Possible Mental Illnesses Of Bella Swan According To A Counselor

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Last weekend, I got back into the habit of rewatching the old movies that I used to love during my teenage days. One of them was the Twilight Saga.

I know that many people find that super cringe-worthy now. I also see the reason behind that, and I agree with them for the most part. But that did not stop me from watching all five movies again.

I enjoyed the movies when I watched them when I was younger. However, I was still naive about everything that could happen in a relationship, so I did not understand much of the scenes before. The downside of being older and wiser now, though, was that watching the Twilight Saga made me wonder about Bella Swan’s mental health.

Who’s Bella Swan?

Isabella Swan was this teenage girl who moved into a little to reconnect with her father. They were technically not estranged because the dad loved her very much, but she was a product of divorce and clearly closer to her mother than her father. Moving in with her dad was like a selfless sacrifice on her part because she wanted her mother to be happy with her new husband. While it sounded sweet and all, her subsequent behaviors were quite questionable.

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Bella’s Mental Health

Bella initially came off as a socially awkward teenager. She loved to keep her head down and almost never wanted to participate in group activities. She had a few friends, but even they could coax her to have fun with them sometimes. It was as if she had social anxiety.

Then, when I watched New Moon, I asked my friend if Bella could have bipolar disorder. After all, once Edward Cullen and his family left to protect Bella, they showed the seasons passing and Bella not leaving her spot at all. I did not need to be a mental health professional to know that it was a depressive symptom. However, once she experienced thrilling activities, she could not seem to stop. Her friend even asked Bella if she was crazy, but it seemed like something a manic person would do.

Before acting like an adrenaline junkie in the same movie, Bella also saw and heard Edward, even though no one else did. To make the vision stay longer, she would do everything he told her not to. In those cases, her hallucinations could result from mild psychosis, which was then brought about by her grief.

When the Eclipse movie rolled in, Bella seemed to be more collected than ever. The love of her life returned; even better, she was about to marry him. However, Bella could not let go of Jacob, although she knew how much the guy liked her. Regular people would have cut ties with the latter to let them move on and to avoid conflicts with their fiance, but Bella did not seem to get that. Because of that, I also wondered if she had a dependent personality disorder.

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A Counselor’s Take On The Matter

My best friend, Jenna, was the biggest Team Edward fanatic. She never snuck out of the house and disobeyed her parents except during the premier nights of the Twilight movies. Given her love for the franchise and her training as a counselor, I decided to share my assumptions regarding Bella Swan’s mental health status with her.

Jenna agreed that Bella indeed had an unnatural fascination with Edward. Instead of running away and getting scared like a normal person after finding out that he was a vampire, she became more drawn to him than ever. She had a bigger reaction when Jacob revealed his alter ego, but that did not stop her from fraternizing with the supernatural beings.

Among all the mental disorders that I mentioned, though, there were two things that Jenna echoed: social anxiety and dependent personality disorder.

“If you think about it,” Jenna said, “Bella did not need anyone at the beginning of the first movie. She was an independent gal from Arizona who did not shy away from driving an old chunk of metal; she felt more at ease when she was alone than when other people focused on her. Then, Bella acted clumsily around others, which was a strong indication that she felt anxious in a social setting.”

“And why do you say that Bella might have a dependent personality disorder?” I asked.

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“When Bella learned the truth about Edward’s identity, she became forgetful of her friends and devoted her time and attention to her man alone. This change in her behavior only became more apparent in the second movie, considering one of Bella’s friends stated that she was eating again. She refused to deal with the truth when Edward left, so she began to try daredevil activities to avoid thinking of her situation. Despite that, Bella always felt the need to hang out with Jacob, giving him the impression that she was into him. All these are more likely signs of dependent personality disorder than not.”

Final Thoughts

Though the Twilight Saga currently seems to be a theatrical pool of people with various mental health disorders, let’s acknowledge that it can’t be helped at this point. All you can do is track everyone’s behaviors and emotions and see if your real-life friends showed any of those symptoms. If they did not, you’d be fine. If they did, please don’t forget that counseling professionals would always be there to help you out.


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Lucifer: When Even The Devil Required Therapy/Counseling

In case you have not heard of it before, there is a TV show called Lucifer. It was created under Fox broadcasting company. However, after three long, wonderful seasons, they decided to drop it. I thought the world would never see Lucifer again, but thank heavens for Netflix for giving it three more seasons, with the last one still in the works at this time of writing.

