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Kaelen Felix illustrates Ritchie Torres for 360 Magazine

TRAILBLAZER: CONGRESSMAN RITCHIE TORRES

By Elle Grant

January 3rd marked the commencement of the 117th Congress and the swearing of its newest members. For many, it marked the beginning of a new dawn. One that will be followed by the inauguration of TIME’s People of the Year, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. They will replace President Trump on Inauguration Day on January 20th. Yet several other remarkable individuals were elected this year and sworn in a bit earlier, solidifying the 117th Congress as the most diverse in American history. One of these representatives is a freshly elected Ritchie Torres, a 32-year-old politician serving the 15th congressional district in the Bronx, New York. Torres is the first openly gay Afro-Latino man elected to Congress, and one of two gay Black men that will serve in the 117th Congress, a distinction he shares with fellow New Yorker Mondaire Jones. 360 Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with Torres to discuss the story of his life, the issues he considers vital, as well as pick his brain for his thoughts on current events.

“I am a product of the Bronx,” Torres says of his childhood, “I spent most of my life in poverty.” Ritchie Torres was raised by a single mother, one of three children, in the Throggs Neck neighborhood of the East Bronx. He recalls the difficulty his mother had raising a family on minimum wage in the 1990s, as well as the awful conditions of the public housing he grew up in. Torres recollects these experiences with the soft yet fluid countenance that marked his speech throughout 360’s conversation with him. He floats between topics and memories with ease.

He recalls, with a rich sense of irony, the construction of Trump Golf Links as a child. “My life is something of a metaphor. I grew up right across the street of what became Trump golf course and actually something funny, is when the golf course was undergoing construction, it unleashed a skunk infestation. So, I often tell people I’ve been smelling the stench of Donald Trump long before he became President.” His own situation, compared with the government subsidized construction of the Trump Golf Links, deeply unsettled Torres’ image of society. He says collectively of his youth, “Those experiences shape not only who I am as a person, but as a public official.”

Such injustices prompted Torres to seek to become “The change that you wish the see in the world,” he says, quoting Mahatma Gandhi. He named public figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Ted Kennedy as role models. He got his start as a housing organizer and eventually took the leap of faith to run for public office, becoming New York’s youngest elected city official at age 25. He had “No ties to the machine. No ties to the dynasties of Bronx politics, but I was young and energetic. I knocked on thousands of doors,” he claims that kind of face-to-face contact won him that election. Torres then became the first LGBTQ+ official elected from the Bronx.

“I think it has several implications,” he says when asked what this early accomplishment meant to him. “I mean, first, we are all products of our identities and our lived experiences. Right? Who we are as people shapes what we do as policy makers. It is important to have LGBTQ policy makers in the room where decisions are being made. A wise person once said, ‘If you don’t have a seat at the table, then you are probably on the menu.’” Referring to his 2020 election win, he says “My election means that LGBTQ people of color, in particular, will have a seat at one of the most powerful tables, the United States Congress.” He calls the reality of his election both empowering and normalizing. “I am a symbol of possibility.”

“I met Mondaire for the first time four years ago,” Torres says of Mondaire Jones, U.S. representative of New York’s 17th congressional district. “I remember when I met him for the first time, we had a conversation about the lack of LGBTQ representation of color in New York state politics. And I never imagined that four years later, he and I would become the first openly LGBTQ Black members of United States Congress.”

Congressmen Torres recognizes that his path, though marked with accomplishments, has not been one of only highs. Torres stands apart as a public official on the national stage who is open about the lows of his life and his struggles with mental health. When asked why he chooses to be so transparent, he says “I felt a deep sense of obligation to speak openly about my own struggles with depression in order to break the silence and shame and stigma that surrounds mental health.” He seeks to evolve, not perpetuate, the current ideas surrounding mental health. He hopes to show that “there is a way forward” out of difficult moments, which for him were struggles with substance abuse, the loss of a friend, and moments when he considered taking his own life. But seven years later, Torres was elected to city council. “I would not be alive today, much less a member of the United States Congress, were it not for mental health care which saved my life.” He aspires to send a message that “Recovery is possible. You can take an antidepressant, as I do every day, and find normalcy and stability” and achieve feats like being elected to Congress.

