Are you one of those people who has been planning their wedding since childhood? If so being in a happy, long-term relationship with someone you want to stay with forever can (ironically) be a bit hellish. The will they/won't they, agonized waiting for a proposal (combined with the should I/Shouldn't I of whether you want to propose, because it is 2020, after all) is something quite unique. Of course, the most efficient way to find out if your partner wants to marry you is to ask them, but failing that there are a few signs you can look out.
Female masturbation used to be taboo; viewed as either uncouth or downright sinful, it has quickly become normalised. Despite this, a study published by PLoS One found that one in five of the women they studied had never masturbated in their lives. Not once. In fact, until recently it has been less common for women to talk about masturbation with even their closest friends. Why? Well, it has a lot to do with cultural and religious views about sex, of course, but there are also many personal reason which could come into play. It could also have a lot to do with the fact that the benefits of masturbation are rarely discussed, despite being numerous. This is not hugely surprising; sex experts like Dr Petra Boynton often answer questions from women who have no idea where to start.
This near global lockdown is stressful for everyone, but for those stuck at home it can be doubly frustrating; there's nothing worse than being told that the best thing you can do to help is nothing. For those who are unused to regulating their own time, periods like these can quickly become a quagmire of daytime TV, snacks, and pyjamas. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but some people do need routine. If you're one of those people who just needs to have a bit of structure, or if you're determined to self-improve during the lockdown, a routine is important.
According to Bustle 80% of millennials have been ghosted by someone they were dating, and while rejection is never pleasant it can be much harder to cope when someone you like simply drops you. Ghosting is very much a modern trend, and while we'd like to think we're all above it the truth is most of us have done it at some point, too. The soft ghost, sometimes called the 'zombie', and breadcrumbing (giving someone just enough attention to keep them interested) are supposedly less offensive versions of the big G. Of course, there are those who would say that watching someone slowly drift away from you is worse... Whether you're in the middle of that process, seeing them slip further and further away, or you've been completely ghosted it can be hard to know what to do.
Writers block is one of the most frustrating feelings in the world, and while there's no single way to 'cure' it, there are those who say that pushing through it is all you need to do... as if it was that easy to 'just write'. These writing prompts won't help you finish your novel, win the Man Booker Prize, or clear out that cupboard that you've been avoiding for years now... but they might just spark inspiration and get you writing again.
Self-isolationg and enforced quarantining are in force around the world, right now, and some people are coping better than others. There are those who believe that we should embrace the boredom, while others are determined to fill every single moment of their enforced isolation doing something, anything, to stave off boredom. Of course, the reasonable option is somewhere in the middle. After all, while plenty of studies and experts believe that there are benfits to being bored from time to time, there are also plenty of benefits to being busy if you're doing the right things.