Living your best life
One of the most notable things about being a millennial is that our way of living is just so different. We are healthier, more conscious of our environment and we have totally different taste in style to our forefathers.
The Essential Millennial’s lifestyle section celebrates our way of life and our bloggers provide us with content from locations around the world, so that you can keep up with the latest trends, learn about the best new products and find the greatest entertainment hotspots that your city has to offer. Not only that, but we’ll dig even deeper and give you tips on all kinds of things, from great exercise routines to sound relationship advice. You’ll never have to go anywhere else to make the most out of your leisure time.
One could hardly be blamed for growing tired of being bombarded with skyrocketing mortality numbers, and details about the dents to global economies. Avoiding the news, seeking solace in conspiracy theories, and diving too enthusiastically into your lockdown wine stash, however, could all be signs that you have another problem on your hands: compassion fatigue.
While all football fans are suffering through a complete shutout from the Premier League and all of Europe’s other major competitions, at least we can stave off our withdrawal symptoms with a dose of Netflix’s latest mini-series.
There’s one factor that everyone is going to notice and have to navigate, and thats the effect of the lockdowns on their relationships. For couples, this comes in one of two forms: either you’re stuck at home with your significant other, with no way of escaping, or you’re suddenly forced into what is essentially a long-distance relationship. Both of these can be tough if they’re not what you’re used to or what you signed up for.
Please think about your extroverted friends in this time. We are struggling. We need you to call us. We need you to allow us to just be with another person, and you don’t even have to get out of your PJ’s!
Now that so many of us are social distancing, and possibly spending a lit of time indoors, making frequent trips to the coffee machine, what better time to have a discussion about it than right now.
The pressures of life under lockdown might work in the favour of some, but for many the changes might cause discomfort and conflict. In order to prevent a lot of this conflict, or resolve the conflict that DOES occur in a productive and healing way, strong personal boundaries may need to be set and maintained.
Right now the coronavirus is not something to feel positive about, but hopefully when the world recovers from this pandemic (we hope!), the human race will emerge from the abyss the better for it, after learning some very hard lessons. They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, sadly, the coronavirus hasContinue reading “5 Lessons Learned & The Positive Side-Effects Of Covid-19”
Stately, ancient trees; rolling, soft green hills and everything you could want from a hidden oasis of natural beauty… and, of course, cheese and wine! Eagles’ Nest is a great hotspot for Capetonians of all ages to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Why is it that only now, after a virus has made its way through 155 countries and killed 8000 people is hand washing something that people are paying attention to?
When it comes down to the coronavirus and its effects on our daily lives, many of us might be asking ourselves what exactly what we should be doing with our time and how not to go crazy or fall victim to cabin fever…
Many of us, especially those who are more introverted, have even been encouraged to be yes-people in order to expose ourselves to new experiences that we may not necessarily have if we follow our natural impulse to say no. But lately the word “no” has been developing a new kind of power, or as William Leith writes for the Guardian, it’s “making a comeback”.
Body positivity is a really uncomfortable subject. And, trust me, I wrote this story feeling incredibly uncomfortable, from start to end. But I’m motivated by my conviction that it’s a story that needs to be heard.
Calling this superficial dating game an “experiment” implies that there’s something unknown, and something to be learned by it. It disguises it as something of scientific (and not just entertainment) value, which, if you look at the science that does exist, it most certainly isn’t. Theres’s a whole lot more to love than what does or doesn’t meet the eye.
If you should ever find yourself in the Stellenbosch/Somerset West region, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not checking out the magical Lourensford Market.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed… but pots, bowls, coffee mugs and platters are super expensive. It’s not uncommon for you to spend as much as R500 on a serving bowl or crockery that is essential for any kitchen. This weekend, I discovered a creative, affordable alternative and a unique social experience.
I might not share my bed with anyone due to my bad luck with online dating, but at least I can share some cool stories with you.
