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Filmmaker M.H. Murray Examines The Anxiety of Modern Dating in New Short Film, “Ghost”

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Many of us are all too familiar with rejection when it comes to dating. And whether intentional or not, we’ve all probably ghosted someone at some point – or been left wondering why we were ghosted. Filmmaker M.H. Murray explores this sense of anxious abandonment in his new short film, Ghost, which follows a gay man, Benjamin, struggling to come to terms with the reality that he’s been ghosted by his lover, Simon. Murray believes that kindness and underscoring one another’s humanity is key to a more compassionate dating experience. 
 
Cliché: What kinds of messages do you attempt to convey through your films? 

M.H. Murray: I think that most of my work is about love, in some way, shape, or form. I’m interested in the way we as humans express or don’t express what we feel, and how those expressions or lack thereof can affect our interpersonal relationships. I am drawn to telling stories about queer characters who struggle with feelings of anxiety or loneliness, or people who feel isolated from others. Growing up, I definitely yearned for more queer characters on screen, especially in romance or horror movies, and I want to continue doing the work to help fill that void for the next generation. 
 
Tell us about your new short film, Ghost
Ghost is a short film about a gay Torontonian man named Benjamin (played by Mark Clennon), who is “ghosted” by his lover, Simon (played by Nykeem Provo). We follow Benjamin over the course of one day as he indulges in various distractions to avoid the painful sting of rejection. I’ve had this film bubbling around in my brain for years. When I met Mark, we clicked creatively, and this film was the perfect opportunity for us to collaborate, explore, and create something special together. 
How was the experience of showing the film at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)? 
I was a bit bummed that the festival had to be virtual this year because I have always wanted to visit Seattle. I love the west coast. That being said, the virtual festival was awesome. The programmer, Cory Rodriguez, was a dream to work with, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to screen at a big festival like SIFF. I hope to screen there again and again and again. 
 
The film features no spoken dialogue. Is this intended to be a commentary on the psychologically isolating effects of ghosting? 
Definitely. I wanted to play with form and use things like framing and sound design choices to bring the viewer deeper into Benjamin’s mental space, and the choice to exclude any spoken dialogue, I think, heightens those feelings of dread that often manifest when you are waiting for something. 
 
What difficulties have you found with modern dating? Would you say that dating in the LGBTQ+ community either magnifies these differences or presents its own challenges? 
I don’t know. I like dating. I like meeting new people, getting to know them, learning about them. But I also think that being vulnerable and opening yourself up to someone else can be difficult. When you throw being gay into the mix, it complicates things even further. I remember being in high school and struggling with my sexuality and being a bit envious of my straight friends who didn’t have to worry about that extra layer that I had to worry about… The fear, the hiding, the societal pressure to come out, the bullying, all of that. I think many queer people in general have a hard time loving and accepting love because of the different ways our sexuality can expose us to harm as we grow up and because of the way people negatively perceive us and treat us. It can be hard to carry that baggage and to not let it colour the rest of your life and experiences. And I think all of that trauma sprinkles into the dating scene. 
 
Why do you think so many people prefer ghosting nowadays? Would you say it’s the endless choice of dating apps and profiles making people more complacent about individual connections, or just general self-absorption? 
I know that whenever I’ve ignored a message or left someone on read, it was usually a mistake or due to intense laziness. It is rarely personal. That being said, if someone hurts me and then they try to apologize or reach out, sometimes it does feel good to keep them waiting a little. I think every situation is different. But I think the problem I’m exploring in Ghost is when the communication isn’t there; when someone leads another person on emotionally and sexually and then leaves them hanging. Some people get a kick out of using other people and then dropping them, ignoring them, or making them squirm, which I think is messy. 
Many times, the person doing the ghosting simply moves on without a second thought, but the healing process for the person who is ghosted can be much more complex. The main character of Ghost, Benjamin, deals with these feelings in real time throughout the film. Have you found the experience to be different from typical rejection, and if so in what ways? 
I would say that being rejected, whether it is face-to-face or virtual, hurts. But I think with social media, sometimes everything can feel oddly heightened. We can see each other’s profiles; we are often documenting our lives in real time. Before cell phones, maybe the mystery made things easier. I don’t know. Sometimes being ghosted by someone you like is a blessing in disguise and sometimes they come crawling back—in fact, they usually do, in my experience. I think the best thing you can do in the face of rejection, like Benjamin does in Ghost, is to find solace in yourself, in your own body, in your own space. Whatever that looks like for you. And I would also prescribe a good binge watch to distract yourself. I recommend HBO’s Search Party
 
Do you think the increasing role of technology in modern dating means that we have to more consciously buoy our own self-esteem from within and make an intentional effort to recognize the humanity of others as more than just an endless stream of profile pictures? 
Sure. I think recognizing each other’s humanity is a key element of existing, for sure. When it comes to dating, I think it is important to move on from the social media/app phase as fast as possible and get to know the person behind the pictures. What do they do when a lull happens in a conversation? Things like that. Simple things like speaking on the phone, seeing each other in person, or even on FaceTime, can make everything feel more real, which is a good thing. It should feel real. Ultimately, I think we need to be kinder to each other because we will all die someday. Like Paddington’s aunt Lucy says ,“If we’re kind and polite the world will be right.”
 