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When I talk about Lucifer among my uber-religious family and friends, their first reaction was to do the sign of the cross. They also wanted me to bow my head so that they could pray over me, but I laughed and jumped out of the way and told them that it was cool. In reality, I expected them to react like that because that’s how most people reacted whenever they heard the name of Lucifer. He was the king of hell, after all.


Since I was a little emo at heart ever since my personal expectation was that I would see the devil punish regular people at every chance he got. However, from the first episode, I noticed something odd about Lucifer.

There was this one girl that the devil favored and wanted to succeed, but she got killed, so he wanted to avenge her by finding the killer and making him rot in jail. Okay, scratch that – technically, Lucifer wanted to kill the killer himself, but by some miracle (mostly in the name of Detective Chloe Decker), Lucifer agreed to let the justice work. Still, that only occurred after he scared the killer for eternity by showing him his devil face.

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That’s pretty much how every episode went, which was quite cool. I loved seeing the other side of Lucifer, which was far different from what religious folks would say about him. What surprised me the most – more than the devil being fair and somewhat sweet – was that Lucifer went to a psychotherapist who worked as both his therapist and counselor.

Who knew that the devil himself needed mental help?

Lucifer’s Mental Health Journey

The first time Lucifer got counseling from Dr. Linda Martin in Los Angeles, he made the doctor’s head spin with his charisma and his words.

You see, contrary to what most people believe, Lucifer does not lie. He wanted to talk to the doctor about his family – particularly his issues towards his father. However, because he is the son of God, and historians had practically documented their family drama in that little book that we all call the Bible, Dr. Linda did not believe Lucifer at first. Still, since she wanted to help him, she thought that he was speaking metaphorically and gave him some advice based on that. It

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As you might know of any person with deep-seated issues, Lucifer needed counseling for a long time. Despite that, it seemed to work for him to the extent that he wanted to avoid going to hell and being associated with it. (Of course, Lucifer had to return to his old post at some point, but I would let you find out why on your own after this.)

What Does It Mean For All Of Us?

As I finished watching all the seasons again, I thought of how Lucifer was no different from many of us. I knew people who grew up with crappy parents like Lucifer. Some of them had moms who wanted their dads’ attention so bad that they no longer cared for the kids. Other parents were so authoritative that they made decisions for their children and expected them to be amenable to everything. Thus, after a few years, those children learned how to resent and quite despise their moms and dads.

It goes to show how much we all need a counselor in our lives. Without Dr. Linda to question almost everything Lucifer thought was set in stone, the devil could have remained true to his old, sinful ways. Without Dr. Linda to interpret Lucifer’s emotions and thoughts, he could not have known how to name his feelings towards every person in his life.

Lucifer tried to stay sinful throughout the seasons, but he eventually learned the value of friendships and love. There were many times when he cared for his family and accepted that no matter what happened in the past and how dysfunctional they were, they were still his family, and he could not chuck them away.

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Final Thoughts

Considering you feel devilish in your own ways and cannot find an anchor to stabilize yourself, call a counselor. In a counselor, you will find a friend or mentor that you may have never known you need in your life until now. Like Lucifer, you may think that counseling is not worth your money, especially since counselors do not prescribe drugs. But if you open your heart and give it time, it will be hard to miss its positive effect on you.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Best Treatment For Anxiety

It is never unusual to talk to someone about your emotional and mental struggles. In fact, that is one of the most convenient things to do. When you let it out and express your thoughts and feeling, you are doing yourself a favor and allowing the other person to learn and understand your condition. Expressing your emotional and mental health issues is not a sign of weakness. Instead, it is a strength that you need to work on more often.

Speaking of mental health, the most common thing that perhaps you may face daily is anxiety. Of course, that is because of the uncertainties in life that not anyone can control. Anxiety can be a good thing from time to time, though. It helps improve your mental alertness and concentration as it allows you to think rationally. However, most times, anxiety gets a little too much to handle. The emotional state disrupts its every positive position bringing it to a new level of the problem, an anxiety disorder.

Fortunately, though the condition can sometimes get out of hand, there are still possible solutions to get rid of it naturally. So without further ado, below are the frequently asked questions that can help you understand the possible treatments for anxiety.

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How can I treat anxiety naturally?

Some of the common natural ways to beat anxiety include avoiding alcohol as much as possible. Also, don’t consume too much caffeine to energize or calm your mind and body. Instead, exercise regularly for your emotional and physical wellness, get sufficient sleep, and maintain a well-balanced diet. It would also help if you can learn deep breathing and other relaxation techniques.