The 117th Congress is slated to be the most diverse in history. Torres says of this reality, “I think American is increasingly becoming a multi-racial, multi-ethnic inclusive democracy. We are witnessing the collapse of politics as an old voice network. I am part of a new generation of young leaders every bit as diverse as America itself. Congress is becoming what it always should have been, a miniaturization of America itself.”

Torres acknowledges the year 2020, monumental in many ways, as harrowing for his Bronx community. “COVID-19 has been a catastrophe for the city and the country, and the South Bronx has been the epicenter of COVID-19. The South Bronx had the highest rate of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality during the peak of the pandemic. And just as destructive as COVID-19 itself were the deeper inequalities that were brought to light.” He argued that the coronavirus exposed the deeper health inequalities, racial inequalities, and class inequalities laid bare by the pandemic.

These issues are at the forefront of Torres’ mind in thinking of his work as a legislator. When asked what he saw as the first step to rectifying the rampant racial injustice in the United States, he answered “the first thing is to bring greater accountability to policing in America,” an argument familiar to many Americans following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd and their ensuing protests. As the Black Lives Matter movement swept the nation with greater momentum than ever before, cries for justice and defunding the police became common across the country’s cities. “Where there is no accountability, there will never be an end to police brutality” Torres says, being especially critical of qualified immunity in the United States.

Torres heads to Congress as a man with a mission regarding many issues. He himself declares “My great passion is affordable housing,” reflecting a long journey working continually in the housing sphere. He seeks to secure far greater funding for public housing in New York City and to expand the Section 8 program. The Section 8 program, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher program, created by an act in 1978, provides assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income families to rent housing in the private market. Torres says, “For me the surest way to stimulate the economy is to put money in the pockets of struggling families.” In order to do that, he believes the solution is an expanded child tax credit, which he describes as the single largest tax expenditure in America, yet he finds fault with a system that is “so regressive that it excludes a third of American families. Particularly the poorest families in America.” Torres’ passion shines through when he discusses the subject, detailing how this solution could slash childhood poverty by 40% in the span of the year. He calls its potential an absolute “game changer.”

Without question, affordable housing and tax reform are the first issues Torres hopes to address after being sworn in to the 117th Congress on January 3rd, 2020. “For me, the central mission of my life is to fight poverty in America. Racially constructed poverty in America. The South Bronx is said to be the poorest district in America and if we can make progressive policies work in the South Bronx, we can make them work anywhere.”

360 Magazine also had the opportunity to discuss a variety of current issues with Congressman Torres, one of which being the then impending Senate run-offs in Georgia. Following races too close to call in November 2020, Republican incumbent David Perdue is facing a challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff. Additionally, GOP appointee Kelly Loeffler is defending her seat against Democrat Reverend Raphael Warnock. The election is vital because it will determine which party will control the Senate. “The stakes are supremely important,” Torres says of Georgia. “As long as Mitch McConnell refuses to bring critical bills to the floor for a vote, there is a limit to what we can accomplish. For me, Mitch McConnell is the single greatest obstruction on the path to progress. Winning those two seats in Georgia are essential.”

Regarding the impending mayoral race in his home of New York City, as well as early polls that display former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang as the frontrunner, Torres is coy. “The mayor’s race is wide open. Anyone who claims to have it figured out is lying.” He goes on to affirm “It is full of more than one credible candidate.”

“To be clear, I never announced that I wasn’t going to be in the squad.” Torres says, referring to ‘The Squad’ of United States Congress, composed of Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a fellow New Yorker, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. With new young progressive politicians like Torres joining the fray, claims of expanding membership are common. Torres, along with the aforementioned Mondaire Jones, as well as Congresswoman Cori Bush, Congresswoman Marie Newman, and Congressman Jamaal Brown are commonly referred to as impending members.

Instead, Torres clarifies, “I would never issue an announcement that I would not be a part of something. That would be an odd thing to do. Whenever I’m asked about the squad, I simply state that I’m my own person and I prefer to be judged on the basis of my own story and my own record, on my own terms.” He goes on to assert he is willing to work with “anyone and everyone in the service of delivering to the people of the South Bronx. That is my highest priority.” Torres is clear in this declaration that he is willing to work with more conservative members of his own party or the Republican party in hopes of progress.

On a future in politics, Torres affirmed his intent to serve the people in the moment and to “let the dice fall where they may” regarding the future. When asked what wisdom he would impart to a younger generation, Congressman Torres says “We are all only as strong as the support we have in our lives and be grateful for the supporters you have. The friends and family. I would not be here today if not for the friendship of people who believed in me more than I believed in myself. Know who those people are and value them and be grateful for them.”

