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May 28, 2019

Sustainable Menstruation: Let's get Eco-Friendly with our Periods

Today, 28th May 2019, is Menstrual Awareness Day. It's a day designed to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene and just generally educate us all on how to look after our bodies, make others aware of what people go through who do menstruate, and just celebrate it! In celebration of this day, I thought I'd share some great brands and companies who help us get more sustainable with our period options by using eco-friendly materials, no toxic colourings, reusable products, and many more great things.

Previously, I've only ever really written lighthearted posts on "that time of the month" as although it's a topic that I don't think we should shy away from in society and I know I certainly don't in day-to-day life, I've always felt that there's so many great bloggers, activists, and advocates out there teaching us all more about menstruation and the stigma that can surround it that I can fall a little short and I'm not well-versed enough in the topic in general. Something I've become more conscious about and researched more and more over the past year however has been the actual sustainability behind our periods and honestly? It's been scary to uncover so much information - information which hasn't really filled me with much enthusiasm and has left me feeling a little like "why have we never been told this until now?".

Finding out that most commonly used and sold sanitary pads contain around 90% plastic and tampons are made of synthetic fibres with are bleached and you know, we insert those into our bodies, it all made me realise that I wanted to try and be more aware of what I was using for my body and also what was happening to those single-use products after I had used them. So here's some statistics for you all:
- It's estimated that there's around 9 plastic tampon applicators and 23 sanitary pads for every one kilometre of beach in the UK - each of them making their way into our water either through individuals flushing them down the toilet or landfill dumping them there
- Most commonly used tampons contain chemicals such as chlorine, rayon, ad dioxin. These chemicals pollute our planet once they sit in landfill
- Between 11,000-14,000 disposable sanitary products are used in an individual's lifetime
- Around 100 billion pieces/200,000 tonnes of waste every year are disposable tampons/sanitary pads, their packaging, and individual wrappers
- Although cotton is a good material in terms of biodegrading, it is the world's thirstiest crop, requiring six pints of water to grow just one bud of it. Most disposable sanitary product companies use non-organic cotton too (which is saturated in pesticides and insecticides)
- Most pads contain polyethylene plastic (the sticky bit you attach to your underwear) which pollutes the environment

It's easy to see why things need to change and why thankfully, there has been a lot of developments in brands and companies releasing eco-friendly alternatives that are not only better for our bodies but also for the planet. Whilst not everyone may be a fan of using a menstrual cup (I'm one of those people), there are still some great alternatives out there so you can make your small change which will have a great impact on not only keeping the most sensitive area of your body happy and healthy, but also the environment. You can reduce your carbon footprint using these products too so let's take a look at some great brands doing some absolutely fab things:

Menstrual Cups
Although I mentioned that I'm not a fan of them, menstrual cups have completing revolutionised periods for so many individuals and it's clear to see why. These reusable products are designed to last you years rather than hours unlike disposable single-use products and are free of harmful chemicals. They're a great option long term for saving money and websites such as OrganiCup can estimate just how much money you can save making the switch. Another benefit of using a menstrual cup is the fact that you should have no leaks and no need to take it out for up to 12 hours - this means that it's a great option for those who need a reliable product for busy days, travelling etc. Some of the top brands out there include:
- Diva Cup | £21.99 - made from 100% medical-grade silicone with no BPA, latex, plastic, or dye. Easily available at Superdrug
- Lunette | ~£28.00 - "everyone with a uterus deserves easy access to period care products"
- OrganiCup | ~£21.00 - made from 100% medical-grade sillicone with no BPA, latex or dye used in production of the product
- Mooncup | £21.99 - Vegan Society certified and the first sanitary protection manufacturer in the world to be awarded Ethical Business status for its people and environmentally-friendly practices

