5 Ways to Overcome Stress

There is an epidemic that we experience more than ever in this day and age. It can affect your life and your health, completely taking over. It can even wreck your relationships and career. What am I talking about? Stress! It is an insidious problem, and it needs to be dealt with. We can all suffer from it, but we don’t have to let it consume our lives. How can we better deal with it all, though? Here are a few suggestions and methods to cope.

Deal with stress like it's on your journal's to-do list

Deal with stress one thing at a time. Make it a priority, like your daily to-do list or journaling. Photo via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Choose One Thing At A Time

Dealing with stress can’t be done all at once. There will be several things that have lead to you feeling stressed, so it is important to clear one or two things from your life at a time. Today, it might just be that you need to clear your desk. Tomorrow it might be that you need to learn to say no to additional things in your life that you don’t need. From there you can move onto doing more, but it should be done one thing at a time.

Get Moving

When you do something each day to be active, it makes a massive difference. It could be walking, a bike ride, a hike or hitting the gym. Boxing or yoga might be useful for relieving stress too. You just need to figure out what works for you and then go from there. Making sure that it is fun is part of the reason why it works. So don’t choose something that makes it a real chore for you. Continue reading

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Who Run the World? Why We Need to Support Female Artists

Female artists, including Beyonce, need support

Beyonce performs in Central Park, NYC, as part of Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series (2011). Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Women tend to have a hard time of it in artistic industries. Especially female musicians. You might raise your eyebrows at this. There are plenty of female pop stars out there, right? But when you look at the number of female musicians compared to men, there aren’t all that many receiving much attention outside of the pop charts.

It seems to be that women are only praised within the music industry when they fit a certain bubblegum teen queen mold. That’s not to knock the chart queens: they’re doing a great job. But it seems like now more than ever, we need to lend our full support to all female artists. Here’s why.

Punk feminist group Pussy Riot

Russian protest punk rock group Pussy Riot is known for their feminist themes. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Embracing Feminism

In the past, many female artists have shied away from the term “feminism.” Madonna rejects the term in favor of being “humanist,” Ke$ha only admits to being feminist in some ways and Kelly Clarkson has spurned the term outright. But recently, women are being more open about embracing the label. After all, feminism just means equality of the sexes. What’s not to like there?! Music is a great platform for spreading the message of equality. Take Beyonce’s recent efforts.

Her track “Flawless” features prominent feminist speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, allowing her message to reach millions of fans across the world. Many of us can repeat what is essentially a feminist manifesto by heart due to its incorporation with popular culture.

Bands such as Pussy Riot have also used music as a way to highlight inequality and promote a reconsideration of gender roles in society. Their guerrilla style performances may have landed members in jail, but they brought light to some serious issues for women in modern day society. Continue reading