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  • Will Criminalising Street Harassment Really Protect Women?

    While the UK was shocked months ago by the sudden death of Sarah Everard, the 33-year-old woman kidnapped and killed on her way home in what was a ...
  • How COVID-19 Is Changing Street Harassment in My Country

    “Boi, nika size kanga aka” (Friend, this one is my size) is something most women have heard from men who loiter the streets of Lusaka. It is one of...
  • To Be a Strong Woman In a Third World Country in 2017

    “The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.” – Mohadesa Najumi

    Hi my name is Nwando, website I’m a strong woman living in a third world country and I don’t require validation from anyone. I have massive dreams for my life and I spend my days working towards making my dreams my reality, I work towards the creation of my life without much explanation or fear of judgment. I just do and for this simple reason I am misunderstood. My mother often says I’ve seen too much of the world to just settle for the ordinary and in many ways she’s right. I struggle with settling. 

  • Why Catcalling Is Never A Compliment

    On average, dosage nurse 84% of women over the extent of 22 countries are harassed on the street before the age of 17, view according to an extensive study conducted with the aid of Cornell University. In the UK, this reaches to as high as 90% of women reporting having experienced street harassment for the first time during puberty ALONE.

  • The Unwritten Rules of Big Boobs

    Before I dive into the juicy part of this piece, more about there are a few things that we need to acknowledge and that is the issue we are experiencing in regards to our mental health nationally; we don’t look after our own very well. To put this into perspective, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

    To introduce myself, my name is Misha and I’m a mental health therapist, based in London. I’m going to shed some light on how to improve your mental health; whether you worrying about a job, recently experienced a break-up or want to treat yourself with more kindness.

    So, what is mental health and/or emotional wellbeing?

    It describes the state of how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. As you can imagine, this is dynamic and can change at any time, which is why it’s important to take care of it.  Mental health problems i.e. depression and anxiety are more likely to develop when we have experienced low emotional wellbeing over a long period of time. So, we have to learn how to manage our emotional wellbeing; regardless of its state.

    So, spill the tea; what do I need to do?

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    Have a sit down and think

    about what may be affecting your mental health. The truth is, we are all different and are not affected by the same things. But, one thing we do have in common is that we all get overwhelmed, tired, upset or stressed.

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    Never feel guilty for taking time out for yourself.

    You’re entitled to it. Although this can be difficult, due to life’s various demands; it is a gift to yourself that is priceless. One way to tackle this is to avoid over scheduling and set regular periods of “me time” during the week.

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    Do something you enjoy or learn something new.

    Whatever it is that makes you smile, laugh or keeps you motivated, make it a priority.

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    Exercise – don’t be afraid to start off with something small.

    Physical and mental health are closely linked. When you exercise, your body releases Endorphins (chemicals that interact with your brain) which lead to a reduction in stress and anxiety, improved sleep and improved self-esteem.

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    Keep a mood diary.

    Writing down how you are feeling helps you to identify what is impacting your mental health positively or negatively. This will also help you to spot any early warning signs that you may be feeling low or anxious. Here’s a link for a one available online http://moodpanda.com/

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    Learn how to quiet your mind.

    Research has shown that Mindfulness, meditation and incorporating religious practices such as prayer into our day to day life can improve our ability to cope with stress.

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    Build positive relationships.

    Make an effort to spend time with people who treat you with respect and care. Also, try to remain in contact, regardless of your mood. There is no one in existence that is happy all the time; so no, you are not a burden or a negative Nancy.

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    Write a list of what you like about yourself.

    Aim to continuously add to this list and don’t feel bad about it either! This helps us to reduce self-critical thinking that is often negative and can lead to low self-esteem.

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    Priorities your sleep.

    Poor sleep is often connected to our emotional wellbeing. Try to establish a set bedtime routine, avoid napping during the day and explore possible solutions to those things that are impacting your sleep at night.

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    Ask for help.

