In my previous article Doing the Nasty, we talked about how sex-negative culture (SNC) has seeped into our psyche through practically everything we consume, from tv shows to our cereal, and how those messages make their way into our bed. We briefly discussed a few scientifically proven strategies that can help us unlearn these “no” messages and train ourselves to accept our bodies. What we want to examine in this post is how this SNC– which makes us believe our bodies are wr
Our Howl readers know well we strive to demystify and start conversations about mental health and the stigma surrounding it. This is one of the pillars we build our magazine around. Today, September 10th, is National Suicide Prevention Day. The stats remain alarming– In the last 45 years suicide rates have increased by 60% worldwide. Suicide is now among the three leading causes of death among those aged 15-44. It is not uncommon to have considered suicide as an option at one
May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA and you all know we're all about that MH at Howl! Here are some super-simple tips that have been proven to work based on recent study (my life). Hope these help you even if just a bit in your mental health journey. What are some of the things that work for you? Let us know in the comments below! Lets begin. 1. Unfollow shitty accounts and shitty people on Social Media
You'd think its silly and wouldn't make much of a difference,
Why talk about mental illness? In measuring happiness and life satisfaction, a United Nations report revealed that mental health explains more of the variance of happiness in Western countries than income does. In fact, the authors found that mental illness was the strongest predictor of misery, more so than poverty, unemployment or even physical illness. If you just re-read that last sentence thinking you must not have understood it properly or that it has to be wrong someho
I’ve poured a lot of time, and I mean a LOT, into finding different approaches to achieve optimal physical and emotional well-being. Feeling great about yourself inside and out is something everyone wants, and in my opinion, needs– whatever that means for each and every one of us. What works for one person might not work on another, so the most important thing is to find what works for YOU. On that note, what I advise here is merely to pass along some of the things that have
It can be quite troubling for many of us to learn about someone’s suicide. Even when we might not know them personally, we can only imagine the sorrow of the loved ones that are left behind. Chris Cornell’s passing was heartbreaking news to fans and music lovers around the world. Lead vocalist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave but also known for numerous solo works, contributions and musical projects, Cornell is considered one of the architects of the grunge movement.
Below, we interview Rosary Solimanto, 37, a New York born artist diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, who fiercely challenges and questions the medical community and society at large when it comes to the portrayal and stigmatization of the disabled. “Historically the social injustice of disability identity was constructed from eugenics programs and institutionalized biomedical infrastructure. Art on this subject is overdue, and would empower people with disabilities through a v
Schizophrenic.NYC Mental Health Clothing Line was created Michelle Hammer, a Schizophrenic living in New York City who wants to change the way New Yorkers perceive mental health patients donating a portion of their profits to organizations who support the mentally ill homeless. The designs by Schizophrenic.NYC intends to start discussions- "What do the Rorschach Tests make you think of? How do their slogans make you feel? Only through an open dialogue of mental health can we
The aim of ritual purification is to remove uncleanliness prior to a particular type of activity, and especially prior to an important moment in one’s life, a new season. Be it because 2016 was a very weird year on several levels or because the New Year always brings with it a desire to cleanse oneself in preparation for the new year to come, we've looked into some of the main non-religious cleansing rituals for the body/spirit that are said to renew and uplift your energy.
Experiences of being born with a gender identity that differs from your birth sex. Whether an individual is an ultra-feminine man or a super-masculine woman, it simply should not affect you or your interaction with them. If you fall into either of these categories fear not, transgender man Jesse Altham argues that a combination of both masculine and feminine qualities is essential to understand and navigate through important relationships and life events in the modern age. Tr
A Letter To All Who Have Lost in This Era In a year rife with populist backlash, this searing letter from New York Time columnist and author Anand Giridharadas is a must watch. Mr. Giridharadas concedes his shortcomings in addressing the cultural and economic issues facing his white middle class counterpart and how doing so helped create a group he now fears.This talk will give you chills, a sense of understanding, and a fresh outlook on our current political landscape. Let’s
Looking forward to the Holiday Season?!
Looking forward to all the personal questions?!
Me neither!!! For most of us the holidays are a season in which we spend LOTS of quality time with friends and family, most of whom you haven’t seen in quite a while. Questions about your life are inevitable. Therefore, it might be useful to have some ideas or talking points in mind about how to approach the difficult topic of depression and answer some of the most common que