Period Underwear
One of the best developments over the last couple of years in my opinion has to be the boom of period pants. There's some great brands out there who have thought up comfortable reusable underwear options that can either be used as an extra safety net during your period or can simply replace the products you used to use depending on your flow. This sustainable option means there's no need to have additional products in your home as you can simply wash and reuse each pair. Most brands promise to hold up to two tampons worth and some have special lines for incontinence, post-pregnancy, and and odour control too:
- Thinx | ~£19.00-£30.00 - one of the "big name" brands, Thinx offer a range of pant-styles to suit your preferences, your flow, and your needs
- ModiBodi | £18.00-£37.00 - voted #1 brand for period and incontinence underwear offering various styles of underwear and swimwear! They also sell a vegan line too
- Flux Undies | £24.95-£27.95 - claiming to hold up to 4 tampons worth, Flux Undies also have a detachable pair so you can change on the go and for any pair bought, a girl in need will receive a reusable cloth pad
- Wuka | £23.99-£24.99 - ethically manufactured in the UK from sustainable beech tree fibres and come in a range of sizes from a UK 6 to a 20

Reusable Pads
A little like period underwear, reusable cloth pads have been a huge hit for many people as they're eco-friendly, can be washed and reused, and over time, save you money and the planet. You can get cloth pads from a wide range of online retailers, handmade ones, and they can suit a wide variety of flow needs. They're a good option for comfort and evening/nighttime wear:
- Bloom & Nora | £4.99+ - popper tabs for a secure fit, no nasty chemicals in the fabrics, and bamboo options are available
- Luna Landings | £3.50-£10.50 - handmade in the UK, Luna Landing's cloth pads are reusable, hygienic, eco-friendly, and comfortable and also come in a variety of absorbencies
- ImseVisme | ~£13-£22 - 100% organic cotton washable and reusable pads from Sweden that can minimise your waste and spending

Organic Pads, Tampons, & Applicator Tampons
As I mentioned earlier, organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and is GM-free. It is soft and breahtable unlike many common brands who create cheap pads/panty liners/tampons etc. As they're breathable and haven't been contaminated with chemicals, they can be more comfortable for sensitive, irritable skin around the vaginal area. Unfortunately, brands and companies are under no obligation to share what ingredients are in their products so many of them choose not to disclose. As OHNE points out, there's stricter labelling standards for hamster food! Synthetically made tampons are also linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome and thus these simple swap-over options can be safer for you to use too:
- OHNE | £5.80-£6.80 - selling naked and applicator tampons, OHNE are 100% organic and allow you to mix and match your flow needs in each delivery box. They also donate regularly to The Girl Programme - a Zambian programme teaching girls sexual health and hygiene education
- TOTM | £2.70-£19.95 - vegan, cruelty-free, 100% organic with biodegradable card applicators, TOTM cover all your cup, tampon, pad, and liner needs and have a monthly subscription service so you're never caught out without products. They also donate to Endometriosis UK with every purchase
- Freda | £3.50-£6.99 - another monthly subscription box service with tampons that are made of 100% certified organic cotton and are biodegradable, hypoallergenic and free from chemicals and synthetic fibres and pads which are 100% eco-friendly and contain renewable materials (who also donate to end period poverty)
- Callaly | £?? - the creators of the tampliner (yes it's as good as it sounds. 100% organic, biodegradable, and hypoallergenic tampons with an attached liner to help minimise leaks. Sign up to the waiting list right now to know when these go on sale!
- Dame | £8.50-£24.99 - the world's first reusable tampon applicator which saves up to 12,000 disposable applicators and fits any tampons you purchase - Dame brand or not!

Menstrual Discs
The last product I want to mention is something that fits between a menstrual cup and a tampon - the menstrual disc is a bendable/flexible disc that collects up to 3 tampons-worth of fluid and can be disposed of after use. Although they are still a disposable option, they're designed with comfort in mind and can save you money in the long run if you usually opt for tampons but can't use a menstrual cup for any reason. They can remain in the body during sex too so they're really convenient:
- FLEX | £13 - can be worn up to 12 hours, 60% less wasteful than tampons, and 70% of users state they reduce cramps for them each month!

Hopefully the wide range of products and options have got you feeling inspired about being more eco-friendly with your period and making beneficial choices. There are a lot of great brands that I haven't mentioned that are available on the high street in your favourite drugstores, so get out there and get experimenting to see what works for you!

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May 22, 2019

Low Waste Eco-Friendly Transitioning Tips: Breaking Habits

Hi folks! A few weeks ago over on Twitter I asked if you all wanted some in-depth tips and advice for transitioning to a more eco-friendly or low waste lifestyle so, here we are! I've tried to break this down into categories because changing to a more sustainable way of living can't just be done overnight and a complete overhaul is unrealistic. Before I get into each category which you can minimise or switch-up, I want to talk about what I think is the most important part of transitioning: changing your mindset and breaking habits.