    If you are aware that you are finding things difficult, don’t put pressure on yourself to “carry on as normal”. You can talk to your GP about available treatment options and support in your local area.

    If you have any questions about your mental health and/or your emotional wellbeing, please feel free to message me anonymously on the following link: http://ask.fm/Ask_meesh

    “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

    Written by Misha Matovu

     
    Before I dive into the juicy part of this piece, there there are a few things that we need to acknowledge and that is the issue we are experiencing in regards to our mental health nationally; we don’t look after our own very well. To put this into perspective, buy information pills 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

    To introduce myself, sales my name is Misha and I’m a mental health therapist, based in London. I’m going to shed some light on how to improve your mental health; whether you worrying about a job, recently experienced a break-up or want to treat yourself with more kindness.

    So, what is mental health and/or emotional wellbeing?

    It describes the state of how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. As you can imagine, this is dynamic and can change at any time, which is why it’s important to take care of it.  Mental health problems i.e. depression and anxiety are more likely to develop when we have experienced low emotional wellbeing over a long period of time. So, we have to learn how to manage our emotional wellbeing; regardless of its state.

    So, spill the tea; what do I need to do?

    giphy-17

    Have a sit down and think

    about what may be affecting your mental health. The truth is, we are all different and are not affected by the same things. But, one thing we do have in common is that we all get overwhelmed, tired, upset or stressed.

    giphy-8

    Never feel guilty for taking time out for yourself.

    You’re entitled to it. Although this can be difficult, due to life’s various demands; it is a gift to yourself that is priceless. One way to tackle this is to avoid over scheduling and set regular periods of “me time” during the week.

    giphy-9

    Do something you enjoy or learn something new.

    Whatever it is that makes you smile, laugh or keeps you motivated, make it a priority.

    giphy-10

    Exercise – don’t be afraid to start off with something small.

    Physical and mental health are closely linked. When you exercise, your body releases Endorphins (chemicals that interact with your brain) which lead to a reduction in stress and anxiety, improved sleep and improved self-esteem.

    giphy-13

    Keep a mood diary.

    Writing down how you are feeling helps you to identify what is impacting your mental health positively or negatively. This will also help you to spot any early warning signs that you may be feeling low or anxious. Here’s a link for a one available online http://moodpanda.com/

    giphy-11

    Learn how to quiet your mind.

    Research has shown that Mindfulness, meditation and incorporating religious practices such as prayer into our day to day life can improve our ability to cope with stress.

    giphy-12

    Build positive relationships.

    Make an effort to spend time with people who treat you with respect and care. Also, try to remain in contact, regardless of your mood. There is no one in existence that is happy all the time; so no, you are not a burden or a negative Nancy.

    giphy-15

    Write a list of what you like about yourself.

    Aim to continuously add to this list and don’t feel bad about it either! This helps us to reduce self-critical thinking that is often negative and can lead to low self-esteem.

    giphy-14

    Priorities your sleep.

    Poor sleep is often connected to our emotional wellbeing. Try to establish a set bedtime routine, avoid napping during the day and explore possible solutions to those things that are impacting your sleep at night.

    giphy-16

    Ask for help.

    If you are aware that you are finding things difficult, don’t put pressure on yourself to “carry on as normal”. You can talk to your GP about available treatment options and support in your local area.

    If you have any questions about your mental health and/or your emotional wellbeing, please feel free to message me anonymously on the following link: http://ask.fm/Ask_meesh

    “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

    Written by Misha Matovu

     
    Before I dive into the juicy part of this piece, mind there are a few things that we need to acknowledge and that is the issue we are experiencing in regards to our mental health nationally; we don’t look after our own very well. To put this into perspective, sickness 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

    To introduce myself, my name is Misha and I’m a mental health therapist, based in London. I’m going to shed some light on how to improve your mental health; whether you worrying about a job, recently experienced a break-up or want to treat yourself with more kindness.

    So, what is mental health and/or emotional wellbeing?