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5 Techniques for Empaths to Prevent Depression and Anxiety

Posted in 2016, spirituality with tags , , , on June 30, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame


Being an empath means you’re at greater risk of feeling all the negative energy of the people around you. This can lead anyone down a path of anxiety and depression. Empathic people are especially susceptible to it. So what can we do to avoid depression and anxiety?

1. Don’t be afraid to ask for support

If you’ve been around a bunch of negativity all day, don’t be afraid to ask some upbeat friends to take you to your favorite bar or go with you on your favorite hiking trail. There’s no fault in asking people to help lift that mood up.

2. Keep your space pleasant

When you go out into the world, it can really damage your internal self. For that reason, you should keep your home space exactly as you like it. Clearing clutter and keeping a clean home an help reduce stress when you’re in your sacred space.

3. Talk about your feelings

Much like asking your friends to support you, you can talk about your feelings with people. You can also talk about them with yourself. “When I get mad, what am I trying to show myself?” What could you be missing? What are you not getting enough of? Don’t be afraid to hash out your feelings.

4. Be cathartic

Catharsis is the expression of strong emotions to relieve psychological issues. Doing so can help you relieve some stress and de-depress yourself. So have at it. Yell it out. Get a punching bag and knock it around. Have a cry. Let it all out

5. Be active

Feeling rough? A little anxious? Walk it off! Lift some weights. Go for a hike. Keep yourself active. Not only will you be healthier for it, but you’ll feel better too. Plus it’s a great way to break out of day to day monotony.

What happens when children don’t have access to the internet and modern technology for a single day? Chaos!

Posted in 2016 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2016 by theboldcorsicanflame


Child psychologist Yekaterina Murashova describes an unusual experiment in her book showing what happened when a group of teenagers were deprived of access to the internet and modern technology for a single day. We think it’s well worth checking out — you can consider the implications for yourself.

Children and teenagers aged between 12 and 18 years voluntarily spent eight hours alone without access to any means of communication (mobile phones; the internet, etc.). They were also forbidden to turn on the computer, any other electronic gadgets, the radio and the TV. But they were allowed to engage in a number of ’classic’ activities by themselves: writing, reading, playing musical instruments, painting, needlework, singing, walking, and so on.

The author of the experiment, a family psychologist, wanted to prove her working hypothesis that the today’s generation of young people are too often entertained by things not of their making, are incapable of finding ways to keep themselves busy, and are completely unfamiliar with the idea of the world of their imagination. According to the rules of the experiment, the children had to explain the next day how they had coped with being alone under such conditions. They were allowed to describe how they felt at the time of the experiment, and keep a record their actions and thoughts. In the case of excessive anxiety, discomfort or stress the project leaders would recommend stopping the experiment immediately, recording the time and the reason for its termination.

At first glance, the idea seems rather harmless. That’s why the psychologist who organised it mistakenly believed that the experiment would be absolutely safe. Nobody expected such shocking results. Only three of the 68 participants reached the end of the experiment — one girl and two boys. Three of the participants had suicidal thoughts. Five of them experienced intense panic attacks. Twenty-seven experienced symptoms such as nausea, sweating, dizziness, hot flushes and abdominal pain. Almost everyone who took part experienced feelings of fear and anxiety.


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 The five stages of grief can happen in any order, and some people bounce between the five stages more than once before reaching acceptance.

Posted in 2014 with tags , , on April 23, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame


Sometimes people go through more than one stage at once. Grief can happen even if what we are losing is something we don’t want or need anymore. It is a completely a normal process that everyone goes through when faced with the loss of anything that has become familiar to them. It is even normal to grieve the loss of something that you hate, such as an exhausting job.

Grief is about adapting to life when something is missing. This is the reason we even grieve over things that are no good for us. Before writing this article, I spent a lot of time pondering the reasons why it’s so painful to lose even the horrible things. I thought about the popular statement that there is a fine line between love and hate, and I have always believed this to be true. In order to really dislike something, it must have a large impact on your life. Otherwise, it could be easily ignored, and thought of as nothing more than an annoyance rather than something to be hated. It is the impact on our lives that triggers the grieving process when we lose something or someone familiar to us.

While denial is a normal part of the grieving process, it can amplify the effects of your loss, or cause reckless behaviors and distort your reality.


