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21 Oct

Gender Inequalities In Tech…

Gender Inequalities In Tech
Companies are beginning to realise the skills and opportunities that women can bring and are actively trying to recruit more women into this sector. Having access to digital technologies have benefitted women's way of life globally. Young women are digital natives, brought up with the web and Internet. So why are there still fewer opportunities for women? Dr Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum’s founder, says closing the gap will create more opportunity. “Achieving gender equality is obviously necessary for economic reasons. Only those economies (that) have full access to all their talent will remain competitive and will prosper. But even more important, gender equality is a matter of justice.” Having access to these platforms give women opportunities to strive...
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18 Oct

Morning Rituals to Kickstart Your Day

Whilst the ideal morning ritual would be an extra hour in bed, the dreaded alarm is often looming and facing the day ahead is inevitable. Many of us have experienced the horror of being awoken by an overly snoozed alarm to scramble out of the door and hope a few gulps of extra strong coffee will transform us back to functional human beings. But can a morning routine really make much of a difference? It’s true that setting a morning ritual is important as this sets the mood and tone for the rest of your day. But studies have also shown that a positive morning routine can help eliminate stress, re-energize and build focus. Improved mental health, well-being...
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15 Oct

A New Generation of Tea: OFFBLAK

In celebration of launching our subscription service, we wanted to re-introduce how our brand came to be and have partnered with Cohorted to give YOU free samples!

NOT BLACK TEA The idea of OFFBLAK was born from our mission: to make tea cool again. Just think about it. When you crave a cup of tea, do you actually feel like any existing brand fulfilled all of your desires? No, we don't mean they are going to grant you wishes, they aren't genies. But do they fulfill all the essential elements you look for in a product? Taste, packaging, style, and substance? We couldn't find one brand of tea that had all these things. They were either super "healthy" and...
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14 Oct

Make Your Next Trip A Lot Easier With These 3 Phone Hacks

T hanks to my busy schedule, I don’t get to travel a lot. But, when I do travel, I always work to make the most out of the experience. From all my adventures around the world and across the country, I have learned a few phone hacks that make travelling a lot easier. So, if you are embarking on an adventure soon, here are some tried and proven hacks from my travels that I hope you can use. Bon Voyage! OFFLINE MAPPING WITH GOOGLE’S OK MAPS When travelling, the data connection can always pose a problem. You won't know when your internet connection starts acting up. Unless your phone is from the Bronze Age, you have limitless options for offline...
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11 Oct

A Japanese style diary, by Gabrielle

Home to temples, sushi, style, history and feeling zen, Japan is a place which must be on every girls bucket list. This summer I travelled around Japan and I already can’t wait to return to the sophisticated stylish streets.

LOOK ONE IN TOKYO Tokyo was my first stop in Japan. I had researched Japanese style before I packed for my trip and found sophisticated fashions were most common – Pinterest was definitely correct on this one. Japanese streets are littered with designer handbags and minimal fashions – I didn’t see one person not on point whether young or old.  I was so glad I packed this minimal linen co – ord. I love it because it looks like...
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10 Oct

World Mental Health Day: From the Mind of Someone Who Understands

Everyone has a different definition of mental health, of what it means to them and how it’s brought to their attention. Mind.org reports that one in four of the UK’s population experience bad mental health problems each year; that is one person in your family, one person in your small friendship group, even yourself, your best friend, your mother, your neighbour, even the guy you dislike at work because he acts out for attention (maybe there’s a reason behind that). The epidemic has sweeped the nation and stolen our personalities. Zombies walking around and ignoring each other because of our own minds. How as people can we care about anything when the future is foggy? Our minds...
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7 Oct

Stoptober; Can you do it?

It’s not New Year, but October could be the perfect time to make yourself a resolution. I’m talking specifically about quitting smoking. Now, hear me out; this isn’t going to be one of those articles that lectures you until you feel so guilty and stressed that you need a cigarette. Instead, I’m just here to tell you a bit about Stoptober, the Public Health England (PHE) initiative that offers support and resources to encourage quitting smoking, not just for your health but for a tonne of other reasons too. What’s it all about? If you’re unfamiliar with Stoptober, this is the perfect place to find out a bit more about it. Studies have shown that if you can resist...
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1 Oct

Support Independent Shops: The Autumn Homeware Edit

It’s autumn; time for pumpkin spice lattes, heeled boots, and slowing down along with the season. This is the perfect time of year to get mindful as you kick up leaves of dazzling reds and soft orange hues on your morning walk to the office.

