Online trolls👾

We hear a lot about online trolls and online negativity from celebrities. I saw a post from Roz Purcell recently on this topic and inspired me to do a blogpost. As more people are using the internet because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to know how to stay safe online. Using the internet comes with many negative aspects and risks; cyberbullying, phishing, scams, stalking, predators, identity theft, chat rooms, spam, viruses..the list goes on.

Why do trolls troll?
  • Attention-seeking
  • Projecting their own issues and insecurities
  • To feel powerful (they are actually powerless behind a screen)
  • Lack empathy and remorse; do not realise or care for the impact it has on the other person
  • May not have any hobbies or close friends
  • May not have a lot going on in their life
  • May have a troubled home environment
  • To intentionally provoke, hurt someone
  • Low self-esteem/Jealous/Insecure/Hateful
  • Believe they are immune to the consequences of their actions
  • Misery loves company
What you can do
  • Don’t give them the attention/validation/reaction they crave
  • Report to family/close friend/the guards
  • Block
  • Internet security
Memes
Links

https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/be-safe-online/

https://www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/

https://www.fraudsmart.ie/

https://www.ispcc.ie/online-safety-policy/?gclid=CjwKCAjwxuuCBhATEiwAIIIz0dmJfW4q5pjvJlEDrPaabkyygJuZd_YGDqU894CJ_P40G8A7D_RlURoClawQAvD_BwE

https://www.womensaid.ie/help/digitalabuse.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ie/blog/better-living-technology/201408/why-the-online-trolls-troll


Jo

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World Mental Health Day🌍💚

Today is World Mental Health Day.

People are reminded to be aware of their mental health.

Below are a list of the small things we can do to take care of our mental health.

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Drink water
  • Eat less sugar
  • Go for a walk
  • Talk to a therapist
  • Make a gratitude list
  • Take deep breaths
  • Meditate
  • Establish a bedtime routine
  • Go outside
  • Get some sunshine
  • Limit phone time
  • Journal your feelings

Make your mental health a priority

Nobody is perfect

Asking for help is a sign of strength

You are loved

Surround yourself with people who are good for your mental health and self-esteem


More information

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/world-mental-health-day-2020

Support

https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland/

https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/

http://www.jigsaw.ie

http://www.pieta.ie


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Mind yourself (gurleen)💆

This blogpost describes ways to practice self-care. It is important to check-up on ourselves often and take care of ourselves emotionally, spiritually, physically. 🧘

  • Eat well
  • Exercise regularly
  • Practice yoga, meditation,mindfulness
  • Visit and spend time with family members (nobody loves you more)
  • Visit friends often
  • Visit neighbours
  • Treat yourself to a nice dessert or online shop every now and then
  • Netflix and chill
  • Practice hobbies; something creative as well as sports
  • Get your hair or makeup done
  • Book a massage
  • Have a nice bath using bathbombs and candles
  • Use a facemask
  • Play relaxing music
  • Make a scrapbook or look at old photos (good times)
  • Do some cleaning (some people find this relaxing)
  • Do some gardening
  • Walk in nature
  • Look up healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner ideas and make a shopping list
  • Make a smoothie
  • Brew a coffee
  • Write down goals and hopes for the future; this can be within the next month or year and not necessarily for five years time
  • Self reflect (lots of people do not do this and it is something everyone should do) I will do another blogpost on this again in the future
  • Organise a day trip
  • Go to mass
  • Volunteer
  • Write down a list of things you have achieved recently that you are proud of
  • Emotionally and physically distance yourself from people who are of no value to you, don’t treat you well, are not good for your general wellbeing, are not worth your time or don’t bring you happiness
  • Avoid conflicts,negativity, gossip, drama

Comment below if you enjoyed this post and if you have any other tips!✨💭🙏


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Yoga and meditation🧘

I have recently started doing yoga and meditating more often. I was secretary of the yoga society at University this year, where I met lots of lovely likeminded people and helped organise events such as a morning swimrise, Tea for Thought, Cacao Ceremony and Mandala workshop. We often had food delivered from local vegetarian restaurants too.

Anybody can do yoga. Yoga is very beneficial, particularly if you’re an emotional sponge like me. There are lots of yoga channels with trained instructors on youtube. In todays world, we are swayed by other peoples opinions, beliefs and values. Yoga aligns you with your soul, inner being, true purpose and core values. Yoga connects you with you. Your ‘true self’. It is awakening, replenishing and reviving.

It helps to have a good yoga mat, one of which is on my shopping list. Things that may help you to relax are essential oils, candles and yoga music (lots on spotify) (be careful not to burn the house down). You can do yoga or meditation for as long as you want. It can be ten minutes, half an hour, or longer. You can do yoga or meditate alone, or you can do it with others, although this may be distracting and you may not feel the full benefits. Some people do yoga or meditate every day. If you only have time to do yoga once a week it is still beneficial.

Namaslay 🧘

Master Your Mind
Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions

Comment below if you have ever done yoga or meditation and if you have any tips💭

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