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Millennials’ unstable lifestyles could harm our health

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It’s no secret that renting is horrible for our mental health.

Moving regularly, high agency fees and dodgy landlords all make renting a minefield – but with soaring house prices, millennials have little to no choice.

Now, new research from the Health Foundation suggests that it isn’t just our mental health that will suffer as a result of unstable living conditions, but our physical health, too.

The research, which looked at housing instability, financial hardship, and relationship difficulties among people in their 20s, suggests that we could be the first generation to have poorer health in middle age than our parents.

The increase in stress and… Read the full story

Woman’s stunning photo series battles the stigma around public breastfeeding

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A photographer is challenging the taboo around public breastfeeding with a stunning photo series.

The photographs taken by Emma Shardlow Hudson, 29, celebrate happy, nursing mums snuggled up with their babies of all ages.

One mum cradles her tiny baby dressed in a grey babysuit as she feeds him while sitting at a seafront.

Another shows one mum laughing with her daughter as she holds and tandem feeds her two young children at once.

How to cope with insomnia when you have depression

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3am has to be the loneliest time in the world.

While everyone else sleeps, those of us with depression are often lying awake as negative thoughts run on repeat.

As we toss and turn, longing for the blissful oblivion of sleep, worries are magnified and daybreak feels like it’s an eternity away.

Depression and insomnia tend to go hand in hand.

Mental health conditions can have a negative effect on your sleep, and those who suffer from insomnia have been shown to be around 10 times more likely to have depression.

Dr Pablo Vandenabeele, clinical director for Mental Health at Bupa UK, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Often, people with depression find it… Read the full story

So…this mother and daughter claim that they keep being mistaken for sisters

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Mum and daughter say they're mistaken for sisters
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Every once in a while, you get a mother and daughter duo claiming that no one can tell them apart.

Sometimes it’s genuinely amazing how similar they look, but often it is obvious which is the forty-year-old dressed to look like her teenage offspring.

The latest pair to claim to be mistaken for sisters is 42-year-old Louise Smith and her daughter Ellie, 22, who describe themselves as ‘best friends’.

Despite the fact that Louise apparently steals Ellie’s new clothes and gets chatted up by men half her age, Ellie says she wouldn’t change a thing about their special relationship.

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Costco is selling a new kind of avocados that may rot way slower

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Fresh Avocado on the purple background

Avocados only really have two states: rock solid (inedible) or brown mush (inedible).

Timing it just right to crack open those heavenly green fruits is a science; the window for creamy, ripe, firm avo flesh is so small.

Unless you start getting your avocados from Costco, that is.

Because Costco has started selling a new variety from Del Rey Avocados, a Californian-based company that coats its produce in an odourless, tasteless additive called Apeel.

‘Apeel is made of plant-derived materials — specifically, lipids and glycerolipids — that naturally exist in the peels, seeds and pulp of all the fruits and vegetables we already… Read the full story

Good Sex Bad Sex podcast: Life after Belle de Jour

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Strap in and get ready for our extra special guest this week – Dr Brooke Magnanti, otherwise known as Belle De Jour. That’s right, the real one!

Brooke was kind enough to pop in for a chat to divulge all the weird and wonderful things that happened whilst she was writing her blog, and – of course – what happened after the hit series ‘Secret Diary Of A Call Girl’.

It was fascinating to hear about the results of her ‘coming out’ as a sex-worker, and to hear about what she has been doing since…other than trying to cure cancer, natch.

As you may known, Brooke’s identity was a well kept secret for several years, so we started with discussing some of our favourite conspiracy theories, and why she wanted to stay anonymous.

Bibi: Let’s talk about the anonymity. So first of all, well done for not being Toby Young. Some people thought that was who Belle was.… Read the full story

Women reveal what it’s like to live with polycystic ovary syndrome

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It is thought that around 1 in 10 women suffer with polycystic ovarian syndrome – a condition that causes people to experience at least two of three symptoms: a raised level of male hormones, reduced ovulation and polycystic ovaries.