Meditation – I used to think it was one of those things reserved for long, grey-haired hippies and Buddhist monks undergoing pilgrimages in Nepal or something… but today this stereotype is no longer relevant and meditation is an activity that’s not only easy to take up in order to complement your daily life, it’s incrediblyContinue reading “20 Reasons To Take Up Meditation In 2020”
Now, I have to admit that I haven’t even finished watching this series, and I’m not sure if I can. There’s just something too ridiculous about a room full of typically attractive people in full make-up and cocktail dresses talking about how “looks don’t matter”.
I had an intense sexual moment with a fig. And then I laughed. I truly enjoyed this moment. A moment in which I was so aware of my humanity, my femininity and my sexuality. Here’s why you need to stop and appreciate those moments too.
If you’re in Cape Town you don’t need to go through all the trouble of booking a flight to Japan to have your tastebuds tickled in a uniquely Japanese setting, because Tjing Tjing has got your back.
We don’t have to tell you that it’s a murky swamp of information our there, folks. But we do want to give you some knowledge with which to fight the information overload and separate the fact from the fiction in a more informed way. More importantly, we want to help you stop being a part of the information disorder machine.
Summer in Cape Town is magical. Sure, it comes with a heck of a lot of wind, but it also brings with it cheap fruit, lazy days on the beach, and open-air Afro-Latin dance parties.
Our social media has become inundated with fitness influencers making us feel guilty for struggling to workout three times a day. But why is it that for some, exercise is seen a treat, while for others its basically a spandex-clad flagellation ritual to which they’d rather not subscribe?
What happens after the prince and princess ride off into the sunset? Do they settle into a functional relationship, with good communication, compromise and acceptance and understanding of their differences? Are they even compatible at all in a real-life situation, when she’s awake and he’s not distracted by a fire-breathing death-machine? Doubtful. They’re probably codependent and miserable.
With so much information at our fingertips, we don’t need to retain information in our brains, and yet we often feel so much smarter by virtue of immediately being able to answer any questions we have, and yet, the jury’s still out on whether all this tech is actually making us smarter or causing considerable damages to our brains.
Having, once again, crossed that annual hurdle that is Valentine’s day, there’s no better time to discuss the topic of rejection than right now.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to protect ourselves from the hurt we experienced in previous relationships by keeping our eyes peeled for all the warning signs in this new, potential partner: the infamous red flags.
But perhaps those red flags might not be where we think they are
Want to really impress your date on this Valentine’s Day, guys? Show off your ability to pay attention to detail by getting your grooming game on point. I’m sure this might come across as a little patronising to most men, but there are still a few guys out there that don’t realise that personal hygieneContinue reading “Essential tips: Up Your Grooming Game This Valentine’s Day”
Love is in the air, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching. But, it’s not always easy to make plans with your significant other on this critical day of the year. We’ve come up with a few tips for you, so that you can sweep them off their feet and win some serious brownie points.
For some reason people find it hard to accept that maybe, as a species, we are inherently violent. Our societies are built on this violence. Wars created the nations we live in today long before video games. But perhaps video games pose another problem.
The sequin-studded, psychotic princess of crime, played by the talented and gorgeous Margot Robbie, is back post-break-up with the Joker, and this time it’s all about her. No longer is she overshadowed by her male Gotham counterparts. This story is all hers and for the first time, she controls the narrative. But, unlike many of Gotham’s male figures, she’s willing to share the limelight with an unlikely, rag-tag girl gang.
Working from home is awesome! But don’t kid yourself into thinking that it’s easy. You’re presented with all kinds of new challenges. The rules of the workplace are currently in flux and it’s hard to work things out – especially in the beginning.
Netflix pushes boundaries and raises questions with its provocative new geopolitical drama, Messiah. Here’s what we think.
We have so many thing we need to get done, pay for, remember, that we completely forget about the small things that make us feel good. We don’t have time for hobbies, we constantly have to think about what everyone else wants from us, and we have days where we just feel quite rubbish. Here’s how to combat that, and put yourself first again.
