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The AstraZeneca Vaccine vs The Pill: The Ongoing Neglect of Women’s Reproductive Health

As the Covid-19 vaccine rollout takes place nationwide, concerns have been raised about possible side effects, particularly in the case of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. According to Pharmaceutical Technology, twenty million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered by 12th April 2021. Seventy-nine blood clot cases were reported by the end of March, and of those cases, nineteen people died. The Gov.uk website tells us that the risk of blood clotting after a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in people over fifty or with underlying medical issues is ‘extremely rare’: approximately 1 in every 100, 000 doses. The same is said for those in the 40 – 49 age bracket. For those between the ages of 18 – 39, this risk is doubled to 1 in every 50, 000 doses, which has led to under forties in the UK being offered an alternative vaccine to mitigate this risk. The European Medicines Agency subsequently investigated the risk of blood clotting and determined that AstraZeneca is ‘safe and effective’. Naturally, in a period of great upheaval, people will experience worries about the various emerging vaccines, but the minute risk of blood clotting, is no reason not to get vaccinated. Having a vaccination is an important and overwhelmingly beneficial act, and will help to protect yourself and others, despite the scaremongering regarding AstraZeneca from anti-vax groups. Continue reading The AstraZeneca Vaccine vs The Pill: The Ongoing Neglect of Women’s Reproductive Health

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Review: Headspace Guide to Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important factors in living a healthy life. According to the NHS website, loss of sleep doesn’t just make you tired; it can affect your immunity, mental health and even your fertility. When Headspace announced their new Netflix series on sleep, I was excited to try it – and with exam stress rapidly approaching, improving my sleep was one thing I thought I could do to ease the pressure. Continue reading Review: Headspace Guide to Sleep

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How Important is it to Change Your Diet to Support Environmental Causes?

Are you feeling gut wrenchingly guilty after watching Netflix’s Seaspiracy? Created by the same team responsible for Cowspirarcy, the 2014 eco-film that helped usher in veganism as en vogue, Seaspiracy holds a shocking mirror to the impact our fishing industry is having on the environment. Your favourite California roll is probably looking less appetising, and rightly so. The film has pushed many to consider changing … Continue reading How Important is it to Change Your Diet to Support Environmental Causes?

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The Therapeutic Benefits of Gratitude Journaling

The practice of ‘gratitude journaling’, is essentially the act of actively noting down aspects of our lives which we are grateful for. Passing moments, people, or things which usually pass unnoticed, are given recognition, space on a page, that serves as a reminder of all the wonderful things we have day to day. Personally, I introduced the habit of gratitude journaling into my life just over a year ago, and I have found that forcing myself to actively take notice of all the amazing things about life has ultimately led to a shift in my mindset. I complain less, I thank more. I appreciate even the smallest of blessings which I’ve taken for granted for so long. My worries and stresses seem less significant in comparison to all the stuff which I am so fortunate to have. As gratitude journaling grows in popularity, I hope that everyone gives the act of choosing gratitude a chance, in whatever way that resonates with you. Continue reading The Therapeutic Benefits of Gratitude Journaling

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How Invisalign is Going: Reflections from the Middle of the Process

It has been 14 weeks and 13 separate trays since I started my Invisalign course on the 11th of January. After my first article about beginning the process, I thought I’d update anyone whose interested in undergoing treatment themselves (or just curious) on my thoughts and experiences. Continue reading How Invisalign is Going: Reflections from the Middle of the Process

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Hangover Anxiety: How to Cope with ‘Hangxiety’

“I just want to cry,” I said to my housemate the night after a Big One. I couldn’t understand it. A great night, more raucous behaviour than you can shake a stick at, and there I was exhausted, anxious, and miserable. I slobbed about in my pyjamas from bed to kitchen to bed again, tentatively eating some stale Doritos in the hope that they would soak up some of the vodka swishing around my stomach and cheer me up, to no avail. Even a few episodes of Modern Family couldn’t dispel my gloom; I was well and truly glum. Continue reading Hangover Anxiety: How to Cope with ‘Hangxiety’

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A Guide to Overcoming Burnout

Most of us have been there. Panic coffees and Red Bulls driving you through the 2am slog on the morning of deadline day, fuelled by the last of your adrenaline with no time to even worry about how you got in this position. At least, with the dull droning of the pandemic in my ears throughout my final year at University, I’ve certainly been there more times than I’d like to admit this year. I feel like I’ve been verging on the edge of “burnout” territory since November. Continue reading A Guide to Overcoming Burnout

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Shame and the Body: Reducing Anxiety about the Body that Sustains You

Society’s toxic body politic has transformed the human form into a site for unscrupulous judgement during the 21st century – worsened by the over-saturation of toned ‘influencer’ bodies on our social media feeds. Sadly, it’s becoming all too common for young people to feel uncomfortable in their own skin. As Psychology Today states; “there is a societal body-shaming that is so ingrained that it can feel like the truth”. Indeed, being self-critical has become almost ‘second-nature’ for a lot of people – myself included. Yet, this shouldn’t be something that is normalised. Continue reading Shame and the Body: Reducing Anxiety about the Body that Sustains You