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How To Use Writing As Therapy

I woke up this morning with every intention of crawling back into bed and forgetting what consciousness ever felt like. Car lights from outside crawled across my frosted glass window and I thought, how can it still be so dark outside?

It was 5:30 A.M. and I didn't have to be up until 7. I cursed my mind for causing the stir, and couldn't fathom going back to sleep, so I sat up in bed, feeling the weight of every obligation that has fallen on my shoulders in the past few months.
These days, the words aren't coming as easily, and each thought, every burst of energy is going toward auxiliary functions, like breathing and walking. This is what the first humans must have felt like when they first hit earth: firing on all cylinders in order to do such simple things.
Exhaustion is the number one enemy of productivity, and still I press forward, feeling as if nothing I do is ever enough. I can't seem to figure out if I'm in the right place at the right time or not. Some days I feel stellar, and others I feel like I'm being stepped on by God's mighty boot, being jettisoned deeper and deeper into the ground by my own mused melancholy.
I guess, being an artist, you can't help but be tortured right? It's been studied, people who "think too much" end up being the most depressed, because their thoughts encompass almost everything. It's hard to move and live day to day when your head is so far in the future that your body has already given out, and you're on your death bed.
I feel like I've been living 20 years ahead of myself. I am never able to enjoy the moment. I am never able to give myself any credit. I am already in the ground as far as my brain is concerned. These thoughts, this person I have become is racing against time each moment they are conscious.
This is why I love sleep, because the lights turn off and the party is over. I can rest. Getting there, is another story.
I tried to sit down and write a song last night, but just the thought of that entire process made me so anxious that I had to walk away from it. That has never happened before. It scared me a bit. Like something was holding me back. I have to figure this out.
I used to think writing a song, or writing things down could solve all of my problems, like magically once the words hit the page, I would be a new person. Sometimes it works, sometimes it makes me feel worse, but I guess it's all a form of therapy.
I'm not sure what the point of this rabble is, or if it will be productive to likes, views or whatever, but for some reason I feel a bit better. Owning up to this emptiness will enable me to move forward right?

This is what we have to believe in order to move on. In order to self-improve. It's like a cleansing of the thoughts. Now that they are on the page, they don't have to own my consciousness.

Using writing as a means of personal excavation can be exhausting, dangerous and completely insane, but I swear by it. There is some truth to creating a reality in your head that doesn't necessarily match up with what's really going on.
I have to admit there is something fearless about all of this. All the eyes and what not. There is a freak show element, though, and where the eyes and people gawk and stare, there can be real truth.

I guess it's not self improvement, it's self defense.

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Thank you for describing my thoughts and feelings so clearly.
@TessStevens this is perfect c: Life is self defense, but it's always necessary to enjoy things in the present as well. All the time, so many thoughts, arguments, plans, and replaying memories to understand them run through my head that my huge amount of stress starts losing its single root. It's run away from me into a million roots, in different directions that I don't know where they go to, anymore. I never know the source of my stress because I worry too much in too short a time. So, I write. Then, my mind can finally organize itself but then I'm off writing for five pages. lol. When I'm done, I feel exhilarating , like I just ran a marathon and I had fun with it. c:
@TessStevens I don't feel your actual emotions, but you can put me in your mindset. You're just amazingly good with worss
@Luci546 you're right on. It is hard to stay in the moment. I've been doing this thing where I literally only worry about the thing right in front of me. Because my anxiety is so high, it's like, do or die every second. So doing this, writing, helps. I'm glad that you are feeling it. Yes. When you're done it's amazing to feel like you've finished something.
