Reblog: Taking Care Of Your Mental Health In The Times Of COVID-19

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Breathe In. Breathe Out.

Hey, It’s normal to feel stressed, nervous, anxious, drained or worried right now.

COVID-19 has most likely changed every aspect of your life- your family dynamics, your eqaution with your friends, your social life, your schooling, your career, your interests, your habits and even you. As you deal with uncertainity and all the emotions that tag along, it’s crucial that along with your physical health, you take care of your mental health as well. Here are some things that I religiously follow and have worked for me. I hope they work for you as well!

You deserve patience, so be patient with yourself

  • Allow others to help you when you’re struggling. Don’t be shy to ask for help from those you trust and the ones who care about you. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength, strength in acknowledging…

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Reblog: Anxiety’s Lock-down?

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I am so confused, I don’t know what I want, I don’t know how I actually feel or how I wanna feel about everything that’s been happening lately, I feel like the three months of quarantine were extremely extremely weird for me because I could feel myself going into depression every single night and then getting out of it in the morning it was like a vicious loop, I remember the days when I cried for hours, legit till the time it triggered my migraine or made me extremely anxious.
I have gotten so many anxiety attacks and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to explain these things to people because people have a habit of invalidating emotions.
Humans are incapable of understanding other people’s feelings. Empathy is just a societal norm which people show that they follow but deep within everybody is selfish and self centered including…

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Reblog: 3 Easy Ways to Prepare for Uncertainty

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This week I have been thinking a lot about new beginnings and fresh starts. If 2020 has shown us anything it’s that we do not have set schedules in our lives, nothing is always going to be there, and that a change of pace can happen at any moment. We create the routines in our heads and act them out in our days. We have been forced to change routines multiple times just in the last six months. For me, I went from working full time in the office to working full time from home, and now I am alternating two weeks in and two weeks out of the office. The thought of changing scenery every two weeks gives me anxiety. My routine when working from home and working in the office are completely different and I must constantly adapt to both.

Change is constantly happening, and it has really…

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Reblog: A Reminder That Disability is Not a Weakness

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Write what you know”, has been uttered in encouragement ever since I started writing professionally. Ironically, the subject that I know all too well is the one which I find the most challenging to write about. The difficulty lies within its inexpressibility and resistance to language. However, in an attempt to look forward to life after lock-down, questions about my eligibility to land an interesting job in full-time employment, under my somewhat abnormal circumstances, have become more prevalent. In light of my search for career clarity, I thought it was about time to talk with radical sincerity, about the attributes that I have learnt by overcoming adversities.

I am one of the 28 million adults in the UK living with chronic pain – a silent epidemic during a global pandemic. Nationally recognised as a disability under the Equality Act 2010, my chronic pain makes…

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Reblog: How to Build Diversity Into Your Reading

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Right now, a lot of us are pledging to consciously build in more reads from black authors, as well as books covering all genders, races, religions, disabilities, etc. (which is great!). But, how do we keep up the momentum… forever? (because this is not and can’t just be a trend that comes and goes).

A common myth

Firstly, I wanted to mention something I’ve heard both on Bookstagram and in my personal life, a lot: ‘I just read what I enjoy, I don’t need to consciously look for certain books’.

There are a few reasons why this is wrong:

  1. Books by black authors (for example) or authors from minority groups, are often not widely advertised; it isn’t hard to realise that publishing isn’t really built to support marginalized authors– think about the big names in nearly every genre- I know that for YA fiction, the large majority…

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Reblog: Happy Pride Month

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Good morning beautiful humans, happy Thursday! Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog, you could be anywhere but you stopped by. Well, come on in……..

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To say I’m late is an understatement, lol! But as they say, better late than never. My goodness though, the month is almost over. I apologize for the delay. This has been quite the month but I haven’t forgotten. I am and have always been an ally for the LGBTQ community 💕💕💕

Love is love

I just wanted to show my support and spread love. Love is all we need but we need more of it. Love makes the world go round. I truly believe that.

Have a wonderful blessed day and always be kind. Follow me on Instagram http://www.instagram.comlifewithlane14 Continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and don’t forget about your neighbor! #onelove

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Reblog: It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad

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I stumbled upon It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way while researching children’s books that celebrates racial and ethnic diversity. We currently live in what some may call “unprecedented” or “difficult” times, under immense pressure to keep ourselves safe from a pandemic as well as to educate ourselves on how to end recurring discrimination and injustice against Black lives. Yet what is not easy does not mean it cannot be done. Inspired by social media, I decided to think of this unique situation as an opportunity to reevaluate our children’s book collection and invest in books that helps our family discuss about diversity and equality.

Raised as a third-culture kid and now a parent of a Mexican-Japanese child, the topic of racial and ethnic tolerance has a special place in my heart. I have experienced various degrees of discrimination all my life, for looking different and…

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Reblog: I Won’t Fight Over A Hashtag…

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An Inviting Piece of the Pie

“You can scream all you want, butyoumusthold my hand.”

Ilooked attentively at my daughter in the hopes my words meant something?My two-year-old stared straight through my eyes into the window of my frustrated soul and proceeded to let out a primal scream,the intensityof which,I wasn’t quite prepared for.

Y’see, I didn’t want my daughter to put herself in any adverse danger, so followed my paternal instincts, in an attempt to offer some form of protection to my darling, adrenaline fuelled, toddler. As my attempt at verbal communication had no relevance, I leaned into silence and let my tenderly firm grip of her hand reinforce my position.

Weeventuallymade ithomeandas Iopened the door,Iwas greeted bythe brokentone of my wifewho said“Haveyou watched the video of George Floyd?”Afteronly a few secondsofviewingthe footage, I instinctively recoiled andsaid“I don’t need to see anymore” and I still can’t bring myself to watchtheentirety ofthevideo…

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Reblog: The Importance and Challenges of Representation

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A few years ago, I was in a class devoted to dissecting media. This was around the time that the Black Panther movie and Love, Simon were coming to theaters. My professor posed the question of whether it was justifiable that white and straight people felt excluded in the face of these movies, just as men felt excluded by Wonder Woman a few years earlier. The short answer I thought of: No. The longer answer: In a society still so starved for minority representation in our media, everyone should arguably be excited about these movies coming out. In fact, most people in the room that day and the bulk of my friends who didn’t fit into the categories of black, queer, or woman were excited about these movies for precisely that reason.

I know we hear it all the time, but I’ll say it again: representation is so incredibly important

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