Digital therapy is helping people through lockdown three

Closing the door, carefully checking to make sure no-one is listening, and dialing the phone number of a stranger. This is the process that thousands of people are going through before picking up their phones and listening to the voice of a therapist.  During the third national lockdown, therapy practices have moved online or over…

As lockdown comes to an end, loneliness levels are at a record high

It was 31st October. Strolling through Cheltenham at 10pm, crowds of drunken ghosts and devils gathered around street corners, enjoying one of their last few nights of drinking in pubs on Halloween before the second lockdown. This time, the lockdown had been announced to last only a month. The reality was, with darker evenings and…

Meghan Markle’s miscarriage story inspires women to speak up

Two women who have experienced recurring miscarriages have come forward to share their experiences following the announcement of Meghan Markle’s pregnancy loss. The Duchess of Sussex, who wrote a feature for the New York Times, has encouraged some women who’ve gone through miscarriages before and during lockdown to speak up about their similar losses. ……

Thoughts from a single person on Valentines

What does it mean to be in love? Is it companionship, relatability with another person, sense of belonging or an inexplicable lust? I’ve never been in love. By definition, love is: ‘a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.’ I don’t think my experiences can be defined by this – Not in the romantic sense,…

Behind a screen

A poem about the reality of non-committal exchanges on dating apps

Posing behind a phone screen – The future of fashion photography

“Can you bring more light in to your room? Move to the left. Now move to the right. Oh great… you’ve frozen.”  The glamour of bright flashing lights, impressive lenses and enthusiastic crews working together in face-to-face shoots is lost in the world of lockdown, where portrait photographers are having to compose photo-shoots from the…

How chaos and vanity are causing video call anxiety

Jittering audio comes out of my laptop as someone plays music from their speaker, a few friends are dancing, one has their face frozen and a couple of others are attempting to find a comedic Zoom background. They haven’t yet noticed I’ve joined. “How is everyone doing?” I ask as I finally connect my webcam…

Lockdown loneliness and learning to self-love

43 days. Just over 6 weeks. That’s how long I’ve been home, without physical contact with anyone other than my immediate family. I looked at myself in the mirror the other day. Right in the eyes. As I watched my reflection stare back at me, apart from feeling somewhat narcissistic, I realised that was probably the…