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Now that the festive season is upon us with some lockdown restrictions still currently in place, self-care and caring for your mental health is more important than ever. It’s becoming ever more important to look after ourselves in these unsure times. Self-care and positive thinking are simple ways to make sure that our mental health is cared for. Here are 10 ways to practice self-care: Walks – Sometimes breathing fresh air and doing a little bit of exercise can boost endorphins, which can make you feel happier. In addition to this, getting vitamin D from the sun can be very…

On Thursday 19th November, Bangor Uni Boob Team (UBT) ran an event in collaboration with Bangor VegSoc, bringing together vegan baking and boobies. The aim of the social was to raise money for the amazing charity ‘CoppaFeel’ to which UBT is linked, whilst also having fun making an array of cookies, representing all the wonderful shapes and sizes that boobs come in. The event also included a mini competition to see who could make the most boobtiful masterpiece, using vegan chocolate chip cookies as a basis of the design and variety of decorations to make their “own style of booby…

If you are ready for Christmas and excited about Christmas markets, then let me serve this good news on a festive, silver platter: The elves of Wales have opened this year’s student market! This year it’s an online market. But don’t let that put you off – Christmas shopping online comes with a present-sack full of benefits!  The website seems very accessible so far, with a convenient filter feature to shop the following categories: Art, Beauty, Cards, Ceramics, Christmas, Crafts, Fashion, Food, Home, Jewellery, Photography, Service, and Textiles. (Plus, if you are as excited as me and just want to…

Christmas is an expensive time for everyone, especially when you’re a student living off bags of the cheapest pasta. So this year, why not get creative. While some may be more time-consuming than others, they’re worth it for those special to us. Here are some ideas of gifts to make this Christmas: A photo book – You can print off some photos of yourself and a friend and stick them in a book! You can also add bits of collage which you can easily find lying around the house, for example using old things and upcycling them; old bits of…

As we slowly approach Christmas, Costa begins to release its Christmas drinks. So I decided this year to walk to Costa and try all of them. After the third drink, I was feeling full of festivity and perhaps a bit too much coffee, so I called in some reinforcements to help me get through the experience intact. After much debate, here is my rating of the Costa Christmas drinks. After Eight – 8/10 – perfect if you love mint. First, I tried the mint After Eight hot chocolate, starting off as a very strong choice. For me, this was my favourite…

Photo by: Nails By Aneta Feeling stressed? Treat yourself!  I recently went on an adventure to get my nails done. After a recommendation from a friend, I decided to visit ‘Nails by Aneta’ in the centre of town in Bangor.  It was easy to find in the ‘Hair Place’. On entering I was immediately attended to and took a seat in the waiting area. I was seen within minutes of arriving. I was set at ease during the appointment as Aneta ensured that I was comfortable and relaxed the whole time. I was anxious and concerned at first due to salons…

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…

This year we will all be celebrating Halloween differently from previous years. There will be fewer social Halloween celebrations and more at-home DIY Halloween festivities.  However, this doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate at home. Here are some ways to celebrate Halloween this year:  Watch some Halloween films. There are many horror films to binge watch this Halloween. But if you are less into horror, some films I recommend are; Coraline, Edward Scissorhands, Labyrinth, Hocus Pocus, or Harry Potter.  If you are not a fan of watching films alone, you could hold a Netflix watch party with friends online, or make…

This year, supporting the arts has been more difficult than usual; being unable to attend concerts, theatre productions, visiting museums, workshops, galleries and many more. Despite this, there are ways to remotely attend these venues with everything being shifted online.  Some examples of this are;  The website “Bandsintown” is currently live-streaming concerts online, including the music of popular and indie artists. This is a good way to remotely attend a concert and support artists whose concerts have been cancelled due to Covid. Some examples of these are, Harry Styles, Foo Fighters, Hayley Williams and many more.  Some music artists are…

“Christ says sex is bad. Definitely if it involves two cocks. Donate money for my sixth airplane.” Exclaims the opening line of the Sextronaut, episode five; a comic series about sex that hit 5000 views on Webtoons, a popular comics platform, in just one month. “I had spent years looking for what my artistic voice should be like, and two months ago I realized I need to write about sex because the society we live in is sex-negative,” said Timothy Schelhaas, 23, author of the comic series called the Sextronaut and a student of Creative and Professional Writing at Bangor…

Whether you’re looking for love, wanting to chat to new people, or just sick and tired of being single during this lockdown period, then online dating could be the thing for you! As an online dating alumni myself, I have compiled these top tips for online dating whilst we’re still on lockdown … The best apps for meeting other students or young people are usually the free ones – Apps that require monthly subscriptions are a lot more hard-work, and often for people interested in much more serious relationships and marriage. If you want to meet other students or people…

By now we’ve all established a Covid-19 routine. But as we all know, humans are social creatures, and a lot of us might be feeling really sick of the constant nights in, netflixing without the chill, and not being able to see all our friends or family. Here are some ideas to help you stay social during lockdown … Wine and dine over FaceTime! You might be living alone right now, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a meal with family or friends. Use apps like Zoom, FaceTime and Skype to talk and connect over good food and drink.…

Due to Covid-19, the nation is social-distancing. If you’re feeling worried, anxious or overwhelmed, then please know that you are not alone in feeling this way. Although social-distancing is something that is essential for us to do to protect one another, time away from social interaction can have a negative impact on our mental health. To try and help, I have come up with this list of 101 things to keep your body and your mind occupied as we find ourselves having to self-isolate… Call and FaceTime your loved ones – your parents, friends and grandparents will all want to…

How to Maintain Your Relationship During Self-Isolation … If you’re a University student and self-isolating with your partner, then this period may be the longest time you’ve ever spent together, just the two of you. It will be a test for any relationship, and mixed with general anxiety, dissertation stress and university assignments, could be a challenging time for new or long-term couples. Here are some tips on how to maintain your relationship and love life during self-isolation … Routine – Remind each other to keep a healthy routine throughout the isolation period. Wake up and go to bed at…

In November 2019, Bangor was struck by a social media sensation, ‘Fishman’; a mysterious figure who reportedly went around Bangor posting frozen fish through students’ letter boxes. But was Fishman a genuine prankster? Or was the whole thing made up to test how far fake news could spread in Bangor? Well, I can now reveal all the answers because for the first time ever, I managed to secure a real life interview with the famous Fishman, live from the Academi ball pit … So here he is: a 3rd year history student, Rugby league player, Seren film editor, and Fishman himself…

LGBT+ History Month focuses on educating about and remembering the community’s history as well as addressing the prejudice against us. In the US it began in 1994, but here in the UK it was started in 2005 by teachers Sue Sanders and Paul Patrick. February was chosen because it coincides with the abolition of Section 28. This landmark legislation along with the beginnings of same-sex marriage legalization in 2006, declassification of same-sex attraction as a mental illness in 1992, and the first pride march in 1972 are just some of the major landmarks in the fight for our rights that…

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