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An account of all the press on LAPP since the launch on the 5th of September 2016 by Leomie Anderson.

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Buzzfeed feature, Sept 2016

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AJ Plus video feature, Sept 2016

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Pop Sugar feature, Sept 2016

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WGSN Insider feature, Sept 2016

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Fashion Monitor feature, Sept 2016

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Refinery 29 feature, Sept 2016

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LSN Global feature, Sept 2016

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Superselected feature, Sept 2016

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Yahoo Style feature, Sept 2016

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Marie Claire Magazine feature/ buy of the week, Sept 2016

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Telegraph Newspaper feature, Sept 2016

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Hunger Magazine interview, Sept 2016

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Launched on iD Online, Sept  2016

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An account of all the press on LAPP since the launch on the 2nd of September 2016 by Leomie Anderson.

 

BBC News 6pm TV segment/ interview, help October 2016

*Full segment not online*

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Buzzfeed feature, , sale Sept 2016

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Huffington Post Style feature, Sept 2016

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AJ Plus video feature, Sept 2016

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InStyle feature, Sept 2016

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Pop Sugar feature, Sept 2016

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WGSN Insider feature, Sept 2016

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Fashion Monitor feature, Sept 2016

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Refinery 29 feature, Sept 2016

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Superselected feature, Sept 2016

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Yahoo Style feature, Sept 2016

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Marie Claire Magazine feature/ buy of the week, Sept 2016

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Telegraph Newspaper feature, Sept 2016

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Hunger Magazine interview, Sept 2016

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Launched on iD Online, Sept  2016

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An account of all the press on LAPP since the launch on the 2nd of September 2016 by Leomie Anderson.

 

BBC News 6pm TV segment/ interview, advice October 2016

*Full segment not online*

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Buzzfeed feature, malady Sept 2016

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Huffington Post Style feature, order Sept 2016

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AJ Plus video feature, Sept 2016

InStyle feature, Sept 2016

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Pop Sugar feature, Sept 2016

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WGSN Insider feature, Sept 2016

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Fashion Monitor feature, Sept 2016

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Refinery 29 feature, Sept 2016

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LSN Global feature, Sept 2016

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Superselected feature, Sept 2016

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Yahoo Style feature, Sept 2016

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Marie Claire Magazine feature/ buy of the week, Sept 2016

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Telegraph Newspaper feature, Sept 2016

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Hunger Magazine interview, Sept 2016

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Launched on iD Online, Sept  2016

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An account of all the press on LAPP since the launch on the 2nd of September 2016 by Leomie Anderson.

 

BBC News 6pm TV segment/ interview, visit this site October 2016

*Full segment not online*

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Buzzfeed feature, find Sept 2016

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Huffington Post Style feature, Sept 2016

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AJ Plus video feature, Sept 2016

InStyle feature, Sept 2016

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Pop Sugar feature, Sept 2016

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WGSN Insider feature, Sept 2016

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Fashion Monitor feature, Sept 2016

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Refinery 29 feature, Sept 2016

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LSN Global feature, Sept 2016

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Superselected feature, Sept 2016

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Yahoo Style feature, Sept 2016

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Marie Claire Magazine feature/ buy of the week, Sept 2016

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Telegraph Newspaper feature, Sept 2016

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Hunger Magazine interview, Sept 2016

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Launched on iD Online, Sept  2016

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An account of all the press on LAPP since the launch on the 2nd of September 2016 by Leomie Anderson.

 

BBC News 6pm TV segment/ interview, information pills October 2016

*Full segment not online*

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Buzzfeed feature, pills Sept 2016

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AJ Plus video feature, Sept 2016

InStyle feature, Sept 2016

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Pop Sugar feature, Sept 2016

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WGSN Insider feature, Sept 2016

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Fashion Monitor feature, Sept 2016

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Refinery 29 feature, Sept 2016

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LSN Global feature, Sept 2016

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Superselected feature, Sept 2016

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Yahoo Style feature, Sept 2016

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Marie Claire Magazine feature/ buy of the week, Sept 2016

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Telegraph Newspaper feature, Sept 2016

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Hunger Magazine interview, Sept 2016

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Launched on iD Online, Sept  2016

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An account of all the press on LAPP since the launch on the 2nd of September 2016 by Leomie Anderson.

