We have all seen the strange headlines of the latest wellness trends people have been trying out and scoffed at their efforts (while also entertaining the thought of trying it ourselves). Alternative wellness is hugely popular, with the aim of bettering mental and physical health through methods such as drinking mushroom lattes and spending time in a sub-zero chamber. They sound bizarre, but is there any truth in their madness?
You will generally not see a book on environmental trauma in Waterstone’s Top 40. The theme is an important one, but not one that is given the space and publicity it deserves. The theme battles the growing concerns surrounding climate change and presents alternate realities regarding the consequences of such changes. Such alternate realities range from desolate landscapes to cyberpunk cities, and they have the power to raise awareness about global warming and the irrevocable damage it can cause to the Earth. Below is a tiny selection of books that deal with these issues in a captivating and haunting way.
We can often got to the cinema or settle down with a film and become immersed in what we’re seeing. However, often there are deeper messages being given to us that we miss. I have composed a short list of hollywood films I recommend you watch if you want to spiritually enlighten your cinematic experience.
If you search ‘the secret to happiness’ on the internet, thousands of websites appear claiming to know the answer. With the current climate of the world, I’m sure most people would love to know how to be happier. However I’m beginning to question whether or not it is achievable.
There is not a single more satisfying moment than removing your makeup after a long day. The feeling of freshly washed skin is, without a doubt, one of the life’s many joys. However, for some this joy comes hand in hand with a distinct feeling of dread, as they uncover the imperfections and blemishes that they have so carefully hidden from the world. Though a condition suffered by a sizable percentage of the public at some point throughout their lives, Acne is still an unwelcome visitor in our Instagram filtered world. Those who suffer from the psychologically draining condition can frequently lose a huge chunk of their self-worth due to a condition that is often out of their control. With the enjoyment of social events, special occasions and everyday life often paying the price, dealing with Acne at any age is often a long, drawn-out battle made distinctly harder by the casual celebrity skin shaming that often hits headlines.
Buildings constantly surround us and frame our lives, and architecture is the art behind their construction. It is no wonder that architecture has a major affect on our mood and behaviour. “To be a good architect, you need to have a deep appreciation of human character and its capacity for transformation,” says Adrian Lahoud, dean at the Royal College of Art.
Krav Maga is a self-defense system, originating from the hand-to-hand combat style used by the Israeli army. It is effective, efficient and brutal. Krav Maga translates to “contact combat”, and its lack of rules and spirituality separates it from the usual martial arts classes seen advertised. The purpose of learning Krav Maga is to protect yourself long enough for to escape an attacker.
When the words “climate change” are seen, people usually turn a blind eye. It is a massive problem of today’s modern world, so massive that it seems inconceivable to fight. However, that is not the case. Even the smallest changes in your lifestyle will make a difference in the fight against climate change. Below are just a tiny example of some changes you can make.
Everyone dreams while they sleep, whether they remember it or not, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is the most intense period of dreaming during the sleep cycle. The name comes from the random, side-to-side movement of the eyes while sleeping, which apparently relates to the visual images of dreams. A recent study has discovered a causal link between REM sleep and memory formation, meaning our dreams shape our memories.