You know when you wait ages for a bus and then three come along all at once? Well, that’s how becoming a teen felt for me.

I had found primary school easy. I had lots of friends, exams were a breeze and I never really thought about how I looked. But then lots of things came along all at once.

My parents had never got on well, but suddenly they were fighting so much more. I had my first crush, but he didn’t like me back. I started my period, but had a lot of painful cramps. My friends were arguing and taking time off school to go to the park. And to top it all off, I was finding it really difficult that everyone else in my class — not to mention everyone else on the planet — seemed to have big boobs and mine felt tiny in comparison.

So much had happened in one go that I didn’t know how to deal with it. It’s easy to pick up one or two Maltesers when they’ve fallen out of the packet, isn’t it? But what about when the whole packet falls on the floor? Well, you either start picking them up… or you don’t pick them up at all.

That’s what I did. Instead of coping with one thing at a time, I felt really overwhelmed. It was like a big, sad cloud was following me around and raining on me all of the time. I tried to hide it and pretend my parents breaking up wasn’t a big deal really or I didn’t even want to have boobs and look like the girls in the magazines. But deep down I was overwhelmed. And the worst part was that I thought other people could tell. This meant I did less and less. I didn’t want to socialise with my friends or get dressed up because I thought I was just a quiet, sad girl to them.

I didn’t really know where these feelings were coming from, either. I thought everyone else was dealing with things a lot better than me — and that I should be happy. After all, I got good grades, I had friends, I had a mum who was just absolutely ace. All I really needed at the time was someone to tell me that it’s ok to feel sad and confused sometimes when you hit your teens. Worrying about your body when it’s going through puberty and changing so much is really natural. Getting sad about your parents arguing would probably even make Beyoncé want a good cry. And feeling unsettled when friends were falling out and crushes wouldn’t text back? Well, that was something everyone was going through too.

But it felt like just me.

One day I remember feeling so trapped and sad that I just ran outside to get away from everything. As simple as that. I ran and I kept running. And suddenly my heart was beating faster, I could feel the wind against my face, I was breathing normally, I was holding my head up high, I wasn’t caring about how my body looked. I felt free.

More importantly, I felt happy.

Happy that I could make a decision to get outside when it felt like life was too much, that I could make my body work for me, that I could feel a surge of happy exercise endorphins in my blood and that I could breathe free and easy rather than feeling panicky and nervous.

I’d always loved to exercise when I was growing up. But PE lessons had sucked all of the fun out of running and climbing and dancing around — all of the things I loved when I was young. Team sports felt so boring and fake to me. But discovering running for myself felt like I had opened up a brand new world.

From then on, anytime a sad or nervous or “I’m rubbish!” feeling came along, I’d decide not to let it take over. Instead, I put on my trainers and went outside. Taking some time out of each day to do something for me, how I wanted to do it, in the way I wanted to do it felt really good. It didn’t stop the sad feelings, it didn’t make my parents get back together or magically grow me a huge pair of boobs to make all of the other girls in my class jealous. But it made things feel easier, happier and somehow just a little bit lighter. Because I was proving to myself that I was stronger than my sad thoughts.

It doesn’t always work, though. Sometimes I don’t go running. Sometimes I still sit inside and forget how nice it feels. Sometimes lots of sad feelings still come along. But that’s a natural part of being me.

And years later, I still run and it’s still the best medicine for when I’m feeling sad and when things get too overwhelming. I’ve not trained for a marathon, I don’t spend a lot of my money on fancy running clothes or run a lot of races for charity. But I do feel like I have a secret weapon for whenever life gets a bit too much.

@BeccaCaddy

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If you were on Twitter over the weekend, you may have seen the trending hashtag: #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia. The whole thing happened so fast, it was almost impossible to keep up but don’t stress, that’s what we’re here for. Let’s break it down:

On Wednesday, Vine star Jéröme Jarre was contacted by a volunteer in Somalia about the famine that is currently affecting 6 million Somali people. And Jéröme decided to do something. Something big. He worked out that Turkish Airlines is the only international airline that flies to Mogadishu (the capital of Somalia) so he encouraged people to tweet them to get their attention.

