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How my relationship nearly ending forced me to seek help for my mental health issues

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

*Trigger Warning: This article has mentions of self-harm that some readers may find distressing.*

It wasn’t until my relationship was holding on by a thread that I finally sought help for my mental health.

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I had been struggling for a long time. By the time I finally went to see a GP, I was 20. I’d been living with mental health issues since my early teenage years.

For years, I would have angry outbursts and I wouldn’t know how to control them. It was like flicking a light switch. I could go from feeling totally okay… Read the full story

Doughnut Time is finally coming to London

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It is a sad truth widely acknowledged that when it comes to food, Australia has all the good stuff.

Doughnut Time is finally coming to London

They’re big into the super healthy wellness scene. They’re the ones who first made freakshakes a thing. They shove Nutella into whatever deliciousness they can get their sticky hands on.

Basically, whenever there’s an amazing new food creation popping up on the internet, it’s nearly always only available in Australia. Which fills us with rage and envy.

One Australian brand that we’ve had to survive without for far too long: Doughnut Time.

If… Read the full story

Why do we need carbohydrates? Why a zero-carb diet is dangerous

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Brown rice which is high in fiber offers more benefits to health. (Picture: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket/Getty)

Carbohydrates get a lot of stick for being the food group that can be so good to eat but so bad for your body, but remember, they are the base of the food pyramid.

How my relationship nearly ending forced me to seek help for my mental health issues

A zero carb diet is very difficult to sustain and it is also very bad for our bodies as carbohydrate is a nutrient we need.

Carbohydrates are made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen and are the main source of energy for our… Read the full story

Here’s which crisps brands are the worst for selling bags full of air

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Aside from the ever-increasing price of the Freddo, there are few food-related disappointments sadder than opening up a bag of crisps to find a measly portion of carby goodness within.

We paid for a bag of crisps. Not a pouch of air. We know that a little empty space is a necessity we must endure – but do the makers of our crisps have to let us down so dramatically when it comes to their portion sizes?

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Not all crisps bag disappointments are made… Read the full story

Tips for men on buying the perfect engagement ring

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So you’ve made the decision that you’re going to pop the question – that’s the hardest bit over now until you come to writing those vows.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though, because there’s a lot of planning to be done and the first port of call is buying an engagement ring.

It’s okay to set out by asking your friends for their input and advice, particularly if they’re already married or have got engaged.

But that can be daunting, particularly if you ask someone who’s got a much bigger budget, and you’re going to get a lot of different opinions that might not be right for you.

Read the full story

Makeup artist spends £30,000 turning a vintage plane into a salon in her back garden

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Amber and her parents spent £30,000 transforming a vintage plane into a hair salon. (Picture: SWNS)

When you’re launching your own business, you need a hook. Something a little bit unusual to reel people in.

How my relationship nearly ending forced me to seek help for my mental health issues

Maybe you’re a hairdresser who offers vegan snacks. Maybe you serve your fry-ups on a shovel (don’t do that, please).

Amber Scott spent a lot of time and money on her quirk – but we reckon it’ll pay off.

The 25-year-old makeup artist launched her first salon yesterday, with a… Read the full story

London’s first weekly vegan market opens this month

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Eat Chay know a thing or two about the art of the baguette (Picture: Eat Chay)

2017 has well and truly been the year of the vegan.

In the summer, Simon Amstell’s BBC iPlayer film, Carnage, started the country talking about crackers. More recently, Jeremy Corbyn got everyone in a tizz with a whole new is-he-isn’t-he conundrum.

Veganism even has its own TED-style talks in the form of festival Vevolution, which will be back on 25 November, with speakers including Tiffany Watson from Made In Chelsea and UK Ninja Warrior star Chase Armitage.

And with new businesses popping up all over the place – from Temple Of Seitan, who opened the UK’s first vegan… Read the full story

Model Teddy Quinlivan comes out as transgender

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Since model Teddy Quinlivan transitioned at age 16, she’s presented herself as a cisgender woman.

Yesterday, she revealed to world that she is transgender.

Model Teddy Quinlivan comes out as transgender

‘I’ve decided to reveal my trans identity because of the political climate in the world right now – particularly in the United States,’ Teddy told CNN.

‘We made an amazing progression under the Obama administration, and since the new administration took office there’s been a kind of backlash.’

Teddy has explained that from the age of 16, she made a concerted effort to present herself as cisgender, not only… Read the full story

Can you get a flu jab when pregnant?

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It is recommended that all pregnant women get a flu vaccine – no matter what stage of pregnancy they are at.

How my relationship nearly ending forced me to seek help for my mental health issues

Evidence suggests that pregnant women have a higher risk of developing complications if they get flu, particularly if they are in the later stages.

The flu jab is free for expectant mothers.

Studies show that it is safe to get the flu vaccine during any stage of pregnancy, from the initial few weeks up to the due date.

When the expecting mother gets the flu vaccine they also pass… Read the full story

How to nail your freshers’ week fashion on a budget

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Walking into freshers’ week like… (Picture: Boohoo)

It’s almost time for the new term, and you know what that means?

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A new wardrobe!

Whether you’re a fresher or a seasoned student, you’ll want to stride back into that student union looking a million dollars, and the best version of you.