This speaks to me, nice to hear from a like minded individual @TessStevens
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[Tess' Note: Any Breaking Bad fans will know this event, as it was the basis for the plane crash over Albuquerque that ends Season 2] I’d won others for covering wild fires, major earthquakes and high-profile murder trials, like those of the Menendez Brothers and Marlon Brando’s son, Christian. So, it was with limited enthusiasm that I listened to the urgent request of our managing editor, Pete Noyes, that I leave Burbank at 3:00 p.m. in search of Axl Rose, who was said to be living in an apartment in West Hollywood. [Tess' Note: As an avid rock and roll fan and musician, this assignment would have sent me through the roof with enthusiasm, but alas, I am not a grumpy old man, but we continue.] “Apparently, he’s being accused of all kinds of things,” said the man who was the real-life model for TV’s Lou Grant. “The assignment desk has the details. We need something on the air by six, so you’d better hit the street.” “I’m more of a Neil Diamond guy,” I admitted. [Tess' Note: COME ON DAD] “Do they have a picture of the Rose character?” “I think they might. Bring it by here when you get it so I know what he looks like, too,” said Noyes. Tess' Note: This is before the internet, smart phones and even cell phones for most peeps, so don't keep asking questions like "why didn't he just look it up?" Throwback Thursday people. The assignment desk had acquired from a friend of a friend of the agent of Guns N Roses’ guitarist Slash [Tess' Note: one of my favorite blues guitarists of all time] the address of a building in West Hollywood where Rose might be living. It wasn’t one of those basic assignments where you could call ahead and set up an interview. It was more like a hostile wild goose chase—one of those complex assignments that reporters and photographers dread because even if by some miracle they find the subject, he won’t want to be interviewed. On top of that, KNBC’s newscast producers were the kind who assume that every story assigned will come off without a hitch and will be reported exactly as expected—no matter the degree of difficulty. (This one’s degree of difficulty was an 11 on a scale of one to 10.) At about 3:30 p.m., my photographer (who shall remain nameless for reasons that will become obvious) and I arrived at the Sunset Boulevard address the assignment desk had provided. We did not expect to find anyone there, least of all Axl Rose, who had been criticized for writing what could easily be construed as racist and homophobic lyrics for the new Guns N’ Roses hit One In a Million. We were there to get his response to the allegations, as well as to inquire as to his involvement in some sort of vague (to us) drug-inspired assault case. I knocked on the apartment door with my camera man rolling just in case someone actually answered. A few seconds later, someone did. A rock-star-looking guy with a marijuana joint in his right hand and a can of beer in his left asked, “Who are you?” “Matt Stevens with KNBC,” I said. “We’re looking for Axl Rose.” “Let ‘em in,” yelled another rocker type from inside the smallish apartment. It was Slash. We walked inside and saw half a dozen people, all males, sitting on a couch and three chairs. The one in the middle on the couch looked like Axl Rose. “What can we do for you?” Rose asked. I explained our assignment, fully expecting to hear “no comment” or something foul. Instead, I heard this: “Sit down and have a beer with us and I’ll give you an interview.” “I can’t really drink on the job,” I said. “It’s pretty much frowned upon.” “Come on! Have one!” said another fellow, handing cans of beer to my photographer and me. So I asked myself, “If you were in the newsroom and took a poll of those who mattered, would they tell you to drink the beer and get the interview? Or would they tell you to maintain your professionalism and leave without it? Tess' Note: THAT A BOY DAD! I guzzled the beer and said, “We’ve got a pretty tight deadline, so…” “So have one more,” said Slash with a straight smile. “No. I couldn’t,” I said. “One more and you get the interview,” said Axl. “All right,” I said. “What the hell. But then we really have to go.” After we’d guzzled five beers each, Axl finally said, “Okay, Let’s talk.” By this time, I was totally buzzed, but managed to pull myself together and ask the right questions. His answers were straightforward and articulate. We thanked them all and staggered from the apartment. I suggested that we call one of the NBC couriers and have him pick us up. “We don’t have time for that,” said the camera man. “I’m fine.” He managed to negotiate the drive down Sunset and over the hill on Barham Boulevard to Alameda Avenue. I ran the tape into the edit room before anyone could stop me for a conversation. I called Noyes from the edit bay and told him to come and look at the tape. He brought the executive producer. “You got him?” Noyes asked. “Yup,” I said. “But here’s the deal: They made us drink beer with them before they’d do the interview. I’m pretty drunk right now.” Noyes never raised an eyebrow. He watched the video and consulted with the E.P. They had the editor put some sound bites together. They wrote an introduction for the anchor to read. “Our exclusive interview with Axl Rose” aired at five, six and eleven. They had to mention that I had done the interview because I appeared in the shot a few times and could be heard asking questions. They never explained why I wasn’t fronting the story. [Tess' Note: Dad couldn't appear on camera because he was wasted. Let's face it.] Until now, only a few people ever knew the truth about my encounter with Axl Rose. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now, Dad spends a lot of his time with my cat, Miss. Tuffsey and calls me to ask questions about his iPad. He also wins the occasional poker tournament. Here he is at Binions Casino in Vegas. Join us again for #GrumpyMonday next week! So how's that for a throwback? We never know how amazing our parents' lives were before we came along, that is until they tell us, and the whole internet. Any cool stories in your parents' back catalog?
