Why We Need to Put More Pressure on Children to Achieve

Sarah Newton | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

Maybe the reasons our young people are so stressed has less to do with the pressure to succeed then we think they do. And maybe taking the pressure off their achievement goal is not the answer.

The Pressure

Reneé Davis | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Parents
Reneé Davis

I believe the only real pressure we face is the kind we heap upon ourselves. When we are caught up in a cycle of negative thoughts we immediately look at our shortcomings rather than focus on all the things we're good at.

The Pressure to Be Perfect

Julia Hartley-Brewer | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Hartley-Brewer

Feminism was supposed to be about enabling women (and men) to choose how they want to live their lives. Now, though, it has been twisted and distorted into a ridiculous expectation that every woman must be all she can be, to realise (or even exceed) her potential in every area.

Women: It's Time to Stop Judging One Another

Rachel Thompson | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Thompson

Women are not just unkind to themselves in this quest for perfection; they can also be extremely unkind to other women. This unkindness comes in many guises; in passive aggression; in bitching; in judgement; and in straight-up nastiness.

Take the Pressure Off and Have a Great Relationship

Susan Leigh | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

There are two separate times in the year when divorce lawyers ready themselves for an influx of new clients; one of those is the post-Christmas fallout and the other is post-holidays. Both are times when people have typically been hot-housed together with the pressure and anticipation of fun, relaxation and shared jollity.

Overcoming Christmas Anxiety

Chloe Brotheridge | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Brotheridge

Christmas is a time for peaceful relaxation by the fire right? Wonderful times with family and friends? Peaceful, gentle walks in the country side and non stop magic and fun?! Well, not always.

Why Festive Drinking and Motherhood Don't Mix

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

I actually think I'm a good parent when I've had a couple of drinks. I laugh more. Loosen up a tad. Let my daughter eat lots of cocktail sausages. I construct creative meals out of buffet foods- piling up her plate with crisps and cake (so she has a good balance of savoury and sweet). And I have fond memories of my own Mum being pissed...

Ken's Got Issues Too: Let's Talk About Male Beauty Standards

George P. Simmonds | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
George P. Simmonds

It seems this dismissal of male beauty issues has become so ingrained in society that we're no longer equipped to notice when a man might have a problem. Who, after all, is going to question a fervid gym junkie when there are women willingly starving themselves in their own homes?

Breaking Away From Expectations

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Our society is built around expectations. Expectations as to how we look, how we behave, the type of job we should have, the type of person we should marry, the trajectory our life should take. Often these aren't even conscience thoughts about a person, just things we naturally assume to be the case. But why?

Stress, Anxiety, or Pressure?

Soraya Shaw | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soraya Shaw

Many of us feel stress in our professional and personal lives to the extent that the word 'stress' has almost become a catch-all for feeling out of our comfort zone, over worked, pressured, sick or worried. But how many of us have asked ourselves if what we are experiencing is truly stress?

Saying Yes, Saying No

Maggie Currie | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

If you have all this choice, why is it sometimes you reach a point where life seems so incredibly cluttered and pressured? Probably it is because you have lost sight of what you're saying yes to and what you are or are not saying no to. And you have equally lost sight of why you are saying yes or no.

Waiting for the Storm to Pass

Amy Anka | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

Sometimes you just have to wait for that storm to pass to see the beauty of what remains. Sometimes it can be more breath-taking than before.

One Sweet and Sour Chicken and an Egg Fried Rice, Please

Nicky Harris | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicky Harris

I put the phone down, turned off my computer, picked up my bag and walked. I got in the lift, left the building and got onto the tube home. It was 3.30pm and I'd just walked out of a well-paid advertising agency role where I was respected.

The Courage to Cry

Jayne Morris | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

Our resistance to crying in front of others is likely to stem from our primal instinct to protect ourselves against predators, because in nature tears tend to be interpreted as a signal of distress or helplessness. Yet in exposing our vulnerability we access the power of authentic self-expression and communication, which can be our greatest strength.

The Pressure for Young Girls to Be 'Sexy' Is Only Getting Worse

Kiran Kaur | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Kiran Kaur

We are constantly bombarded with messages in society that suggest, either directly or indirectly, that 'young' and 'sexy' go hand in hand. The new Kingsmill advert is a good example and it's already stirred up some controversy.

Non-Uniform Day

Jyo Fernandes | Posted 13.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Jyo Fernandes

Girls of all ages descend into pandemonium, and the most frequently asked phrase is "What are you wearing?" the date, time, place is not necessary to add, everybody knows what is meant. Everybody, that is with the exception of the male population.

Subliminal Pressure Tips Baby Boom

Sonja Lewis | Posted 02.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

The bottom line is that whether we like it or not, our decision-making, even if it does feel natural, is influenced by pressure.

Breast is not Best

Mammasaurus | Posted 08.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Breast isn't best - it's an option. Breast feeding is nutrionally better for your baby that formula milk, it's a fact that we are all aware of. But i...

British Film Appreciation: Pressure (1975)

Sara Bivigou | Posted 27.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Sara Bivigou

Pressure (1975) is spread out over the course of a few days but Tony's experiences are so stacked, he shuffles unthinkingly from one incident to the next, it's as if everything is happening on one verrrrrrrry long day.