What is the best natural anti-anxiety medication?

Some of the best natural supplements known to help with anxiety include omega-3, lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, valerian root, and l-theanine.

But be mindful that before taking these natural anti-anxiety medications, you need first to consult your doctor. That way, you can avoid undesirable complications and other side effects that might happen in the future.

What helps severe anxiety?

Some of the effective strategies for coping with severe anxiety start with embrace cognitive behavioral therapy. It allows you to recognize and practice managing your triggers. Then you can learn a meditation that you can do daily. It would also help if you can maintain a healthy diet and take supplements. But of course, consult with your doctor first about taking medications for your longstanding anxiety. Be mindful and always find ways to keep your mind and body healthy.

Does CBD help anxiety?

CBD is known to help manage anxiety. Research suggests that CBD may help stay asleep and fall asleep for individuals experiencing insomnia. CBD may also provide an option for those with chronic pain.

What vitamins are good for anxiety?

Omega-3, L-theanine, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin B complex are some of the best vitamins for alleviating anxiety.

What deficiency causes anxiety?

Some studies state that vitamin D deficiency may be associated with anxiety disorders. For instance, in a 2015 study, individuals who presented with depression and anxiety symptoms also had decreased calcidiol levels, a derivative of vitamin D breakdown.

What can you take over the counter for anxiety?

Medications for anxiety almost always require a prescription and are not to be purchased over the counter. Meaning there are no over-the-counter anxiety medications. It is because anti-anxiety medicines significantly affect the brain, which is why their use must be controlled.

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What is the best and reliable mood stabilizer for anxiety?

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is possibly the most potent mood stabilizer to help manage depression in bipolar disorder, although it is not effective for mania. The initial dosage of lamotrigine must be very little and be increased very gradually over the span of four weeks.

What is the first-line treatment for anxiety?

SSRIs or selective reuptake inhibitors are commonly considered the primary therapy for panic and generalized anxiety disorders. Tricyclic antidepressants are known to be more effective for PD but are also potent for GAD.

What is the latest treatment for anxiety?

The FDA for anesthetic use previously sanctioned Ketamine, but it is now increasingly being utilized to manage mood disorders including anxiety, PTSD, and treatment-resistant depression.

How can I calm my nerves fast?

You can do several beneficial tips the next time you want to calm yourself down fast, including remembering to breathe. That way, you can acknowledge your anxiety. Fight your negative thoughts and try to find ways to release anger, frustration, or anxiety. Think things through before acting on them. You can also consider listening to your favorite music. As long as your coping methods help you change your negative mindset, you can easily visualize your calm self.

What is a mild sedative for anxiety?

Buspirone, popular through its brand name BuSpar, is one of the latest anti-anxiety medicines that function as a mild tranquilizer. It controls anxiety by increasing the amount of serotonin and decreasing the dopamine levels in the brain.

What can I take to calm me down?

Benzodiazepines, classified as hypnotics or sedatives, are among the most commonly recommended psychoactive drugs worldwide. On the other hand, natural drinks you can take to calm yourself down include warm milk, kava tea, valerian root tea, and peppermint tea.

What is the best medication for anxiety and panic attacks?

SSRIs are generally safe for panic and anxiety attacks, with low risks of dangerous side effects. SSRI antidepressants are usually what doctors prescribe as the first line of medicines to manage panic attacks. Benzodiazepines and SNRIs are also commonly recommended.

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Taking care of one’s mental health is not that hard. But it is not that easy either. You need to exert an additional effort in putting your overall health at the top priority for you to use the advantage of the coping strategies that are always available. You must understand the importance of focus, determination, and motivation to achieve the mental recovery you deserve away from anxiety. Also, widen your perception regarding any treatment. Acknowledge that some treatments or coping methods that work fine with others might not guarantee you the same positive results.


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Dysthymic Disorder Vs. Bipolar Disorder: Frequently Asked Questions



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Dysthymia, also known as persistent depressive disorder, is an unremitting and chronic type of depression. You may find your everyday usual activities less interesting, lack productivity, feel helpless, feel extremely insecure, and have an overall sense of inadequacy. These emotions persist for years and may considerably interfere with work, school, relationships, and daily activities.

If you have a dysthymic disorder, you may find it difficult to be optimistic even on positive and joyous occasions – you may be labeled as having a negative personality, always complaining, or unable to have fun. While dysthymia is not as devastating as major depression, your present depressed mood may be slight, moderate, or severe. Because of its nature, dealing with depressive symptoms can be daunting, but medication and psychotherapy can be efficient in managing the illness.