It’s also officially time to start cosying up your apartment ready for Halloween movie nights and pot-luck dinner parties! We’re here to help you do just that with our 2019 autumn homeware edit.

Here is our pick of the best autumn home accessories available from independent boutiques and makers from across the UK.

1: Pumpkin Wall Art Print by Abbie Imagine, Etsy Abbie Imagine is a handmade illustration business created by artist Abbie Smith. Finding herself...
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1 Oct

GHD: Ink on Pink Collection

GHD ‘Ink on Pink Collection’ for Breast Cancer Now. We are now in October which officially means it's 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month' and for the first time ever, ghd have not only raised our expectations, but have raised the standards for other charitable campaigns in the industry. For over 15 years, ghd have supported breast cancer charities globally and have raised over $18 million in support of women’s health. Help them achieve their new goal of raising a further $1 million with the new collection.

In collaboration with Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, ghd’s new ‘Ink on Pink Collection’ is live. For this project, ghd have partnered with Chicago-based mastectomy tattoo artist, David...
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30 Sep

The Cult Edit: September Favourites

This month on the Cohorted Cult edit, we bring you our current favourite beauty products that we can't live without! As a team of beauty experts, the Cult team know what's worth splashing the cash on.

From luxury brands to affordable cult favourites, with our recommendations, you'll be going into Autumn in-the-know on what's worth trying this month.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - £22 "My favourite lip product to complete my makeup look. It gives full coverage with a rich colour that dries down to a weightless matte finish for smudge-proof wearability and long-lasting colour with using a very little amount of product. It doesn't crack or feel dry and I usually add vaseline or gloss on top to give a...
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27 Sep

Sleep Hacks: ways to wind-down

Sleep Hacks: ways to wind-down
Whether you struggle getting to sleep, staying asleep or even waking up, there’s something here that might make all the difference to your night time routine. Everyone’s mind and body works differently, but the science behind it is all the same. There are just some specific things that really don’t promote a healthy sleep and some that really do. With a little bit of patience and knowledge, you may figure out where you’re going wrong before bed… That conventional cup of caffeine, I mean tea, before bed? Could be the worst decision you make.   Get into the zone with some calming music It seems cliché but you won’t look back. Music has curative powers, which can slow your heart rate...
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27 Sep

Channel your inner Rachel Green with Ralph Lauren

The one where they all wore Ralph Lauren - The new Friends collection inspired by the iconic Rachel Green looks.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Friends, the designer has teamed up with Warner Bros to cherish the character, played by Jenifer Aniston.

Ralph Lauren has curated a ‘Wear to Work’ collection based on the characters chic style. The distinctive 90s and 00s pieces have been given a modern 2019 update, influencing workplace fashion. The Polo Ralph Lauren and Lauren Ralph Lauren pieces are inspired by Green’s office style including, leather trousers and skirts, polo-necks, suits, mini-skirts, accessories and even every woman’s dream, leopard print. With prices starting at £120, the items make for a largely desk-appropriate palette.

During...
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26 Sep

Check the Label: Why Look For Sustainable Beauty

Check the Label: Why Look For Sustainable Beauty
The benefits of eco-friendly beauty products are more than just a trend.   Sustainable ingredients are becoming a key focus for beauty brands as eco-conscious consumers want to minimise their environmental impact. Sustainable or ‘green’ cosmetics are defined as ‘using natural ingredients produced from renewable raw materials.’ Making sure the ingredients in your favourite foundation are eco-friendly is just as important as making sure the packaging it came in is too.   When thinking about the ingredients used in our beauty products we must consider how they are sourced and what the long-term impacts of farming them are. Agricultural plants, bacteria and natural oils, such as coconut and palm oil, have become increasingly popular ingredients in the beauty industry. This may...
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25 Sep

Financial Feminism: How Financial Security Is A Radical Feminist Act

Financial Feminism: How Financial Security Is A Radical Feminist Act
Financial security is nice. It allows you to buy more things. It allows you to have more freedom, more security, more independence; less stress and fear. But it’s also so much more than that – especially when you’re a woman. Indirectly, pursuing and achieving financial security is a deeply feminist act. Let me tell you why: The Ability to Leave Maybe the biggest reason that financial security and feminism are so entangled is because it gives you the freedom to leave. Money is a huge factor in abusive relationships; ninety-eight percent of abusive relationships involve financial abuse, where the abuser uses money as a weapon against the victim. This can take the form of a restrictive allowance, career prevention...
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19 Sep

