Be the change you want to see

I started journaling many years ago. It’s just something I’ve always done. The only thing was this; no one ever taught me HOW to journal.

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Creatives & Mental Health

Taking care of your biggest asset...

As a collective, authors, writers and creatives in general are often the solitary sort. And with the days getting colder and darker, this can have adverse effects on one’s health – both physically and mentally.

So I thought it might be helpful to remind creatives (and others) of a few ways they can take care of heir mental health.

1). Exercise.

You may not need to join a gym, or even go for a walk in the cold, but did you know that standing counts as exercise?

Yes, standing. Just by standing every 30mins or co, you are getting your body to move, helping your cirtulation, and improving your mental health. So stand, walk round the room, then go back to whatever you were doing.

2). Get fresh air.

Now, I already said it’s cold, and if you’re like me, you’re probably not built for that sort of weather. But fresh air helps. It really does.

It helps clear your mind and improves your state of thinking. So go stand at the door for a few minutes. Or stick your head out the window once a day.

3). Eat healthy.

A cup of hot chocolate may keep you warm, and with the festive season, sweets and cakes and puddings may seem like a great way to improve your mood. But after a few hours, the crash from your sugar high will leave you feeling worse than before you had them.

And it’s not just sweets. Eating fresh, healthy foods help to boost your immune system and unfog your mind. Which in turn helps your creativity.

So these are three tips I hope might help. And if you really are struggling to cope during this time, there are people out there willing and trained enough to help. Call a friend. Hell, call 10 till you feel you’ve got the help you need. And it if isn’t enough, call a hotline, or your doctor.

Just remember, you’re not alone. You don’t have to be. Take care of you.

We are actual human beings…

Have you ever been shopping and seen something that looked sooo good on a mannequin, but when you wore it… Yeah, you realised you and the manikin aren’t the same 😩

I don’t know if guys do this but, speaking from a lady’s perspective, we could sometimes become so bugged down by ideals on how to look and what to wear. This leads us to erroneous diet plans and exercise routines we hate as we try to transform our bodies to look like the magazine and runway super models.

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Caged birds

Why do we cage ourselves and play down our potential?

Why are we programmed from a young age to believe that self-limitation is synonymous with modesty and self-doubt, with humility?

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Remember to live


Life is short… I think anyone past 21 realises that. 

We spend a lot of time worrying about what people think, feel and would say, and in the process cage and restrict ourselves. 

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“I am a teenager and I feel like I don’t have a purpose or direction. Sometimes I get this deep sadness within me. I don’t know how to deal with it, and all I can do is think about it. Has anyone else gone through this? How do I overcome it?”

It sounds to me like you may be on the verge of depression and you may need counselling or some form of intervention. Don’t take that the wrong way. I’ve been there too.

These feelings aren’t often caused by one thing alone. Most times, there are many factors involved in you experiencing this and what councelling does is it gives you the opportunity to clear your mind and make sense of your thoughts.

Here are a few things that really help:

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“How do I get started on writing my novel?”

Try a pen and paper…

To be quite honest, the best way to start writing anything is simply to start.

Depending on the type of novel you’re writing, the ideas would either develop as you go along or the characters will take on a life and personality of their own.

Don’t worry about writer’s block. It happens to the best of us. When you get stuck, just step back, take some time off from writing and allow the story to run its natural course. Something will re-inspire you and your work will come back to life.

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Autumn

By Chiedozie Omeje


Synopsis:

Isoken leaves Benin with Amanze in search of a better future for herself and her family, unknowingly getting caught up in a sex-trafficking ring.


(!) MATURE CONTENTcontains graphic depictions of sexuality, strong language, and mature themes. Not suitable for readers under 18

(c) All Rights Reserved. 
Content used with permission from the author.

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Perspective

The creative mind is one which sees life from a different perspective to that of the average person. 

Creative ideas are inspired by the things we see, hear and experience in our everyday lives, and go beyond the normal or standard way of thinking. 

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