Have you tried drinking bottomless liquor to feel numb? Or force yourself to sleep thinking that the pain will go away after you wake up? How about eating a whole tub of ice cream? Aside from making your clothes too tight, does that make you feel alive again? Drunken late night phone calls, getting sick of ill-advised and a rebound relationship is some of the effects of sudden breakups. But, the worst of all is a complete change in hairstyle, the new ‘do, new you’ thing we all love to do.
You see, being in a heartbroken state is too expensive and tiring. What people need is something out of the ordinary, but does not cost a fortune. Today, there is a modern way of healing one’s heart and may work best for those who can’t get it over with.
Renew Breakup Bootcamp in the USA
This type of business understands how hard it is to cope up with the effects of breaking up. This program offers a chance and a helping hand in resetting those people who wanted to mend their broken pieces through yoga classes, therapeutic workshops, and meditative sessions. An on-site nutritionist is also preparing all meals, to make it more convenient.
The program, which is considered more like group therapy than a boot camp, is brainstormed by Amy Chan, 36, a former marketing executive, and well, someone who is also unlucky in love. She started this all-female retreat with a goal to build a scientific and spiritual approach to healing the heart.
How does this program work?
The retreat camp or also known as the Renew Breakup Bootcamp is like a spa intended for your heart. At each retreat, a group of Science, Health, and Wellness experts are working to help you. Psychologists, Behavioral Scientists, Life Coaches, and yoga masters, as well as meditation instructors on-site, will help provide the fundamentals like what to do’s and necessary healings for these hopeful participants.
Participants need to undergo a twelve–step program including a “rarefied” type of therapeutic gathering. They are not allowed to bring phones and other gadgets during the whole duration of the retreat.
Campers will stay two nights and three days on the boot camp where they have to pay between $1,295 to $2,495, depending on the chosen lodging options. Participants also have a choice to purchase additional one-on-one sessions with some facilitators for an extra $145.
Do I have to get my heart broken to join the camp?
Since this is a breakup boot camp, some people think that this place is only exclusive for those who either failed in love or currently undergoing emotional tremor due to a recent heartbreak. But then again, the program wants to reiterate that, although it caters people who are mending a broken heart, it does not necessarily close its doors to other similar situations. People who are addicted to unhealthy sexual and romantic relationships can also sign in on the program.
Not your ordinary breakup outlet
If you think that this program is another avenue for ‘healing process,’ then this one is entirely different. The boot camp will let you peel back emotional layers and identify patterns which no longer served you. It will make you understand and recognize your feelings. Chan believes that the key to self-healing does not necessarily mean you have to let go of the emotional pain you are currently holding within. She encourages every participant to ‘recognize’ the pain, know where it came from, and appreciate it. By understanding what you are going through and the pain it brings, it would be easier for you to accept the things you don’t have complete control.
Feelings aren’t fact, they don’t define us.
One of the goals of the program is to help the participants discover their true self. This strategy includes talks about feelings and how it doesn’t make you less of a person. Chan says that “sometimes we do things because we feel too much and that is very dangerous.” Emotions are valid feelings but don’t make it as something that people will use to define you.
Romantic partners aren’t here to make us happy. They’re here to make us conscious.
Naomi Arbit explained, a behavioral scientist on the Renew curriculum explained that heartbroken people used their former partners “to fill their feelings of emptiness or loneliness.” But the thing is, before entering into a relationship, people need to “learn how to fill their own hungry ghosts.” Your romantic partner does not have the responsibility to complete you into a whole person; the task always belongs in your hand.
Currently, Renew Breakup Bootcamp is the only-running breakup retreat in Malibu and New York. However, founder Chan promised to go global with the hopes of helping women cope with the effects of breakup.
We all have our ways on how to cope with breakups. Others find comfort in watching movies, going out with friends, and or, spending an entire day on a salon because keeping one’s sanity intact on the process of self-healing is hard, and believe me I have done that too.
You will resort to self-hate and doubt, but the worst thing you can do to yourself is questioning your worth as a person. Friends and families may offer the best emotional support, but the truth is no one can save you except yourself. This breakup boot camp and other renew programs are just your guide to help you lessen the emotional baggage. But the key to complete healing lies within you.
UK DOH Teams Up With Social Media Companies To Battle Eating Disorders
The United Kingdom’s Department of Health Secretary Matt Hancock challenged social media companies to improve upon their practices when it comes to handling eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia.
The Health Secretary hosted a round table discussion with the social media giants to lessen instances of influencing vulnerable teens into self-harm. Content that encourages self-harm, eating disorders and misinformation leads to the increase of reported cases.
“Today the meeting was called to be about the promotion of self-harm and suicide material, but we also spoke about tackling eating disorders and some anti-vaccination messages which are so important to tackle to ensure they do not get prevalence online,” Hancock says to the reporters.