But there’s one little problem – you’re not made of money. A new term means new fees, new rent and a whole load of new course materials (not to mention a big bar bill at the start of term blowout – HOW… Read the full story

We need to increase mental health research dramatically

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Mental health research is as important as treatment and care (Picture: Getty)

In the last financial year, Cancer Research spent £432 million on research.

Over the next few years, The British Heart Foundation plans to fund more than half a billion pounds of cardiovascular research.

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Approximately £115 million a year is invested on research into mental health in the UK. That means just £8 is spent on mental health research per each affected individual in a year. By some estimates, cancer research receives 22 times more funding per affected person a year.

While… Read the full story

You’ve got to start leaving on work on time

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Today is National 4pm Finish Day, according to Red Bull.

Model Teddy Quinlivan comes out as transgender

They’re encouraging everyone to throw their pencils in the air at 4pm on the dot, get the hell out of their workplace and go start living their best weekend life.

They want everyone to work smarter, not harder (and we’re assuming they think chugging copious amounts of their energy drink will help) to enjoy a better work/life balance.

Now, finishing early today isn’t for everyone – there are surgeons who will kill people if they throw their scalpels in the air come 4pm… Read the full story

Why I’ve finally ditched the pill to prioritise my mental health

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No more ‘take your pill’ phone reminders for me.

Before I get into why, here’s a mini disclaimer: No two bodies are the same and what I outline in this piece are my personal experiences.

But the lessons I’ve learnt are ones that I hope can be universally applied: no convenience for you or any partner is worth sacrificing your mental or physical health over, and it is so worthwhile taking the time to experiment until you find a form of contraception that’s right for you.

I first went on the pill about seven years ago. At first it seemed like a blessing – I felt reassured and in control. Unfortunately that was soon… Read the full story

Fairy gentrification is taking over Bristol after a tiny house is found inside a tree

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Who lives in a house like this? (Picture: Bethan Rowlands)

As Southern property prices remain ludicrously high, property sizes are shrinking.

We’ve seen garages turned into flats. Corridors being advertised as studio apartments. One-beds being sold for the price of a mansion in Newcastle.

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But one property in Bristol really takes the biscuit.

Nestled between the affordable Victorian and Edwardian terraces of Knowle, a tiny house has appeared in a tree trunk.

The Bristol Post is calling it the first signs of ‘fairification’ in the area, south east of the city, which is apparently on the… Read the full story

Five people talk about the time they cheated on a partner

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There is probably a lot of us with stories about partners who have done the dirty and cheated.

They were obviously kn*bheads who didn’t deserve our time, affection and were totally not worth the heartbreak they caused.

But what about those people who do play away from home – what caused them to do it and, importantly, do they even regret it?

Five people who had relationships behind their partner’s back reveal what led them to cheat and how they felt afterwards.

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Brits are only taking 27 minute lunch breaks and it’s costing us loads of money

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That sandwich won’t eat itself (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

You probably don’t think twice about only nipping out for a sandwich rather than taking your full hour’s break at work.

You know, that hour you’re (probably) not paid for.

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People work through their lunch because they think it will help them get more work done/look like a hard worker, but actually not taking a break is likely to make you less productive.

The human body isn’t designed to work without respite.

And neither is your bank account.

A new study has shown that Brits lose out on £33,264 career earnings… Read the full story

Mum-of-three creates orgy themed cake for anonymous swinger’s birthday

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A cake baker and mum-of-three was commissioned by a client to create an orgy scene solely in fondant icing.

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27-year-old Natalie Burnett took on the idea of a ‘clean but cheeky’ birthday cake with a swingers theme, which was asked for by an anonymous client, and decided to run with it.

The ‘cheeky’ cake features three couples getting down and dirty in the bedroom, alongside various items from sex toys to underwear thrown on the floor.

Each figure features intricate detail – with one couple having sex in a spooning… Read the full story

Company prints your pet’s face on a swimsuit and we want them to take our money right now

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Love your pet as much as you say you do? Then you’ll be more than happy to flaunt your stuff on the beach while wearing a blown-up photo of your furry friend, right? 

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Introducing: Petflair. It’s as crazy as it sounds: a custom swimwear range that allows you to print large photos of your cats, dogs, tortoises – you name it – on your swimming costume or swim shorts.

According to a video produced by the company, they were inspired to create the swimwear so that owners felt they were able to… Read the full story

Woman’s post about jeans that didn’t fit proves clothing sizes mean nothing

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Most of us are aware that no matter what your size, shopping for clothes can be difficult. 

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Not just because, let’s face it, fitting room mirrors can make you look entirely different to how you do in your own mirror, but because sizes can vary from store to store – leaving you feeling disheartened when you leave a store having tried on something in what you thought was your size, only to find it doesn’t fit you.

But apparently, these size differences don’t just occur in different stores – they can happen in… Read the full story

Open House architecture festival this weekend includes all London boroughs for the first time

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Over 800 buildings in London are opening up to the public this weekend.

Open House, the annual free architecture festival run by charity Open City, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this weekend by including buildings from every London borough for the first time.

London mayor Sadiq Khan launched this year’s festival stood next to a whopping great pink cake in the shape of one of this year’s buildings that will be open for the public to explore – the iconic London skyscraper 30 St Mary Axe, fondly known by Londoners as the ‘Gherkin’.

(We know, that’s not the only thing that cake resembles)

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