Tuesday, 22 March 2022

 Time to Heal and Spend More Time Thinking About Psychotherapy And Pain Management

How should we begin trying to rejuvenate our minds, bodies, and souls?

When the world is still in chaos, it is difficult to move forward when many countries are now returning to restriction due to the second wave of Covid 19.

Keeping a positive mindset is more of a challenge as people recovering from Covid19 continue to face new stresses, trying to cope with the effects of Long Covid.

In these uncertain times and with the threat of job losses rising, thinking about your mental well-being should be considered. Psychology and pain management may also be sources of strength and support for complex health issues.

Psychotherapy and Pain Management Solutions

Finding the right support is key to making a complete recovery. In looking for answers, Dr Faiz Noore is a Specialist in Pain Management, Psychotherapy, and Psychiatry, which may be the key to helping you reach out and a guide to finding the answers you seek.

Chronic pain can be destructive. The effects take a long time to unravel, and trying to figure out the underlying causes can only add to the distress. Recovery is possible, but you need to take things one step at a time. The journey can be complicated, and at times you may feel like giving up when the pain is too severe. Still, you can achieve a positive outcome by adopting simple techniques that fit alongside medical interventions.

Dealing with the effects of Long Covid

COVID-19 has waged war on the world since December 2019, as cases started to light worldwide. The effects of its presence worldwide also raise alarming concerns regarding the long term effects on those recovering from COVID-19.

The long term effects are devastating to those still recovering from an initial positive confirmation of covid. We may need to turn to medical specialists to ensure that everyone can live viable lives. 

In recent research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that COVID-19 affects many organs within the body and the lungs, which has currently been the main focus of many health professionals.

The CDC is currently researching the effects of COVID-19 on heart conditions, and they are carrying out more research to counter deaths.

Psychotherapy and pain management may become key provisions within medicine and health care. As we all tackle the ongoing Pandemic, much will depend on research, medical advances, and how humanity approaches the Pandemic. Together we can find solutions to remain alive and healthy.

Think also about alternative solutions to healing and managing severe pain by using therapeutic techniques, for example:

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Massage

  • Acupuncture

  • Osteopathy

  • Cranial Head Massage

  • Journaling

  • Art Therapies

  • Laughter/Singing Therapies

  • Talking Therapies

These therapies help to open and creatively refocus the mind, which disengages neural pain triggers in the brain. Following at least one of these practices can reduce and relieve pain dramatically, hoping that you will hopefully not need to reach out for off the self pills and potions. 

The solution is to find what fits you.

 Watch Out: How the Art of Being Iconic is Taking Over the Creative Landscape and What to Do About It.

Written by Deborah Hodgetts

In the ever-changing landscape of our planet currently, you may be feeling that you are adrift on an open sea, unsure whether you are sinking or floating.

What drives your passion for thinking outside the box to dig deeper and to find more than you could ever envisage?

Hidden within the pages of glossy magazines adorning the walls of art galleries and cultural stylings, you’ll find the semblance of THE ICONIC wrapped in gossamer strands to take you into new worlds.

What is the Art of Being Iconic?

You can be iconic and stand out from the crowd if you are successful,

influential or usher in some significant cultural change or moment that could see you being idolised for your talents of actions. 

Be yourself, who sets the rules anyway.

Create the change for yourself and others, be a work of art, paint a new vision of your future by whatever means resonates with you, and grab other people’s attention. 

Like a stone being thrown into the massive pond of life, you can cause a ripple that creates a wave of change far beyond what you could ever perceive.

When Fashion is Your Passion

If fashion is your passion, how would life feel if you got rid of those boring dress codes and switched them up to fit another world or lifestyle?

Break the trend, let your passion and interests become your fashion, live beyond the regular joe’s barriers, and let your words speak for yourself.

You could change your life entirely by dressing from past times, like Zack MacLeod Pinsent, a 26-year-old from Hove/Brighton, a master tailor of Regency Fashion. He dresses as a Regency gentleman every day, and he has made his passion his undeniable fashion, which has garnered him a global following for his Regency and Period Tailoring. Zack made the switch at the age of 14 when he ceremonially burnt his last pair of jeans, and from that day on, he has never looked back. To learn more about Zack Pinsent, click here.

Fashion is a valuable tool to show cultural diversity and demonstrate stories from the present and past. You can make fashion an individual story through how you link it to your passions and lifestyle, and the choice is yours alone. 

Colours, textures and the materials you use to speak and express who you are as a person tell your own story. You can evolve by designing your ideal concepts to create future worlds. You can gain the knowledge and skills you seek to develop and change learning and growth pathways.

Be A Culture Vulture (Is This Term Outdated?)