Update as of 1/14/21, Congressman Ritchie Torres has formally endorsed former presidential candidate Andrew Yang for mayor of New York City. This comes just a day after Andrew Yang announced his campaign in a video titled ‘Why I’m Running,’ which features Torres in it.

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Who Can Use CBD Vape Cartridges


Vaping is a method of taking CBD that became popular in the last years, and there are many reasons for this. The leading one is the effectiveness of this compound and its health benefits. Then, there is the ease of use, convenience, and swift action of CBD after inhaling.

The safety of cannabidiol use is also one of the main reasons why this substance is a buzz. Vaping, as explained on Cheef Botanicals, is a way to administer CBD that has the least side effects. If you use vape gear and cartridge according to the instructions, the risk of abuse is minimal.

Whether this natural remedy is used as a supplement or adjunct to conventional therapy, it is suitable for both healthy and sick people. Still, in some people, vaping will have an excellent effect. This method of CBD ingestion is especially recommended to them.

People Suffer from Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are common conditions that can have devastating effects on health and well-being. These mental issues always lead to many difficulties in all areas of life. Sufferers try to keep these conditions under control using medication.
Still, no matter how effective, conventional drugs often have many side effects. Even worse, they can be addictive. Natural remedies like CBD have minimal side effects and are safe for use whenever you feel upset or depressed.

CBD is proving to be an excellent choice for relieving all the symptoms of anxiety. The healing properties of this compound reflect in its positive effect on receptors in the brain. CBD ingested through vaporizers can affect how these receptors respond to serotonin. That way, it reduces nervousness, stress, and depression.

Everyone with Sleep Issues

Sleep issues don’t always manifest as a disease, but these are not normal condition as well. In some people, poor sleep can be an acute problem. It can occur for various reasons – night work, rest, time zone changes, etc. Also, insomnia can be directly related to stress and anxiety. People who feel anxious have trouble falling asleep and sleeping continuously. That is why it’s necessary to act first on the cause of insomnia and then on this condition.

As described in the previous paragraph, CBD’s soothing effect will help anxious people improve their mood and get rid of anxiety. As for sleep, that means it will be easier to fall asleep and have more extended periods of sleep without interruption.
Why people need a quality night’s rest, read on the following source:
https://www.popsci.com/why-we-need-sleep/ 

People with Arthritis

Arthritis is the leading condition among many others that occur as a result of inflammation. There is still no cure for this disease, and those currently in use can have harmful effects on inner organs. That is why more and more patients turn to natural remedies that can be used along with prescribed therapy. They don’t damage the kidneys, pancreas, and heart.

Some receptors in the endocannabinoid system are responsible for the proper functioning of the immune system. They also keep the inflammations under control. CBD affects these receptors, which means it directly treats the cause of arthritis. It also reaches the painful place where it ‘fixes’ the damage.

Cancer Patients

Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment that gives outstanding results but often has some side effects. Read more about them on this web source. They are not risky, but they reduce the quality of life of a cancer patient.
 Sometimes it can last for years after treatment is completed. These are most often neuropathic pain, chills, appetite disorders, nausea, fainting, and many others. CBD can help people struggle with these adverse effects of chemo. 

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic features, this compound acts as pain relief. Thus cancer patients who vape CBD don’t feel neuropathic pain. They are in a better mood, have a healthier appetite, and so on. All these mean these people can return to daily activities soon after chemo.

Inhaling CBD is a safe way to provide your body with the dose of cannabidiol needed to treat or prevent disease. This substance affects many processes in the body, which means it can help treat and fix the damages resulted from diseases.

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COVID-19 Shifted Modern Business

COVID-19 and the global pandemic has presented a significant and unforeseen challenge to many businesses. The government and public health restrictions have meant closures for some, and the economic impacts have meant customers are more nervous than ever before. As a business, managing through this pandemic means shifting the fundamental way you see your business. To better understand how COVID-19 has shifted the perspective of modern business, consider these points.

