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Fun, Fit and Festive: How to stay healthy during the holidays Lifestyle 

Fun, Fit and Festive: How to stay healthy during the holidays

With the arrival of the festive period, most of us are not short of opportunities to relax, celebrate and have fun. This leaves many of us facing the dilemma of how to stay healthy, whilst still making the most of the holidays. A lack of sleep and the abundance of treats around certainly means that many of us face difficulties in maintaining our usual standard of health, having to later compensate by adopting fad diets and short-lived exercise regimes come New Year’s Day… However, this doesn’t have to be the…

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‘Let’s be honest, it’s really time we gave women a break’: Male contraception halted due to ‘intolerable’ side effects Comment 

‘Let’s be honest, it’s really time we gave women a break’: Male contraception halted due to ‘intolerable’ side effects

The latest version of the male contraceptive injection is now very effective, around 96%, yet the trial of the drug has already been halted because 20 men (20 men out of the 320 who took part in the trial) found the side effects of the injection ‘intolerable’. These side effects included mood swings, acne and depression. This all sounds very familiar to me… Researchers are now spending millions to try and alter the medication in order to lessen the side effects. Yet, when these side effects are a risk to…

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12 Lifestyle Changes in 21 Days Lifestyle 

12 Lifestyle Changes in 21 Days

It’s a common myth that forming a habit takes 21 days. Where did this come from? Back in 1950s, a plastic surgeon called Maxwell Maltz noticed it would take his patients this long to adjust to their new physique. Maltz published his thoughts and after years of discussion, it’s now believed that within 21 days, you’ll have formed a brand new habit. I’m not convinced that it’s entirely accurate, but after seeing various 30 and 365 day challenges on social media, I decided to put the 21 day myth to…

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#FreshersReflection: “Eat fresh food, join a sports club and don’t go overboard with alcohol” Comment 

#FreshersReflection: “Eat fresh food, join a sports club and don’t go overboard with alcohol”

It’s that time of year again – numerous nights out, alcohol, drunken food binges, hangovers, colder and darker days so no need for a bikini! I’m talking about the start of the university term. Endless fresher nights out finished off with a portion of cheesy chips and a very painful hangover the morning after. Almost everyone can relate to this scenario and is it really worth it after many people work endlessly in the months running up to summer to get their perfect ‘beach body’? For me, there is no perfect…

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Work over Well Being: The Importance of having a Work-Life balance Lifestyle 

Work over Well Being: The Importance of having a Work-Life balance

I’m writing this article at gone midnight. This will be my fourth night in a row where I have been unable to sleep because of stress and anxiety. This is something that happens very frequently and I often find myself sat up at night, catching up on some seminar reading or researching internships, because if I’m up working and doing something ‘productive’, me being unable to sleep is not something that should be cause for concern, but rather is something that should be envied, right? I’m up, I’m busy, and…

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Summer of Self-Care Lifestyle 

Summer of Self-Care

Although the stress of University work has gone, the lack of structure and purpose of summer can often mean neglecting focusing on self care and your own wellness. I decided this summer I was going to make an active effort to focus on my own mental health and well being, keeping myself busy and productive. It was about 2 weeks in, when I rolled out of bed at near 11 o’clock, moved to the sofa and stayed in my PJs all day, that I realised I had failed on my…

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Gap Year Experiences Lifestyle 

Gap Year Experiences

As I sit here putting off checking though my long essays, I can’t help but envy those people who decided to take a gap year. When I was at sixth form, taking a gap year wasn’t even a consideration for me, I didn’t think I could afford it, I was too scared to have to go through the University application alone and, to be honest, I just wanted to be doing what all my friends were doing and that was going straight off to University. I sometimes think this unconsidered…

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