The Many Terms of Sexuality and Gender

We’re generally not into labels because everyone is different and unique. We shouldn’t need to find a box that we fit neatly inside so that everyone knows and understands us. As a society we’re changing rapidly, trying to find new ways to respect and protect each other. And that’s a good thing. When it comes

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How To Stay Calm Under Pressure

Steph Golds is a valued member of the Shona team, a counselling psychotherapist, who has spent countless hours working with young girls. We asked for her advice on staying calm when the world keeps spinning… There is a lot of scary or stressful information swirling around out there at the moment. It can be easy

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Even When It All Gets Too Much, Please Stay.

Steph, our wonderfully talented Psychotherapy and valued Shona team member, has something a little different for everyone this week. It’s a tough one, so mind yourself while reading it. But sometimes important messages are tough to hear. It’s not her typical Ask Steph piece. This is especially for when it all gets too much. She’s written

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Why You Should Adopt Body Neutrality This Summer

Body, body, body. What comes to mind when you read that word? Perhaps sports,  health, doctors, or perhaps something far more likely: weight. Why? Diet culture. That”s why. The best way I can describe diet culture is this: it seeps. Snapchat ads of bellies flattening, bottoms rounding, hips thinning, and thighs narrowing. TikTok videos encourage

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Why Do My Breasts Get Sore Just Before A Period?

People who menstruate really are true champs. We deal with everything from leaking to severe back pain, all while participating in everyday life like it’s nothing. How do we do it every month? With menstruating, there are often the normal conversations about back pain and= stomach pain. One thing that not everyone talks about however is

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Joanna’s 7 Hacks To Reduce Exam Stress

Last week, we called on Caitriona to give us her go-to study tips and this week, we’ve once again called on our Jambos for some assistance. Joanna, again who is just like you and is sitting secondary school exams, has a few hacks up her sleeve for when exam stress gets a little too much. 

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Study Like A Pro With These 7 Tips – By Caitriona

Do you see that? Just over there. Yep, that’s summer!! It’s so close that we can almost smell the suncream and Lays crisps. Buuuuut, there is just one more obstacle in the way. Summer exams, the JC or the LC. We know you’re tired, and we know you are overwhelmed, but we are here to

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The Ultimate Guide To Meditation

So, is it just us, or is the go-to solution that is at the tip of everyone’s tongue when you say you are stressed is, “Have you tried meditation?”. That then is often followed by an eye roll, a scoff, or a combination of both by the stressed person. Don’t lie, we know that’s how

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Three Reasons Why You Should Make Your Bed Everyday!

Hey – make your bed! One small but mighty thing you can do every single day that can transform your life is to make your bed every morning. Sure, there are loads of excuses not to: I’d rather just have the extra five minutes in bed. It’ll just be unmade again later when I get

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how to make friends

Six Ways To Find Your People

Making new friends can be tough, especially in big schools where it seems like everyone already knows and gets on with everyone else. From the outside it looks like everyone else finds it easy, and that you are the only one struggling. Trust us when we say that this is not the case. All around

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Autism and Me – By Aoife

I’ve felt different from other people for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I had some quirks: I didn’t really play with other kids a lot, and I much preferred the company of myself or my twin sister. I was quiet and clumsy, and I was always away with the fairies.

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Period Poverty

What Is Period Poverty?

Periods are a normal bodily function, experienced by about half of the world’s population every month. And yet, we still struggle to be upfront and have open conversations about how they affect our lives. Period products, like pads and tampons, can be expensive and can put people under serious financial pressure. ‘Period poverty’ refers to

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Ramadan: An Insiders POV- By Eiman

From the 22nd of  March to the 21st of April this year, Muslims around the globe are supposedly starving themselves for 30 days straight in the name of Allah (God). I can without a shadow of a doubt, debunk this rumour. We don’t starve ourselves; we fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days straight. No

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10 Things No One Tells You About Grief

There’s this common misconception about grief that it only has to do with mourning the death of a loved one. But, that’s simply not true. Grief is the natural response to loss. And while, yes that includes the mourning loved ones that have passed, it also includes the mourning of past relationships/ friendships and the

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What to do if a friend unfollowed you

What Should You Do If A Friend Unfollowed You?

Navigating relationships of any kind can be difficult, especially online, where it seems that there are all these hidden rules and measures that you need to follow in order to maintain a friendship/relationship. So, what happens when one of these relationships goes wrong, and you find out that someone you love has just unfollowed you?

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The Ultimate Guide To Positive Risks

Here’s a secret, not everyone who appears to be confident feels it on the inside. It’s a lifelong skill, and it comes from focusing on who we are, and who we can be, rather than what everyone around us is doing. Q: So how do you get more confident?? A: Push yourself, just a little.

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Tips For Detoxing Your Social Media Feeds

Detox is a word many of us know, but for those of us who don’t, it’s all about removing something that is negative from our lives when it just doesn’t serve us anymore. This might be a social detox – removing people in your life whose vibes don’t align with yours anymore, a diet detox

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Nine Smart Things That Mary Robinson Once Said

In honour of Seachtain Na Gaeilge, we’d like to speak about one of the coolest Irish women we know of. Mary Robinson is one of the most inspirational women Ireland has ever known. She was one of the first to take an axe to a very thick and reinforced glass ceiling, tearing it down so

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