We’ve in an age where we’ve never been more connected, yet more and more of us are reporting feelings of loneliness and isolation. The world’s largest survey on loneliness revealed 16 to 24-year-old’s are the most likely to feel lonely, with a whopping 40% saying they feel lonely often or very often.
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We’ve all been there. Maybe you’ve got a big project due at work, so you’ve decided to put in just a few extra hours in the evenings answering emails and getting research done. Before you know it, you’ve lost the whole weekend to ‘just one more email’, and you can’t remember the last time you sat at the dining room table without a phone or laptop out.
Perhaps your department is short-staffed; you decide to be a team player, giving up your much-needed day off or pulling a double shift to help out. You’re exhausted and frazzled; stress is starting to affect how well you get to and stay asleep. But you’re being a team player! This is what it’s meant to be like, isn’t it?
Or maybe you travel a lot for work...
It’s official; we’re a nation of perfectionists – and that’s not a good thing. According to the World Health Organization, record numbers of young people are experiencing serious depression and anxiety disorders. Growing evidence suggests that the excessive standards we set for ourselves, our drive to be perfect, could be more harmful than we may realise.
While many of us may view perfectionism as a positive attribute, researchers are finding that it can have a dangerous side...
With traditions and celebrations such as Christmas and Easter, families often spend an extended amount of time together, under one roof. Whether it’s a new personality arriving into the mix, or family dynamics changing as people grow up, managing relationships can often be tricky between trying to please everyone, and remain in a healthy, happy mindset yourself.
One of the most important things to remember is that sometimes you simply can’t please everyone, but you do have to please yourself and take care of the skin you’re in.
Here are six tips to help you manage difficult relationships and make time for your own well-being:
Set healthy boundaries...
Friendships can add so much richness to our lives, helping us feel connected, heard and valued. When friendships are thriving, they feel easy. You feel revitalised after spending time with them and know at its core, the friendship is true.
This isn’t always the case, however. People change and in turn, so do our relationships. Sometimes we grow apart. Our friendships become a burden, something that causes stress, worry and uncertainty. When this happens, it is time to implement a little self-care.
This may look like setting boundaries on your energy and time or even saying goodbye to the friendship. Here we look at a few ways to ensure your needs are taken care of within a friendship...
We all have a romantic ideal of love; whether that’s love at first sight, falling head over heels in love, or finding your true soul mate. Perfect love means different things for all of us.
In reality, relationships aren’t perfect. Some days we’re kind, generous and outwardly loving to our other halves, and other times we’re not. Life gets in the way sometimes, and that’s OK – as long as you’re both happy for the most part.
But, if you’re unhappy with certain aspects of your relationship and there are things you’d like to change, sometimes it’s important to go back to basics. Rather than wondering what the bigger gestures are that you can make, think about the everyday activities, the ‘normal’ things that you can change.
Here are 5 everyday things you can do to help improve your...
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we picture the commerce industry rubbing its hands gleefully. Each year, we tell ourselves “this year will be different” and we won’t partake in the commercial hype. But, somehow we still end up running out to the shops, or browsing online through the recommended ‘gift ideas for your loved one’.
If you feel like you’re missing a trick, and wonder if you could show your love in a more thoughtful, considered way (but ensure you still end up in their ‘good books’), here are five alternative ways to show your love for someone on Valentine’s day.
1. Give them a sentimental gift
Get your favourite couple selfie printed on a canvas, or print it yourself and put it in a simple frame. Having happy memories visible around the house all year-round is a sure way to...
We can all get complacent in relationships. Being comfortable with someone can often make it feel like the romance or spark has gone, even if your love for each other is still as strong as ever.
If you find yourself thinking back fondly to the first few months when you got together (and wishing you could have some of the excitement that comes with finding new love), you can still feel like that. It just requires some thought – and a little bit of effort.
So, if you want to breathe a new lease of life into your relationship, try some of these ideas.
Make time for each other
You don’t need to sync calendars, or pencil in specific dates and times if that sort of organisation doesn’t work for you. But, let...
We spend a lot of time with our families at Christmas and whether you normally get on well or not, there’s usually a spat or two.
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make Christmas perfect, so if there’s a bust-up it can seem like the end of the world. But, thinking about it, an argument or two is probably inevitable. The festive period can mean that people who don’t normally spend much – if any – time with one another, are flung together under the same roof for a couple of days, if not up to a week.
Christmas is a time that’s meant to be full of laughter and fun and generally, it is. But, there are bound to be occasions when things don’t run smoothly.
Keep your eyes peeled for the following...
As a general rule, we tend to care about the opinions that other people form of us. Imagining what your friends, family and colleagues may think of you can be tricky enough, but, what about a stranger?
There’s a lot you give away about yourself, even in an encounter that only lasts a few seconds. Your own self-image is reflected in almost everything that you do, from the way you walk, to the way you talk, or even the way you dress.
But what do other people think about you? Here’s four things that a stranger knows about you – and how they know it, too.
1. How important your appearance is to you
A lot can be unpicked from what you wear, how you dress and what your own sense of personal style is. In a matter of seconds, someone can easily gauge what social setting you are dressed for – whether that be work, leisure, or somewhere in-between. Being smartly dressed, or at...