On the other hand, bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a mental illness that results in severe mood shifts, including emotional highs and lows – of mania and hypomania. When you are depressed, you feel hopeless or miserable and lose the motivation to do most activities you used to love doing. When your mood changes to hypomania or mania, you may feel overly energetic, strangely agitated, or euphoric. These mood shifts can impact energy, judgment, sleep, activity, and the capacity to think clearly.

Bouts of mood swings may happen seldom or many times in a year. Most people experience several emotional symptoms between bouts, but some may not feel any. While bipolar disorder is a permanent illness, you can deal with your mood swings and other bipolar symptoms by being in line with your treatment plan. In a lot of situations, bipolar disorder is managed with medications combined with psychotherapy.

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Here are more answers to frequently asked questions about bipolar disorder.

What does it mean to be diagnosed with clinical depression?

Clinical depression is marked with a depressed mood that corresponds with the DSM-IV criteria for depressive disorder. Clinical depression is typically a term used to portray depression that is a form of mental health illness and not a regular, temporary mood resulting from grief or certain life situations.

Which test is useful in diagnosing depression?

The Zung Scale is a type of screening instrument utilized to help evaluate the depression level in individuals who have depression. It is composed of 20 questions that offer a score of between 20 and 80. Most people who are depressed have scores from 50 to 69. A score of more than 80 signifies severe depression.

Can a blood test diagnose mental illness?

A basic blood exam can identify the diagnosis and assist your doctor in prescribing the most appropriate treatment. However, the symptoms of mental health conditions are way more complicated to diagnose and manage. This is why experts are continually developing clinical trials to help diagnose depression and identify the best treatment plan.

How do you test for psychological disorders?

To test for psychological conditions, you begin with a physical examination. Your physician will attempt to rule out other physical conditions that could result in your symptoms. He will then order specific laboratory tests to, for instance, assess your thyroid function, or perhaps alcohol or drug screening test. Finally, a psychological evaluation is performed.

What are the 5 signs of mental illness?

The five indications of mental illness include:

  • Longstanding irritability or sadness
  • Extreme paranoia, anxiety, or tension
  • Significant changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Social withdrawal
  • Severe mood changes

How do I know if I’m bipolar?

Bipolar disorder is a form of mental disorder that presents with severe mood changes from high to low and then from low to high. The highs are moments of mania, and the lows are moments of depression. The mood changes may even be mixed up, so you may feel depressed and excited at the same time.

What are the 4 types of bipolar?

According to the American Psychiatric Association, the four major classifications of bipolar disorder are bipolar I, bipolar II, cyclothymic disorder, and bipolar disorder secondary to substance abuse or another medical condition.

What triggers bipolar?

Bipolar illness may be triggered by financial problems, sleep disturbances, devastating life problems, and relationship or work problems.

Can bipolar people tell they are bipolar?

Someone with bipolar disorder may not be aware that they are experiencing mania. Following an episode, he may be surprised at his behavior. However, at that moment, he may think that other people are just being rude or negative. Some individuals with bipolar disorder have more recurrent and extreme episodes compared to others.

Does Bipolar get worse as you age?

Bipolar disorder does worsen as one gets older or overtime if this illness is not managed. Eventually, the individual may have much more intense and recurrent episodes compared to when symptoms initially appeared.

Can bipolar go away?

With indications occasionally beginning in early adulthood, the disorder has been known conventionally as a longstanding disorder. Experts have currently seen proof that almost 50% of people diagnosed within the age range of 18 to 25 may outgrow the condition when they reach the age of 30.

What should you not say to someone with bipolar?

Things you should not say to a person diagnosed with bipolar disorder may include:

  • “Each of us has mood swings at some point in our lives.”
  • “You’re simply overreacting!”
  • “You are a psycho!”
  • “Sometimes I wish I was as manic so that I can get everything done.”
  • “Stop acting like a maniac.”
  • “We all go some bipolar sometimes.”

Can a bipolar person live without medication? 

Without the appropriate treatment, the disorder can result in extreme highs and lows in mood alterations. The indications of these episodes can deleteriously impact an individual’s life. Bipolar disorder can also heighten the risk of suicide or self-harm.

What does a bipolar woman act like?