We are all exposed to a convenience culture lifestyle from a young age and it means that we have a lot of unlearning to do to make more eco-friendly, low waste, or sustainable choices. Changing these habits that we've always taken part in without much questioning can be quite hard but it is doable *if* you have the right attitude from the start and want to actively challenge and tackle your usual choices in life. Breaking the habits we have in place helps us approach new things with fresh eyes and helps us feel motivated, driven and frankly, excited! So here's some easy ways to get ready for a low waste lifestyle and how to make small changes that you'll be surprised will make a big impact:

Self auditing your current lifestyle:
It's easy to say "I want to become more *insert sustainable-related wording here*" but the actual overhaul can feel stressful and finding a starting point can be difficult. The best thing to do (in my opinion) is to have a clear idea of where you currently are, what you want to progress towards, and what you think the bumps in the road will be for you. Creating lists aren't for everyone, but I find them very visually helpful and in this instance, they can make it obvious what you need to change and even better - what you may already be doing that you didn't even realise! The three categories I use are:
- What I'm already doing
- What I want to improve
- My biggest struggles or setbacks

This list doesn't need to be completed before you start making changes - it can be a working list that you can add to as you go along. For instance, when I started to buy less fast fashion, my "what I want to improve" was simply "buy less/eventually no fast fashion" but one of "my biggest struggles/setbacks" turned out to be trying to minimise how much time I spent online browsing fast fashion and how much I relied on it for "emergencies" (e.g. a wedding guest dress, new jeans because a current pair ripped etc.). By being able to identify those struggles, I could then set myself smaller improvement goals that were more attainable and could be developed to eventually meet the overall big goal I had originally set. Holding yourself accountable and giving yourself goals to stick to can make transitioning *so* much easier - especially when you can highlight things that you're already doing that supports the lifestyle changes you want to make (for example I realised I was already recycling, buying fresh produce locally and with minimal plastic packaging).

Consider what you really need to change:
Okay so I know I just mentioned "what I want to improve" in that self audit, but it's important to not jump in blindly and do what everyone else tells you to - that's including whatever advice I share! A good example of this is the fact that so many people when transitioning buy things like bamboo or stainless steel straws or portable cutlery sets but if you never really needed the non-eco-friendly versions of these things before the lifestyle change, do you really need them now? It doesn't matter if you have blips in your journey where you regret purchasing something because it's all going to be a learning curve, but if you know you can avoid some items/changes right at the start that aren't necessary for your specific day-to-day life, it prevents you from just purchasing lots of products you won't use. If you do this, you're not really supporting that sustainable lifestyle because you're just swapping out one type of over-consuming for another.

Don't just overhaul your life:
So my next point kind of carries on from that. Completely overhauling your life is impossible and the only people who could do it is those with money to burn - you might see where I'm going with this. Don't just throw things away because they don't fit with an eco-friendly ideal you've created for yourself or an "aesthetic" as that's way more wasteful than it is productive. Of course there are going to be products you may want to invest in as previously mentioned, but if you already have things like plastic tupperware, reuseable bags (even if they're just the plastic ones from the supermarket) etc., throwing these things out or donating them is potentially just creating more waste. They might not be ideal and might not be eco-friendly in the sense of what material they're made from, but they still serve the purpose you need them for and if they're not broken/ruined/contaminated and therefore absolutely safe and friendly to use, just use them! A major part of transitioning to a low waste life is meeting this consumer need head-on and battling through it.

It's not just your responsibility:
One of the biggest differences I noticed in the success of my approach to leading a more eco-friendly and sustainable life was when I realised I couldn't be perfect. I honestly truly struggled with this initially as I can be a bit of a perfectionist and a control freak so if I'm not doing something *amazingly well*, I don't want to do it at all. But, as I've just mentioned, you can't overhaul your life and it's certainly not sustainable to keep it up if you first manage to (maybe the pun was intended?). I love seeing those Instagram posts floating around that say:
"We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly"
Every change you make is a good and positive change that is making a positive impact - no matter how small or insignificant you may think it is. If you want to truly create a this journey for yourself, make sure the rest of the world knows about it too! Tell family and friends, find groups online, following motivating accounts, groups, pages etc. that will help you keep on track but that might also give you ideas on how to get others involved with changing their mindsets too. It also helps for things like Christmas and birthdays as friends and family could maybe buy those reusable items you've been lusting after or can make sure that their gift wrap is environmentally friendly and recyclable. Spread the message and together the impact is stronger.

