This Sunday, 50,000 people will be running in the annual London Marathon. More than ¾ of these men and women will be participating to fundraise for a good cause, and each year, the event dedicates itself to an official charity to raise awareness. This year, as sponsored by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, the Charity of the Year is ‘Run for Heads Together’, in aim to end stigma surrounding mental health.
Recent research has suggested that regular exercise can be more effective than antidepressants, as it helps to boost levels of serotonin and dopamine – lifting your mood. Not only this, but your changing physical health helps to boost self-esteem and confidence, relieving symptoms of mental health in some cases.
Dear all Mums out there,
This weekend hosts one of the most important days of the year: Mother’s Day – dedicated to you, through the giving of gifts, breakfast in bed, and a day off to put your feet up… if you don’t have children under the age of 7. You’ll probably receive some flowers, or a bath bomb, when what you’d really like are some coupons you can use on your kids to span out help around the house all year round and some alone time. We’re not judging.
You’re going to be thanked for putting up with the terrible twos tantrums (and the tens and twenties…), for all those car rides, home-cooked meals and of course, the pain of birth (yeesh). But it’s never recognised that in fact, you kind of broke your old self to build yourself again, all for someone new.
Motherhood is all about recreating yourself, to become a better human, for a mini-you – and that’s not always a bad thing. Sure, you might miss staying out till sunrise with your girls every Friday night – or heck, even being able to snack or go to the toilet by yourself every once in awhile – but at least you have someone to thank you for those downfalls. Here’s some realistic praises we think you are owed this mother’s day:
St. Patrick’s Day has arrived, and we can begin to celebrate an age old tale, of a young Welsh boy who was captured, and sent to Ireland, to become a slave. After escaping, he returned years later to spread the word of God. Fast forward 2000 years later, as Ireland’s Patron Saint, we continue to celebrate the brave young man. But why do we celebrate this holiday with alcohol? And can our personality really affect our choice of drink?