The Amazing Story of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou has had a profound effect on so many of us. Her poems, songs, books and speeches have lifted the hearts and minds of so many. Oprah herself considered Maya to be a mentor and called her “Mother”. Before Angelou passed away in 2014 aged 86, she told Oprah the amazing story of how

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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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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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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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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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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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Top 10 Random Acts of Kindness

The world can seem like a dark and scary place at times. I’m sure we are not the only people who wake up, check their phone, and sees bad news stories one after another. This negativity then impacts us for the day, whether we realise it or not. This post is not one of those

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Is Transition Year Worth Doing?- By Abbie

This article was written by Abbie, one of our amazing Junior Ambassadors, or as we like to call them Jambo’s! Abbie has kindly written this article to share her experience of taking part in Transition Year. Hopefully, Abbie’s story makes the decision a bit easier for anyone out there who may be struggling on whether

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Small Changes To Help The Environment

  There has never been a more critical time to talk about our environment. With so much conversation around the topic, it can be very difficult to know how you can help by doing your part and where to start with it all. It can be extremely overwhelming, so the first thing to remember is

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Benefits Of Journaling For Improving Focus

Ah, journaling. Something we all know is really good for us. But, it can’t be just us that have tried to start a million different times, but we always seem to fall at the first hurdle. If you are like us, you sit there looking at a blank page thinking “what the heck am I

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Are you being bullied? Here’s what we want you to know.

Bullying. It is something that should have been eradicated the moment it first reared its ugly face. Unfortunately, it still exists and probably will exist forever. The good news is, there are ways to get out of a situation where you are being bullied. If you find yourself in one of those situations here are

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Routines That are Damaging Your Brain

8 Habits That are Damaging Your Brain

Routines may be boring at times, but for some of us, they help us to plan and stop us from stressing too much about how our day is going to pan out. Also, our brains have, quite frankly, enough to be dealing with. All of those routines become habits, and some are good, but some

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