Hancock is pleased that the social media companies agree and started discussing actions that each would take.
“I feel the tech companies are starting to get the message, they’re starting to take action – but there’s much more to do.”
Instagram has affirmed its commitment to the challenge. The photo-sharing app has announced that it will remove posts that promote eating disorders.
Aside from removing harmful content, Instagram and other tech companies involved also agreed to pay a reward for anyone who will help them remove content that encourages suicidal behavior.
Instagram has been facing pressure on improving its content since the suicide case of 14-year-old Molly Russell. Ian Russell, the victim’s father, has come out and shared that Molly’s Instagram account was following self-harm accounts. The accounts were filled with photos related to depression.
In April, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport created a consultation series for the Online Harms White Paper. The UK government spearheaded consultations to identify the best measures to keep UK users safe online.
In the white paper, the government has acknowledged that online platforms can be used to affect one’s mental health and well-being. It lists that one of the problems are social media algorithms that do not showcase other points of view.
For example, if a user follows an account that promotes body-shaming, the social media platform’s algorithm will suggest the user follow similar accounts. This creates an unhealthy balance of the information received by the user.
The white paper also acknowledges the use of social media platforms to bully, harass, or intimidate other users. It also recognizes that these instances usually target public figures like celebrities.
Eating Disorder in Social Media
Neil says, ” I spent hours and hours going through this content and this material, and that then added to the more competitive side of anorexia.”
Neil shared that even if Instagram did not cause her anorexia, it exacerbated it. She shares that other user’s posts about their lowest weights with pictures that show skin and bones. Those posts triggered Neil’s anorexia encouraged her only to eat 20 calories per day.
After battling anorexia for three years, Neil continues to be on Instagram. In this case, she has now dedicated her account in spreading the positive message about eating. She highlights the positive journey she’s had in overcoming her eating disorder.
According to BBC, there’s an increase of more than 130% of teens suffering from eating disorders since 2011 based on National Health Services data.
Detox Teas and Promotions from Celebrities
One of the highly criticized uses of social media platforms are the ads of celebrities promoting products. Millions of followers consume content that is made to benefit businesses. One business that many claims to promote an unhealthy lifestyle is detox teas.
Detox teas are laxatives that help in one’s weight loss journey. Celebrities like the Kardashians, Amber Rose, Cardi B, and other influencers have been seen promoting detox teas, crediting the product for their bodies.
In 2018, the Kardashian-Jenner sisters were criticized for posting Instagram stories that are encouraging anorexia. In the story, Kim is showered with praise by sisters Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner for being skinny.
In the short video, Jenner said “No, like I’m really concerned, I don’t think you’re eating. Like, you look so skinny.” However, the model continued to compliment Kardashian on how good she looks despite being concerned about her eating habits.
The content has upset many fans as it seems that the sisters were encouraging Kim to continue “not eating” because she “looks so skinny.”
Jameela Jamil, an actress, and body positivity advocate slammed celebrities who promote the detox teas and unhealthy weight loss options.
This Designer Came Up With A Stylish Facial Recognition Shield
The problem is: it’s not for sale.
In May, a man is walking along the streets of London with his green jacket when he noticed a van that he thought to be a police surveillance vehicle. While he walked passed the car, he covered his face with his hoodie in fear that there might be some sort of facial recognition system around. Much to his surprise, he was stopped by the UK police and fined him more than a hundred pounds for “disorderly behavior.”
Facial recognition systems are everywhere. It is in your car to automatically unlock it without a key. It is in your smartphones and smart homes. It is even in airports to help you board your flights without hassle. The reality with facial recognition is that it becomes a staple technology in many aspects of human life that it becomes almost impossible to get away from.
Thankfully, Ewa Nowak, a graduate from the design department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw thought of an ingenious and very stylish way to shield your face from the gawking eyes of facial recognition cameras. He has created a jewelry design that can trick facial recognition systems and hide key facial features to prevent them from identifying someone.
“I was just amazed how they could identify our gender, age, and mood,” Nowak explains her curiosity towards securing oneself from unauthorized and unconsented facial recognition. “But also how the development is constantly leveling up. I was surprised about how even if we have our face partially covered, how [face recognition] can still follow us and distinguish us.”
Nowak is currently co-founding a design and arts venture called NOMA together with another artist Jarosław Markowitz.
According to Nowak, she was inspired by the release of light-up glasses that was developed by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics to fight facial recognition systems. Because of her creativity, she developed a device, or more like face jewelry. Her design included two brass circles that hang down from the cheekbones and an additional long piece of brass that stretches up to the forehead. A long wire can be used to attach the entire piece into your head, similar to how glasses work.
Nowak has previously worked with other designs too, but this specific jewelry design is the first that worked and has actually prevented a facial recognition system from recognizing her facial features.