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How to Deal with Anxiety and Strengthen Mental Health

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Today we want to talk to you about how to deal with anxiety and strengthen mental health. Anxiety is a natural reaction to stress. Anxious feelings are common and experienced by everyone. They can be uncomfortable, but there are effective tools to calm anxious feelings.

If you are experiencing anxiety that is excessive or distressing, please reach out for help and know that compassionate support and effective treatments are available. A licensed mental health professional from MyTherapist can help you address and manage anxiety.

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Symptoms of anxiety may include:

  • Feeling nervous or restless.
  • Difficulty envisioning that things getting better.
  • A bleak outlook and uncertainty about the power to change it.
  • Physical symptoms, such as rapid breathing, increased heart rate, sweating, and an upset stomach.
  • Feelings of impending doom or panic.
  • A lack of concentration on anything other than the present worry.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Finding it challenging to control worrying.

Short-term tips for calming anxiety in the present include:

  • Recognizing and labeling what is happening. Tell yourself, “This is anxiety,” and then work your way through steps to manage it.
  • Deep breathing. Try inhaling deeply through your nose, holding it in, exhaling fully, and repeating. Deep breathing can help calm your body’s reaction to anxiety. Focusing on your breathing can help distract you from your worries.
  • Staying in the present. Ask yourself, “Am I safe in this moment?”
  • Focusing on your senses. Try consciously noticing details of a scent, a site, or a sound that’s near you. Try picking three in a row.
  • Getting fresh air.
  • A quick walk or even just moving to a different place in the room can be calming.
  • Listening to music: songs can be soothing.
  • Watching or reading something funny. Humor can be the best medicine.

Long-term tools for managing anxiety include:

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  • Identifying and learning to address what triggers your anxiety.
  • Limiting alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Maintaining a nutritious diet.
  • Therapy with a licensed mental health professional.
  • Medication under the supervision of a physician.
  • Regular and enough sleep.
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  • Challenging your self-talk—looking for alternatives to your negative thoughts and feelings. Try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  • Connecting with others.
  • Regular relaxation.
  • Practicing stress management techniques, such as managing your time and not overcommitting.
  • Actively addressing problems as they arise.
  • Practicing flexibility and adaptability so that you don’t feel anxious if things don’t go as planned.

Calming thoughts for managing anxiety:

When you experience anxious feelings, try being compassionate with yourself and consider using these calming thoughts:

  • It’s your body in overdrive trying to protect you. You can ride out the feelings. They’ll pass.
  • Worrying will not change the outcome.
  • You don’t need to have everything figured out right now.
  • Thoughts don’t always reflect reality.
  • The past and the future cannot hurt you in the present.
  • There may be things going wrong, but there are also probably things going right.
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Tips for strengthening your mental health include:

  • Valuing yourself. Treating yourself with kindness and avoiding self-criticism.
  • Taking care of your body with exercise, the right amount of sleep, and nutritious meals.
  • Connecting with positive people who boost your feelings.
  • Regularly relaxing.
  • Managing stress.
  • Trading negative thoughts for positive ones.
  • Helping others.
  • Practicing gratitude.
  • Setting realistic goals and then putting in the effort to meet them.
  • Accepting imperfection.
  • Being flexible and willing to adapt if something unexpected or unpleasant happens.
  • Being kind to others.

Treatment for Anxiety

  • Effective treatment is available for anxiety management.
  • Please seek the support of a licensed mental health professional if you are living with anxiety.
  • Common, researched-based treatments include therapy, medication, or a combination of both, as well as healthy lifestyle adjustments and learning stress management and coping skills.
  • Your healthcare providers can help you find the best treatment plan for you.
  • Taking proactive steps to manage anxiety can improve your quality of life and help you feel your best.

More about the author Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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Techniques to Calm Your Feelings of Anxiety and Stress

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Today we want to share some effective techniques to calm your feelings of anxiety and stress. If you’ve been dealing with mental health struggles, one of the things you might have experienced is anxiety. When you feel anxious and stressed, it can impact every area of your life in a whole variety of ways. That’s why finding a way to take control and calm those feelings is so important.

