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    The Representation of Anxiety & Depression in Social Media

    August 20, 2017

    Leaning back in his creaking chair, hands clasped together, my GP declared: ‘You’ve got anxiety and depression!’ He announced it as though I’d won a raffle prize – a nice bottle of red or a voucher for the local Indian takeaway. His cheerful diagnosis didn’t come as a surprise. For months I’d been living with crippling anxiety and a gnawing feeling that something in my life was inherently wrong. It was impossible to decipher where one condition began and the…

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  • Small Rituals for a Positive Morning

    “What was your very first thought when you woke up?” I was 8-years-old and sat on the classroom floor – the wiry, blue carpet poking through my wool tights. It made my legs itch.…

    August 9, 2017
  • Imposter Syndrome: the tale of a fraudulent blogger

    A hand extends across the table: “Hi there, I’m Richard – Chairman of the tourism board and tonight’s host”. He shakes my hand firmly; the sort of handshake that suggests this is a man…

    June 26, 2017
  • Celebrating National Tea Day with Twinings

    Resting under the shade of a tea bush one afternoon in 2737 BCE, Emperor Shennong, of China, instructed his servants to prepare his drinking water. Shennong, ahead of his time, liked his water boiled…

    April 27, 2017
  • Is this the real reason bloggers have anxiety?

    A few months ago, a short, satirical piece was published in The Sunday Times, titled: ‘24 Hours with a Beauty Blogger’. An easy shot. I’ve lost count of the number of articles I’ve seen…

    February 10, 2017
  • Big news for 2017

    Just to get this out the way before I start: no, I’m not pregnant, Mum. OK, let’s begin. Cast your mind back to July 2014, when Twins That Travel was a newborn Instagram account,…

    November 16, 2016
  • The Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards 2016

    Sat quietly in the back of our taxi, we wound our way through the streets of central London. As the rain poured outside, people rushed past each other, taking it in turns to raise…

    November 6, 2016
  • Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards 2016

    Last year, on a whim one lunch time, we decided to enter the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2015 under the ‘Travel’ category. We didn’t expect to be shortlisted, let alone be recognised in the awards…

    September 15, 2016
  • Travelling with your sibling: why everyone should try it

    For most, travelling with your siblings is something only endured when you’re younger: an experience limited to annual family holidays in Spain; brutal fights in the back of a car during a claustrophobic road…

    August 2, 2016
  • Welcome to the circus

    Call me a miserable child but when I was younger, I didn’t visit a circus. Not once. I have a vague recollection of a fifth birthday party, in which a clown appeared. I don’t…

    July 30, 2016
  • My Tuscan wedding

    I’ve been so excited to share this post with you all. It’s a post that’s only fair after my incessant mentions of it over the last 18 months: my Tuscan wedding! Remembering next to…

    July 24, 2016