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Tayana Simons

Freelance Writer

Freelance writer and former TV journalist. Mental health advocate, vegan and travel addict. Passionate about health, wellbeing, sustainability and animal rights. Has worked on mainstream broadcast content for Sky News, Community Channel, BBC Radio London, and ITN Productions.
Five Vitamins That Help Maintain Your Mental

Five Vitamins That Help Maintain Your Mental Health

Yet humans have used natural sources to prevent and cure mental disorders for centuries - and it's not tales from folklore that back it up - its solid gold science! Take a look at how including these vitamins can have a positive impact on your mental health.
13/11/2017 11:04 GMT
Why I Hate The Phrase 'Gap

Why I Hate The Phrase 'Gap Year'

The amount of times I've heard people say to me; "do it why you're young", as if the only time that we should open ourselves up to new possibilities is when we're still young enough to enjoy them, before age, and responsibility bears down on us, and we can no longer afford to take a break from our lives.
06/10/2017 10:56 BST
Five Small Steps For Improving Your Self

Five Small Steps For Improving Your Self Esteem

Your self-esteem is a delicate creature. It can be damaged by many things - a break up of a relationship, a change in life or work circumstances - any dent in your sense of identity can leave you feeling less yourself and cause you to suffer a loss of self confidence.
06/07/2017 13:12 BST
Five Everyday Sustainability Solutions To Simplify Your Life (And Save You

Five Everyday Sustainability Solutions To Simplify Your Life (And Save You Money)

It is easy in our fast paced lives to get caught up in a disposable culture, where we choose ease over sustainability. There are many reasons that this is short sighted - not only is it detrimental to the environment, but also our own wellbeing (and bank balance!). These small everyday 'life hacks' can make a big difference to our lives, and the planet as a whole.
15/06/2017 12:03 BST
The Benefit Of Disconnecting In A Connected

The Benefit Of Disconnecting In A Connected World

Set yourself limitations on your connectivity throughout the day. Yes you CAN reply to emails wherever you are, but that doesn't mean that you SHOULD. Remember your mental health is the most important thing that you should be considering - you are no good to anyone if you're stressed and frazzled.
31/05/2017 15:06 BST
It's Not Just 'Winter Blues': What I've Learnt About Seasonal Affective

It's Not Just 'Winter Blues': What I've Learnt About Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) is one of the lesser-understood mental health conditions. Because it is, in itself, a type of depression, it is easy to think it has been bought on by other circumstances in your life. It is only when you begin to recognise the recurring annual pattern, that you realise the trigger.
28/05/2017 20:21 BST
Five Incredible Possibilities Of Stem Cell

Five Incredible Possibilities Of Stem Cell Research

The potential of stem cell research is only just beginning to be understood, but the possibilities have the power to drastically change the world that we live in. The pace at which research is moving could mean a complete revolutionary shift in the way that major chronic illnesses are treated, and prevented, within the coming decades. It could mean an end to many of our most common diseases, and even an end to mass production of meat!
24/10/2016 13:16 BST
Addiction Is Lonely, But Recovery Is A Path Best

Addiction Is Lonely, But Recovery Is A Path Best Shared

Isolation can be a cause of addiction. It's also a common symptom. It might be a chicken or the egg argument, but addicted individuals tend to isolate themselves in order to hide their addiction. On the other hand, isolation can also be the trigger that leads people down the road of substance abuse.
21/10/2016 13:57 BST
How Connecting With Nature Can Improve Our Happiness and

How Connecting With Nature Can Improve Our Happiness and Wellbeing

We know the drill -eat the right things, exercise, get enough sleep, EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. And whilst all of these things will hopefully help us to live longer, it seems to me that with all these self imposed rules and regulations, we forget to give ourselves time to do what we find enjoyable.
01/09/2016 13:27 BST
Tired At Work? Four Energy Hacks To Keep You

Tired At Work? Four Energy Hacks To Keep You Focused

We all know the feeling - you go into work in the morning, coffee in hand, you're motivated, focused, and ready to take on the world! But by 11am you're flagging. You look at the ever multiplying to-do list in front of you and hang your head in despair.
31/08/2016 10:03 BST
Can The Contraceptive Pill Make You

Can The Contraceptive Pill Make You Depressed?

Completely out of the blue I was feeling very low and the only change in my life was this little pill. So of course recognising the difference it made, I immediately stopped taking it. But not everyone has the awareness to realise that it could be the pill having this effect on them, particularly when they haven't been warned that it can have this side effect.
24/08/2016 16:25 BST
Need Your Online Fix? Four Growing Internet Based

Need Your Online Fix? Four Growing Internet Based Addictions

Data leaks, trolling, cyber bullying, dark webs and hacking scandals have been just a few of the big stories to hit the press over the past decade, but there is also an equally worrying issue affecting an increasingly number of internet users, particularly in the younger generations; addiction. And it comes in many different forms
08/07/2016 15:12 BST
Brexit: Why We Shouldn't Underestimate the Emotional

Brexit: Why We Shouldn't Underestimate the Emotional Impact

In short the potential impact of all of these factors doesn't just change our status as a nation, but threatens to disrupt important aspects of our everyday lives. The element of anxiety that lies in the unknown will only be exacerbated by the press in the months to come, and whether or not our anxieties will come to pass, it doesn't make the feeling any less valid. So please, stop telling us to 'Get over it!'.
07/07/2016 13:37 BST
Stepping Out of the 9 to 5: Three Stressful Careers That You Can Turn

Stepping Out of the 9 to 5: Three Stressful Careers That You Can Turn Around

Reaching breaking point in your current role doesn't necessarily mean you have to break away from your career completely, a side step might be just the thing you need to refresh your interest in your profession whilst freeing up more time to the other things that you enjoy. Life is about balance, stretching yourself to within an inch of your sanity is not going to do the best for you...
29/06/2016 17:12 BST