Don’t hide behind walls of disapproval. Break free of the staid and tried and tested. Being a culture vulture is not just slang for being serious about art and culture; it’s now a hot topic encapsulating cultural appropriation. It’s now your responsibility to consider your actions and questions if they impact others’ lives and cultures. Practice mindfulness and think before you act; it can make a difference on so many levels.

You now have an excellent opportunity to make a bold statement and actively stand up and make your mark on the world. After months of being cooped up during lockdown and slumping into the illusion of isolation from the outside world, jump off that ship and create yourself a raft of change.

Gone are those bygone days of the Minstrels and people acting inappropriately, decimating other cultures, for-profit or gain. It’s now time to find balance, raise our heads above the precipice and treat each other equally regardless of race, colour, gender or disability. 

How Does Art Depict the Changing Culture?

Art can create a massive impact and influence society by changing mindsets and opinions. It can instil values and translate human interconnection experiences across time and space-filling a timeless void of indifference.

It communicates visually and acts on our senses to bridge gaps in cultural differences. It closes the gaps in language, allowing different cultures and times to speak from the heart via images, sounds, media, and storytelling - making art the vehicle of social change.

An element of art is woven into the core of its existence in every walk of life. From the dawn of time, worlds have been built, evolved and created by the threads of art and creativity.

The world is now again changing, and you have the chance to be part of the creative evolution of humankind. What will you bring forth, and how will you make a difference to help others?

Let the Music Speak to You

In the silence and stillness of each breath, you can find solace. Hope can be brought into the light through the subtleties of sound and music. 

Music is a gamechanger, and it can speak to you on many levels and soothe your senses. 

Sounds and music diversify and cross multiple barriers from culture, ethnicity and time. Transporting you to different levels of existence and spaces of time. You can alter every aspect of your life by merely incorporating music or sounds into your day.

Students are taught Iconic representation in music schools and education, linking images and sounds, transferring these to melody, context, and rhythm. To learn more, click the link here.

Sound, music, fashion, and media cross barriers to building bridges that meet you on all levels of emotion, connecting your heart and mind. You can travel to any period in time through music, and you could be imagining being in Tudor times then zip right through to music by Blind Melons.

Whatever your favourite tune, you can explore this medium and find new ways to learn and grow as a person and an evolving Millennial.

Living Beyond Boundaries

Age is not a barrier to living your wildest dreams and achieving your long-cherished goals in life.

Here are a few essential tips to follow and steps to evolve:

  • Focus on your dreams, your talents, and be true to your values.

  • Acknowledge your pain, whether related to love, emotions or unexpressed dreams. Ditch the baggage, and express the real you.

  • Find someone who gets you on every level. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Feel with your heart, not your head. Life is too short to be unhappy!

  • Do a bit of gardening and weed in your social circles, dig out anyone who zaps your energy, or is not worth investing your time and energy.

  • You can choose your decisions, so choose wisely to determine your destiny and help you elevate your success.

Life is a fantastic adventure, but you have to learn by riding the rapids and navigating the terrain. Being an influencer of change and becoming an iconic person is possible, but it is unnecessary to live your potential.

You can simply change your mindset, learn to meditate and hit the pause button occasionally. Sometimes it is beneficial to step out of the fast lane and take time to breathe, rest, recharge and reconnect with nature.

It’s not all parties, protests and shouting out - you’ll need to learn the art of silence too.

The world needs Millenials and the Z Generation to keep the collective motoring forward and build change on a global stage. You can be heard above the noise of the masses. 

Be the change that you seek, lead the way forward for the world and future generations to come. 

Remember: Rome was not built in a day; take time and love yourself.


Day Trading and Crypto Currencies

Written by Deborah Hodgetts

In an earlier post, we looked at the secret behind the ‘rich getting rich, and the poor getting poorer,’ but you can’t do that without trading a few morals and ethics.

Taking the cryptocurrency route may get you there faster, and once you’ve mastered the basics, it will become a lot easier knowing where to start.

The new money is Cryptocurrency, and Bit trade is rattling the vaults and taking centre stage in this new world economy.

But where do you start, and how can you join the new revolution in the Crypto markets and discover alternative income streams?

Bit Trade, Bitcoin and Crypto

BitTrade is a platform that supports leading cryptocurrency exchange markets.

The system virtually manages exchanges, which has become an attractive feature when working with bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency types.

You may feel baffled and that your head is about to explode, but entering into the cryptocurrency markets is so much easier now than ever to make a start. The cryptocurrency markets can be a bit of a discovery, especially when finding the right places to invest.

Take this step-by-step journey to buy cryptocurrencies.

To buy Bitcoin, you will first need to buy a Bitcoin Wallet to store your Bitcoins for spending, purchasing, and making investments. You can buy Bitcoins using credit or debit cards. 