5 reasons to become a Clinical Psychologist
Clinical psychology is a branch of psychology that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. With the growing awareness of mental health issues in the world, the need for a skilled clinical psychologist is high. A clinical psychologist is a professional who is trained to provide psychological services to individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Clinical psychologists use a variety of techniques, including interviews, psychological testing, and observation, to assess and treat their patients. Clinical psychologists are skilled in providing psychotherapy and are often trained in one of four main theoretical orientations: · Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) · Humanistic · Psychodynamic · Systems or family therapy. A career in clinical psychology is a fulfilling way to serve society and enjoy a meaningful career. Becoming a clinical psychologist allows one to make a difference in the lives of others. Here are the 5 reasons to become a Clinical Psychologist: · Interesting and Varied Job Opportunities The job roles of a clinical psychologist are varied and each one is highly engaging, demanding, and interesting. Their primary role is to diagnose and treat patients having mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders using psychotherapy. They work with patients of all ages to help them overcome challenges and improve their quality of life. Some of the different jobs performed by a clinical psychologist are: · Addiction counselor · Child Psychologist · Clinical Psychologists in a Hospital · Corporate Coach · Criminologist · Health Counselor · Social Worker · Making a Difference in People’s Lives Clinical Psychologists play an important role in making a difference in the lives of others. They help people to understand themselves and their interpersonal relationships. They also work to promote mental health and well-being. Clinical Psychologists can make a difference in the lives of others by providing guidance and support, helping people to cope with difficult situations, and providing research-backed information. · Knowledge about the Mysteries of the Mind A psychologist is a professional who studies the inner workings of the mind and its influence on our behaviors and actions. Thus, in a way they unravel the mysteries of the mind like what motivates us, satisfies us, and what makes us unhappy. Their work is to deeply understand how people think, feel, and behave. · Flexible Work Schedule Clinical psychologists usually enjoy a flexible work schedule. Psychologists that have a private practice are particularly more privileged to flexible working hours as they can set up a meeting with the client according to their schedule. Although the work schedules of psychologists working in hospitals or mental health facilities may not be as flexible as those of their self-employed colleagues, there are still many options available for them to create schedules that fit their needs. · Potential for High Salary Psychologists are one of the most in-demand professionals in India. Private practitioners charge an hourly rate, which can be handsomely rewarding. With the potential to earn a six-figure salary, psychologists can help people in a variety of settings, from hospitals and clinics to schools and private practices. In addition to their high salaries, psychologists also enjoy job satisfaction and the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. SGT University, Best University for Behavioral Science Courses in Gurgaon and Delhi NCR, the following courses in clinical psychology are offered by the highly esteemed Faculty of Behavioral Sciences: · B. Sc. in Clinical Psychology · M. Sc. in Clinical Psychology · M. Phil in Clinical Psychology · Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, · Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology The Faculty of Behavioral Sciences (FBS) provides an up-to-date academic curriculum that follows contemporary research approaches and NEP. Additionally, SGT University includes an OPD facility at SGT Hospital where students can receive hands-on training and integrate their academic learning with real-world experience. SGT University is undoubtedly one of the top universities in Gurgaon and Delhi NCR
Advantages of a Grocery Delivery App for Traditional Supermarkets
