Wellness is swallowing the fashion industry whole. Should I switch camps?

To be fair, my beat has had a good innings. For a hundred years, it has made billions of pounds out of selling us stuff that boosts our self-esteemI’m thinking of giving up writing about clothes and catwalk shows and reviewing bra tops and yoga classes instead....

How I accepted I’m an introvert – and learned to refuse invitations without guilt

After years of drinking through social engagements to make them bearable, I finally acknowledged my fear of talking to strangers and made peace with itIwas on holiday in Turkey, visiting a Roman amphitheatre at dusk, when I realised I was an introvert. As the sun dimmed and...

After a trip to the hairdresser’s, I feel refurbished

They aren’t qualified counsellors, but could legitimately whack those skills on to their CVsThere was a time when I went years without visiting a hairdresser. I know. But I found sitting bang in front of a starkly lit mirror faintly terrifying, and did my best to avoid...

Does having a higher IQ than Einstein guarantee success?

Nishi Uggalle, winner of Channel 4’s Child Genius show, got the highest possible score in a Mensa test, but psychologists differ on whether such tests are reliableTwelve-year-old Nishi Uggalle, the newly crowned champion of Channel 4’s Child Genius show, is said to have an IQ “higher than Einstein’s”....

Seven ways to help someone through a panic attack

More than 13% of people are susceptible to panic attacks, which can be very intense and distressing. So what are the symptoms and how best can you respond?Educate yourselfAccording to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), 13.2% of people have experienced a panic attack. If...

The Mechanics Of DNA Testing At Home

There are many reasons why people are using DNA testing – from criminal investigation to paternity determination. In the past, people had to visit a hospital or a specialized lab to take a test like this. However, the emergence of DNA testing kits that can be used at home has changed everything....

The calming effects of sewing can help people express and heal themselves

How absorbing your concentration in needlework relieves inner turmoilIgrew up in post-war Britain when, saved from German invasion – men returned from war, children from evacuation, families were reunited – the comfort of the home became paramount. Its importance was marked out in sewn domestic niceties: embroidered...

Fit in my 40s: ‘I got so into the TRX, I considered installing one at home’

Nail the technique for this muscle-killing gym accessory and your workout will be ‘magnificently awful’If you’ve seen a TRX in your gym, I can as good as guarantee that you’ve seen someone not know what to do with it. A long, black strap suspended from the ceiling, or a...

Are we having fun yet? How I found joy in the most unlikely of places

I was vacillating between overwork and overindulgence – and then I took my car to a mechanicTowards the end of last year, as I hurtled towards near exhaustion and a work schedule that left very little time for relaxation, I had a dream.It...

Should every worker have a 75-minute lunch break?

MPs have recommended the optimal breaktime for schoolchildren – and it could make adults happier, healthier and more productive, tooSchoolchildren should have at least 75 minutes of breaktime every day, say a group of MPs. Most schools, according to a report by the all-party parliamentary group on a...

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