Long runs mean long periods spent away from our phones, work emails, social media feeds – a break from the noise
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The problem with alcohol for those who suffer from mental health issues such as anxiety is that it is a bad solution that distracts us from pursuing good solutions. Rather than talk about our symptoms, go for a stroll, exercise or prepare a healthy meal it is often preferable to down our sorrows in a pub where we can be temporarily relieved of our cognitive ailments.
14/05/2017 17:32 BST
As we laid iconic celebrities to rest and watched the world teeter towards global catastrophe we were constantly reminded of two things; that life really is too short, and that we must live every day as if it was our last.
10/01/2017 13:59 GMT
One of the things I find myself wondering every time the Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes round is; if an event of that size and stature is on the "fringe" of something, what the hell is the main event?
09/12/2016 11:32 GMT
The notion that we may one day become a power source for robots who keep us running by hooking us up to a system that delivers all the sensory requirements a person needs may seem far-fetched, but it's dystopia in its finest form. Not only does it touch on computer control, elements of freedom and individuality, it questions the cost of living in the way we do.
22/11/2016 12:17 GMT
But now the wave is moving back in the other direction. You may find craft beer in every boozer, but it's likely to only be one of four brands and most of those are being swallowed up by the sort of conglomerations we rebelled against in the first place.
16/09/2016 13:11 BST
As an adult, you no longer have the sort of friends who are compelled, as a figment of your imagination, to be by your side regardless. And as a bloke with a 'niche' collection of social activities I therefore often find myself spending a lot of time on my own.
13/09/2016 15:57 BST
Sure you spend the best part of the day worrying about the most nonsensical things such as whether the train will turn up on time, whether your bank account has been pillaged or how long before you get the sack at work, but for the most part you can tell yourself to shut up and stop worrying. When the physical symptoms take over, that's when anxiety really unleashes its wrath
05/09/2016 12:15 BST
The West has never been so safe. Even accounting for the recent attacks on Brussels, Paris and Turkey, historical data compiled using the Global Terrorism Database shows the number of fatalities from terrorist attacks between 1970 and 1990 amount to considerably more than those killed between 1990 and 2015.
23/08/2016 17:13 BST
If I hadn't been aware of the latest charitable viral campaign doing the rounds online I would have considered Facebook videos of people doing press-ups as being nothing more than another daily dose of the self-objectifying underbelly of social media.
10/08/2016 11:00 BST
05/08/2016 16:06 BST
The most frightening aspect of the herds of immersed Pokemon GO players walking through crowded streets with their eyes glued to the screens of their smartphone isn't the fanaticism, but the precedent.
01/08/2016 13:19 BST
Half of young girls believe becoming more self-conscious about their body during puberty prevents young women from playing sports once they finish school, and more than one in twenty even claimed they were teased by others for their interest in sport, leading them to quit rather than continuing into later life.
27/07/2016 17:19 BST
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