Sense-less borders (academic essay on British-Iranian cultures)

The following essay was an auto-ethnographic assignment to my MRes anthropology module Migration, Borders and Space: Decolonial Approaches. Looking at recent case studies such as Shamima Begum and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe as well as my experience with Iranian refugees, what does it mean to be multicultural?

This is how you start loving yourself

Like many others, I have been struggling with low self-esteem for most of my life. There is pressure to deny this part of ourselves on social media, but is total positivity even possible?

Allowing time for rest

How can we stop the constant chatter of judgment, of self-doubt and worry, when we must take time off to rest?

It’s not WHAT we do but WHY

“It’s not what you eat, but why you eat.” The issue isn’t donuts or takeaway, it’s that I’m trying to numb my feelings by eating.

How to manage adult ADHD!

Now you’ve got the diagnosis and some reading up on it, what’s next? Read on for tips on handling adult ADHD that I acquired over the years!

How to stop repressing your emotions!

The people here in the UK are known to have a stiff upper lip; they hold back on showing their feelings as emotional public displays are discouraged. But why is that dangerous?

That’s it, I’m doing it!

The thing about quitting one addiction is how obvious all others become. Now I know how much better life is without the one thing that made it worth living, I’m out of excuses.

Happy World Mental Health Day!

Today, I celebrated by cancelling all my plans and sleeping for hours. Sometimes, this is what depression looks like. Sometimes, it’s self-care.

The art of prioritising

Roles and responsibilities are piling up, and so does the guilt associated with them. When it is impossible to do everything, what do we do first?

I can’t wait to be patient

Our world doesn’t lend itself to patience. With social media, Amazon Prime and Google, it’s not surprising I expect immediate results for everything else, most of all healing.

And then I said no

This week, while dealing with loss and guilt, self-care took on a different form for me. A tattoo that was waiting to be finished had to make way for me to get some sleep.

Your Body is not an Apology

Sonya Renee Taylor speaks of the system of oppression that profit from self-hatred, and offers an alternative: radical self-love to heal body shame, in ourselves and the world.

The words less spoken: why truth matters

This is my third post in my series for M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled.I’ve been really enjoying writing about his 4 essential steps to process pain from problem-solving!First we learned about the importance of delaying gratification and accepting responsibility.Today, we will explore dedication to truth and why it matters! Our view of reality…

They don’t really hate YOU!

It’s strange how one person’s dislike for us can invade our mind. We can even become obsessed with the supposed hate we feel from someone else.

Running again

My heart is beating out of my chest, the only thing to do is match my steps. I had given up running for a few years but was back at it with a vengeance.

How to surrender our ego

Stuck in our ego, we just can’t get ourselves to do what needs to be done. What can we do to make sure our ego doesn’t blind us in the moment?

From doormat to assertiveness

Are you sick and tired of feeling taken advantage of, unable to say no and put your foot down?Join the club! Learning assertiveness can be tough.

Forgiveness is a one-way street

I used to think that in order to forgive someone, they would first have to be sorry.This left me powerless and waiting for people to ask for forgiveness.

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