There are lots of techniques and strategies that can be used to calm yourself when you start to feel overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety and stress. We’re going to talk today about some of the techniques you might want to try out for yourself as you aim to combat your stress and lead a calmer, more relaxed kind of life. So read on to find out more.

Distract Yourself

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One of the best things you can do is distract yourself when you start to notice that you’re becoming subsumed by feelings of anxiety and stress. Whether it’s by calling someone or doing something you enjoy, distracting yourself is a good way to take your mind off stress and anxiety ridden thoughts. The longer those thoughts and feelings are present, the more they can start to take over your mind and make you feel even worse.

Stop to Put Things in Context

Sometimes, you just need to take a step back in order to put things in context. When you allow yourself to start thinking about things in an anxious way, you often lose touch with the reality of the situation and that’s obviously not good for you. In short, it’s about giving yourself a reality check and giving context to the way you’re feeling. When you look at the facts in a more objective way, you usually don’t feel so anxious about whatever’s been causing you to feel that way.

Be Active

Being active and exercising can be a good way to take your mind off anxious feelings that might be getting you down or stopping you from feeling relaxed. Many people choose to go running or to head to the gym when they start to feel anxious and stressed out. It can be a very good and healthy release for many people, and it just might be for you as well. If you’ve never tried it out as a stress release, that’s something to consider changing.

Make Use of CBD Products

If you’ve never done so before, you should definitely think about using CBD products as a way to combat the anxiety and stress that you’ve been feeling. They’ve been proven to help people relax, and these products don’t contain the psychoactive properties that other cannabis products do. In short, that means you can benefit from the relaxing properties they offer, without ever having to worry about getting high. There oils, candies and all kinds of products you can try out.

Warm Yourself with a Hot Bath

Hot water is known to help you relax as well. That heat can be soothing and relax your muscles and your joints. And as we know, when your body is feeling relaxed, it tends to be the case that your mind also feels more relaxed as well. So be sure to warm yourself with a hot bath next time you notice that your stress levels are rising and your feelings of anxiety are beginning to get the better of you. It’s the simple things that often have the biggest impact.

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Reconnect with Nature

Reconnecting with nature can be a good way to relax yourself as well. If you’re living in a city and you don’t often get that chance to connect with the natural environments and landscapes around us, getting away from it all and slowing down your pace of life really can have a positive impact. Reconnect and enjoy what nature has to offer in terms of its calming qualities.

Try Out Meditation

Trying out meditation is another thing that you might want to consider. Meditating can take many different forms and it’s something that lots of people benefit from each and every day of the week. Be sure to try out meditation, either by yourself or with the help of a trained guide, if you want to make use of a hugely beneficial relaxation technique.

If you’ve been trying to cope better with feelings of stress and anxiety recently, you’re certainly not alone. It’s something that many people go through, but with the help of the calming techniques we’ve discussed here today, you should be able to overcome those anxieties and stresses faster.

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CBD Pre Rolls for Panic and Anxiety Attacks: Effective Alternative?

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Today we want to talk share with you the best CBD pre rolls for panic and anxiety attacks.  Being anxious is nothing short of exhausting. It drains your stamina, lets your brain go on overdrive, and refuses you any much-needed rest. Be it you or a family member suffering from this condition, both parties still end up uselessly tired at the end of the day. What’s more intense than persistent anxiety is a panic attack, which an article from the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression American Association) has listed the symptoms of. Is there any other way to manage the crippling symptoms more efficiently?

CBD Pre Rolls for Panic and Anxiety AttacksYes, indeed there is. CBD has been the talk of the town even before its legalization (sort of) back in 2018 with the passing content.marketing.blogging@gmail.com of tcontent.marketing.blogging@gmail.com he Farm Bill. Its restriction has finally lifted, but it is still under strict policies in terms of growing, distribution, sourcing, and dispensing products originating from it. CBD is known as a potent sedative and a natural anxiolytic for any anxiety-related symptom. Discover its effectiveness in the form of a Pre-Roll, the most potent way of taking it as of 2020.

What Are Those Pre-Rolls Made Of?

They are made of CBD—or Cannabidiol if you prefer a tongue-twister— which is a compound found in hemp. Hemp is part of the cannabis genus, alongside its infamous sister species, marijuana. Hemp and marijuana have differences between them, some minor, the others very important to take note of especially when you are taking it regularly.

For one, Cannabidiol is abundant in hemp, which makes this cannabis species a well sought-after ingredient for many cannabidiol-derived products.

Yes, that includes pre rolls as well. It is a Phyto cannabinoid that brings many benefits to the body without causing psychoactive effects, a characteristic many CBD-users love. Companies that are trustworthy and reputable – you can navigate this link  for an example of one – make sure their products are of high-quality and the pureness is nothing short of perfect. They also choose locally produced hemp due to the protocols it works under, which are stricter than overseas sources.