Symptoms that are seen in a man or woman who is bipolar may include:

  • More energized and with a heightened goal-driven activity
  • Irritable
  • Decreased sleep
  • Over-confidence or grandiosity
  • Fast speech flow and racing thoughts
  • Faster than usual talking frequency
  • Being often distracted

Is a bipolar person capable of love?

Yes, a bipolar person is capable of having romantic relationships. Individuals with the disorder typically have extremely high and low moods, known as manic and depressive episodes, respectively. But with the appropriate treatment, many individuals with bipolar disorder are capable of establishing healthy romantic relationships.


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If you are experiencing bipolar disorder symptoms, you must consult with a doctor or mental health professional. If you have a family, friend, or significant other diagnosed with bipolar disorder, your guidance, understanding, and compassion are crucial. Please encourage them to see a doctor about any indications that they’re having.




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Mental Health 101: Why You Need Fantasy Books In Life


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I had always been a fan of non-fiction books. In truth, the first book that I finished reading when I was in elementary school was Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. Then, I delved into the works of Jon Krakauer, Maya Angelou, Malcolm Gladwell, and other celebrated authors and personalities.

Admitting this fact to people often allows them to assume that I was a nerd or that my idea of fun stayed in my room and read a book. I could not get mad at them, though, because the latter was technically correct. While my friends were busy sneaking out or going from one relationship after another, my parents would have to bribe me to go out and put my book down. Otherwise, I would stay cooped up in the house all weekend.

Despite that, I did not want to accept that I was nerdy at all. I kept on telling people that each person had a preference, and I merely enjoyed reading non-fiction books. I still had a social life – somewhat – and a few close friends I hung out regularly. But I had zero interest in fantasy books at that point, thinking that it was for babies.


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A Turning Point In My Life

My love for non-fiction books continued even when I became a college student. I probably weirded out my roommate when she saw me fill the bookshelf that I brought from home with thick books that were not related to my undergrad degree. Still, I thought that there was nothing wrong with it.

But then, a couple of months in the university showed me that I had to study books that were similar to the ones I had in my collection. Aside from getting quizzed about them, I also needed to submit written analyses almost every week. While it was fun at first, I eventually started dreading to open another non-fiction book.

I mentioned my problem to a friend in passing, and she had that I-told-you-so look all over her face. However, since my devastation was evident, she merely patted my should and said, “That’s okay, sister. Perhaps you should try reading other genres. How about picking up my all-time favorite Harry Potter series at the bookstore today?”


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Helpless, I agreed to read Harry Potter books. Yes, all seven of them. I still thought it was for children after finishing the first one, but I could no longer say that the storyline did not interest me. I mean, who would ever think a single prophecy could take everything from a kid? Despite that, Harry managed to find his way back to the magical world and face his nemesis again.

I kept on reading the series for the rest of the weekend. I would not have remembered to eat if my friend did not call to ask if I enjoyed the books. I enthusiastically replied, “Heck, yes! Why have I only got ahold of these books now?” When I reached the last page of the seventh book, I found myself regretting that I sped through the entire series. If I slowed down a little, I could have read everything longer.

Nevertheless, I finally realized why we all need fantasy books in our lives.


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It Makes You Young At Heart

Reading non-fiction for as long as I could recall made me miss out on fun times – that’s the first thing I realized. I had friends, yes, but I spent more time with my nose touching the pages of a book than goofing around with them. Whenever we got together, I could not relate when they start reminiscing about the crazy things they did in the past because I often declined to go with them.

Still, my regret lessened as I lived through Harry, Ron, and Hermione, even though it was only on paper. Their cheerfulness and adventurousness amazed me and made me laugh by myself. For once, I felt young at heart.

It Gets You In Touch With Your Idealistic Self

I loved non-fiction books back then because my military dad wanted me to understand the realities of life early. He often said, “You need to open your eyes so that no one can bully you to do anything that you don’t want.” Because of that, I lost my sense of idealism.


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What the Harry Potter series showed me was that it was okay to be idealistic sometimes. In truth, it might shield you from the harshness of the world, albeit momentarily. While reading the books, I even forgot my problem with book reports, so I got to refresh my mind and prepare for schoolwork.

It Lets You Explore Your Imagination

A fantasy book like the Harry Potter series intends to make you imagine what’s happening to the characters. It is aided by the colorful words that the author used to describe the events, as well as the characters’ feelings and facial expressions.

The more I read it, the easier it became for me to exercise my imaginative skills, which I haven’t done forever.


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Best Health Books For The Family



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We did our research and surveys, and we came up with these best family health books for all time. We hope that in this way, we could help you know more about family wellness, including the mental and emotional health of parents and children.