4 beauty myths busted

Ever wondered if all of the beauty tips and tricks you’ve seen online or in films really work? We’re here to tell you that, sorry, they aren’t always accurate. Keep yourself in the know and take a look at 4 common beauty myths. We’ve got the lowdown on why they’re not true and what you can do instead. Myth #1: Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker, faster or darker Nope. This one’s a myth that dates back to secondary school, with children everywhere convinced that shaving needed doing at least 3 times a day to avoid embarrassment. You might have thought or heard this particularly if you’re a darker-haired woman because your body hair stands out more than...
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18 Sep

Girl Power: 4 key tips for being more assertive

It’s the age of feminism and equality, and we love that women are finally starting to get some of the recognition they deserve. However, it’s not always easy to show some woman power in the workplace, especially when there’s a damaging stereotype that women who exert power or leadership are “bossy”, “aggressive” or “moody”. This isn’t true, of course, but when women are raised to be seen and not heard, it can be hard to break out of the boxes we’re put into. At Cohorted, we believe that every woman should be able to show their power, but we also know it can be scary to try this, so we’ve got 4 tips to help you show your...
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17 Sep

Victoria Beckham Beauty is finally here

The Victoria Beckham Empire has officially grown and welcomes it's latest extension.   Announced back in February, the anticipation for Victoria Beckham Beauty was building. Finally, the wait is over and it didn’t take long before the collection was sold out. Taking it back to the days when VB transitioned from the music industry, into the fashion world, many had their doubts. Now, the VB brand is an empire. Victoria continued to build her brand further, whilst pushing through different industries. VB fashion, this was just the beginning. Victoria Beckham Beauty has thrown itself into the beauty community, creating products that support luxury performance with clean beauty. After working closely with Estée Lauder on her collaboration collection back in 2016,...
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16 Sep

The secret to flawless skin

A lot of women think the secret of having flawless and perfect skin is by using expensive skincare products, doing crazy treatments or simply due to genetics. But that’s not the case! Anyone can have flawless skin if you follow these tips carefully.   Healthy Diet   It’s no surprise that maintaining a healthy diet is the first tip to get flawless skin. The food you consume plays a huge part when it comes to your skin. You can notice a difference when you eat junk food versus when you eat healthy food. You don’t need to maintain a strict diet, it’s all about having a healthy balance. In addition, some people are allergic to certain foods or ingredients, for instance some...
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13 Sep

Just be yourself

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Dr. Seuss   We were all born with our own unique identity, a creative mind and no boundaries. Through childhood, many of us were conditioned to believe we should ‘be’ a certain way. Boundaries were set according to our upbringing, and we may have been taught to work hard at school, always try our best, speak nicely, have good table manners and be kind to others. This would be our set of tools to help navigate our way through life and be accepted by society. But what happened along the way to make us feel we should fit in to be accepted? What is this ‘perfect’ body that is dressed,...
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5 Sep

The power of podcasts

It's the simplicity of listening to a podcast that appeals to the audience. They're highly engaging and relatable, you’re in control of what you want to hear, and you get to check in with your favourite hosts every time a new episode is uploaded. The most pleasant part of a podcast is of course having a real sense of personal connection - if we're not having physical connections then these on-demand audios are certainly the next best thing. Why Should We Listen to Podcasts? The motivation and inspiration you gain from podcasts is pretty incredible. As mentioned earlier you have a sense of personal connection with those host/presenters you listen to and you connect with them on another level,...
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5 Sep

CBD: what’s the hype?

CBD. Cannabis. Hemp. A topical subject that is on-going for all industries. Its power is recognised, but the plant is often put in the media for negative influence. It’s time individuals really understood the potential benefits that the cannabis plant can offer to the human body. The negative stigma attached to Cannabis is just one reason the potential healing powers of CBD are being overlooked. Understanding that the CBD element itself is a non-psychoactive extract from the cannabis plant is step one in gaining knowledge on how this little ingredient may change your life. The human body has natural receptors for cannabis extracts, making them work faster. Disclaimer: there is no THC in CBD products; you will not...
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2 Sep