The online grocery market has a lucrative future of $2160.7 billion. This makes it extremely vital for traditional supermarkets to get their operations a digital base. It will allow them to get their visibility boosted manifold. Also, they would be able to automate the way they perform inventory and store management and reduce the infrastructure and hiring costs to a great extent. We cover this here. Benefits of Grocery Delivery App 1. Automates the way store and inventory management is performed. 2. Allows the store to reduce costs like infrastructure and hiring. 3. Gives boosted visibility to supermarkets among a more significant percentage of customers. 4. Digitizes the way delivery services take place and the way shopping is performed. Knowing the advantages you can understand why it is important to get the app advantage for your supermarket. And you can also get an insight into the reasons for an online grocery store presence. If you want to know how grocery delivery app development services are best for supermarkets then read this post: 8 Reasons Grocery App Development Company is a Boon for Supermarkets You need to however keep some points handy to get these benefits. Steps to Follow During Grocery Delivery App Development Grocery delivery app development is an exhaustive process. Hence, it requires adherence to some important steps. Here are those listed below- * Research extensively on competitors and customers. * Assess customer satisfaction level with the current solution. * Get a USP. * Identify features whose inclusion will make your app unique. * Select revenue and business model wisely. * Know the tech stacks to make the app function robustly. * Have an idea of the different grocery app types. Once you have formulated an understanding of all these aspects you can work towards the cost factor. This means you need to buy a readymade app from a company offshore so you save on costs tremendously during the grocery delivery app development journey. To know more, read this exhaustive article. It will help you to understand why your grocery store needs an app. Happy Reading!
4 Modern Gonzo Journalists To Follow
Although it's largely contested, Gonzo Journalism is still alive and well today. The birth of Gonzo came when Hunter S. Thompson attended the Kentucky Derby in 1970 and described the experience of being there, rather than a simple recap of the race itself. Since then, Gonzo or "Immersive" journalism has become one of the most highly duplicated and revered styles of writing. More and more people have taken to writing blogs about their experiences, and even have forayed into video. I subscribe to the Gonzo journalism ethos, and have tried to create my own style of writing as well. I have a long way to go as a writer, but it's nice to know I'm in good company. Here are 5 modern Gonzo journalists you should follow today. 1. Matt Taibbi This Rolling Stone contributor followed in Hunter's footsteps taking on politics and other newsworthy subjects. He's probably the most "traditional" contributor on this list. One of my favorite lines of his describes Goldman Sachs as, "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money." Twitter: @mtaibbi 2. Vice This isn't really one journalist, but an outlet. As much controversy they conjure up, Vice has become an integral part of millennial media, and has given us a unique look into the realities of different societies and people around the world and at home. They even have their own TV network now. Twitter: @Vice 3. Shane Smith The CEO of Vice Media is an interesting character, who uses his journalistic prowess to engage in a greater dialogue about society and digital media in general. His video contributions to Vice's HBO show have taken him all over the world, even to places like North Korea. Twitter: @ShaneSmith30 4. I'm going to cop out and just link myself. Most of my work on here is immersive, but my favorite stuff is in my "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 2016" collection. I've been trying to work a bit harder on the fundamentals of writing, as like most Gonzo journalists, I value style and wit over a lot of the traditional aspects. When I was in school, a journalism professor turned me on to the work of Hunter S. Thompson, and likened me to him. I guess that's what led me here. Anyway, you can check out my writing here, or by viewing my personal blog here. In addition to my contributions on Vingle, @Patmanmeow is also doing his part to further the traditions of Gonzo. Check out his work as well. I actually was featured on GonzoToday, which is run by a lot of Hunter S. Thompson's friends and colleagues. You can read that piece here. Twitter: @TessStevens