Follow the Eight R's:
Refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, re-gift, recover, and rethink. They may be obvious but for the longest time, I only really knew about the 3 "main" ones (reduce, reuse, recycle). Having the 8 R's as a mantra to always refer back to can help you keep on track when out shopping or even the choices you make in your home. Refusing can be as simple as not using a plastic straw in a bar or restaurant and refusing to consume what you don't need, reducing could be your meat intake in your weekly meals and just generally reducing your consumption of energy and materials, reusing could be investing in reusable products such as a coffee cup or water bottle and sharing with others, repairing could be learning how to do a simple stitch to fix that hole in a pair of trousers that you used to love to wear, and recycling could be as simple as checking your local council website to know exactly what items they accept in their recycling scheme and how best to recycle items they may not take (for example glass bins at supermarkets). These first 5 tend to be the most commonly followed pointers, but re-gifting by sharing items that no longer serve a purpose or your interests, recovering by upcycling and giving items new lives, and generally rethinking your relationship with 'things' and your relationship with the earth can be the added extras to really keep you on track. Keeping these 8 rules in mind can make your self auditing easier to manage too and gives you more accountability.

Hopefully these few points will be helpful for getting you out of the starting blocks on your journey to creating and consuming less waste and being more mindful of the environment. We only have one earth so, let's all do our bit to keep it green, happy, healthy, and turning. Keep your eyes peeled for more posts in this mini-series to help with things such as technology, groceries, at home and more!

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May 17, 2019

Skala, Kefalonia Photo Diary

Happy Friday you wonderful souls - today's post is just a bit of a fun travel photo-dump because let's face it, it's been a damn long time since I done one of those! If you're an OG Northern Blood reader (or even possibly before the overhaul all those years ago) you may remember that I used to like to publish the odd photography post now and again. Photography has always been something I've had an interest in and something that I've dabbled in with varying degrees of success. If you were to ask me the functions on my camera, I wouldn't know where the F to start, but candid photography is something I can get lost in and I love documenting what I see. Nature and architecture have always been some firm favourites for me to photograph, so I thought I'd share some of that today.

It's been a long ol' time since my last photography-focused post and I don't really know why. I guess, I just haven't been out there shooting very much but unfortunately, life sometimes gets in the way. A point where life didn't get in the way though was this time last year. I went to Greece for the first time on a lovely little family holiday. I'm getting very nostalgic about the trip not only because it's been a year since it happened, but also because my almost third trimester body is very aware that no holidays will be on the cards for us for a long time now! We stayed in Skala which is very much a sleepy little village on the island of Kefalonia with lots of nature around, good food, and lots of relaxing. I'm not very good at relaxing on holidays and feel like I should always be doing *something* to make my visit relevant and worthwhile. Thankfully that attitude did pay off in many ways as I wandered up mountains to find empty restaurants and ruined towns at the top, remote tiny churches with the most gorgeous artwork hidden inside, and abundance of plant life that I will never be able to name or identify. So here's a long overdue photo-dump of the hidden gem that is Skala, Kefalonia:

Skala LemonsSkala Church EntranceSkala ChurchBlossoming TreePink BlossomStop SignCactusGatesSTOPUgly BeautyYellow BloomsSkala Main StreetLife & DeathChurch of St. George in KefaloniaSt. George Church SunlightFloral GateFlorals in the BreezeOld SkalaOlive Press MachineryFork in the RoadMad Hatters Tea PartyOld Skala Ruins by ChurchPls Close the DoorChurch BellsOld Skala GravesBlue Church DoorsBackdoor ChurchOld Skala ViewsChurch DoorsChurch Ruins & GravesGrasshopperNature

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May 13, 2019

Real Talk: Body Image During Pregnancy

This week in the UK, 13th-19th May 2019, is Mental Health Awareness Week and May is the month of mental health awareness overall. In previous years, I've talked about the skin-picking disorder dermatillomania and how stress effects it and me and what it's like living with anxiety because I think it's important to be transparent about mental health and sharing my experiences is a good way to raise continuous exposure to these mental health problems. This year, the Mental Health Foundation have decided to focus on body image, stating on their site that it is something that can affect us all at any age and can greatly impact the way we feel.