How your beauty regime can save the world

Every year, over 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the cosmetics industry. That’s according to Zero Waste Week, the annual campaign that aims to increase awareness around sustainable living. Experts estimate that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will weigh more than the amount of fish. I’m not suggesting that you ditch the beauty routine whatsoever – or even ditch your favourite brands – but there are changes that we can make. They may be small to us, but will have a colossal impact on our environment.   Swap out single use-items for reusable ones This is the most obvious. Not only are makeup wipes BAD FOR OUR SKIN, abrasive and leave your precious...
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1 Sep

6 Life Lessons For Those Who Overthink Everything

Hi my name is Chelsea and I'm forever overthinking.   Whenever I’m feeling a bit burnt out or overwhelmed, the fear inevitably starts to set in and I swiftly begin to fall down the worry well. If you’re a chronic overthinker like me, you will know first hand how much of a vicious cycle it can be, how it can leave you feeling anxious and full of dread. I’ve found myself getting lost in my own thoughts again recently and it made me realise just how difficult it can be to break the cycle. But, I've started doing a few things recently that have helped me to feel a little more at ease when that all too familiar feeling starts to take hold. So...
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26 Aug

LFW 2019: Open to the public? Count us in.

It has been confirmed by the British Fashion Council (BFC) that London Fashion Week will be the first of the four global fashion weeks to open its doors to the general public. The ever-changing fashion landscape and growing public interest in the industry have led the BFC to construct a new format to increase engagement and reach new audiences for designer businesses. Our time has come and I don’t think anyone wants to miss it. As one of the most well known weeks in fashion, LFW naturally attracts a global audience of press, buyers and industry professionals who come to London to explore and discover the newest and best creative talent. From emerging designers to heritage labels and...
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23 Aug

Forces for Change: Meghan Markle with Vogue

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has made her mark in history as the first ever royal to guest edit for British Vogue. The highly anticipated September issue, Forces for Change, was a collaborative effort and Meghan’s involvement in this project has been highlighted. The front cover of the September issue will feature 15 inspirational women who have worked to break barriers and encourage change for women, handpicked by Meghan herself. Using her platform and privilege to empower women, especially women of colour, the Duchess decided against featuring on the cover to direct all focus onto the women she admires. Meghan was originally the potential 16th person to feature on the front cover but felt that it would be...
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21 Aug

Digital feminism on the rise

Digital feminism on the rise

The rise in social media and the way it is used has given women a new platform to promote gender equality and female empowerment. The opportunities that come with these digital developments allow us to influence and educate others on inequalities helping to encourage global change.

The development of these digital technologies have created more opportunities for women globally, whilst giving us an opportunity to showcase our skills and abilities. Although may be gender-inequalities across cultures when considering the use of these platforms, women are finding comfort in these platforms as a tool to encourage gender equality. We now have more opportunity to spread knowledge, educate, build awareness and influence others. We are the pioneers of...
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18 Aug

Beauty For Conservation

Beauty for Conservation Cohorted are proud to announce our Beauty for Conservation® movement. As an organisation, we aim to raise awareness of our environmental impact as consumers and guide us as a socially responsible business to help address the sustainability challenge that we all face and experience as contributors in the beauty industry.   As part of Beauty for Conservation, our new beauty boxes are hand-wrapped in 100% sustainable packaging with an updated slick design. For stylish and sustainable storage, we are also excited to launch our Sustainable Beauty Totes, perfect for summer! Supporting the work of the World Wide Fund for Nature and Fashion for Conservation who aim to disrupt and engage the industry in the preservation of wildlife,...
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16 Aug

Morning Rituals for Success

Cohorted Cult, Morning Rituals for Success

''The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine'' - Mike Murdock

What does success mean to you? It all resonates differently to us all so your definition of success to everyone else's definition of success is probably not at all the same. Your version of success to you is the most important so aim for your own greatness daily. We all have 24 hours in a day but how you want to spend that time is entirely up to you, undoubtedly we all want to reach our full potential otherwise you wouldn’t be here reading this...
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7 Aug

Rediscover your decorating mojo

Cohorted Cult, Rediscover your decorating mojo

When it comes to decorating, I have two extremes. One minute I'm practically bursting at the seams with excitement, full of inspiration and feeling ready and raring to go. The next I resemble a deflated balloon - pretty flat and full of hot air. My get up and go decides to get up and go without me, leaving me crippled by a case of decorating paralysis.