 

BBC News 6pm TV segment/ interview, more about October 2016

*Full segment not online*

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Buzzfeed feature, Sept 2016

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AJ Plus video feature, Sept 2016

InStyle feature, Sept 2016

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Pop Sugar feature, Sept 2016

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WGSN Insider feature, Sept 2016

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Fashion Monitor feature, Sept 2016

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Refinery 29 feature, Sept 2016

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LSN Global feature, Sept 2016

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Superselected feature, Sept 2016

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Yahoo Style feature, Sept 2016

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Marie Claire Magazine feature/ buy of the week, Sept 2016

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Telegraph Newspaper feature, Sept 2016

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Hunger Magazine interview, Sept 2016

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Launched on iD Online, Sept  2016

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Us Millennials are the future, treat but we are stressed as fuck. But I guess it’s no surprise when we’ve been hit with huge post-uni debt whilst juggling unpaid internships, malady zero-hours contracts and extortionate rent prices. Lack of help and money means we are struggling to buy or even rent a property and to make matters worse, hospital our lives are under constant comparison and scrutiny on social media.

“Adulting” can often leave us feeling pessimistic, jealous, uninspired and even depressed. These issues may seem like generalisations, but if you also take into account the struggles minorities face with race, sexuality, gender and disability, it can all seem too much and many of us burn out as a result.

That is what happened to me last year. I suffered a mental breakdown and had no idea how to look after myself besides taking medication. After I was diagnosed with anxiety and stress disorders and depression during at uni, I made a conscious decision to go on a personal ‘self-care journey’.

I quickly learned that it is not selfish to focus on your wellbeing and a key part of ending the stigma around mental health is finding ways to encourage self-care practices, which can help open up a healthy discussion about our minds, emotions and feelings. Here are my tips:

Relaxing/feel-good playlists

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Turn up that Gospel, dance around to Afrobeats or cheesy 90s songs – whatever makes you happy because listening to songs that you love can make a big difference to your mood. I recently set my alarm to ‘Smooth Criminal’ and basically moonwalk myself into a good mood every morning. For ultimate relaxation, try music with no lyrics (e.g. orchestral/instrumental).

Pamper

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Facemasks, nail polish, magazines, bubble baths, candles… we all know these little luxuries do a world of good. Keep a vanity box stocked up with all these things and then treat yourself every month. Go on, you deserve it.

Fresh air

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Go for a walk on your own or with a pal and don’t take your earphones. You’ll be more aware of your surroundings. The sounds of everyday life passing you by can stir up an array of thoughts and emotions – try it!

Sleep

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You NEED at least 6 to 8 hours sleep – fact. When you are not well-rested, you are prone to being agitated, unprepared, anxious and therefore unproductive. Early nights don’t make you boring!

Detox

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Both digital and physical: unsubscribe from annoying newsletters emails, un-follow (or mute) uninspiring Twitter/Instagram accounts. Drink lots of water (stick a wedge of lemon in it) and be mindful about what you’re putting into your body.

Find a “safe space”

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A support system where you can talk about anything and everything. I have WhatsApp groups with my best friends, a Feminist group on Facebook and amazing intern pals who I meet up with a few times a month. There is no judgment, no shame in expressing your views and mutual respect. Even chatting to strangers who might be in the same boat as you on Big White Wall can also help.

Alone time

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We fear this because we don’t want to look lonely. But this is a great time to figure yourself out. Make lists, goals, plans. READ, write, pick up that hobby you dropped in high school and learn to be comfortable in your own company. This is the final hurdle in the self-love journey as well as self-care.

Exercise

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It might seem obvious, but taking up a sport or attending gym classes is good for both our minds and bodies. I took up spinning, which is intense, but keeps me fit and also feeling good due to all the endorphins released during the workouts.

Be selective of who you spend time with

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Stop hanging out with “friends” who don’t support/care about you – it’s harmful.

After my diagnosis, I rapidly got rid of the people in my life who I hung out with for convenience. It was painful, but a year on, it was the best thing I ever did. I also delete people on my Facebook who I wouldn’t ask out for a coffee.

You, yes YOU are a beautiful human being and deserve to be in healthy relationships and friendships.

Health apps 

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My favourite is Calm.com, along with this gif that calms anxiety attacks when I sync my breathing with it. Superbetter, Prune or Pigment (IOS and Android) are all for de-stressing. If you want to give your eyes a rest from screens, take yourself offline with an adult colouring book, mind-training puzzles and Origami.

 

Joelle A. Owusu is the author of poetry collection, ‘Otherness’ – her personal diary she published to encourage people to open up about mental health. Available on Amazon HERE.

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Written by Joelle Owusu

Joelle Owusu is a Surrey-based writer and blogger who works in publishing. As a staunch advocate for intersectional feminism, she is committed to helping others acknowledge, accept and embrace their individuality.
Her first book, an unedited dairy, Otherness was published in October 2016 and in March 2017 she co-authored the best-selling anthology, Nasty Women (404ink).
You can find her tweeting at@joelle_o.

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