I've been no stranger to talking about body image in the past here on Northern Blood. Whether it has been the learning curve of accepting my body's flaws or ranting about body shaming, I like to throw my two cents in when it comes to this topic as I am certainly someone who falls into the category of being effected by body image issues. I am someone who is super quick to celebrate and big-up others because I want them to love the skin that they're in but myself? I just can't seem to spread that love quite so easily.

Since becoming pregnant this year, body image has become even more of a major hurdle for me. I knew my body would change a lot but I don't think anything could really prepare me for *just* how much it would change and in what ways (I mean, look at how ridiculous my sternum tattoo looks already). There's changes across my whole appearance that I never knew happened during pregnancy so it's all been a learning curve of acceptance and convincing myself that it's "not forever". Here's some of the things I've had to get used to as my body performs the seemingly impossible and grows a life:

- Pigmentation: during my second trimester, my freckles have become much more pigmented which is a nice change. It has also meant that my skin's redness and dark circles are also darker though so you know, it's not all a win win. It means veins are particularly prominent (especially on the breast area) and nipples do not look like they used to.
- Boobs. Jeez.: Obviously breasts growing during pregnancy is another natural part of the process as they're preparing to try and feed your baby, but was I expecting my cup size to go up by 3 sizes and for them to make me feel top-heavy at all times? Absolutely not.
- Dry skin: I knew my hormones would cause some havoc for me, but I never expected it to totally flip my skin condition on it's head. I've been an oily acne-prone babe since a young teen and now suddenly I'm having to battle dryness that can be so severe, my skin on my chin flakes off on an almost daily basis. I know, I know: I'm lush.
- Dry hair, hair growth, and what's all this body hair?!: My hair has also dried out (which isn't necessarily a bad thing as my hair is quite the oil slick most of the time), but it also has stopped falling out quite so much (which is a super *good* thing). I've got naturally very fine and thin hair so this is a nice change. The hair follicles slow right down during pregnancy so your hair doesn't fall out as often so hair can thicken up. I wouldn't say mine has thickened up a lot, but a little is just fine. My body on the other hand? I don't think any woman is prepared for her stomach becoming a bear overnight.
- Fitness limits: I was never someone super into fitness before pregnancy but wowee, I never thought I'd get out of breath just walking to work or climbing a flight of stairs. It can be frustrating and really debilitating.
- Stretch marks: Although I've been lucky so far - fingers crossed - that I haven't experienced stretch marks, but they're a very big concern for many pregnant and non-pregnant women and can take a lot of time to love. I have them on my thighs from growth spurts when I was a teen and I'm still getting to some sort of realm with comfort of those.
- Growing pains: They don't impact my appearance, but boy oh boy, do the growing pains effect me. The growing and stretching pains I've experienced thus far make me irrationally fear getting any larger - they make me panic that my skin and body can't handle the quick changes and it can play on my mind *a lot*.
- Weight gain and figure change: I know this might sound silly, but I didn't expect my overall figure to change in the ways that it has. Little things like the fact I no longer have an hourglass figure or the fact that I've just up 2-3 dress sizes in the past 6 months are to be expected but them actually happening? Much harder to cope with than I ever anticipated.
- Fatigue: I suffer from chronic fatigue daily anyway so you can imagine the joy I've experienced on this journey when fatigue is a huge factor. Fatigue can make me and the best of us teary, hormonal, snappy, and a multitude of other feelings. It also makes me look like utter shit which then makes me feel vain for wanting to try and make myself look in better condition. It's a vicious cycle.

Pregnancy also brings along the fear of what my body is going to look like post-pregnancy and for the rest of my life. Of course of course I am going to be *so happy* about what my body has accomplished and that outweighs everything else, but how could I not think about what I'm going to look like once my baby is here? I'll have a bump for a while after. My skin will have stretched. It will take a long time to feel like *me* again and it may be a new me that I have to come to love and accept. I may experience postpartum hair loss (my biggest fear), I may experience incontinence, my body may be damaged... There's a lot to get my head around and there's no true way to prepare for it all because it's so unknown. The best words of advice and comfort I can provide for myself and others at this time? If you're a friend or family member of someone going through pregnancy right now, pretty please don't keep commenting on their body. Even the positive comments can be something I ponder over days and weeks after they were said. I can turn them into negatives if my mood is low. I can obsess over how I look now and how I will in the near future. Remain positive for the loved one in your life and maybe they can stay positive too.