On the other hand, marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 substance, making it illegal in some states. This is because of the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content it has, which is higher than hemp. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main culprit of causing users to become “high”, and its addictive tendencies have pushed the FDA to restrict its use from the public.

CBD Pre Rolls for Panic and Anxiety Attacks

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Though do not be surprised when your broad-spectrum cannabidiol product has a little bit of THC in it. The reason for having this compound mixed in with cannabidiol and 112 other Phyto cannabinoid is simply to induce the entourage effect. This effect is a biological phenomenon that happens when one or more Phyto cannabinoids form a synergistic relationship and enhance the effect of the product on the body.

The FDA has given CBD companies a small margin for THC in their products, which is below 0.3%. This amount cannot induce psychoactive effects, which leads us to conclude this small amount is nothing more than a catalyst.

CBD In Action

When it comes to panic and anxiety attacks, CBD works as an anxiolytic albeit how it induces such effects to differ from the drug. Cannabidiol enters the body and directly goes to the receptors found in our ECS (Endocannabinoid System). We have 2 kinds, namely the CB1 receptor and the CB2 receptor. The former affects the nervous system, which has something to do with calming anxiety and panic symptoms. The latter oversees the peripheral system, which gives relief to local pain and inflammation.

A study has evaluated cannabidiol to be a potential treatment for anxiety and panic disorders, attacks, and symptoms. The researchers’ work found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5412699/, have discussed thoroughly how it affects many parts of the brain, such as the amygdala, which is partly responsible for anxiety and depression, and the hypothalamus. They also touched briefly on the animal model of the nervous system, as well as how it affects them for longer periods.

Cannabidiol works by stimulating the receptors to block messages coming towards the amygdala. This part of the brain dubbed the “emotional brain” has been studied and found to have ties with many anxieties and depressive episodes in the human body. But because the product stops the message from being relayed, any incoming episodes can be prevented or lessened, which improves the overall mental health of the subject.

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Gisele Opens Up About Struggling With Panic Attacks, Anxiety, & A ‘Vicious Cycle Of Worry’

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September 9, 2020 11:40AM EDT

Gisele Bündchen got very candid in her latest Instagram post, where she opened up about her mental health and how she ‘sought help’ for her ‘all-consuming’ anxiety and panic attacks.

Gisele Bündchen is using her wide-reaching platform to shed light on a topic that is so important. The stunning model and mother, 40, took to Instagram on September 9th and opened up about how she has been struggling with her mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gisele spoke from the heart, captioning a sweet photo that featured her cozying-up to her four-legged friend in complete peace and tranquility.

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From my own experience I learned that nothing is permanent. Sometimes a gentle reminder that the bad feelings will eventually go away can work like a beacon of hope. Anxiety can feel all-consuming, and sometimes we need a supportive push to help break us out of our vicious cycle of worry. My own panic attacks were difficult for me, and I sought help. In moments like these, family, friends and specialists can help, and so can breathing and meditation tools. The most important thing is to move away from inertia and look for alternatives. Life is our greatest gift—and every day is worth it. ✨💛 Por experiência própria, aprendi que nada é permanente. Às vezes, esse simples lembrete de que os sentimentos ruins irão eventualmente passar pode funcionar como um farol de esperança. A ansiedade pode nos consumir e, às vezes, precisamos de um empurrãozinho para nos ajudar a sair de nosso círculo vicioso de preocupação. Lidar com meus ataques de pânico foi desafiador para mim e procurei ajuda. Em momentos como este,

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Tips To Help Combat Anxiety

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Today we want to talk about tips to help combat anxiety.  Anxiety can be a tough thing to combat, especially if you suffer from it on a regular basis. Being able to diagnose and battle anxiety is different for each person, and it can vary, depending on what triggers it and what’s best to help reduce or get rid of it. Here are some tips to help combat anxiety, and that might help you or a loved one who is dealing with it.

Cut Down On Caffeine And Alcohol

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Firstly, a good way to help with anxiety, in general, is to remove anything that’s just going to hype up that emotion and make it much worse. If you’ve been trying to deal with your anxiety for a while now, a lot of what you might be feeling could be put down to caffeine and alcohol. These are both temporary fixes to help heighten your emotions, but when it comes to anxiety, that’s something that you don’t want to be happening. Alcohol and caffeine can have an effect on your heart rate and contribute to that intensity that comes with anxiety. Try to cut down on caffeine and alcohol as much as possible, otherwise it’s not really going to make you feel any better. It’s also good for your health to try and cut down or cut them out where and when you can. Even if it’s just a temporary measure, it can help improve your anxiety levels and hopefully help you remove them altogether.

