Reading Time: 2 minutes Stress, according to the World Health Organization, will be one of the, if not the biggest, contributor to human morbidity and mortality by the end of the year—scary prediction. Now not all stress is bad stress. we have “eustress” and that is the thing that gets things done, providing optimum efficiency. It is however when […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Disclaimer: These thoughts are based on my own experience and education in psychology I have received. They do not reflect the experiences or feelings of all trauma survivors. Control as a Trauma Response Growing up in an abusive home with all varieties of substance use, I was never short of trauma in my life. Few […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Here I am, under a shelter-in-place order, as most are by now. However, even before the order, I started distancing myself and limiting interactions with others, not because of the fact that I’m a high-risk, but because I consider everyone a threat. I am now accustomed to choosing when and where I go, but it […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes It is thought that the relationship between sleep and anxiety is two-way. Anxiety will disrupt sleep; meanwhile, a lack of sleep will increase anxiety. We all know that dreaded feeling of tiredness: a complete lack of energy, physical and mental exhaustion and often a lack of motivation. When your brain is this tired it cannot […]

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Reading Time: 5 minutes Reiki is an energetic form of healing in which one embraces the body’s ability to rejuvenate itself by reducing stress and fostering relaxation. Light equals life. When you live in light and love, you bring more energy into the body, bequeathing a more fulfilled and abundant life. Come out of the shadows and step into […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes To know if you are stressed, let’s take time to understand what stress is. In my Certified Stress Management Consultant seminar, my teacher, Dr. George Bien, says it best: “Stress is response to change!” I’d like to note that there is positive stress and there is negative stress. Positive stress stems from things that challenge […]

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A portrait of Matt Deighton of Mother Earth - an acid jazz outfit based in London.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Remember when you were a child and you were convinced that there was an evil monster under your bed? That intense feeling that something bad is going to happen and your life is not safe? Increased heart beat, perspiration and a weak feeling in your tummy? The desire to run or hide, but at the […]

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Reading Time: 2 minutes With the new-year rush in full swing if you have a few moments to spare you might like to try recomposing yourself with some simple meditation hacks. I found a couple of easy-to-follow techniques online. The first involves mindful breathing. The many benefits of deep breathing include a reduction in stress and blood pressure, strengthening […]

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Reading Time: 2 minutes I wrote this is in April 2017 when I was recovering from being raped. Our societal conditioning can make the practice of self-love and self-care a conundrum. I remember that when I began to even consider that I could be worthy of loving myself just for existing, it was a revelation. I did not need […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes That feeling when everything is just too much. Extreme tiredness. A lack of interest in things, feeling negative emotions like frustration, anger or sadness all the time. The experiencing of chronic stress. An ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment, in work and life. Physical and emotional exhaustion. Feeling like there’s a dark shadow over your life, […]

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