You might be asking why I’ve decided to tell you about a plant. I’m telling you about a plant, because it’s the very first plant I bought. And just a few months ago it was dying! Also, it reminded me of hope and I’ve been wanting to tell that story as well.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that one who is feeling grumpy must be in want of something or someone to blame for said grumpiness. Sometimes we may be triggered by an ever-present factor that, without us even realising it, has a massive impact on how we think and feel: The sounds around us.
The teens from Sex Education are back for a brand new season of the Netflix drama and they are bringing back the painful memories of our adolescence in a more authentic way than ever.
A close friend of mine recently experienced a great loss and it shook me to the core. I was sad for her, the pain I knew she would have to face, the loss I felt as well, but also (and this freaked me out) the realisation that there was nothing I could do or say to take any of that away.
We review Netflix’s new series, Dracula and give our opinion of the fresh take on Bram Stoker’s classic story.
The Jeff Bezos hacking should make WhatsApp users around the world concerned and inspire change in our online behaviour.
Cool factor aside, there are a number of other great reasons to pick up a new language, and it’s super easy to do nowadays too! Yeah, it’s hard work, and it’s easier to find excuses than to make the time to study a foreign language. Here’s why you should do it anyway.
Over the last few years, the Cape Town Vegan scene has exploded. It’s now easier than ever to find plant-based additions to menus almost everywhere, and entire restaurants have popped up all over the place which showcase the culinary marvels that can be created without the use of animal by-products. Jessy’s Waffles, situated in Gardens, Cape Town, is one of these gems.
Each track evokes the euphoria or utter devastation that are such relatable parts of forming and losing relationships, and having to build yourself up again after taking an emotional knock. Some people, namely myself, may even go as far as refer to them as “anthems of the era”.
We at the Essential Millennial know how hard it can be to get a workout in every day, particularly if you have a long trek to or from work, so we’ve compiled a list of five podcasts that will make you laugh so hard you’ll get an ab workout in too!
Going out and meeting people, not to mention garnering up the courage to actually say “hey, I like you, let’s go out” has always been tough. Millennials, however, are especially bad at it. But why is our generation so bad at building connections and engaging with the people around them?
We’re so attached to our smartphones that we never stop to question the damage we’re doing with them. Here’s a quick look at some of most basic elements required to manufacture these addictions and just what impact they actually have on the environment.
The Raptor Room is a paradise of pink neon lights and hip-hop beats, but it’s neither a club nor a theme park of resurrected dinosaur species. It’s a quirky eatery on Cape Town’s Roeland Street, and it’s both a feast for the eyes and the belly.
Experts have agreed that addiction to smartphones is a very real threat, even comparing it to America’s obesity epidemic. Here are some small steps you can take to break addictive smartphone habits (even if you’re still denying that you have them).
I was coerced into hiking up a mountain on New Years Eve, and when I say coerced, I mean my friends made me commit when I was just a little too tipsy and FOMO kicked in…
here’s very little that you won’t be able to find at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market. It caters to all of the niche interests that define Capetonians of all ages and backgrounds…
Image credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal/Handout via Reuters Last night’s Golden Globe awards once again served as a platform for Hollywood celebrities to bring attention to their chosen causes, but the real headline grabbing event was when the awards’ host Ricky Gervais called his peers out for their hypocrisy. “If you win, come up, accept your littleContinue reading “Ricky Gervais’ Hilarious Roast Of Celebrities At Golden Globes”
Even when we feel hopelessly miserable, we are not the only ones experiencing it. The friend who always turns up with a smile may just be too afraid to talk about the struggles in their life because of the way we respond. But sharing is important and healing, so here are some things to keep in mind through 2020 when speaking to someone who’s going through a hard time.
Did your swimming shorts/swimsuit really feel that snug last summer? Who knows? The point is, you’ve left it too late, and now you need to get beach-ready FAST… Here’s how.
It’s 2020, and you know what that means: social media feeds cluttered with selfies accompanied by #NewYearNewMe, a suddenly over-crowded cardio section at the gym, and ambitious lists of resolutions for the year ahead. Except 2020 isn’t just a new year, it’s a whole new DECADE, which means we’re allowed to be particularly enthusiastic aboutContinue reading “100 New Year’s Resolutions For A New Decade”