Get More Sleep

Sleep is very important when it comes to your feelings, and when you’re lacking sleep, you’re not emotionally there as much as you could be. By not getting enough hours rest each night, you could be worsening that feeling of anxiousness, and that’s not what you want to happen. Try to get more sleep each night if you’re not getting enough already. You want to be getting at least several hours of sleep, and that’s the case for anyone. If you’re someone who struggles to get to sleep, then it’s worth testing different ways of helping make it better. That might be investing in better blinds or curtains to help block out light or reading a book just before going to bed. There are plenty of ways to help try and test out your sleep practices and make them better.

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Take Alternative Supplements Or Medicines

Medicines and alternative supplements are something worth testing when you’re trying to deal with anxious thoughts. Things like CBD have been proven to be quite effective in helping those who suffer from anxiety, have trouble sleeping or want to help with their skincare. Order CBD oil online and you might find that this is something worth taking whenever you are feeling anxious, however often that might be. It’s always worth consulting a medical expert though like a doctor before you start taking them. Only because this might affect something you may be currently on or you might have an allergy or reaction to an ingredient that you didn’t know about.

Practice Your Breathing Techniques

Breathing techniques can seem silly to someone who hasn’t given them a go before, but sometimes it can help to try and alleviate some of the emotions and feelings we can often feel. For example, that nervous feeling we get before doing a presentation or something we’ve not done before can be calmed with the right breathing techniques. It can help because when we’re under stress or pressure, the first thing to change is our breathing. It becomes a lot shorter, and it’s important to try and take deeper breaths. There are lots of different breathing techniques out there, it’s just necessary to find one that works best for you.

Acknowledge Your Limits

Remember that we all have limits, and it’s not always necessary for us to be pushing them. Sometimes, it’s good to acknowledge that and to take ourselves out of situations that make us feel anxious. Some might not be possible to avoid, but there are certainly other opportunities where you can agree to do something or not. Take each situation as it comes, but if you’re aware of something being too much for you, then it’s ok to say no. Knowing your limits can help you take control of the anxiety more than it has control over you.

Combating anxiety is a process that might take a long time to have control over. Use these tips to help combat it in areas of your life that might be impacting you a lot more than you want it to.

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Are Puzzle Games Good for Anxiety?

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Are Puzzles Games Good for Anxiety?  Well one thing we know is that in the U.S., anxiety disorders are very common.  Many of us deal daily with stress and worrying thoughts about work, family and the future. There are many different levels of anxiety, and while some conditions require therapy and medication, others can be treated simply by changing your lifestyle.  Research suggests that you can actively reduce your anxiety levels by doing things that will reduce stress. One of these things is to play puzzle games.

puzzle gamesThere are plenty of puzzle apps available that you can play for free. With free puzzle games on your phone you can take short breaks and relax with some fun entertainment. Choose a game like Bubble Shooter Classic that’s easy to understand and you can start playing right away. Puzzle games are the perfect antidote to stress, taking your mind away from your worries.  A break from troublesome thoughts is something that can reduce anxiety a great deal. So yes, puzzle games are very good for anxiety and fun too!

Why are puzzle games good for anxiety?

If you suffer from anxiety you will benefit from taxing your brain in a constructive way. Puzzle games can also strengthen your brain function in a positive manner. If your brain works harder it can lead to reduction of momentary anxiety. You can try this by sitting down with a puzzle that demands your concentration, such as Sudoku. When you have finished the puzzle, not only will you feel relaxed and calm, but you will also have strengthened your brain and reduced the risk of future anxiety attacks.

Nip the anxiety in the bud

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It is possible to use puzzle games to prevent anxious feelings from surfacing. To do so you need to be very self-aware. You need to recognize how you feel right before your anxiety escalates. For moderate level anxiety you can use mental tasks such as puzzles to reduce your stress levels. While playing a puzzle game you should try to remind yourself that you are in control of your stress levels. It is recommended to reinforce this practice by saying positive affirmations out loud, for example “I can control this and I will not go mad or die”.

Combine puzzle games with physical activities

It is also good to move more when you feel the anxiety setting in. Going for a run or exercising to music according to a pattern that you have to follow can be a great solution. If you are not at the gym when you start feeling nervous you could use an instructional DVD or CD. By focusing on the instructions you take your mind off the worry and stress. A meditation with breathing exercises on a CD can also be beneficial.

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Make sure to sleep

When you are done with the puzzle games, you might want to try to catch a nap or go to sleep for the night.  Lack of sleep can certainly lead to anxiety disorders. If you don’t sleep enough, you are far more likely to have an anxiety attack. By playing puzzle games and exercising you can calm down enough to start feeling sleepy. Take this opportunity to get some rest. Avoid drinking coffee late at night and see what a wonderful change more downtime can bring about.

