Self Esteem

The Psychology of 'Over-Sharing'

Sandi Mann | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

Social media is crammed with the inane, repetitive and quite frankly dull minutiae of everyday life that can surely interest no one but the poster (and maybe their mum). Why then, do we overshare so much? I have a few theories:

Why Girls Are in Danger of Becoming Second Class Citizens and Why We Need to Act Now

Suzanne Virdee | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Virdee

There is no rule book on growing up to make it easier. Everyone matures at different speeds and messages need to be delivered appropriately. But what we can do right now is help young girls make sense of what's happening around them and empower them to deal with it.

Have African Children Finally Found their Dolls?

Michael Mumisa | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Michael Mumisa

Molemo Kgomo says she hopes to solve some of the problems that black parents in the UK and USA face in selecting dolls by expanding her market beyond the African continent.

The Mother I Will Always Judge

Kiran Chug | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Parents
Kiran Chug

I think we all do this a little don't we? We believe vehemently in not judging others. We know how tough this is and that we are all only human. Yet we still continue to find faults in ourselves.

Inclusion Comes From Within

Simon Stevens | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I have always had a more individualistic view of inclusion. By this, I mean I believe only I can decide if I wish to be included into society. I always had a naivety to what I could and could not do, and I can honestly say that I have always found a way of doing anything that I put my mind to doing.

Why a Ban on Thinspiration in France Is Long Overdue

BritChick Paris | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

The slow shift in perceptions by brands like Dove all help. But it's not enough. We need radical measures to force the industry to change their norms, so they represent normal healthy women in their campaigns and so they are providing positive role models to fragile teens.

What Happens When Your Teenage Daughter Tells You She Has A Boyfriend

Amy Treasure | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Parents
Amy Treasure

So she comes home from school and casually drops it into our 'how's your day gone' conversation. The conversation we have every day. Except this isn't about the funny thing that happened in maths or that she sang a solo in the choir. This is about a boy, 'the boy' the one she likes and I can tell she's smitten.

In Defence of the Introvert

James Whittaker | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Whittaker

The introvert's power of observation is acute because we are so practiced at watching. I learn faster because my mind naturally turns inward toward my thoughts and doesn't covet what it's missing in the world outside.

Why Low Confidence at School Can Become a Lifetime of Insecurities

BritChick Paris | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Parents
BritChick Paris

‎We have created a self-esteem vicious circle. Schools don't nurture hobbies and passions that make teens feel worthwhile when their natural confidence is plummeting. It is these very activities - and not just hardcore sport, chess, golf, zumba, violin, that construct enduring self-belief. ‎Instead they are ditched for instagram, selfies and thigh gap comparisons.

Why These Women Are Campaigning Against The Term 'Plus-Size'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Style

Women on social media are putting pressure on fashion brands and magazines to drop the term 'plus-size', which they deem to be 'harmful' and 'damaging...

You've Got This...

Amy Anka | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

All you have to do, is send your thoughts, and feelings out into the universe, and watch and see what happens. And not let fear of the unknown hold you in a place where you are afraid of every new thing that crosses your path.

Do You Believe in Yourself?

Lisa Regan | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Do you take notice of how you talk to yourself or your thought patterns around what you are doing? This is an area that I am really working on in my own life. We are our own worst critics before our external critics weigh in with their opinions.

The One With the Rehearsal

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

The other night I went and watched the theatre group I belong to rehearse for their forthcoming production of Fawlty Towers. I haven't acted since autumn 2013 and although it's not unusual for me to have a break from theatre for a while, this is probably the longest I've been gone from it.

Five Pity Party Invites You Should Refuse

Carol Stewart | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carol Stewart

We all have pity parties from time to time but some of us stay way too long in them, letting every obstacle hold us back, feeing even sorrier for ourselves as time goes on. As a result, we don't move forward the way we would like in our businesses.

Society Should Teach Girls Not to Worry About Their Appearance, Not Schoolboys

Rosie Baillie | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK
Rosie Baillie

You can tell people that their appearance isn't the most important thing but if what they're seeing elsewhere in society and in the news, magazines, TV and the internet completely contradicts that, who will they believe?

Ten Reasons Why You Should Be Self Confident

Becky Hopper | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

Everyone has SOME hang-up about themselves. Education, their job, weight, bad skin, big nose... Whatever. We're all in the same boat. Nobody's perfect but nobody likes an attention seeker. Just get on with life. There's more to your life than your big honker!

Survival of the Fittest

Clive Norman | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Clive Norman

Forgive me as this is less of a blog, and nothing more than a rant. I understand the gene pool and the survival of the fittest. It is how we as a spe...

How I Learned to be a Little Less Judgemental

Victoria Leith | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

I don't know about you but I make judgements every single day. I judge whether to cross the road or not, whether our baby has had enough to eat, how many raw chocolate bars I need to make for my family because I ate the stash I made last night already... I could reel off a long list!

Low Self-Esteem: How to Change the Broken Record

Karin Sieger | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

We all carry in us a critical voice, which can give a running commentary full of frightening self doubt, shame, crushing condemnation and dissatisfaction. A voice, which has high standards and can never be pleased, is always on guard, which anticipates failure and humiliation.

Why There Is Another Side to Fashion Than Perfect Beauty

BritChick Paris | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Style
BritChick Paris

All the promises and commitments to giving girls a better future and empowering women to do more are thrown out the window when they are then used as clothes horses. What message does that send to our teen daughters!?

Our First And Last Love...

Amy Anka | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

Like Jean-Paul Sartre, the French Philosopher once said "If you are lonely when you're alone, you are in bad company". I truly believe that until you are content within your own company, you are always going to be attracting someone into your life that is lacking something in some way.

Tribes and the Myth of Togetherness

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

You wonder whether it's always going to be this way. Are you destined to be alone if you are to be yourself? You hope that at some point, you will find people like you. Then comes a revelation. You realise there is no one like you. No one person is like you.

Being Fit and Healthy Doesn't Have to Come From the Gym

Leyah Shanks | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leyah Shanks

Being fit and healthy looks physically different for different people. Some of us who take part in rigorous workouts on a regular basis may not have the body which we would automatically conjure up in our minds to accompany someone so active.

Bare-faced Cheek

Lisa Edwards | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Edwards

When the 'No Makeup Selfie' craze started two years ago, I posted a defiant 'NEVER' on Facebook, and then immediately wondered why I felt so strongly about not doing it. I often think my friends look more beautiful without makeup, and their selfies showed it. Why not me?

'Frozen' the Movie - THAT Dress Change... I Can't 'Let It Go'

A. Dassu | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

In this day and age where covering up and modesty are looked upon as something inappropriate, the people that do choose to wear clothes that cover their bodies fully are looked on as being different, strange even. What if we stopped stereotyping?