Author: Caroline Cartmill

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Treasurer | 20-21 Lifestyle Editor | 20-21 Social Editor | 19-20

The third Monday of every January is ‘Blue Monday’ – ‘the most depressing day of the year’.  Some believe Blue Monday is a myth and PR stunt designed to encourage people to book a holiday on this day. Whereas others believe Blue Monday is truly the most depressing day of the year due to the combination of cold weather, early dark nights and people feeling the consequences of overspending at Christmas time and now not being able to afford to go out and buy nice things.  Whether you believe Blue Monday is genuine or not, it’s true that January can…

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Happy New Year! The year 2020 was a definite challenge for most of us. Who would have thought the world could have changed so much in such a short space of time, turning our lives upside down as we had to adapt to a way of life that was totally different to anything we were used to before. 2020 taught me that life is unpredictable and I shouldn’t take anything for granted, because it’s true that you really don’t know what’s around the corner. I’ve also learnt how to have more gratitude and be humble during the pandemic, as having…

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On average in the UK, 1 in 6 adults will experience the symptoms of a mental health problem – with one of the most common problems being anxiety. It’s normal to feel shy or worried from time to time about going out and meeting new people or entering new environments, but how do we know when it’s more than just shyness and could actually be an anxiety disorder? Social anxiety – A long-lasting and overwhelming fear of social situations. People develop social anxiety for lots of different reasons, such as being bullied, something humiliating happening to them in public before,…

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Keeping active over Christmas is a lot easier said than done, as staying warm and cozy in the house munching on cheese and watching Christmas films in our PJ’s often seems a lot more appealing than dragging ourselves outside for a run, swim or cycle in the cold weather! We all have our guilty pleasures that we overindulge in over Christmas, and that’s ok, it is Christmas after all! But rather than sit down all day and feel miserable about what we’ve eaten, Christmas is also a time where we can keep moving our body so we feel healthy and…

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As university students, we can never have too many pens, notebooks and cute stationary accessories for our desk and pencil cases. Stationary is the perfect stocking filler or Secret Santa gift, and Pen Heaven has something for everyone this Xmas, no matter how fussy they might be.  From a stylish collaboration with Caran d’Ache x Paul Smith and athleisure inspired Hugo Boss ballpoints, to limited edition Harry Potter journals and the fabulous write on almost any surface at any angle space pens, these items really stand out from the crowd.   Dedicated to promoting handwriting with a wealth of cutting-edge styles and award-winning designs, Pen Heaven are luxury stationery experts, providing…

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This year, Priory Group – a provider of mental health treatment in the UK – commissioned a survey of 2000 adults to find out people’s awareness of the different symptoms of depression. Depression – “A low mood that lasts for a long time, and affects your everyday life. In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits. It doesn’t stop you leading your normal life but makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile. At its most severe, depression can be life-threatening because it can make you feel suicidal.” – Mind The most recognised symptoms of depression…

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Struggling to know what to buy your friends and family for Christmas this year?  Why not consider buying someone a gift card that will positively impact the lives of others, make them (and you) feel good and involves no gift-wrapping at all! As a child, I truly believed Christmas was all about one thing – presents! But 2020 has definitely taught me to be grateful for everything I have, to be kind to others and myself, and to be generous to those around me. My Christmas presents this year won’t be lots of parcels for my friends and family to…

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Personal Development – “Activities or actions that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.” Just imagine what could happen if you gave yourself the same care and attention that you give to other people in your life?  Personal Development Society (PDS) is one of Bangor’s newest societies, whose purpose is to help you become the best version of yourself.  Nobody else is you, and that is your unique power, so embrace it with your whole heart and soul.  To find…

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Millions of people menstruate across the world every day, yet I still find it’s a bit of a taboo to talk about our periods openly and honestly. It shouldn’t be this way, it’s time to talk about periods!  The average woman will have more than 400 periods in a lifetime, and with the vagina being the second most absorbent part of our body, we get through a lot of tampons, sanitary pads, and other period products in our lifetime! But our planet is in a state of emergency, and even though we are all trying our best to reuse more,…