Alternative Side Hustles

There are many routes to reach your fame, fortune, and financial abundance goals. You could buy stocks and trade on the stock exchange with bonds, Bitcoin or hard currencies. 

Other alternate routes may take the form of investing in Art, Film, Popular Culture, Property, and Private investments; all could see you creating a strong portfolio of assets.

You could decide to take the route of a pyramid scheme system. For example, the company ‘Forever Living’ focuses on generating income. 

Pyramid schemes recruit people and set up business and trading; that person then compels another person to join, and so on. Each person recruited pushes the next person towards the top of the pyramid. The process also equates increasing revenue by taking a percentage from those below you.

Other possibilities may be using a spare room and setting up an Airbnb, selling and recycling on places like eBay, Music Magpie, Vinted, UpCycle; the list is endless in this growing market.

You could generate sales with Click funnels, manage social media for small companies, become an extra in movies, babysit, write resumes, create art to be uploaded to places like Zazzle and Etsy, or set up a YouTube channel become a You Tuber.

Whatever you decide to create your first steps to a brighter future, make sure that you research all angles of the opportunity. Look at the prospective gains and watch the markets before securing any investments, especially in our current unstable economic markets. Start with small investments that you can quickly recoup if things fall apart and save cash wisely.


The Anatomy of Love

Written by Deborah M. Hodgetts

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is wing'd cupid painted blind."

Shakespeare, William.

Love is endless in its many forms, its nature is involuntary, and to science, it is a drive, a thirst to be accepted and cherished by another, a chemical reaction, and the birth of life.

To the ancient Greeks, 'Love' was defined as the madness of God's.

However, psychologists define love as a strong desire to connect with another person emotionally.

Love is many a splendid thing and means different things to many people.

How do you define love?

The Science of Great Love

You are built on love, even when you feel at your darkest place - pause.

Sit in silence, listen to your heart, pray for guidance, and rest on hope.

Why are we so attracted to another person?

It may not just be love at first sight. Your socioeconomic background, education, and family are all aligned too. Your hormones and the signals it sends to your brain forms part of the grand plan. 

Love is an old topic from poets to philosophers.

But love, it appears, is also driven by the following factors too:

Connecting The Dots

Scientists seem to think that it is less of a great mystery, and your biology plays a significant part in the game of love. The following chemicals, estrogen, testosterone, dopamine, and serotonin, merge in a magical love cocktail. 

It is thought that if you are a high estrogen type, you will most likely be attracted to someone with a high testosterone level. 

Love on My Mind

The brain also involves three basic circuits; sex helps us seek out the perfect partner; romantic love - that floaty in the clouds feeling, love at first sight; the attachment phase, the slippers on feeling comfortable stage - Click Here.

Love Smells

In addition to chemical connections and biology, the way you smell adds to the magic of love. Your smell and body odour are closely connected to your gender and sexual orientation. 

So, we are all made up of genes and distinct odours, whether you are heterosexual or homosexual. 

The Art of Love

Can you paint a picture of love with your heart?

The answer to that question is, Yes!

Love is a creative force that is more than biology and chemicals.

It creates beauty and paints pictures to illuminate our lives.

Love is an art project created by the unseen eye. 

Poets and artists have documented this through love poems and art since the dawn of time. You may have enjoyed these with those you love. Your life is also a story of love, sometimes seen and many times unseen forces beyond all comprehension.

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."


What is the Greatest Love?

The greatest of all love is the love for one another. It's the love we share with a stranger in a random act of kindness, and it's caring for our planet and the natural world by acting responsibly by recycling, reusing, and repurposing rather than throwing items away in landfill sites.

Love has many faces, and each has the propensity to change lives and heal the world if only we stop, listen, and act accordingly with compassion, kindness, and a heart full of love.

Change The World With Light

Light a candle, and spread a little love in the world during this time of uncertainty. You could form a circle of light and hold people in your thoughts.

Use candles to help in meditation can help you connect with your heart, relieving you of anxiety and stress, or you may want to float away and relax in a nice warm bath by candlelight. 

So, with hope and love, light a candle to illuminate the world.

You may know this quote used by Franklin D. Roosevelt at his inauguration taken from the bible: "And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13.

There are many ways to the heart, but all of them come from love in every aspect of life - you are always brought back to the greatest of all, LOVE. You arrive in the world with love and depart life with love. 

Though to many, there is no love. Despite the obvious, you are the epitome of Life and Love.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Fashion Design For a New Age

Written by Deborah M. Hodgetts

 Fashion and technology are no longer limited to yesteryear’s drab designs; both fashion and technology are merging to create concepts, materials, and a plan for the future of innovative ways of manufacturing and the dawn of a New World.

Living beyond technological boundaries will be the new commodity and currency in a changing economic picture once the world starts turning once more post the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Technology and fashion bring new-age clothing innovations to life that may change how we wear clothes, allowing us to reuse, recycle, and repurpose the clothes we own.

