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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.

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COVID And Mental Health: What Is Compassion Fatigue?

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.

Love Under Lockdown

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.

Life Locked Down: Can an Extrovert Survive?

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!

Build Better Bonds by Setting Better Boundaries

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.

5 Lessons Learned & The Positive Side-Effects Of Covid-19

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”

Cape Town Hotspots: Eagles’ Nest

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.

“No” Is The Magic Word

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 & Disabilities: Never Give Up

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.

Is Love Blind? – The Science Behind Netflix’s Trashy Reality TV Series

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.

Stellenbosch Hotspots: Ceramic Café

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.

Netflix’s Love is Blind: Farce Over Fairytale

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”.

fig moment of awareness

Breaking the Monotony With Moments Of Awareness

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.

Tjing Tjing restaurant

Japan, But Make it South African

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.

Tackling Information Disorder in the Era of Fake News

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.

Why Exercise Is Harder For Some Than For Others

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?

Once Upon A Time In The Land Of Codependency

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.

tech is damaging your brain

Digital Dementia: How Your Tech Is Damaging Your Brain

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.

Let’s Talk About Rejection

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.

Recognising Red Flags (But Not Where You Think)

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

Essential tips: Up Your Grooming Game This Valentine’s Day

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”

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Essential Tips: Ideas For 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.

Birds Of Prey: Confronting The Patriarchy With Hand Grenades, Hair Ties, And Glitter

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.

The Essential Guide To Working From Home

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.

How To Focus On Yourself In A Distracting World

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.

Monstera Deliciosa: A Story Of Hope

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.

This May Be The Reason For Your Bad Mood

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.

Why You Should Learn a New Language Right Now.

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.

Cape Town Hot Spot: Jessy’s Waffles

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.

Selena Gomez Sets The Tone For The 20s With “Rare”

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”.

Do Millennials Suck At Dating?

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?

Want To Save The Planet? Get Rid Of Your Phone!

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.

Cape Town Hotspots: The Raptor Room

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.

Digital Detox: a Beginner’s Guide.

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).

Ricky Gervais’ Hilarious Roast Of Celebrities At Golden Globes

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”

Build more meaningful relationships in 2020 by avoiding these four things

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.

Get Your Beach Body Back On A Budget

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.

100 New Year’s Resolutions For A New Decade

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”

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