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November to mid-December is breakup season.  Many of you may have have come to university still dating your secondary school/College boyfriend/girlfriend and have been trying to make long-distance work since September. But maybe by this point, you’ve both been struggling to keep it going and decided to mutually end things. Or maybe you’ve found yourself dumped right before the festive season. We’ve all done it … sat at home feeling sad and alone, wearing a fake-tan stained dressing gown, watching The Holiday whilst scoffing a box of Celebrations. As easy as it is for us to do this, now is…

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Featured image: Imogen and Bea – Clecs Clecs (meaning gossip!), is a sustainable Welsh clothing brand owned by two sisters from Cardiff, Imogen and Bea. All the Clecs products are designed, printed and embroidered in Cardiff, supporting Welsh companies throughout the production of the clothes. Committed to sustainability and ethical fashion, Clecs ensures all workers involved in the process are paid fairly, and only the least environmentally impactful processes are used to create the clothes. The brand is eco-friendly down to the very last details – including the packaging and textile standards! Clecs kindly gifted me with a Hiraeth T-Shirt…

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El Camino is the original customisable travel bracelet brand, founded by business partners Candace Kellough and Tom Lane, based on their passion for travel, adventure and experiences.   When I was approached by El Camino, I knew this was a product I wanted to try! Over the summer I travelled to Spain to walk the famous pilgrimage Camino de Santiago, so I wanted one of El Camino’s handcrafted travel bracelets and handmade Steps (beads) that would be unique to me, and remind me of my memories made whilst travelling in Spain and walking the Camino. El Camino customers can choose from…

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Halloween is fast-approaching, and if you’re not quite in the spooky spirit yet, then here are some of my favourite spooky-scented, sustainable products, available online from independent sellers and retailers.  Ranging from Pumpkin-Spiced Soy Wax candles to Sticky Toffee Pudding room diffusers – your home will be left smelling divine this Autumn. Happy Fall Y’all! Spiced Pumpkin Candle, ShimmerCreekCandles – £9.75 “Pumpkin spice and everything nice!” This candle is made up of a sweet pumpkin scent with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in this sophisticated amber jar. It’s 100% soy wax and clean-burning and is made in small batches…

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As the nights draw in and Halloween looms, the online gift emporium, Pen Heaven, presents their spooky stationery essentials for all your writing needs.  Dark and versatile, Pen Heaven has hand-picked a fine collection of designs, from pens to journals to let your creative juices flow. Pen Heaven sent me their Sorrento Medium Leather Journal – £14.99 – a simple, classy, and sophisticated journal that fits in my handbag – which is perfect for me as I usually write on-the-go in coffee shops and wherever inspiration hits.  They also sent me the Classic Matt Black Fisher Space Bullet Pen – £28.92 – a…

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You don’t need to be an elite athlete, pay a fortune for a Personal Trainer and a gym membership, or be out running a marathon every day to be fit and active; as lockdown taught many of us, it’s perfectly possible to keep fit from the comfort of your own home.  Exercise is an amazing way to improve your physical and mental health. As we’re spending most of our days indoors studying and doing online lectures, a Youtube workout is the perfect filler activity for in-between lectures, or for a quick study-break when we need to get away from our…

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Thousands of students across the UK have undertaken the well-established rite of passage – starting their first year at university. But restrictions caused by COVID-19 have made this year a unique and difficult experience for students. When studying at university, we already have to manage the stress of academic work, tight finances and balancing a busy and hectic social life and schedule of extra-curricular activities. The pandemic, and the news of a new circuit-breaker lockdown happening in Wales, adds another layer of pressure to this mix. Priory’s consultant psychiatrist Dr Niall Campbell has outlined steps that undergraduates can take to look after themselves…

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