Mazda Design Award granted her the trophy at the recently concluded Łódź Design Festival for her ingenious way of preventing facial recognition from identifying someone.
“I worked on the [face jewelry] for two or three months, and then it waited,” Nowak says. “The reason I showed in Łódź is that there was a competition. I entered, and the project won. It’s the easiest way to get displayed. There are so many projects stuck at the university level. When we were studying, a lot of people asked how to show their work to people and share ideas. Education and business are disconnected from art.”
There is one big problem, though. Because Nowak considers the design more as a conceptual work of art rather than a product, the Polish artist said that she has no plans of mass-producing it; especially that the product has to be molded to someone’s face and to be perfectly fitted in order to work.
While it is unfortunate that Nowak’s design is not much of a help to people; apparently, it opens a wide door for designers and technology experts to develop their own version of a facial recognition shield.
Her design can also serve as baseline design for innovations in the area of facial recognition shielding and could inspire younger people to develop their own.
With the growing popularity of facial recognition, a market for it it is very much open, and that serves as a strong incentive for businesses and intellectuals alike to produce something that could help people protect themselves from the privacy-violating facial recognition.
The unregulated technology that is facial recognition has continued to steer public dialogue on the protection of people’s privacy. Human rights advocate that the growing prevalence of the systems makes legislation and regulation lag from their intended purposes. They hope that with innovators like Nowak, the world will see a balance in the benefits of facial recognition and people’s privacy.
The Newest Sea Creatures-Inspired Tea Bags Strengthen Japanese Tea Tradition
In Japanese culture, tea is more than just a drink. The tea ceremony, also known as “Way of Tea,” has been an essential part of Japan’s culture for centuries. This high-valued celebration is matched with a performance that mirrors grace and beauty, accompanied by a ritual activity that strengthens the familial relationship.
For centuries, the country relies on its tea business — not just to adhere to its venerable tradition — but because drinking tea has been a part of Japanese daily routine. As companies continue to venture in tea business, creative approaches on how to spice up one’s tea packaging are also booming. One great example is the recent innovation of the Japanese company known as “Ocean Teabag” — which takes the challenge of creating a different and unique approach to tea bags.
For tea lovers, the new design becomes a “breath of fresh air” since traditional tea bags have not changed for many years. The company decides to team up with an oddity shop and a local bookstore called “Village Vanguard” to produce the new animal-themed teabags that can alter people’s mood by just looking at the cute design.
Ocean Teabag was created by Takahashi Shota, who launched the first-ever product with a dolphin design in 2015. It became the talk of the town, which transpired Shota to create another set of animals to the product line. The business gained orders from outside the country — making Ocean Tea Bag be the first and only company to introduce unique designs to teabags.
The custom of drinking tea, mainly for medicinal purposes, can now be associated with pleasurable reasons. From drinking the most boring bland tea comes to the new sea creature-inspired teabags. The design elevates the daily tea ritual into a zoological adventure; ranging from giant squids, otters, to red Pandas and cephalopods. Layers, folds, and perforations create the details of each creature’s body, while the outside packaging mirrors with that of the inside. So, customers will know through the wrapping what animals to choose for their tea sessions.
The tea bags can be bought online or through personal transactions at a sum of 1,820 yen or $16. These tea bags once dipped, add life to your daily tea routines, simply because of the delicate folds, which look like an animal is swimming in your tea.
Tea was initially valued as medicine because of its health benefits and was only available to rich people like the noblemen and emperors. The first documented evidence of tea session in Japan dates back to the 9th century when it was brought by the Buddhist monks after studying the tea culture in China.
The monks personally served “Sencha,” an unground Japanese green tea, to the famous Emperor Saga. Japanese nobles, later on, practice it, and through an imperial order in the year 816. And since then, tea plantations had become widespread in different regions of Japan.
Until today, tea becomes a daily beverage of both the affluent class and the ordinary people. It has become a symbol of a growing relationship among Japanese and their families, even nobles and commoners.
Aside from drinking tea as a way to bond and relax, one reason for the emerging tea businesses is the proven benefits of tea in our bodies. According to a study conducted by a group of researchers from Ohio State University in Colombus, tea, mainly green tea, has shown to help fight obesity and inflammation. The findings indicated that the said tea encourages the growth of good gut bacteria which lowers the risk of obesity.
However, today, Japan faces one of the pressing issues with regards to its tea farming. The Japanese Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2016 indicated that the area used for tea farming declined from 46200 hectares to 43100.
Although Japan is the eight largest tea producer in the world, tea farming itself, unfortunately, decreased in the past years. One reason is the continued support of local government to private companies which build establishment and other infrastructures in areas where tea farming is mostly found.
With this, the country relies mostly on tea imports from other countries, including China. Ocean Tea Bag supports local tea producers and hopes that its newest sea creature-inspired tea bags will continue the country’s tea tradition and strengthen the bond between Japan and its people.
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