It Didn’t Start With You by Mark Wolynn

This book is considered to be a cutting edge approach to changing painful legacies that have been passed down through generations written by a reputable expert in his field. Discussions on chronic pain, phobias, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts are on this bestselling book. These mental states are said to be passed down from families, or they could be because of a chemical imbalance in the nervous system – all experienced by our parents, grandparents, and even their grandparents before them.

It Didn’t Start With You is a breakthrough creation of professionals that specialize in posttraumatic stress. It explains that although an individual that suffered from a previous trauma died or the story about it has long been forgotten, feelings about it may remain. These emotional remnants are often concealed, embedded in genetics, and will play a crucial role in one’s current emotional and physical well-being.


Mindful Games Activity Cards by Susan Kaiser Greenland

The author puts together 55 mindfulness games for children that all take a playful strategy to improve concentration and regulating feelings. Ms. Greenland reveals through this book that playing mind games is an awesome method for children to develop their attention and focusing skills and to practice mindfulness. This deck of cards aims to help parents, guardians, and teachers foster these values at home or school. The book also includes ‘anchor’ games that promote focus, analytical games that help develop clear thinking, and visualization games that inspire kids to be kind and generous.

Susan Greenland calls these card games the new ABCs, which stand for attention, balance, and compassion. These three are crucial in achieving a successful and happy life.

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Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Children Card Deck by Jennifer Cohen Harper

The author is the founder of Little Flower Yoga and is a parent herself. This book is composed of decks of more than 50 activities that promote one’s well-being, empowerment, mental and emotional health, and an improved ability to deal with the various stressors surrounding us without getting depressed or overwhelmed. The deck is divided into five sets – Breathe, Focus, Connect, Relax, and Move. It is a handy tool for kids, parents, doctors, teachers, and anyone else who desires to help promote awareness and empowerment among the youth. Practice routines include Feeling my Strength, Grounding in the Present, Heart and Belly Breathing, and Engaging my Compassion.


Health, Happiness, and Family Constellations by Michael Reddy

This is all about chronic pain, either physical or emotional. Michael Reddy explains that pain is not rooted in us as individuals. Through inspiring stories and simple discussions of amazing transformations, he shares to the people through this book the missing connection in healing and recovery. What will save us from ourselves and help us realize that love is truly magnificent is a close group of people referred to as the family. No matter how perfect or imperfect, we are connected to this group and remain steadfast in various ways. Family Constellations uncovers concealed loyalties to disapproved issues or encounters in your family history linked to change-resilient challenges. If we cannot release these issues or damaging connections later on in life, they may negatively affect our health and success.

This book, which is composed of five chapters only, has perked the interest of healthcare and other medical professionals and also curious, intelligent individuals who are looking to improve their health and well-being. The subject on the human soul is so magnificent that it has touched the lives of even the constellation amateurs and their masters.


Get Cooking with Mickey and Friends Allergy-Friendly Recipes for the Family

The book is a useful guide filled with child-friendly recipes that will fill families’ kitchens with love, happiness, and a lot of aroma and flavor. The cookbook has many recipes and pieces of advice to help your children and the rest of the family learn more about food allergies.

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It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley

A classic book about sexual health and puberty in the young is now completely updated and is ready for its upcoming 20th anniversary. This globally acknowledged book on sexuality is one of the most credible and available resources for children, teens, parents, librarians, parents, and everyone who wishes to know more about the challenges of entering into the tween and teen stages. It’s Perfectly Normal has currently edited the latest edition of the book, with corrections on topics like Internet usage, conceptive use, gender identity, and more.

The book provides young individuals with trusted information that they need now and always – so they will be able to make wise decisions and keep themselves safe and healthy.




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How Counselors Helped Me Overcome Lost Love And Depression

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One thing that I was foolish enough to underestimate during my younger years was the impact of a bad breakup to a person. I used to snicker silently whenever I saw another girl, whether in movies or real life, cry buckets over a guy who left them. I found it silly to get depressed merely for someone as if there wasn’t any man left on earth.

However, karma perhaps wanted to teach me a lesson since once it became my turn to fall in love, I eventually lost it along with my desire to live. I stayed in bed for weeks with the curtains shut tight. If I wasn’t crying, I was thinking nonstop about what went wrong between me and my ex. In case my brain started hurting, I would tune in to sad love songs, which would then complete the circle and turn me into a bawling mess again. To say that I was on a loop was an understatement.

