UK Lifestyle

Beware Blood Donation Services Bearing Gifts

Scott Cuthbertson | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Cuthbertson

For as long as gay and bisexual men, who are not at high risk, are told they are, and their blood is refused, then discrimination exists. We've learned the hard way that equality is won in inches and not in miles so for now let's take this victory. The changes are due to be implemented in Scotland in November 2017 and January 2018 in England, so when they do, if you can, give a pint or two and make a BIG thing about it.

Giving Animals A Second Chance At Happiness Makes My Job Worthwhile

Alex McGilligan | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alex McGilligan

My favourite animals have to be the donkeys, especially Snowy as he is a really cheeky boy who is full of character. He always shouts if people walk past and ignore him and he loves a bit of attention.

16 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Stay Single

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

We’re told our happily ever after lies in the arms of another human being, but what if living our best life is actually all about being single? Not...

14 Things To Remember Before You Have Sex With Your Ex

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

You’ve been through a breakup and you are struggling to move on with the knowledge you will never see your ex-partner again. So in your infinite wis...

How To Become More Well-Spoken In Three Simple Steps

Quora | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The first key to being well-spoken is making others feel well heard. We focus too much on what we should say next, formulating witty responses in our heads instead of giving full presence to the person talking. The art of listening is as important as the art of speaking. When the other person feels truly "heard", that person will perceive you are caring about what s/he is saying, and this may make you appear more likable and better spoken.

There Are Two Distinct Styles of Small Talk - Which One Do You Use?

Quora | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

It took some bravery for me to ask the first question. I'm not gonna lie. My heart raced, my hand holding the phone got slippery with sweat. And I ventured where I'd never gone before, into question asker territory.

Smooth Moves: Three Easy Yoga Poses To Try

Lee Thrash | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Thrash

Maintaining mobility after breast cancer treatment is important, and a little yoga is a great way to get started. Yoga poses that are gentle and safe for everyone are the ideal way to maintain mobility - no matter what your level of fitness.

How To Live A Joyful Life (No Matter What Your Circumstances Are)

Quora | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

More than enjoying life, you can have an ecstatic life. No matter what your life circumstances are, you can find so much to be excited about. It's all about perspective.

Eight Simple Daily Habits Everyone Should Practice, According To A Psychologist

Quora | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you need help with establishing any of these habits or acquiring any of the skills you need to keep these habits going consistently, I recommend you seek help from someone who not only knows how to do what you don't, but can teach you how to do it in a way you can understand.

The Drip-Drip Effect Of Adverts Means We Often Don't Realise How Much They Affect Our Behaviour And Our Psyche

Evelyn | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education

When adverts and other media consistently present men and women in stereotypical roles, it can seriously affect our kids' expectations about appropriate gender behaviour. We're limiting what children feel happy and confident doing, and that's got to be wrong.

9 Ways To Help Women Achieve Multiple Orgasms

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

For many women, having one orgasm during sex can be an uphill battle, so the idea of achieving multiple orgasms might seem like the stuff of fiction. ...

BBC Panorama's Latest Programme Is Set To Inflame Stigma Around Mental Health And Medication

James Woods | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK
James Woods

To me, it seems like it is yet another case of trying to make sense of complex, rare cases that have resulted in tragedy. But remember, never blame the oh-so-sacred alcohol. Ideally, the show would be pulled and potentially redeveloped but at this time it looks like it will go ahead.

Five Ways Chronic Illness Has Improved My Life

Kate Jackson | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Jackson

There's no doubt about it, having a chronic illness can be shit. And to write a blog post, 'five ways that chronic illness has made my life shit' would arguably be a lot less of a challenge, in fact stopping at five may be the hardest part.

Nine Simple Rules That All Good Roommates Follow

Quora | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Congratulations! This is a huge step in your development as a human being. It was weird for me, too, when I went away to college and had to share a bedroom (with bunk beds!) for the first time (not counting Girls State and student council camp)

Out Of Office, But Not Out Of Touch

Mark Oaten | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK
Mark Oaten

It's August. The captains of industry are sailing away, heading to Tuscany, the Med or other spots with an all-inclusive pool bar for a well-deserved ...

Why I'm Running 1250 Miles From Rome To Home With Bipolar Disorder

Dan Keeley | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Keeley

I was the one who was standing in the middle of a major motorway in Northern Italy at rush hour, wearing nothing but his khaki shorts, backing up traffic for 10 miles, letting one vehicle pass at a time and doing so with more conviction and sense of purpose than any human who'd walked the face of the earth. I was the one who - in the true sense of the meaning - had lost his mind. Now five years on, I'm being called crazy for all the right reasons.

10 Things We Did In The 90s That We Don't Do Now

Nicki Kinickie | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicki Kinickie

Nineties fashion has enjoyed a revival in recent years what with chokers being all the rage again as well as high rise MOM jeans and crop tops. But there are some things from that decade, like say pagers, that are well and truly in the past and very unlikely to come back.

Eight Benefits Of Flying With Babies And Toddlers

Rebecca Gurnham | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Gurnham

Sure. I shouldn't get carried away. There were a couple of hairy moments including an urgent wee mid-taxiing to the runway and protestations against the seatbelt sign, but it was nowhere near as awful as I feared. It's been good to think positively; we still have to get home. 

How To Organise A Successful Book Club

Quora | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Entertainment

What is the best way to structure a book club? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from o...

Suicide: Bereaved Families Need Legal Support At Inquests

Joy Hibbins | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

One by one, the solicitors arrived at the coroner's court. They looked confident and prepared. They clearly knew their way around the court. Four diff...

These Three Simple Lifestyle Changes Could Extend Your Life By Seven Years Or More

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

If you don’t smoke, are not obese and you consume alcohol moderately, you can expect to live an extra seven years longer than the general population...

The 'Real' Cost Of Being Disabled

Lynley Gregory | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lynley Gregory

In many ways, the meaning of the word 'cost' to me is the 'cost' of losing my independence, my ability to walk, my hard-earned career and the 'cost' to my partner and family of my intense, chronic pain needing continuous care. But there is also a financial cost to being disabled that I never even thought about before, but that very quickly became apparent.

Power Of Words: The Language Of Cancer

Janet Ellis | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK
Janet Ellis

Combative words are often used in association with cancer, but they can feel disempowering to people simply trying to get through one day a time. The idea of a cancer 'battle' is lazily synonymous with going through treatment and the group explored other ways of describing it.

From Madness To Mindfulness

Allex Parlato | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Parents
Allex Parlato

Prior to motherhood, self-care was an action that came naturally to us. Showering regularly, eating well, and exercising slipped ever so seamlessly in to our daily routine. Today we're juggling babies, children, mealtimes, sleep schedules and cleaning! Say goodbye to the days of wellness and hello to quick fixes, caffeine and dry shampoo.

Single-Use Plastic Is Never Fantastic

Henry Holland | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Style
Henry Holland

We all have the planet's best interest at heart. No one wants to see turtles hurt by straws or beaches littered with plastic bottles, but we can all do our bit to be a little more eco-friendly. It doesn't have to be a huge change either, we all take a reusable bag to the shops now that it cost 5p to buy one. It's just as simple to make other sustainable swaps.