Try CBD 

One thing that you could try for your anxiety is CBD. But what is CBD? CBD comes from the cannabis plant. CBD helps to make you feel calmer when you are stressed and anxious making you more able to get on with your normal day-to-day routine. 

Unlike the cannabis drug,CBD does not contain any of the chemicals that get you high. You can take CBD as and when needed, and you are safe to drive after taking it. 

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Adele Confesses She Eats McDonald’s ‘Once A Week’ Despite 100 Lb. Weight Loss — Watch

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October 18, 2021 7:48PM EDT

Although Adele has shed 100lbs in the past two years, the hit singer insists she still indulges in junk food obsessions such as McDonald’s.

Adele, 33, may have lost 100lbs over the past two years, but she’s not backing away from consuming her favorite foods! In a recent video for British Vogue, the the “Easy On Me” singer shared that she still eats McDonald’s “once a week” and hasn’t given up on her favorite foods. “Just because I lost weight, I [still] know everything there is to know about food! I eat so much food still,” she said in the video, in which she took the “ultimate British taste test,” guessing foods typical to British culture while blindfolded.

The Tottenham, London native revealed that her “death row meal would be “a McChicken Nugget with a Big Mac and then fries — that’s my three courses. I eat it at least once a week!” The singer also boasted about making an “incredible spicy pasta,” sharing that she’s not giving up on the carbs anytime soon. Delish!

While tasting different meals and confections like Fish n’ Chips and Banoffee Pie, the “Hello” hitmaker shared that she learned to cook in her early years from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. In addition to her “spicy pasta,” Adele said she loves cooking a traditional “Sunday roast” (which typically includes roasted meat, potatoes, and accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding) for her son, Angelo.

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When speaking with Vogue about her incredible weight loss, Adele shared that it was because of her “anxiety” that she took on working out with a personal trainer,

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Jamie Foxx Reveals Why He’ll Never Get Married After Dating Katie Holmes For 6 Years

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October 18, 2021 7:39PM EDT

Jamie Foxx revealed that the ‘cookie cutter’ lifestyle, which includes getting married, is not for him, in a new interview that he had to promote his new book.

Jamie Foxx, 53, is speaking out about his future and it doesn’t include walking down the aisle. The actor revealed that he doesn’t want to get married because he feels what’s generally included in that kind of lifestyle is not something he’s interested in having. “The 2.5 children, the wood paneling on the station wagon and the cottage, I didn’t think that was for me,” he told E! News’ Daily Pop while promoting his new book, Act Like You Got Some Sense, in an interview on Oct. 18. Check out the video of Jamie HERE!

Jamie, who famously dated Katie Holmes, 42, for around six years, went on to explain that he thinks his relationship with his daughters, Corrine, 27, and Annalise, 12, are better because he never got married. “A lot of those marriages ended up not doing well as the kids got older. Unfortunately, we saw the kids get fractured from their families,” he said. “Us, we actually came together more. So I don’t know what that is, I just know that it is different but it’s a whole lot of love.”

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“The pressure of being married, I don’t think we can have a conversation about it. I just keep moving,” Jamie continued before opening up about keeping his family close to him.

“It was by design to have my whole family living with me, because I don’t want them living away from my circumstance,” he added.

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Pros and Cons of Learning a Musical Instrument Online

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Today we want to talk about the pros and cons of learning a musical instrument online. Since the spread of Covid-19, people all around the globe have been studying on the internet. From online courses to music lessons, the web has allowed us to stay on top of our education during these unprecedented times. 

If you want to learn a new instrument without leaving the house, the internet has made it possible. It seems like more people than ever before are learning how to play all sorts of instruments online. With Covid-19 restrictions in place in certain countries, music teachers have been forced to advertise their services online. If you want to learn how to play an instrument, there are a few advantages and disadvantages you might want to consider first.

Pro: Learn at Your Own Pace

If you have tried to learn how to play an instrument in a classroom with others, you might have found it difficult. For some, it will take longer to improve their skills. If you are struggling to keep up with your fellow classmates, you might find the process overwhelming, especially when the teacher starts giving their pupils advanced exercises. If you find it hard to follow their instructions, you might pack in the instrument without giving it a proper go. 

Hiring a personal teacher over the internet allows you to learn at your own pace. You won’t feel like you have to compete with any other students. The tutor will be able to provide you their full attention during each session. If you are struggling with certain techniques, they can help you figure it out without any added pressure from fellow students. 

Con: Internet Connection

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If you are spending your hard earned money on an online music teacher, you will want your computer or your smart device connected to a fast internet connection. If the internet lags while you are in the middle of a class, you and your teacher might struggle to communicate with one another. If you can’t hear what your tutor is trying to say to you, or if they can’t hear your instrument, they won’t be able to advise you on what to do. 