Now, I could recall that my mother had to force me to stare at my reflection in the mirror for hours till I realized how much havoc I wreaked on myself. I cried some more after that, yet it was because I regretted nurturing my pain instead of getting rid of it. Thus, once I was able to calm down, my newfound goal was to look for counselors who could help me overcome my lost love and depression. As Deborah Serani, PsyD explains, “Depression is not a weakness of character, laziness, or a phase. Tough love, like telling someone to ‘buck up’ or ‘try harder,’ doesn’t work, and worsens the illness.”

(See: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/counseling/councilor-vs-counselor-there-is-a-difference/)

I eventually met a couple of therapists with profound experience in the field. Healing, therefore, became more doable than expected. Nevertheless, while I’m no mental health professional, allow me to share what they did to guide me to a better direction.

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  1. Identified The Main Problem

The initial assistance that I received from counselors, whom I met through BetterHelp.com, came in the form of a psychological assessment. They gave me questionnaires to answer, in particular, as well as conversed with me about what I’ve been doing recently. They encouraged me too to speak of the broken relationship without cutting me mid-sentence. After some time, the results appeared, and the experts confirmed that I indeed had depression, albeit a mild one.

As opposed to feeling down, the diagnosis helped me see my new objective. That is, to get rid of the mental disorder. Hearing a counselor say that was much bearable than battling an invisible foe without background knowledge regarding its seriousness.

  1. Taught The Power Of Loving Yourself

Another realization that enveloped me during therapy was that I got depressed because I relied too much on someone else to give me happiness. Instead of improving my intrapersonal relationship, I merely focused on pleasing the ex. Hence, when the man left, I was beside myself and unsure of how to move forward. “Self-love is important to living well. It influences who you pick for a mate, the image you project at work, and how you cope with the problems in your life.” says Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D.

Counselors, fortunately, can teach the importance of putting your needs before others. In the toughest moments of your life, after all, you may have no one to depend on but yourself. It will then be ideal for mental stability always to love and pamper yourself often.

  1. Insisted That I WasMore Than Enough

Being left behind by someone you assumed you’d spend forever with can undoubtedly make anyone feel inadequate, regardless of the ex’s reasons. It is entirely devastating and unfortunate. You ideally tried and gave him everything, but the guy still did not choose to stick with you. Yes, the feelings resulting from that won’t be effortless to accept.

Despite that, some of the treatments administered by therapists aim to boost your confidence level. They bring your strengths to the surface and help you overcome your weaknesses. You’ll be able to confront your demons as well, which can be an exhausting yet fulfilling job. In the long run, you may realize how valuable you are as an individual even without your friends, family members, and counselors confirming it.

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Breaking up with the man you cherish is not the neatest task in the world, truthfully speaking. You may cry for days; you will go through the several stages of grief. There may also be occasions in which you may either want to beg him to come back or think that you’re not worthy of anyone’s love. Somehow, you feel the need to lower yourself because you are hurt.

Can you do yourself a favor? Don’t consider begging or self-pitying at all. “If you are struggling with low self-esteem, it is encouraged that you seek some type of help and support to work through this issue, and to help you be the best version of yourself that you can be.” Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D. said. I see now that relationships end because the person you’re with may not be your match made in heaven. After splitting up, you have a better chance of finding the one and knowing yourself further.

In case you still don’t think that’s a good thing, perhaps you should start contacting counselors soon for your own sake. Good luck!

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Entertaining Books To Read During Quarantine

Books not only allow you to expand your thoughts and imagination because it also helps develop your consciousness, skillets, vocabulary, and spirituality. It can even help you get through the darker periods of your life. Also, reading books allows you to understand different people’s perspective as you submerge into the beautifully written fictional stories.

Apparently, when you search online and watch some honest review clips, you often end up with the most popular books in the market. Perhaps you already read some of it. Fortunately, I got a list of some of the most underrated but amazing books for you. So if you are feeling bored with your home quarantine experience, here are some of the not-so-popular but amazing books you might want to check out.

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With Malice (Eileen Cook)

It is an adventure book that tells the story of a girl who goes on a study abroad trip to Italy. That’s what it is supposed to be. But apparently, she wakes in a hospital bed and doesn’t remember the last six weeks of her life. She got bruises and stitches all over her body, and she is being told that while in Italy, she had an accident and killed someone. It left her confused and stunned right at the bat. From that plot, it promises to give you the best exciting reading moment. It is a simple, straightforward story that can make you feel like you are watching an actual mystery movie. So entertaining that it will suck you into the story so fast you wouldn’t even notice you have finished reading it.

