Love and Relationships

How To Support A Depressed Lover

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Leimon

It's up to the individual as to whether they want to seek therapy or medication but around that, there are little things that you can definitely do to help someone with depression. From my experience, and from the help of my wonderful partner, here are some things you could do to help a depressed lover.

A Fit Mind

Kamontip Evans | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Pick up a women's or men's magazine and the dominant features will be appearance, nutrition, fitness, work, sex and romance. We want to be strong, fit, healthy and attractive and enjoy our work and love life. We want them and expect them to go right, but we can be in for disappointments when they don't go according to plan. We need a Plan B: a fit mind to back us up.

Cancer And Dating

Lawrence Saez | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lawrence Saez

Having the cancer label hanging over one's head means that, little by little, you are denied the very intimacy that you are seeking. People start squirming when you hug them, they discreetly sit away from you, they recoil when you touch them or kiss them, as if cancer were contagious.

If You're Looking For Love, Try Looking Inside First

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

Guided by the belief that love equalled loss, I deliberately sought out men with whom there was no chance of real intimacy - commitment-phobes, men with partners or men who were gay. Either that, or I would find fault with every good guy I got close to.

Halfway Through Heartbreak

Krishan Parmar | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Krishan Parmar

'I'm fine!' - my automated response when someone asks me how I am and even that is a massive overstatement. Rewind two months and I would have said 'Amazing!' or 'Really Good!' with enough gusto to ensure that whoever was asking knew that I meant it, because it was true.

Why Men Use 'Daddy Issues' To Assassinate Our Characters

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

What does 'daddy issues' mean? It goes back to Freudian phycology which states that our parents are a pivotal influence in our lives. According to Sigmund Freud, we chose partners that resemble our parents because they are the very first interaction we had in the world with the opposing sex.

How To Be Romantic (Without The Effort) This Valentine's Day

Beth Searle | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Searle

My ex-boyfriend used to describe himself as a 'hopeless romantic'. Not because he couldn't help but be romantic, unfortunately, but because he considered himself completely hopeless at doing anything romantic. The mere thought of Valentine's Day would bring him out in a cold sweat.

Five Steps To Build A Good Relationship

Izzy McRae | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Izzy McRae

I still feel a bit uncomfortable writing about it, if I'm honest. My love life is really happy at the moment, but something still stops me from wanting to be too public about it, possibly because it feels like tempting fate.

Living With Someone Who Has Depression

Jaki Jelley | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jaki Jelley

Living with someone who suffers from depression is hard. Really hard. Yet personally I feel like it's not discussed as openly as depression itself. No we are not the ones directly suffering but depression doesn't come with an instruction booklet.

Questions You Need To Ask Before Moving In Together With Your Partner

Olga Levancuka | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

Some people cancel everything and prioritise a new relationship, sometimes out of laziness because it takes effort to keep your friends happy and your partner feeling special. Is your partner planning on keeping his or her routine intact? For example, do they plan to continue spending Sunday afternoon with their best friends, excluding you? It's not about right or wrong. It's about what would you prefer and what would keep you happy.

Appy Valentine's Day

Caragh Little | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Maybe, with life being so busy, we have to prearrange it all, even if it means that we all end up celebrating our love in one identikit packaged, shrink-wrapped night. And yet... something about all that prearranged perfection makes me want that Boredom app to vibrate on my wrist or phone.

Forget Sexting, Here's Why Love Letters Should Make A Comeback This Valentine's Day

Philip Ellis | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Ellis

As leaked nudes continue to go viral, and the government gears up to listen to your phone calls and read your emails, remember: it's impossible to hack a piece of paper.

Self-Love On Valentine's Day

Louisa Mallejacq Flynn | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Mallejacq Flynn

If all we do is drain our flames with the concerns of everyone else, then all that is left are some ashy embers and jagged coals. Anger and resentment enjoy these conditions, and we can't love others with such feelings. We just want to run, escape, blame and punish, often passive-aggressively, because we begrudge everything.

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

Emma Jane Coady | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Jane Coady

"It's always good to have options" is a phrase my girlfriends use when I refer to prospective dates. Is this the case? Call me old-fashioned but I don't believe this. I think we've become programmed not to "find the one" but to "find another in case one doesn't work out". We have conditioned ourselves to find a new protection system.

Divorce: The Worst Advice

Sarah Hall | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Hall

When you first split up with your partner I am sure (as I know from experience) that advice will flow in from a variety of angles - especially family and friends. They mean well, but not all advice should be taken as gospel

Heartbreak

Katrine Horn | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katrine Horn

So you're heartbroken. Because he or she left. Or because you realised that you had to end it. The reasons don't much matter because it hurts the same! We know that time heals all wounds but we'd just like for time to move a bit faster for the foreseeable future because what earthly use is that to you? Now?

Lost Time

Rachel Lamb | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

The important point to remember is you choose your own path. Along that path you choose your own way, and everyone will have something different and unique to them, we won't reach where we want to be all at the same time.

Is Valentine's Day A Day For Love Or A Day To Be Dumped?

Sara Davison | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Davison

It is a time when people take stock of their love lives. They evaluate what they have and whether it's what they really want. If one partner is unsure about the future together they will not want to make big romantic gestures on Valentine's Day so this is why breakups spike just before the big day.

Surviving V-Day!

Sarah Hall | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Hall

Seems crazy, but ever since Boxing Day the shelves of local and national stores have been packed with gifts and goodies to tempt people in relationships to buy something for their loved one to celebrate the one day a year when it is expected that your spouse will show they care!

Sunshine And Showers In Love

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

I was born at 2.30pm which explains why I was never an early morning person or so I thought until I conditioned myself to get up at the crack of dawn. Human beings have an incredible built-in mechanism which allows them to get used to most things and to program our minds however we want, even in matters of the heart.

Love And The Universe

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

In a time when we are hurtling towards time-poverty, where things happen at a super-fast timescale, I would like to share something old-fashioned about deep connection with another person and the universe.

An Open Letter To A Parent Going Through A Break Up

Roxanne Louise | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Parents
Roxanne Louise

Your world has been flipped upside down.You feel completely out of control and the sadness and agony is probably like nothing you have ever experienced. What makes this situation more difficult is the fact that it's not just two people who have split, it's a family.

The Rise Of Relationship Contracts

Mairead Molloy | Posted 26.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mairead Molloy

People first started taking relationship contracts seriously when Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan advocated this approach. They in fact went on to wed at an event in 2012 where guests apparently were told they were invited to a surprise graduation ceremony.

Co-Habitation - So You've Bought The House, What Now?

Tim Snaith | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tim Snaith

Boy meets girl. They fall in love. They live apart, spending their time between each other's flat, constantly packing and unpacking a bag. Eventually, they become tired of moving between flats and decide that it is time to move in together and perhaps even buy a flat...

Why It's OK To Say 'I'm Happy'

Katie Teehan | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Teehan

I rarely vocalise this. That's not to say I'm an outwardly gloomy person - I'd like to think I'm cheerful enough most of the time. I just don't ever feel that it's appropriate to bang on to my friends or colleagues about the great things in my life.