Before paying a fee to a tutor, consider contacting them first through the same platform you will be using for your music lessons. By doing this, you will be able to figure out whether or not your connection is strong enough for music classes. Your teacher might have a preferred video calling platform, so don’t forget to ask them about the service they are currently using. If you have a weak internet connection, you might want to contact your provider about upgrading to a faster connection. Also, don’t forget to test your microphone, headphones, and any other devices you might need to use during the class. 

Pros: Stream Tutorials For Free

If you want to learn how to play an instrument, but you are not in the financial position to pay for private online lessons, consider logging on to video streaming services to see the different tutorial videos available. Lots of YouTubers and TikTokers post videos of their music lessons to popular social media sites and video streaming platforms. You can access these video clips without spending a single penny!

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Because these videos are rarely live, you can pause, rewind and fast forward whenever you please. You can re-watch the videos as many times as you. Popular YouTubers frequently upload new content, so you should consider subscribing to their channel so you don’t miss their latest episodes. 

You can contact these tutors directly, and many of them encourage their viewers to advise them on what to do in their upcoming tutorials. If you want to learn how to play a Coldplay song, ask them to do a video on Coldplay chords. Although they might not do it, there is no harm in asking the YouTuber. 

Cons: Hard To Focus

Most music teachers educate their students in a classroom. These classrooms normally consist of a musical instrument and a board for writing. There are very few things that will distract the student from focusing on their class. 

However, if you are learning from home, your family members, pets, telephone, television, etc. can all cause us to take our eyes off on what needs to be done. Your tutor won’t be able to see that you have been distracted, so they won’t be able to tell you when you need to regain focus. 

If you decide to take on music lessons online, take items out of the room where you will be learning that distract you. Turn off your phone or make sure that you have turned off all of your notifications and that it is on silent mode. This way you won’t be tempted to look at your phone during class. 

Pros: Lots of Chords Online

Most traditional music stores stock a range of different music books, which include chords, tabs, and music sheets. However, if you like listening to modern music, it is highly unlikely you will find a music book with songs written by your favorite artist. Learning to play songs that you are familiar with makes the learning process fun and interesting. Instead of searching through all the music stores in your area, go online for chords and music sheets instead. There are plenty of websites out there that are dedicated to Chords for guitar, pianos, and other musical instruments. 

Cons: Online Music Lessons is Not For Everyone

Some people need a teacher present to help them with the different techniques and skills. It can be extremely difficult to learn how to play a new instrument, especially during the early days. Some people thrive having a music teacher watching over their shoulders, while others struggle. Having an experienced tutor beside you every step of the way might suit you. 

Physical classrooms seem to put pressure on some people. Many find it difficult to learn how to play when they are in a different environment, especially when they are at home. 

Pros: Its Cheaper

If you are working off a tight budget, you can shop around for a teacher that you can afford. In most towns and cities, there seems to be a standard fee for music teachers, depending on their experience and the level they are teaching of course. However, because you will be able to have access to music teachers all around the globe, you are sure to find someone who will teach you how to play without breaking the bank. Although most tutors advertise their fees online, if they don’t, don’t be afraid to ask them. Some even provide new students with a free class when they sign up, while others will provide discounts for regular customers. Discounts for music lessons were normally unheard of in the past. 

Conclusion

Although it might take a long time before you can produce a nice melody with your musical instrument, it is worth the stress. Playing a musical instrument has a range of mental and physical benefits. Learning how to play an instrument will give you the opportunity to be more creative, and it can help people suffering from depression and anxiety. 

Although a lot of countries have managed to get a hold of Covid-19, we can expect virtual classrooms to continue. Online music classrooms are not for everybody, but it is worthwhile\ giving it a shot!

Kelsi Davies’ Quest to Demystify the Spirit Realm

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How would you react if you realized you were psychic? For Kelsi Davies, it was an integral part of growing up. As she got older, she began to share her abilities and recently decided to use her gifts as a medium to help people heal and connect with loved ones who have passed on, altering countless lives forever. Kelsi chronicles her experiences with the paranormal on her incredibly popular TikTok and on her YouTube channel. She wants to demonstrate to others that spirits aren’t always scary or evil. When she’s not communicating with the beyond, Kelsi is empowering others through music. Her new single, “Heartbeats,” is about rediscovering joy after leaving a toxic relationship. Check out the video for “Heartbeats“ below!

Cliché: How did you first discover that you had psychic abilities?
Kelsi Davies: I have been psychic since I was young. I found out this year that these gifts run on the Native American side of my family. I would always know things about people or see future events. I did not understand what I was feeling or experiencing, which caused a lot of social anxiety in my life. My mediumship was always there, but I blocked it out. In 2020 I began to tap into my mediumship and connect others with deceased loved ones.

