Being kinder to yourself can boost your physical and mental wellbeing, study says

Trauma, Resilience & Healing – 20 Alaskan Artists Create Storytelling Murals

Seven unique storytelling murals by 20 different Alaskan artists will be unveiled at a special reception at the Church of Love in Spenard on February 7 at 5:30pm. The event is free and open to the public. Each mural reflects the powerful and personal stories of childhood trauma, resilience and healing. The event will be hosted by Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) and the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).

This unique project was coordinated under the direction of Steve Gordon. Gordon is a renown Alaskan artist, who teaches painting at UAA and has worked as a full-time professional artist in the state since 1992. This project sheds light on an issue that has impacted every community in Alaska.

“Two out of three Alaskan adults report having at least one ACE and we know those statistics are creating both physical and mental health challenges in our communities,” said Trevor Storrs, Alaska Children’s Trust President & CEO. “When families and communities take steps to build resilience…


These Two Poets Of Color Reveal The Resilience, Joy And Messiness Of Being Trans

For Chrysanthemum Tran, a 23-year-old trans woman of color, living in the present means making sure she takes her medication in the morning. It means surrounding herself with community. Some days, it means not watching the news.

“So often trans people are only considered in the past tense,” said Tran, a Vietnamese poet and educator on a recent morning. “They only make headlines based on the violence that occurred to them.”

When simply existing feels like rebellion, getting out of bed every day can be considered a sacred ritual.

To thrive in a nation where, year after year, there’s an increasingly high number of transgender women of color who are violently murdered is to wage a personal and daily war against erasure. A 2018 Human Rights Campaign Report found that since 2013, more than 128 transgender, non-binary or gender-expansive people have been killed in the U.S. The report states that the…


Being kinder to yourself can boost your physical and mental wellbeing, study says

“By switching off our threat response, we boost our immune systems and give ourselves the best chance of healing.” (Picture: Dave Anderson)

Taking time to think nice thoughts about yourself and loved ones can calm the heart rate and switch off the body’s ‘threat response’. Previous studies have shown that the ‘threat response’ can damage the immune system. So, taking part in self-compassion exercises is actually a healthy thing to do. The research team, from Oxford University and Exeter University, believe the ability to switch off the response may lower the risk of disease. In the study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, 135 healthy Exeter University students were divided into five groups, and members of each group heard a different set of audio instructions. The team measured heart rate and sweat response, and asked the participants to report how they were feeling. Questions included how safe they felt, how likely they were to be kind to themselves and how connected they felt to others…

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