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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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Sports Injuries And How To Prevent Them

 

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The collaboration of Sports Medicine experts, researchers, and other participants happened at the 2017 Cincinnati Conference. Sports Medicine and its importance in the field of sports injuries and physical health care was the topic of discussion for most of the hours spent during the event. It included scientific assessment, understanding sports performance, and the proper techniques of exercise. Sports Medicine doctors also shared their knowledge on preventing muscle injury in various sports.

Here are some common sports injuries and tips on how to prevent them from occurring.

Football

Concussions. One of the most prevalent injuries in the sport, which is due to a traumatic hit on the head. Symptoms that the player has suffered from concussion include headaches, nausea, loss of balance, dizziness, having trouble concentrating, and blurry vision.

Overuse. Back pain, specifically at the low back, is not an uncommon complaint. This is often a result of overtraining, which happens when the player trains or works more than his body’s capacity. The knee muscles are the most commonly overtrained.

Heat Injuries. Heat exhaustion or heat stroke occurs when the player performs physical activities too long in the heat of the sun, mostly during the summer season. When the player sweats too much, there is water and salt depletion, which causes dehydration, leading to a stroke.

To prevent these injuries, the player must:

  • Always incorporate stretching with strength training
  • Observe proper hydration
  • Be extra hydrated during the summer to prevent dehydration
  • Always do warm-up and cool-down exercises
  • Talk to a sports medicine doctor or trainer to know more about proper body mechanics and injury prevention

Gymnastics

Wrist injury. This injury is common in gymnasts as their wrists are often subjected to forces that suppress their body weight. They may need to use a brace to perform their daily activities because wrist injuries are quite painful.

Achilles tendinitis. Because of the repetitive stresses of the ankle from constant jumping, Achilles tendinitis occurs. This will subsequently affect the gymnast’s ankle and calf. The foot is usually immobilized for more than a week to heal completely.

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To prevent these injuries, the gymnast must:

  • Perform exercises such as jumping jacks or running and other aerobic exercises
  • Wear proper training gear or specific equipment including hand grips, elbow braces, and wrist guards
  • Do not continue performing if you are hurt. See a doctor immediately.

 

 

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Angel Baby And The Struggles Of People With Schizophrenia

The sudden change between fantasy and reality among the characters suffering from schizophrenia intrigues film directors for several decades. Usually, directors want the viewers to enter the horror world of abnormality, complexity, and field of the unknown. Schizophrenia is a devastating mental illness which confuses the individual in distinguishing reality from illusion. In movies, it is presented either the observable matter from the outside or take the viewers into the same mental state as the character.  

 

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The Boy Who Could Fly On Nonverbal Autism

Movies tend to glamorize and oversimplify diseases and disability instead of bringing home a sensitive message by mentioning the condition explicitly. It’s frustrating to the person watching especially if he knows it firsthand what it’s like to live in such a situation. Autism, for example, must not be portrayed in movies as something that we should feel pity with, instead, it must depict the condition as something different from us that we should learn to live with it. 

 

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The Greatest Showman: Never Giving Up On One’s Dreams

Disclaimer: The narrative written in this article are all based on the writer’s opinions and interpretation of the movie. The writer was not paid by anyone, or someone who has connection with the film for advertisement and increase of movie sales. All lyrics of the songs were taken from the writer’s personal CD of The Greatest Showman. 

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The human spirit is known to withstand any tribulations. This is depicted in many movies and songs over time. These films served as inspirations and as a way to retell how the characters have overcome human strife. The latest film to depict this theme was the personal story of P.T. Barnum, the person behind the famous P.T. Barnum Circus.  

The movie starts with a young Barnum, portrayed by Hugh Jackman, accompanying his father, a businessman of all sorts, to a grand mansion to sell textiles and dress the lord of the house. He met the young Charity Hallet (Michelle Williams) who immediately captured his innocent heart and from that day, vowed to be the only girl he’ll ever love. However, because of his status in life, the parents were against his intentions.  

His father died, and he was left alone to face life’s challenges and injustices. Nonetheless, this did not stop him from pursuing the woman he loved. With a simple dream, they started to have a family, and the real trials just began for them.  

Discrimination And Acceptance 

“When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me.” 

His dream was grand and straightforward at the same time- to provide for his family and to prove his in-laws that he can surpass their wealth. But his methods were surprisingly out of this world as he began to gather and organize a group of queer and eccentric individuals for an exhibit in a museum. The viewing public is not yet ready for this kind of display of human oddities; thus P.T. Barnum and the rest of his company was taken as an outcast. The discrimination they received were demonstrated in a song This Is Me (sang by Keala Settle). The intense lyrics of the song is a battle cry for believing and accepting who you are despite your inadequacies and faults. You are not to be dismayed by any challenges and should face loud and proud of all the hardships that you encounter.  

 

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Believing In One True Love 

“Hand in my hand and we promised to never let go
We’re walking the tightrope
High in the sky
We can see the whole world down below
We’re walking the tightrope
Never sure, never know how far we could fall
But it’s all an adventure
That comes with a breathtaking view
Walking the tightrope.” 

 

P.T. Barnum and his wife have this I-will-stand by you no matter kind of love. Charity, despite her family’s extreme wealth, left this kind of life to be with Barnum. They started from scratch and was happily contented with the things they have. The song Tightrope professes the lady’s love for her husband and never to let go.  Then again, just like any normal married couples, they have their fair share of conflicts and misunderstandings. When Jinny Lind (Rebecca Ferguson) joined the P.T. Barnum’s show, and both went on a concert trip all over the country, Charity was left with her own musings that a relationship between her husband and the Swedish Nightingale was in the background. As far as Barnum explained in the latter part of the movie, Jinny Lind was only a business partner and nothing else. They settled the problem and returned to each other’s arms.    