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Steig Larsson)

The story is about the female lead named Lisbeth Salander, who is independent, intelligent, and careful to details. Even though the book is a mystery crime/ thriller, the female lead is not over-sexualized in the story. You will still appreciate how the writer wrote the story even if it is not the genre you often go for. It is detail-oriented, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat while reading through the whole book. The way the story runs with subtle storylines makes it more catchy and enticing. It will provide you with a lot of fun vibe.

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Albatross (Terry Fallis)

The story is about a kid in high school who has a gym teacher that believes that a perfect physiological aspect determines his ability in sports, particularly in golf. The teacher encourages the kid to try sports regardless of the lead, not knowing anything about it. The lead wants to become a writer but soon tries golf. Throughout the story, he gets incredible and skyrocketed into the heights of fame. Honestly, this is a book that not most people talk about. But it is an entertaining book that can inspire you in so many ways. It is a combination of fun and entertainment mixed with a few emotional portions. Honestly, in the first few pages of the book, the story runs a little bit slow. But right after reading a few more, it gets entirely exciting.

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Aristotle And Dante Discover Secret Of Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)

It is a story of an adventure of two teenage boys. It is a book that is highly recommended for this quarantine time because it provides hope and meaning to life. It is about family, friendship, appreciation, compassion, and self-love. It is a very inspiring and moving book that will make you appreciate having someone with you, especially in times you least expected. When you think about a binge-worthy book that can distract you from the negativity around, particularly isolation, this is the one.

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Virus-Themed Movies To Binge-Watch During Home Quarantine

With this current Coronavirus outbreak that the world is dealing with, we need to prepare and protect ourselves from the risk of getting infected. But it does not mean we have to strain our mental health and worry too much about its uncertainties. So instead of focusing on the adverse effects of the pandemic, we should try to explore ways to stabilize our overall health. With that, an exploration of films can be an excellent idea. That is especially if the movies are virus-themed so that it can relate to the situation we are dealing with right now. So without further ado, here are some of the virus-themed movies you can binge-watch during the home quarantine.

Doomsday 2008 – It is a sci-fi action film inspired by the Mad Max movie directed by Neil Marshall. It is a story of a team of Londoners travels to Scotland to find a possible cure from a deadly spreading virus. However, during the journey, the protagonists encountered with a ragtag group of evaders. Some of these people range from knights to barbarians. Though the plot of the story is mediocre, the action cinematography comes up with significant visual effects.

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Contagion 2011 – It is a movie by far that becomes one of the favorites in this pandemic time. Not only it supports an all-star cast, but the plot of the film also catches the multi-narrative picture that relates to the current situation right now. The film serves an almost accurate portrait of the birth and demise of an epidemic. It depicts the looming spread of the virus, how it affects society, finding a cure, and how the government attempts to stop the outbreak. Not to mention the progression from infection to horrible death was pretty much realistically captivating.

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Antisocial 2013 – It is a horror flick that depicts the virus differently. It is about a young woman, along with her friends, finds herself in the middle of the developing epidemic outside of a particular house party.  Honestly, the film is about violence and its viral effects. Though it is not at all about a genetically mutated virus, it still gets the point for bringing the scare for people under home quarantine. Well, honestly, it’s not the best film that can inspire or encourage you. However, it’s a movie that can give you some space to reflect on humanity and people’s capability to hurt others for survival purposes.

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The Flu – In a brief depiction of a virus, the movie Flu portrays a somehow realistic approach to an outbreak. It is a Korean film that focuses its plot on scenarios that could happen if people will not follow specific protocols. It’s got an impressive combo of drama and horror. The film supports strong characters and all-around good acting. Though some parts are not that believable, the special effects showing how the virus spreads through droplets were entirely done well and seemed scarily realistic. Honestly, it’s not that flawless. However, if you try and compare it to a lot of Hollywood movies, this deserves a specific spotlight.

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Cabin Fever 2016 – We all know that horror movies love to use the idea of virus infections to create a good scare to the audience. The movie Cabin Fever, though restlessly depicts unrealistic logic, is still entertaining. Everyone can agree that the film gets to be exaggerated for entertainment value. Though the film is not an original masterpiece, its improved horror graphics of this remake becomes its asset. Perhaps that is because the movie portrayed gruesome scenes that are somehow enough to satisfy anyone’s appetite for blood and gore.

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