10 Signs You’re Overwhelmed and How To Fix It

You can’t sleep or you have trouble waking up in the morning. TRY Start a bed time routine, which will hopefully give your brain the hint that sleep should be on the way. Go to bed at the right time every night, not too late but not too early either. You should feel tired but

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Who is… Maya Angelou

In case you didn’t know by know, Maya Angelou is one of our all time favourite people. Born in Missouri in 1928, Maya had a very difficult childhood as she grew up in a time when the blacks and whites in the South were still segregated. Her family life was unstable at times but she flourished,

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Guest Post: 5 Ways to Love Your Body

We are often told that we should love the body that we are in and embrace our curves and how strong is the new skinny.  But do we actually follow or believe this advice or do we still focus on the areas of our bodies we want to change? The following 5 steps might help you become

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Life After Depression: By Skye 💖

Hey there Shona readers! My name’s Skye, I’m a new member of the Shona Youth Ambassadors and for my first article I’m gonna talk to you all about mental health, specifically depression, anxiety and the stigma around them in the hopes it might help educate you on your own mental health or simply give you

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The Breathing Technique That Reduces Anxiety

Anxiety and stress are taking over our lives. The world is moving faster and faster and we all struggle at times to keep up. As a result we feel so overwhelmed and that feeling manifests itself in anxiousness and panic. At Shona, we seek advice from many mental health professionals on how best to cope

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14 Empowering Songs That Cause A Stir

There is nothing more motivating and empowering than music. Music has the power to reach into your soul and lift it up when you most need it, it reads your mind and speaks to you, helping you to find the words you need to express yourself. We’ve put together a playlist of our favourite anthems,

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As Gaeilge: The Perfect Flick

If you’re studying Irish in School and trying to get the hang of some handy terms for the oral’s, we may be able to help you. Dr Claire, our science queen  has teamed up with the fabulous Gearóidín McEvoy to bring us some quality Irish content that’s not mind blowingly irrelevant or boring. They decided to

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Is Your Boyfriend too Into You?

Does your boyfriend or ex-boyfriend do any of these things…..? Complain you spend too much time with your friends? Dictate what you wear? Constantly check up on you when you’re not together? Accuse you of cheating on him? Make you feel afraid to break up with him?   If so, you might need to take

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The Importance of Gratitude

I reckon the most common thing we are looking for in life is happiness. In January 2015, I made a promise to myself to write down three things I was grateful for every night just before I go to sleep.  I had read a lot about gratitude and really I wanted to put it to the

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What’s the Craic with… Toxic Shock Syndrome?

We’ve all heard of Toxic Shock Syndrome. We’ve seen the warnings on tampon boxes, but do you know what it actually means? We asked our favourite GP, the lovely and very frank and honest, Dr Sharon O’Donnell….. -What is it? Sounds scary. Well it is, but it’s very rare. It is an overwhelming infection of

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20x 20: Lets get Behind This Movement

Its been a long time goal of The Shona Project to get more girls involved in sports. We believe passionately that its about time that girls and women’s sport is taken seriously in Ireland. In fact, this year, we’ve put our money where our mouth is and sponsored our first team, Park Rangers U14 girls

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“Girls Who Code” release visual album (and its your new jam)

Every great movement should have an anthem, a song that stirs the spirit and makes those involved feel united and powerful. “Girls Who Code” is a US based organisation that aims to close the gender gap in technology and computer science. To celebrate International Day of the Girl, they have released a visual album called

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Are you in a Toxic Relationship? By Emma

Ever wonder if you are in a toxic relationship? If you are wondering about it then you probably are. As women we have this really strong feeling inside. It is usually our gut instinct, and it is usually right. Of course we chose to ignore this the majority of the time because we never want

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Big News! RISE IS COMING!!!

We are so excited to tell you guys all about RISE2018, the conference we’ve been working on for the past few months, which takes place on Thursday next, October 11th, which also happens to be International Day of the Girl. We have partnered with our friends at Waterford Libraries and Beat 102103 to invite 350

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Help! I’m Having a Mid-life Crisis (I’m 22 BTW)

Why does society expect so much of me? That word “should” has really gotten me down lately. I should have so much experience gained by now. I should have a job by now. I should have it all figured out. I should be settled in a steady relationship. I should be happy… I was happy,

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Guest Post: Life Skills Unlocked: By Quinn

I can still remember the exact moment when I decided that being a girl was bullshit. I had spent my first few formative years generally unfazed by gender roles. Sure, I had to wear horrendous dresses on special occasions, and that seemed unfair. My brother wore shirts and shorts and ran around like a loon

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5 Ways To Snap Out Of Your Stinky Mood

U OK HUN? We all have bad days, you woke up happy and then a couple of things happen one after another and all of a sudden your mood has taken a turn for the worse. The milk was off in your coco-pops, the bus was late and you left your homework on the kitchen

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The Queer of The Castle: By Alana

When we are small, our parents read us fairytales. Stories about people from faraway lands, living in kingdoms dominated by dragons, unicorns, witches, warlocks, giants and fairies just to name a few. A common trope in a fairy story is the romance between a prince and a princess. Perhaps he’s a tall, dark, handsome stranger

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