Managing the books

Prior to the pandemic, businesses could be excused for not being across the minutia of detail when it came to their day to day finances. Managing inventories, purchasing and other key accounting tasks may have been considered handled in a lot of circumstances. With the pandemic taking force, it’s been crucial to shift that perspective and consider online accounting software. As businesses shift operations away from bricks and mortar style offices, to working from home, online software is key. Businesses need to be able to manage and keep an eye on all finances in real-time. Making critical accounting decisions remotely could make or break the business, so your business needs to be agile in the way it operates. Traditional businesses could get away with quarterly reporting or even monthly, but the modern business will need to be much more focused on the numbers week to week or even day-to-day. Online software can keep you up-to-date with the accounting details you need to make smarter decisions.

Smart tooling

Previously, businesses considered tools which would allow their employees, customers and competitors to connect a nice service to have. Since COVID took hold, it’s been crucial for the modern business to adapt and offer a range of tools to help create those connections. In lieu of seeing people face-to-face, businesses needed to find ways to create virtual collaboration and avoid an over-reliance on traditional communication methods, like email. 

The modern business has shifted its perspective on these tools and some are now even seeking to find ways to create these virtual connections, similar to the water cooler type conversations you’d see in a physical office. This pandemic has created a divide in project teams, product teams and many other teams where close collaboration was a key to success. Modern businesses, rather than abandoning these ways of working, have adapted and found tools that help them connect better in a separated world.

Productive home workers

Prior to the pandemic taking hold, a lot of traditional business managers held the belief that working from home was unproductive. With public health advice all but demanding businesses have employees work from home, this perspective has certainly changed. Many businesses experienced a changing of the guard, albeit through a transition period. But as time goes by, the modern business is realising that expensive leases and large tenancy are simply not necessary. Employees have proven that productivity will go on, and that business output doesn’t suffer simply because staff are at home. 

Without commutes, some staff even prefer to work longer hours. The pandemic has offered the modern business an advantage to be taken. Allowing staff to become flexible with work arrangements both now and into the future can help build a more engaged and focused workforce. The caveat to this is ensuring staff have the appropriate setups and systems access to do their jobs effectively.

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COVID-19 has challenged many widely held beliefs about the way a traditional business needs to run. From managing the day to day to allowing staff the freedom to work from wherever they are most productive. Modern business perspectives have changed and a lot of managers would argue it’s about time too.

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This Is How to Sleep Through the Night

Do you have trouble sleeping at night and looking for advice? A lack of sleep each night can increase your risk of serious health problems. 
Some of these might include stomach problems, lack of energy, weight gain, and depression. There are tips that you need to follow to avoid these health conditions and for you to improve the quality of your sleep.
Here’s how to sleep through the night and to wake up feeling energized and rejuvenated.

Relax Your Body With Exercise

Did you know that regular exercise can prepare your body for quality sleep? Physical activity can help you to sleep through the night without disruptions. 

Moderate workout sessions can decrease the length of time it takes for you to fall asleep. Exercise also helps to relax your mind and body, which makes it easier for you to fall asleep.

Exercise is known to reduce muscle tension in the body, reduce stress, and to increase the production of endorphins, which are the ‘feel-good’ hormones. You don’t have to perform a strenuous or challenging workout to get substantial benefits.

You can dedicate thirty minutes of exercise sessions to improve the quality of your sleep. For example, your exercise routine may consist of jogging, brisk walking, swimming laps, washing your car, sweeping, or other simple chores around the house.

Try to avoid physical activities for at least three hours before going to bed. This is a precaution that you can take to give your body enough time to cool off from your workout and to prepare for sleep.

For long-term results, you need to find an exercise routine that you enjoy and stick with it. This is one of the easiest ways for you to overcome your sleeping problems.

Use a Leg Pillow

Are you a side sleeper? Your pillow can be a critical component of your sleep health. Placing a pillow between your legs is an effective technique that increases the quality of your sleep.

When you place a pillow between your legs, you’re helping to eliminate stress on your hips, prevent lower back and leg pains, improve blood circulation, and to improve spine alignment.

This technique might also be useful if you suffer from breathing conditions such as sleep apnea. Positioning a pillow between your legs may help to alleviate this condition.

Using a pillow might seem simple, but it can be very effective for you to sleep peacefully during the night. This is a comfortable sleeping position that you can utilize to enhance your sleep. 

Read this article to learn more valuable information about sleeping with a pillow between your legs.
Make Your Bedroom Comfortable
Be sure to optimize the comfort level of your bedroom so that you can get quality sleep. There might be issues in your bedroom that you’re not even aware of.