I think anger is one of the most unpleasant stages of grief, and yet it can give you a sense of power, especially if your loss is involuntary, or you are losing something that you hate. At this stage you begin to realize that your life is about to change and you are uncomfortable with the discomfort of it all. In the case of the weight, you might mock it for being attached to you in the first place. You may be angry that it never came off sooner, or that you feel weird walking without it. Again, this is a perfectly normal part of grief, and it is perfectly acceptable to be angry about your loss.

Obviously, holding on to anger for too long can create a problem, but so can trying to deny that your anger even exists.


The bargaining stage can be a very healthy thing, because that is the time when you will want to fix the situation. It can also become very damaging if you dwell on something that can’t be fixed. Remember that some things are only weights that we don’t need in our lives. Fixing the rope that the weight was attached with is not always the best choice. Sometimes it is better to just leave it behind.

The reason the bargaining stage can be healthy, is that it causes a drive to get back what was lost. It can happen at any time in the grieving process, and will most likely happen more than once. Anger can be a great motivator, but don’t let anger be at the base of your decisions, unless it will drive you do something good for yourself or someone else.


Depression  is the hardest stage of grief. If it becomes severe enough, it can completely immobilize you and crush your motivation. It may feel like you will never be happy again.

Learning to accept depression instead of beating myself up for it and labeling myself as “pathetic” or “lazy” has really helped me get through it more quickly. I once heard that depression is anger turned in on yourself, so it made sense to me that in order to beat my depression I could not be angry with myself for feeling it.


Again, acceptance doesn’t mean that it’s all okay. What is does mean is that you are finally able to move on with your life without constantly thinking of your loss, denying it, trying to fix it, or being angry and depressed about it.

It means that you are free to move forward without what you lost, and that YOU are okay.

The Body Map of Emotions: Happiness Activates the Whole Body

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2014 by theboldcorsicanflame



New study reveals where people feel different emotions in the body. Unlike thoughts, the emotions don’t live entirely in the mind, they are also associated with bodily sensations.
For example, when we feel nervous, we get ‘butterflies in our stomach’.

Thanks to a new study, for the first time we now have a map of the links between emotions and bodily sensations;

Body maps
Finnish researchers induced different emotions in 701 participants and then got them to colour in a body map of where they felt increasing or decreasing activity


Curcumin is both safe and effective in treating serious states of depression better than Prozac

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2013 by theboldcorsicanflame


A new study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research has confirmed for the first time in a randomized, controlled clinical trial that the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin is both safe and effective in treating serious states of depression.[1]

The research was performed at the Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, and involved patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). The objective of the trial was to compare the efficacy and safety of curcumin with fluoxetine (Prozac) in 60 patients diagnosed with MDD. Subjects were randomized to receive either a six week treatment with fluoxetine (20 mg) and curcumin (1000 mg) individually or their combination.


WALL STREET PROTESTER TELLS IT LIKE IT IS!And a reader posted the following comment regarding the Occupy Wall Street protests

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Economic Armageddon and You

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

Vitamin D may prevent and reduce symptoms of depression

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 7, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges By TARA PARKER-POPE

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 27, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame

July 2010 Botswana Bushmen win right to water / 19 January 2011 Bushmen back in court over water rights

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2011 by theboldcorsicanflame


There are 100,000 Bushmen in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Angola. They are the indigenous people of southern Africa, and have lived there for tens of thousands of years.

Map of the Bushmen’s land, Botswana

In the middle of Botswana lies the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, a reserve created to protect the traditional territory of the 5,000 Gana, Gwi and Tsila Bushmen (and their neighbours the Bakgalagadi), and the game they depend on.

In the early 1980s, diamonds were discovered in the reserve. Soon after, government ministers went into the reserve to tell the Bushmen living there that they would have to leave because of the diamond finds.

In three big clearances, in 1997, 2002 and 2005, virtually all the Bushmen were forced out. Their homes were dismantled, their school and health post were closed, their water supply was destroyed and the people were threatened and trucked away.

They now live in resettlement camps outside the reserve. Rarely able to hunt, and arrested and beaten when they do, they are dependent on government handouts. They are now gripped by alcoholism, boredom, depression, and illnesses such as TB and HIV/AIDS.