Was that an overwhelming discovery to make as a young child? How did you process that revelation?
I thought it was normal. I always had terrible social anxiety and my gifts would kind of shut me down. Growing up, I was introverted, the exact opposite of how I would describe myself now. Once I understood that not everyone has these abilities, I started coming out of my shell and explaining it to people; I feel more understood now.

Why do you think people are so fascinated with the paranormal and spirits in particular?
It’s controversial, unknown, and unexplainable. Many people have had paranormal experiences and have had them throughout history. It’s a topic that people are afraid to talk about, but are so intrigued by at the same time.

You’ve also recently undergone a spiritual awakening. What has it been like using your gifts to connect people with their departed loved ones and why do you believe that’s your calling?
Yes, it has been incredible. It amazes me every time with what comes through and the spirits that come to me for people. I have made some very close friends due to experiences that changed their lives. It gets very emotional at times, but usually ends in happy tears and relief. I know I have these gifts for a reason. It took me a while to understand them, but now that I do, I have seen their effect on others. I genuinely believe this is something I’m just meant to do.

What has been the most exciting paranormal experience you’ve had thus far?
I’ve had countless experiences, both good and bad. However, one of my favorite experiences was when I connected with someone’s deceased loved ones recently. The mother of a family friend passed earlier this year. Mid-conversation, I start to receive visions of her. I had never met her, so I was unaware of her appearance. Usually, I will explain who is coming to me and what they look like if they are coming through clearly.

I was able to see her height, hair color, clothes, etc. She had a few things to say, but I asked her to show me something personal. She ended up showing me a silver necklace with a cross on it and its details. As I explained it to the woman, her eyes lit up. She knew what her mother was showing me was a necklace that she wore very often.

Why is it so important to destigmatize spirits or show people that not all spirits are scary?
There is a misconception of spirit communication. Many people are taught that it’s evil and demonic, but that just is not the case. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. I just hope people can keep an open mind to things. I genuinely believe no one knows exactly what the afterlife is like until we are there. There is a balance in this world, good and evil. A lot of the time, your lost loved ones are still visiting and looking out for you.

Do you have any advice for people out there who are hoping to communicate with spirits?
Just be safe. Again there are good and evil spirits. If you feel negativity around you or feel like something is off, I would stop the session and protect yourself. There are a variety of ways to protect yourself. I don’t know much about the other side, but I have firsthand seen these ways of protection work.

For the uninitiated, please explain who Lola is and the role she plays in your life.
Lola is a sweet spirit of an 18-year-old woman. She is attached to a porcelain doll because it looks a lot like her! She was born in 1901 and died in 1919 from an illness. All of my friends have had incredible experiences with her. We all love Lola. I often see her walking around in her long white nightgown. Sometimes, she sits in the back of my car, and I feel protected. I believe in spirit guides, but maybe Lola can protect me the way my spirit guides or angels do. She doesn’t talk a whole lot, so I’m not sure. Other mediums have said she is getting stronger and braver. I feel that way as well.

On another note, you’re also venturing into the music world! Talk about your new single, “Heartbeats.”
My new single, “Heartbeats,” is about a toxic relationship I was stuck in. I wanted to turn something negative in my life into a positive. It was difficult to relive those experiences again, as it was an extremely dark time for me. However, I’m so grateful for everyone who supported me through this traumatic time. They helped me turn my pain into something extraordinary. I learned and have grown from this experience. I have found my authentic self because of it. “Heatbeats”  is about moving past that toxicity in your life, no matter what it is. Knowing you do have the strength to get past it and be authentically yourself.

Do you have any advice for people who are afraid to leave a toxic relationship because they don’t want to be alone?
Ask yourself these questions about the person you are with. Do they make you happy? Do they trust you? Do you trust them? Do you see a positive future with this person? If you answered no to any of them, it might be time to rethink some things. It’s like ripping off a bandaid. Things will get better as long as you know your worth. Also,  don’t be afraid to talk to others about your situation. You are strong.

You frequently collaborate with PrideHouseLA! What message do you hope to send to your fans who also identify as LGBTQ+?
Yes, PrideHouseLA are great friends of mine. They helped me have the courage to come out as a pansexual. I hope that anyone part of the LGBTQ+ community knows that you are so loved and accepted here. Be your unique self. If people don’t accept you, there is a huge community that will.

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Kelsi Davies’ Quest to Demystify the Spirit Realm. Photo Credit: Tim Schaeffer Photography @timschaefferphoto. Hair and Makeup: Christine Hazelhurst @christine_pro_makeup.