Here is a sample of 6 of the leading innovative fabric trends changing the future of fashion and technology:

Sensing Health Issues

You may wear a fitness watch during exercise to monitor your heart rate and fitness levels, but what if you could measure your fitness through sensors built into your sportswear. The activewear Omsignal can collect medical data and information; the smart fabric has an embedded ECG, physical, and respiration sensors.

Your collected data is transferred to a recording sensor within the fabric, sending this information to your Cloud. The recorder can collect 50 hours of data without requiring it to be recharged.

Woven-In Sensors To Control Tech

If you are always losing your mobile phone, this may be the answer to your problems. The first garment embracing Google Woven In is the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket.

The fabric contains tiny interwoven electronics with inbuilt snap tags that alert you when your device is activated. It does this by flashing a light tag. This then emits an electronic pulse to receive feedback via a haptic feedback sensor.

Energy Harvesting Fabric

Triboelectric fabric is one of the first energy harvesting materials that is both waterproof and converts energy from multiple sources, including wind, rain, and body movements. This material could be used to create clothing in the future and reduce our carbon footprint.

Sensory Fitness Clothing

Fitness clothing with built-in specialised haptic software provides vibrations and feedback, and Wearable X support accelerometers design the Nadia X yoga wear. This micro vibrating motor is interwoven within the fabric. The vibrations sensed from the material can support your movements and trigger the sensor to perceive how to move your body during exercise routines such as yoga, running or walking activities.

Communication Clothing

Have you ever thought about what your clothes may be saying about you and your personality? Know you can express yourself by making a statement - through messages coded into the material created by CuteCircuit. One of their new products helps you feel, and another item allows you to fully immerse yourself in music.

Sock Sensors

Sensoria Socks contain textile pressure sensors that link to a smartphone app. This smart fabric can count the number of steps you take, and it can monitor your pace, records how many calories you have burned, and records how your foot lands on the ground when you walk. This may be beneficial to marathon runners, speed walkers and sportspeople, and women.

Green Fashion Saves Lives

Green fashion and sustainable fashions are growing movements, and their success is creating significant change within the fashion industry landscape. Sustainable fashion also drives systems towards ecological integrity, social justice, cultural differences, and an improvement in social factors.

Sustainable fashion supports our planet by helping the environment in the following ways: 

  • Sustainable fashion preserves and saves natural resources.

  • It helps to reduce the carbon footprint.

  • It saves the lives of animals.

  • Sustainable fashion supports safer working practices and working conditions for millions of workers in factories across the world.

  • Sustainable fashion is healthier for people and our planet.

  • It does not support child labour.

Living a life that supports every aspect of sustainable living will help you love your clothes and your life by following Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle.

  • By reducing waste, you cut the need to create messy, unhealthy landfill sites that pollute and damage food chains.

  • Reuse your clothes, support local charities by taking old clothes to charity shops to be resold.

  • Repair your clothes and alter them to create a brand new outfit.

  • Recycle your clothes, furniture, plastics, carrier bags, and recyclable household waste to create storage items and new things to support an eco-lifestyle.

Sustainable Business

Owning a sustainable business is an excellent opportunity to see how your input makes a difference playfully and for you to make an ethical impact first hand.

Here are six effective ways to build a successful sustainable business:

  1. Build your business on a belief in caring for your planet.

  2. Stand still and fully embrace change.

  3. Focus on growing green credentials.

  4. Growth and comfort cannot co-exist.

  5. Focus on rooting your business to offer value and support to your customers and clients.

  6. Focus on being innovative and open to new ideas and ways of trading.

There are many kinds of eco-businesses for you to discover,

Take a look at some of these ideas that could help you to set up your own business:

  • Green Finances.

  • Organic Catering.

  • Sustainable Construction.

  • Eco-friendly landscaping.

  • Second-hand Stores.

  • Green Consulting Services.

  • Handmade all-natural/ Organic Products.

  • Eco-friendly Beauty Salons

  • Farmers Market Vendor.

  • Bicycle Repairs and Refurbishing.

  • Upcycling Furniture

  • Eco-friendly retail.

  • Environmental Publications

  • Green Franchises


In our changing world, fashion and technology have the potential to lead in building a better world that supports business, technology, ecology, culture, social justice, and rebuilding global economies.

You can also play your part by buying sustainable fashion. You could also consider investing in eco-friendly sourced products and change your life by living a green lifestyle.

However, if this is not for you, think about contributing and play your part in reducing climate change by using less of our natural resources and adopt a conservative attitude.

Everyone on our planet has a role to play in saving our world, protecting our natural habitats, and caring for our endangered creatures. 

But this all can start here and now with you.

What will you do to play your part?