Then other YouTubers like Juanpa Zurita and Casey Neistat got involved:

And then Ben Stiller threw his weight behind the mission, obvs:

They got Turkish Airlines attention:

Turkish Airlines agreed to fly a plane to Somalia with 60 tonnes of food to Somalia as well as agreeing to send food containers on their commercial flights until THE END OF THE FAMINE. Seriously, kudos to Turkish Airlines.

Now Jéröme & Co. had a plane, they needed to raise some money. Actually, $1 million to be exact (£806,000). The team set up a GoFundMe page and put out a call on social media.

Within 24 hours, they’d raised over $1 million to provide basic food such as rice, flour, sugar and oats to Somalian people. They’ve teamed up with an non-government organisation that’s already on the ground called the American Refuge Committee that are going to help distribute the food and to organise water trucks to deliver water to families in need.

As of writing, the page has raised $1,750,000 (£1,410,000) – and there are still five days to go. If you want to be a part of this movement, there’s still time to donate, just visit the GoFundMe page and join the 62,000 people who have contributed to the Love Army for Somalia.

This Monday, let’s do some good for the world.

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Wake up and smell the JOY, everybody. These are the happiest smells in the world, according to us. 

1. Freshly cut grass.

2. Waffles*.

3. Birthday cake candles.

4. Old bookshops.

5. The bakery section of the supermarket, specifically when the maple pecan twists are still warm.

6. A newborn baby’s head.

7. Baby lotion (easier than having the baby).

8. Toast. Why does toast smell so delicious? Nobody knows.

9. Really cold, crisp, frosty winter mornings.

10. The coffee you buy to warm your hands up on the cold, crisp, frosty morning.

11. The old school radiator you eventually warm up your arse against on the cold, crisp, frosty morning.

12. New carpets.

13. The first sun cream application of the year.

14. Candyfloss at a funfair. But pre-waltzers only. 

15. Whatever fancy stuff your hairdresser mists over you at the end of a haircut, then tries to get you to buy as though perhaps you are a secret Jenner. Nice try, lady.

16. The faint whiff of your mum’s perfume on a jumper while you’re secretly homesick on a school residential holiday.

17. Cinnamon buns. Obviously.

18. Bonfire night.

19. The first (successful) barbecue of summer.

20. Frying bacon on a Saturday morning. Or any morning.

21. Um, the vegetarian equivalent of bacon. Frying tofu? Sure. 

22. The distinctly nostalgic blend of PVA glue, poster paint, disinfectant and pencil sharpenings that fragrances every primary school ever.

23. Beyoncé. We imagine. 

*Of course, it is the law that they must always smell at least 30% better than they actually taste. The law.

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If you’re anything like us, getting up on a Monday morning can feel a bit like this:

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It’s cold and dark and the weekend really is over. But, the good news is that there are loads of reasons to get out of bed this morning. In fact, we’ve rounded up 21 of them.

1. Today might be the day your teacher gives you an A on your homework.

2. Or it might be the day that you hear your new favourite song.

3. Today might be the day you go the entire day without tripping on anything.

4. Or may be it’ll the day you only trip once.

5. Today might be the day Zoella retweets you.

6. Or the day you find out why it’s important to know what pi is.

7. It might be the day you find £20 on the floor.

8. Or the day you score the winning goal in football.

9. Today might be the day you take the perfect selfie.

10. It could even be the day you think of the PERFECT sarcastic reply in the moment, and not five hours later.

11. Today might be the day you get to the bus stop the exact moment the bus pulls up.

12. Or the day you finally talk to your crush.

13. It might be the day you have the best hair day of your life (so far).

14. Today might be the day that Barack Obama announces he’s becoming a teacher at your school.

15. Or it could be the day that your dog finally learns how to shake hands.

16. Maybe it will be the day that you find the bracelet you lost years ago.

17. Today might be the day that Beyoncé drops another surprise album.

18. Who knows, it might be the day that your teacher lets you go home half an hour early.

19. Hell, today might be the day you make a new BFF.

20. It might even be the day you find out you won the school science prize.

21. Or it might be the day Costa gives you a free hot chocolate. With marshmallows. And whipped cream.

See, there are loads of reasons to get out of bed this morning. We hope you’re now feeling a little less ‘meh’ and a little more like this little guy.

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