Rising From The Ashes 

“From now on 

These eyes will not be blinded by the lights 

From now on 

What’s waited till tomorrow starts tonight 

Tonight 

Let this promise in me start 

Like an anthem in my heart 

From now on 

From now on.” 

 

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Another adversity that tested Barnum’s faith and resilience was when the building where the show was held burned accidentally. For someone who has lost his only means of living, this is a very traumatic incident and can lead to the development of psychological conditions such as depression, panic attack, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Barnum did not wallow much long in these dark times of his life. Notwithstanding the event, he immediately thought of another plan and a way out to start all over again, and this time he succeeded in bringing the Barnum & Bailey Circus to everyone. 

The Greatest Showman is indeed a remarkable film of hope and inspiration, of not giving up on your dreams, and to continue fighting with everyday challenges until you have proven your worth. 

 

 

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Rock Music And Mental Illness

Listening to rock music brings out the energy and liveliness in a person. It helps to release all the tension from the body and increase adrenalin and endorphins creating a state of happiness. For those who don’t like rock music, the opposite is achieved. This could be a headache, chest pain, and temporary deafness, and mental irritation from all the loud music and intense sound coming from the rock song, not to mention the shouting of the crowd if the person listening is in a concert or public area. 

 

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Psychiatric Conditions That Cartoon Characters Are Portraying

Watching your child’s favorite cartoon can be a form of bonding. But do you know that some cartoon characters may demonstrate some hidden mental disorders?  

Child psychologists are very keen on how young children are exposed to TV shows. They are imposing that TV shows, including cartoons, need to be screened and allowed to be shown at a very early age.  

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Alcoholism: From Real To Reel Moments

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Alcohol is a common sight in any social gathering. Taken for the first time can release any inhibitions such as if a person is shy, it can help him initiate or maintain communication. Too much alcohol, on the other hand, can alter one’s cognitive processes, changes mood, and behavior, and can be a cause of violent conflicts.

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When Scripts Lie: How Media Wrongfully Portrays Counseling

Since details about counseling are shown in the cinemas and on your television screens, it might be the truth, right? Wrong!

 

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Onscreen Therapists – Not Your Average Characters

There might’ve been the possibility that you’ve seen therapists shown on your screen a couple of times and more often than not, what you see is mostly misrepresentation of what real-life therapists are. Pop culture’s notion of what happens during treatment sessions is mainly based on what they wanted therapists to be – fictional – rather than being authentically faithful to its source. Unfortunately, most high-quality flicks show inaccurate depictions of counseling.

 

“Therapy is intended to be a place to carefully and safely start to turn toward whatever it is you’ve got.” Molly Bowman, MS, LPC said. So when movie and television scripts exaggerate or use their privilege to show an unreliable rendering of an essential medical profession, it is the audience’s duty as their viewers to pinpoint what’s real from what’s not efficiently. After all, it’s just television. But if television can influence the viewer’s perspective, representation should be close to the truth.

 

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Fallacies Versus Accuracies

Below are frequent inaccuracies and errors that are shown in films and the reality behind them.

 

Fallacy #1: Therapists Fix Problems

Fictional counselors or therapists that you see in movies and on TV mostly provide all the answers to their clients. Even the infamous Dr. Phil who is not fictional at all offers advice and gives lectures on air. People should understand that “therapy is a lot of work and this is important to keep in mind before starting. It’s imperative to understand this so that you can set realistic expectations for yourself.”

 

Accuracy: Real-life therapists provide guidance and support and let their clients figure out the answers and best solutions to their predicaments. From time to time, if warranted and on certain occasions, therapists might provide suggestions on altering a particular behavior by giving activities in between sessions. This type of method is more of a directive than advice because it allows the person to explore their capabilities and inner knowledge to address their grievances and dilemmas. “While many therapists are qualified to treat common challenges such as anxiety or depression, if you are interested in working with a specialist to address a specific challenge, you should consider looking out-of-network.” Stacy Donn Cristo, LMHC said.

 

Fallacy #2: Therapists Are Bad At Keeping Secrets

There’s always that one therapist in a specific show that spills out all the details about a particular client to a friend or other people. And sometimes, they are even one of the antagonists of the story.

 

Accuracy: Therapists are sworn to secrecy by their profession and are obligated to maintain strict confidentiality at all times. Whatever conversations or experiences you’ve shared with your therapist will never be shared with anyone without your permission. However, there are always certain exceptions to the rule, especially when imminent danger or threat is looming. Usually, before the session begins, your therapist will inform you about the terms and conditions of your relationship.

 

Fallacy #3: Therapists Often Form Romantic Relationships With Their Patients

Vulnerability and dependency of a person who is always seeking the help of his or her therapist is somehow a written plot device for the two characters involved. Sometimes, it gives this bad impression that real-life therapists can be predatory and will take advantage of their client’s susceptibility.

 

Accuracy: “The foundation of therapy is based on the relationship you build with your therapist. When seeking someone out it’s important you feel comfortable with them.” says Elana Schechtman-Gil LMFT, But ethically, having sexual contact or forming relationships with people who seek professional advice is inadmissible. Dual relationships created between the patient and therapist is harmful and can be ineffective to the overall treatment.

 

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Always remember that the majority of whatever you see on television or in movies about counseling is mostly counterfactual. Real-life therapists are bound by their profession to practice within the scope of their responsibility. Expectations and goals are first laid out before the therapeutic process begins to create a trusting and efficient relationship between the patient and the therapist.

 

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