The Anatomy of Cringe

What is the reason for the modern fascination with cringe? The past decade has seen the proliferation of cringe compilation videos (which can generate millions of views), as well as the growth of specific forums where such content is shared, like the various-cringe-related subreddits: r/Cringetopia (1.7 million members, at the time of writing), r/cringepics (1.4…

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Solo Travel as Exposure Therapy for Social Anxiety

When looking back on the time I spent travelling solo, I can see how helpful it was for overcoming some level of social anxiety. I wouldn’t have ever called this kind of anxiety debilitating, but it’s always been there in the sense of relying on alcohol to feel relaxed socially – to have the social…

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What We Know About the Benefits of CBD Oil

CBD oil has many health benefits. People use it to treat many health complications and mental disorders such as anxiety. So, what is CBD oil, and how is it made? To make CBD oil, the CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant, and mixed with a carrier oil. These are oils like coconut oil and…

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Why Does Social Anxiety Exist?

Social anxiety is a debilitating nervousness of being in social situations, which affects up to 12% of people in the UK. This makes it the most common type of anxiety disorder (for comparison, generalised anxiety disorder is present in 6% of the UK population). Common symptoms of social anxiety disorder include intense worrying about interactions…

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How Travelling Can Improve Your Mental Health

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think “travelling”? Is it vacation? Reducing stress? Meeting new people and finding new things to do and experience? No matter what the association is, travelling is certainly great for so many aspects of our being. It can greatly reduce our stress, whether we notice…

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