It's common knowledge that I am incapable of making decisions, but when my decorating mojo has disappeared, this gets taken to a whole other level. Minimalism or maximalism? Neutral tones or bold colours? And basically asking myself things like do I really need another plant? (to which the answer is yes, always). I've...
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22 Oct

2019 pop culture Halloween costumes based on your star sign

It’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween, especially not once it hits September. Summer’s over, it’s getting colder, the leaves are changing colour, and the best holiday of the year is just around the corner. No, I don’t mean Christmas, I absolutely mean Halloween.

Every single year I make the same mistake. I get too excited, plan a ridiculous outfit, and then completely forget to buy anything and go with the same old cat /cheerleader/vampire ensemble I’ve been recycling for years. Learn from my mistakes with a handy guide into the best 2019 pop culture Halloween costumes, handily categorised based on star signs. You’re welcome.

Aries – Villanelle Aries: independent, fierce, will stand up for what they...
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20 Oct

Getting your skin ready for AW’19/20

We are getting closer to those cold winter nights and our skin needs to be ready for the change.

Blissed with a few hot days this summer, naturally bronzed skin that glows from within has been the aim we all wanted and trying to achieve. It’s been the talk this summer with so many products claiming to give you that glow! Now winter is fast approaching we need to consider the elements and how our skin needs that extra bit of TLC to carry us through. If you’re not cleansing, toning and moisturizing, now is the perfect time to start! This Trio from Monoskin is perfect for all skin types. It's great for those that have sensitive areas and is...
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20 Oct

Cohorted October Box

This month, we are beyond excited to share with you our October curation! This month’s box will delight you with a seriously indulgent variety of products.

Hairstyling for the Modern Generation IGK, a team of four extraordinary stylists from across the globe who all share a passion to create products designed to aid clients, as well as hairstylists. In hope to deliver easy solutions for all hair-types, IGK keep up to date on current trends, giving you the option on how to style your hair in order to give the right impressions. Created so you can rock your look of the moment, in every moment. The Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel is a lightweight hair styler, infused with coconut oil,...
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16 Oct

Sustainability is Sexy

In the age of Whole Foods, over nine non-dairy milk alternatives, vegan meats, and cashew cheese, it’s about time the movement of veganism merged with that of the fashion world.   What is vegan fashion? Vegan fashion revolves around textiles and clothing made without the use of animal products. That includes no fur, leather (made from animal skin; commonly cow), suede (the underside of animal skin; usually lamb, goat, calf, or deer), wool (derived from sheep or goat), cashmere (a version of wool derived from goats or alpaca), silk (made from insect larvae), snakeskin, down (created from the feathers of fowls), or any other material acquired by an animal. Plant-based textiles such as linen, cotton, and hemp, are the more safe...
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12 Oct

Ancient Chinese Beauty Secrets to Youthful Skin

You must have heard of the elaborate K-beauty skincare routine (and their cutesy packaging). You might have tried J-beauty’s minimalistic yet innovative approach to skincare… now say hello to C-beauty.   My mum is Chinese (I’m half) and Eastern Asians are known for maintaining their youthful looks. The shocked looks of disbelief never fail to amuse me when my mum introduces me as her daughter and reveals my age. I don’t look 23 and my mother does not look old enough to have a daughter my age. Of course, genetics play a major role in this, but here’s the secret… a great skincare routine is also crucial! The importance of a good skincare routine was drilled into my daily...
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9 Oct

Sustainability Q&A With Brand Ambassador: Elle L

Why is sustainability in beauty so important right now? Sustainability in all industries is important now and always. Over the last couple of decades, there's been a focus on speed and a greed for more, now. With that has come a mindlessness and irresponsibility on the impact our every move has, from our beauty, fashion choices and beyond. Whether that's accidental or not, the result has been chaos and confusion. Sustainability has never been more important than now in beauty because we are in a crisis where if we don't put on the brakes and reverse the impact fast-lifestyle industries and mindset, there will be no beauty left in the world. It's that simple. We are at a cross-roads and everyone...
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8 Oct

Do you have a healthy relationship with your job?

We live in a society where a work-life balance is somewhat, unbalanced.   Being ‘so busy’ rolls off the tongue a bit too easily, and is a standard response when asked how we are. The pressures to perform and keep up continue to rise. We end up eating, sleeping (or not) and breathing work. Although this subject is nothing new, health in the workplace has become a major challenge. Caused by prolonged periods of extreme stress, burnout is now recognised as a medical condition, leaving its prey emotionally, physically and mentally exhausted. Our insane work culture requires a shift in attitude. On the plus side, trends such as working from home, flexible hours and a four-day week (providing you’re not...
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