I found this great post among others by Emmamorica. Let it seep into your mind.
When I was little, I wanted to be white.
That’s the colour the sweet, popular girl at school was. That’s the colour the beautiful, breath-taking supermodels on the billboards. And that was the colour all the characters in my favourite tv series were. Which role models looked like me? Beyoncé is now the third woman (behind Naomi Campbell & Halle Berry) to grace the cover of Vogue in the magazine’s 123 years of publication, and people are raving as if this is iconic. That’s not iconic. That’s ridiculous. The third in 123 years. But you say there is equality.
My mother moved from France to England because she didn’t believe she, a young black woman, could get a respectable teaching job where we were. My mum forced me to read English story books, meant for an age much younger than I was yet it was still extremely difficult. She made…
View original post 430 more words
Joe Langen’s Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life is an outstanding work. Interestingly the author begins by asking – Do we living in modern America suffer more from stress than our ancestors did?
While I, of course, can’t answer that question within the broad scope of history, I can confidently say that during my lifetime the types of stress that come from concerns like: finding and keeping a satisfying, well- paying secure, long term job; facing large medical bills without filing for bankruptcy; and paying for our children’s college expenses and maintain the hope of enjoying a financially comfortable retirement, has certainly increased dramatically (except among those fortunate enough to be among the wealthiest .01 % in our economy) over the last two generations.
For such reasons this book is imperative reading for the countless millions who frantically try to weave their way through the cultural maze that constitutes life in America today.
The book is clearly written, understandable, comprehensive, and composed by an expert in many aspect of stress – Issues such as: What is stress? How can we identify it in ourselves?, and How can we effectively avoid, manage and/or attack our own stress?
For me, the chapter on spirituality was especially helpful. I almost skipped it because I don’t consider myself spiritual. I never could, for example, grasp the idea of a soul – one that exists in the after- life. (I can’t say souls don’t exist. Maybe they do, but if so I have no idea, what they are like.) But now I’m glad I read that chapter because, if, as suggested by the author, one’s soul is the part of you that acknowledges, you are not the center of the universe, and are instead, an integral part of the human race, and as such you have a duty to act responsibly to assist your fellow man, to achieve the highest common good, then I must be spiritual, because, that responsibility, in my opinion, defines the essence of humanity.
(Review by Bob Fussell)
Art as a way to give meaning to your life despite your struggles.
For me, creativity is a massive part of expressing my feelings when it comes to my mental health. Creating abstract representations of my disorders or how I feel allows me to release the negative thoughts and create something interesting in the process.
I draw, paint, write – anything and everything! It’s the most therapeutic thing in the world; I can sit in complete silence and not have one thought pass through my head for hours when I have a paintbrush in my hand.
Does anybody else have any methods to relieve stress and negative feelings?