PCOS can cause period problems, fertility problems, acne, excessive hair and weight gain. There is currently no cure for PCOS and living with the condition can be tough.

Here, women reveal what it’s like to live with PCOS.

Bethany, 23

The main symptom I have as a result of my PCOS is bad skin – my skin is still like a teenager’s skin and never really improves for long.

I have… Read the full story

Are you guilty of Gatsbying?

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Dating in 2018 is both easier and more difficult than ever, thanks to the internet.

What with ghosting, breadcrumbing, orbiting, and all those other complicated digital trends, it can be hard to keep up – and now there’s one more.

In a piece for TOMBOY beauty, Australian model Matilda Dods has coined the term ‘Gatsbying’: Gatsbying, (To Gatsby vb or n): To post a video, picture or selfie to public social media purely for a love interest to see it.

The term is named after The Great Gatsby, a book in which a millionaire holds extravagant… Read the full story

9-year-old gets bullied for loving pink so his family all wear lipstick in support

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Diksha Bijlani’s little cousin is nine-years-old.

He lives in New Dehli and he loves nothing better than painting his nails, wearing lipstick and learning to cook (hello, dream son).

But his ultra ‘effeminate’ side hasn’t gone down well in what Diksha calls his ‘stereotypical alpha male-centric household’, where he’s often the ‘pivot of jokes’.

‘Today he applied lip colour and got called a “chakka” (a term used to describe males who adopt feminine gender identity),’ Diksha tweeted.

‘I woke up in the morning and my aunt was getting ready to go somewhere,’ Diksha tells Metro.co.uk.

‘She had this mini lipstick that she was discarding but he saw it and asked for it,… Read the full story

You really shouldn’t steam your vagina

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Vagina steaming is not a new thing.

It’s been used in holistic health circles for decades, then got a tonne of attention after Gwyneth Paltrow (yes, the same person who told us to put jade eggs in our vagina, which you should not do, and put coffee in our bums, which you also should not do) revealed that she’s a fan of getting her bits steamed.

After Gwynnie and Goop recommended vagina steaming, the practice was quickly slammed by vaginal experts far and wide. We thought that’d be the end of it; another dangerous beauty trend… Read the full story

Mentally ill people are struggling with debt

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**ILLUSTRATION AMEND** It might be awkward, but it's vital for couples to discuss money (Abby)
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According to two new reports, people with mental health issues, disabilities, and other long-term issues struggle with debt problems.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), found that four in ten people aged 25 to 54 with mental health problems have an income which is less than 60% of the average, compared to 18% of ‘healthy’ people or 28% of those with longstanding physical health problems.

Additionally, a not for profit debt advice service called StepChange released a report showing that one in five of the people they helped last year had an ‘additional… Read the full story

BBQs at the ready: Iceland is now selling pigs in blankets kebabs

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BBQs at the ready: Iceland is now selling a six pack of pigs in blankets on sticks.

Yep, your favourite Christmas dinner side is now available in BBQ form. We officially can’t wait for the sun to come back out to we can spend the day demolishing those meaty treats in the garden.

The 300g packet of pigs on sticks cost £2.50 and feature pork sausages wrapped in smoked streaky bacon on wooden skewers.

In case you don’t have an Iceland close to you, these things are pretty easy to make on their own.

Man loves his job so much he got his company logo tattooed on his chest

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Love your job? Well there’s no way you love it as much as this guy – who actually had his work’s logo tattooed on his chest.

24-year-old scaffolder Steven Parkin decided to get a tattoo of his employer’s company logo after his work colleagues dared him to get the design and offered to pay for it.

Steven, who has been working for Lyndon Scaffolding PLC for three years, got the tattoo last month after telling friends he would get anything they wanted as long as they paid for it.

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How to get back into running after injury

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Back in 2012, I did my first ever half marathon and ended up in hospital.

What I thought was shin splints turned out to be a fractured bone, so I found myself rocking a full leg brace and crutches for months.

