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Reading on relationships for Black History Month

Here are some of my favourite novels written by authors of colour that taught me something about relationships. Research shows that reading is a great way to develop your understanding of people who are both the same as and different from you. And reading about relationships that are outside your social circles is a powerful […]

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Self-care in dating and relationships

Bring to mind a time when you felt you were truly yourself and fully alive. How did it feel, physically mentally, emotionally? What was it you liked about yourself? When did you last feel completely at peace and accepting of every part of yourself without judgment? Now think of a time when you were “in […]

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Sex and dating from May 2021

From Monday 17th May 2021 in England and Scotland, you can meet indoors and stay at another person’s household overnight. Hugging is allowed, and so is close contact with people outside your household or bubble. Many single people are being cautious and continuing to take things slowly, with sex happening at later stage on the […]

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Mental health, dating and relationships

During Mental Health Awareness Week, let’s help to reduce the stigma around mental health issues by thinking about how to enhance our mental health and practise self-care in dating and in our all relationships. Good relationships promote well-being and reduce loneliness, but we need to work at them. Let’s communicate more honestly about our difficulties […]

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Should we break up?

After Christmas and New Year, many people think about breaking up with their partner. Holidays are in some ways unnatural, because we are spending lots more time together than usual – even more than in previous lockdowns. It’s often in a confined space with the heating on too high. We can have unrealistic expectations about […]

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What relationship skills do I need for 2021?

The skills you need to sustain a romantic relationship are not that different from those you need for other areas of your life: family, friends, the workplace, and even how you deal with pandemics and politics. In this post I’ll discuss a few key skills we can all work on, whether we’re single or not. […]

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Why you should talk to your White partner about race

Prince Harry recently admitted that he had no awareness of unconscious bias until he met Meghan. Interracial or interethnic couples still face overt and subtle forms of racism, research shows. But, like Harry, these relationships can have benefits close to home and in the wider community.

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Can dating change the world?

We are more open to dating outside our ethnic group than you might think. And dating has the potential to break down barriers in society. So take up the challenge to be more open-minded in our dating!