ASMR & BRAIN ORGASMS : WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT



Alerts, notifications, pings - the sounds that send an anxious shiver through our body. But what if there was a way using technology, in which we could find it relaxing, and even comforting? 

I’m not a big fan of physical contact. I don't like when someone sits next to me on the bus, making me feel suffocated and closed in against the window; I don't like how close the dentist has to get to my face when he’s pulling at the corners of my mouth to get a better look at my teeth; I can’t stand it when someone is sitting next to me on the sofa and their shoulder or arm is against mine; I even feel a frisson when someone touches something belonging to me. With that said, I do like a good hug now and then, usually at the end of the night after spending some time with friends or with a family member. Other than that, it all seems a bit ‘up close and personal’ for me to be comfortable with. Yet recently, I discover a new form of intimacy that I’m kind of here for.

DEAR DEMI


Dear Demi,

I was around 13 and in my third year of high school. I didn't have a lot of friends I could really count on, which caused me to become my own worst critic, analysing my external appearance day after day and acquiring very unhealthy habits. I always kept these self critical thoughts private. Keeping the battle I was fighting entirely in my own head.

WHAT GLEE TAUGHT ME - 9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY


Because this is a no judgment zone, today I’m celebrating nine years since Glee first aired on TV!
Although the show didn't start broadcasting weekly until September, four months earlier on May 19th 2009 the Pilot was aired giving us a first look at the all singing, all dancing, often cheesy show.

SOME BODY FROM SUPERDRUG *



Superdrug, have launched an amazing range called SOME BODY. It’s wellness based and is designed to encourage everyone to make better and healthier choices when it comes to snacking and their overall nutrition. The range includes protein powders, flavoured water and a few choices of yummy snacks - which are packed with natural ingredients and are easy to grab when on the go! 

With Superdrug being my number one high street store (in the last 18 months I’ve spent over 500 quid in the store…my points card doesn't lie!), I was over the moon when I was offered the opportunity to partner up with them and was then sent a few of their products to give a go!


First up is their SOME BODY Sports Bellini Flavoured Sparkling Water priced at £1.79.
This mocktail inspired flavoured drink is zero calories and zero sugar, but packed with flavour! It’s super minty and extremely refreshing, though I must admit, I’m not really one for sparkling water. I would definitely say it needs to be chilled, which is a bummer if you want to pick one up in the store to drink straight away as I’ve noticed (in the one uptown anyways) they are not stored in the refrigerators but instead with the rest of the range on the shelves which I also get. I took chilling the drink further and froze the drink, which I actually much preferred! It of course took some of the fizz away but worked really well and is definitely a great option on warm days like what we have been experiencing! The sparkling water also comes in watermelon and Bellini.



I was very curious about trying this as I normally don't go for salted flavoured things. The protein bar is made from 100% natural ingredients and is high in protein, low sugar (no added sugar too), and is soya and gluten free. 

On my first bite I did screw up my face slightly but only because I wasn't sure what to expect and was a bit confused with the taste. It’s oddly really nice, but I’m not sure how much of the salted fudge was coming through as it’s possible the cacao was slightly overpowering. However, the tasty bar does help curb hunger and sustain energy! For only £1.49, it’s a great grab-and-go option! 

The natural bar is also available in the flavour Cocoa and Orange as well as a newly released protein bars in Chocolate Peanut and Caramel Crisp (£1.79).


I have a slight obsession with protein powder -  I just buy, buy, buy! What’s great about this protein powder is that it’s suitable for vegetarians! As a vegetarian I don't eat meat or fish and my intake of dairy is low so I have either one or two protein shakes a day to supplement for the lack of both protein and calcium. This particular protein powder is not as good as powders from specialised fitness brands or those at the higher end but nonetheless, for the money, it is a very viable choice! 

The protein powder doesn't come with a scoop which isn't a major problem if you’re like me and have plenty of scoops from other protein powders, but if you don’t, it might be a bit of a hassle. 

The powder itself isn’t disgusting at all but is very sweet - you just have to smell it to know! I added the powder to a shaker bottle alongside some almond milk. It did go lumpy at first but soon smoothed out with a little extra effort and shake (if you don't have a shaker bottle (with a mental ball) then removing the lumps might be more difficult). I would recommend adding fruit or trying the powder in a recipe instead of just having it as a simple protein shake, as I did find that about two thirds in it got a bit sickly.

The Whey Protein Powder is also available in the flavours; banana, strawberry and chocolate.


Overall, each product has it’s pros and cons (though very minor), but for the prices I think the range is a very good option. The sparkling waters are a great alternative to sugary fizzy drinks, and the same goes for their protein bars which could substitute those cravings for chocolate. 

The SOMEBODY range is available online & in-store which also includes protein pancake mixes, detox and cleanse teas, protein shakes and popcorn.





Please note: All products reviewed on this page were sent to me complimentary from Superdrug. I only recommend products or services I try personally and believe my readers will enjoy. All opinions are my own.

A YEAR IN COUNSELLING - MY EXPERIENCE


Sometimes emotions can become difficult to handle and overwhelming. When I was younger I struggled deciphering how exactly I felt which lead me to that dark place we hear others talk about but never want to go to ourselves. I didn't know how to vent, or deal with the mix of emotions and feelings. Anger, sadness, fear, worry, excitement, happiness. It would get too much.

Five years ago, I began speaking to someone about my feelings and what I was putting myself through. I had just turned 15 and I had been in a constant battle with myself to the point my mum realised the extent and insisted I spoke to someone who could help. I turned to my guidance teacher at school who had supported me through a lot before. He referred me to a counsellor who came into the school each week and within a week or so, I was making my way along the corridor every Thursday to speak to someone I had never met before.