The fracture happened for a couple of reasons – firstly, I didn’t realise I had flat feet and hadn’t been wearing corrective shoes. Secondly, I was taking antidepressants, and wasn’t aware that my particular type of SSRI (fluoxetine) ad been linked to weak bones and loss of bone mass.

Rehab involved lots of physio, swimming, and a begrudging membership to my local gym… Read the full story

How breast cancer affected my body and sex life

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Having breast cancer shattered my self-esteem (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2016 after a routine screening appointment.

When they told me, I felt strangely calm. I just wanted the cancer gone and to get on with my life.

File photo dated 15/06/06 of a consultant analyzing a mammogram. Findings from Breast Cancer Care suggest that almost 95% of women said a side effect of breast cancer treatment which include loss of libido, loss of self-esteem and and vaginal… <a href=Read the full story

International Yoga Day: Why all runners need yoga

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Running can be an all-consuming passion.

You start, tentatively enough, and before you know it, you’re smashing Parkrun PBs and running marathons.

But all that running can take its toll on the body – particularly if you’re a road runner with events to train for. You can feel those miles slowly grinding down your knees, locking your hip flexors, pulling on your IT band.

And that’s why all runners need yoga.

Leo Savage is a trainer at Third Space and ambassador for Lululemon – and he swears by yoga as being an integral part of his training.

‘I’ve always been a gym goer and runner from playing rugby most of my life, which undoubtedly led to certain tight areas and imbalances/niggles all over my body,’ he tells Metro.co.uk.

Mum defends dying her dog psychedelic colours because she says her dog loves it

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Stella (Collect/PA Real Life)

There once was a time when every reality TV star dressed their chihuahua up in tiny jackets and bunches.

These days, treating pups as accessories seems to be less ok.

Which is why Nicole Rose has faced accusations of animal cruelty for dying her dog’s fur every colour of the rainbow.

Nicole insists, however, that Stella loves having her fur coloured.

‘By dyeing Stella’s fur, we are following her wishes,’ the 33-year-old insists.

‘She’s not an accessory. We don’t dye her hair so she can prance around and be all fancy. When we left her with her natural white colour, she sulked and moped around, like she… Read the full story

Pink Parcel will deliver period care packages to your door and donate all unused items to those living in period poverty

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Pink Parcel is the UK’s first monthly subscription service that delivers everything you need when you’re on your period, directly to your door.

The boxes contain basics like sanitary towels and tampons, along with a specially curated selection of beauty, skincare and lifestyle products.

They are designed to take the hassle out of periods (because who hasn’t been caught out by a period, stuffed loo roll in their knickers and ended up bleeding on them anyway) and offer a much-needed pick me up when you’re feeling bloated, irritable and generally sh*t.

If you’re too busy or just too scatterbrained to remember to add tampons to your shopping list, Pink Parcel… Read the full story

An entire estate with its own pub has just gone on the market

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The site of a secret testing ground for a World War II operation that inspired the film The Dam Busters has been put on the market for more than £2 million.

The 1,041-acre Glenstriven Estate, built in 1860, was once used as a testing ground for the wartime ‘bouncing bomb’ operation featured in the 1955 Dam Busters film.

It is believed approximately 200inert bombs were dropped in the loch during training runs before 627 Squadron’s successful night-time raid on hydroelectric dams in Ruhr Valley, Germany, May 1943.

Locals were evacuated from the area during the tests so that they didn’t know what was going on.

Men can and do experience eating disorders

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I'm scared my children will 'catch' my eating disorder - is there a risk and what can I do?
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Eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of gender.

In the last three years, the number of men receiving outpatient treatment for an eating disorder has grown twice as fast as the number of women.

By 2017, male patients had increased by 27%, compared to a 13% rise in female service users.

However, this may only be the tip of the iceberg. It’s likely that the majority of men who experience eating disorders never disclose their condition to health professionals or receive any sort of formal treatment, meaning that they don’t… Read the full story

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