 20,000 litres of water to produce a kilogram of cotton, organic or not, it… Read the full story

Meet Canada’s new hero – the mum who breastfeeds at her own hockey game

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Women are supposed to be supreme at multitasking.

Whether that’s actually true or not (it seems doubtful), there’s no doubt that mums are absolute bosses at juggling multiple life balls at once.

This is a picture of Serah Small, a hockey player and teacher, feeding her eight-week-old baby.

She sat down to breastfeed her baby between the periods of her hockey game and Milky Way Lactation Services shared the picture saying that this is what self-care and breastfeeding look like.

‘I felt my milk come in and leak as I played and between periods I would strip down to feed my 8-week old babe,’ Serah told them.

‘Being a mom is… Read the full story

What is Sophrology and how can it help you?

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In a world where more and more of us are suffering from some form of stress, we’re constantly looking for new ways to try and relax.

If you’re one of the stressed, you’ve probably tried meditation, yoga or breathing exercises, but have you ever tried sophrology?

Sophrology involves a series of quick and simple physical and mental exercises that claim to help relax your body while keeping your mind alert.

Sounds just what we need, to be honest.

What are the benefits?

The idea is that by relaxing the body, you relax the mind, quieting your brain’s incessant chatter.

Sophrology… Read the full story

Please stop and look at this new born wombat baby sitting in its mother’s pouch

The little new born wombat baby APARI sitting in its mothers pouch at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, Thursday, March 29, 2018. Wombat mother TINSEL once was found in the pouch of its dead mother on a street in Australia and was raised by zookeepers before she came to Germany. The zoo tried for 40 years in vain to breed a wombat, until APARI was born as the first one last week. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
(Picture: Martin Meissner/AP)

Say hello to Apari.

Apari is a tiny newborn wombat baby who lives at a zoo in Duisburg, Germany.

He’s a long way from the wombat’s spiritual home of Ox; his mum was found in… Read the full story

World Autism Awareness Day: what’s it like living with an autistic teenager?

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One of the most viewed channels on autism belongs to Kevin Chapman.

He started vlogging to talk about video games, but his step son Andy, 13, – who is autistic – became the star of the channel as people became curious about his condition.

So Kevin decided to use the platform to talk about what it’s like to live with a teenager who has high functioning autism (HFA).

Although he’s only known Andy for six years, Kevin became closer to the teen through the channel which has helped him and his partner support Andy and understand his condition- something his mum was doing by herself since he was diagnosed at… Read the full story

The highlighters you used in school are now peak eyeshadow inspo

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We’ve seen lots of eye make up trends over the past year, from the crown shadow, to garden brows – so nothing surprises us anymore.

But did you know that the neon coloured pens you were using back in the day to highlight entire pages of textbooks can double as eyeshadow inspo? Neither did we.

Apparently, they can be, as one beauty blogger is illustrating.

Margie Zank seems to have ruffled through her pencil case, not her make up bag to create the bright and blinding looks and her Instagram fans are loving it.

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Some of her followers thought the fluorescent orange and… Read the full story

I have ‘High Functioning Autism’– but what does it really mean?

Get your feet ready for these Opening Ceremony x Birkenstock glitter sandals

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Birkenstocks have been cushioning the feet of old women and fashionistas for decades.

What started as a rather bland functional sandal branched out into a trendy staple, which has seen many incarnations over the years.

There have been many colourways, patterns and even a waterproof version, to prevent that dreaded stinky cork rot.

The latest Birks to slip and slide into our consciousness are these sparkly sandals, Birkenstock’s latest collaboration with Opening Ceremony.

The shoes were debuted at Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2018 show at Disneyland earlier this month, and are updates on two classic styles – the OG Arizona, and the slip-on, clog-esque Boston.

Pink glitter Arizona sandal, Opening Ceremony x Birkenstock,… Read the full story

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