So with that all said, I wanted to write some words of comfort for me, myself, and my body. I want to say these words to myself, to remind myself and just take stock in when I'm feeling the strain of body image expectations that I impose on myself:

"Body, can you truly believe the situation we currently find ourselves in? We thought we'd never get here, at least not without a little outside help along the way but, it turns out you do work (sometimes) and just needed to be given time and no pressure. Although I'm still in awe that we're at this point, I can't always keep up that super happy and amazed persona because sometimes, I still don't like you.

The level of appreciation I have for what you can achieve grows everyday. Every time I think I'm reaching my limit with this journey, you show me that you can stretch beyond my expectations and can essentially become super-human. You've helped me become more understanding. You've helped me take stock in quiet moments and truly get to know you - get familiar with my own skin, get comfortable in my own limits, pursuit loving myself (and you) as wholly as I can muster. You've set me on a journey of mindfulness with every ache, pain, stretch, discomfort, and relaxation. I've come to accept your flaws more and more because you know what? They don't matter in the grand scheme of things. You're growing life. You. You truly are and I sometimes I can't get my head around it. But you're out here doing it and that's reason enough for me to urge the negativities aside. It's reason enough for me to look at myself in all my softness and ever-changing folds, contours, and lines and say that every change and development is okay.

You've also shown me that my mind can wander and be the worst burden for the both of us. With every acceptance of you, it can throw a comment, a passing thought, or read too much into something someone has said and that positivity you've built up comes crashing down. Being pregnant is a privilege. Being pregnant is hard. The scrutiny we've faced from others is so damaging yet they just don't see it. We've had the comments about "how big we're getting" and we've brushed off and eye-rolled the "we saw the bump coming around the corner before you!" claims, but they still eat away at us don't they? They suck the fun and wonder out of this adventure of ours. We know they shouldn't. We know there's more to this pregnancy lark than other people's thoughts and inability to keep their opinions to themselves, but when we're changing so much at such lightning speed, is there any wonder that I sometimes let those comments stay with me?

I apologise for every time I've let those comments linger though. You know I don't mean to let them interfere because the changes you're rapidly cycling through have so much depth to them that the superficial surface is just that - it's surface-level. If I crawl just an inch deeper I remember all the amazing things you can do and that's what I should be celebrating and loving. I want to protect you. I want to look after you. I want to ensure you can do your job especially now that you're doing the job for another reliant soul, not just me. There's the three of us to consider now.

I promise to stop trying to run you into the ground because I realise now that you're under so much strain. I know that we can't do what we used to even just 6 months ago but that's okay. I don't resent you for it no matter how frustrated I can get in the heat of the moment. I promise to moisturise and nurture you so you remain soft and delicate (god only knows we need to ward off these hormone demons who want to make you feel like the driest desert). I promise to nourish you with nutritious foods so you can perform at your best and help this little bump we're carrying grow to be the healthiest and happiest that they can be in the ultimately short time we have them staying over in our space. I promise to try to appreciate you more and love the things I've hated before. You're making a dream come true for me and I need you to know just how truly thankful I am. So here's to you, me, and that wee leech on our resources who's causing so much chaos for you."

Get Involved with MHAW
Body image issues don't simply disappear overnight and as I and the Mental Health Foundation mentioned, they can grow to be more of a problem for any of us at any given time. Mental Health Awareness Week choosing to focus on this topic is a good opportunity for us all to take stock in just how we treat our own bodies but also be more vigilant of our own comments and opinions of others too. In this heavily social media-focused digital lifestyle most of us participate in now, it's easy to get sucked in and compare ourselves to others. It's easy for us to make passing comments either about ourselves or others that can actually be quite triggering and even hurtful in the eyes of others. Spend time this week raising awareness and getting familiar with all of the work the Mental Health Foundation and MHAW are doing. Always build each other up. We all have just one body, let's make sure it grows to be loved, supported, accepted and celebrated for all it's uniqueness.

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