For better sleep, you might need to adjust your lighting, so that it’s not too harsh to disrupt your sleep. You can also keep your bedroom completely dark when you’re sleeping.

You might need to remove your television set from your bedroom and move it to another room. Watching television before you fall asleep might prevent you from getting enough sleep during the night.

So, you need to turn off your television screen or remove it from your room.

The electronics in your bedroom could also interfere with the quality of your sleep. Your radio, tablet, laptop, cell phone, and other items in your bedroom can be problematic.
So, it is beneficial for you to remove your electronics from your bedroom. 

Another important bedroom makeover is to change your mattress. Be sure to get rid of your old, lumpy mattress. Replacing your old mattress can be an effective way for you to get the quality sleep that you deserve. 
These are simple tweaks that you can use to turn your bedroom into a better sleeping environment. 

Avoid Smoking

Less smoking might help you to sleep better. Smoking is detrimental to your health, but it can also cause you to have sleeping problems. It might cause sleep apnea, snoring, and a host of other sleep-related issues.
Nicotine found in cigarettes could be the main reason why you’re unable to get a full night’s sleep. This is a chemical that is known to be responsible for insomnia and other issues.

When you’re trying to fall asleep, your nicotine cravings might be too intense, especially if you’re in the habit of smoking before bedtime.
Too much smoking tends to disrupt the patterns of your normal sleep cycle and might keep you awake for most of the night. Due to these problems, you should consider quitting your smoking habits. 

Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine is a common stimulant that might prevent you from falling asleep. Once it enters your bloodstream, it might cause insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and sleep disturbance.

Try to avoid caffeine intake to improve your sleep. You need to avoid drinking coffee, tea, and soft drinks before bedtime. These are essential steps for you to sleep better. 

Follow a Guide to Learn How to Sleep Through the Night

When you learn how to sleep through the night, it will be easier for you to adapt to a strategy that improves your sleeping patterns. Instead of waking up in the middle of the night, you have the chance to get the beauty sleep that you deserve.

Do you want to discover more helpful tips? If you want to read more useful articles, you can check out the rest of our website.

United States Suicide Crisis

The United States is a nation currently plagued by many crises. We are facing a public health, economic, and civil rights crisis all at the same time. The coronavirus pandemic alone is changing almost every facet of life for hundreds of millions of Americans. Cases of COVID19 are rising again with fear and anxiety close behind.

Dr. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Marketa Wills – two Harvard-trained psychiatrists and co-founders of Healthy Mind MDs, LLC – a wellness enterprise whose sole mission is to improve the emotional and mental well-being of all Americans. They believe this increased rate of clinical anxiety and depression can lead to another major crisis – suicide. Mental health professionals are concerned that suicide rates will greatly increase over the next few months related to Americans deal with what is happening around them. 

Suicide is not a new national problem. Research has established a strong link between economic upheaval and suicide and substance us In fact, it is a public health crisis that has plagued America for quite some time. Suicide rates among adults in the U.S. were on the rise before this pandemic. In 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that suicide deaths among those age 1 to 64 had increased to 35% in less than two decades. It is evident by our nation’s response, COVID-19 caught us off guard. A study of the Great Recession that began in late 2007 found that every percentage point increase in the unemployment rate, there was about a 1.6 percent increase in the suicide rate.

Drs. Barnes and Wills believe it is important that we, individually and collectively, ring the alarm regarding the possibilities of COVID-19 related suicide. They are available to talk about the signs of a loved one who may be contemplating suicide and how to combat it. Signs include:

• Extreme withdrawal from all family and friends from someone who had previously been outgoing and friendly

• Increased use of alcohol and drugs

• Stating that life is not worth living

• Starting to get possessions and final paperwork in order

• Erratic behaviors,  mood swings, increased agitation/aggression/irritability

• Severe changes in sleep (increased sleep or decreased sleep) and appetite (increased appetite or decreased appetite

Given this confluence of stressors, the mental health of many Americans is becoming a major concern as we adapt to absorb the psychologic impact of all these major events. Data shows that one third of U.S  adults have reported symptoms of clinical anxiety and depression related to this public health crisis.

Barnes, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and behavioral health medical director at a Fortune 500 managed care company. For the past eighteen years, she has practiced child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry—she has a thriving, diverse, boutique private practice with patient clientele ranging from working adults to urban children and  adolescents. She trained in the specialty of psychiatry at programs  affiliated with both Harvard University and Emory University Schools Medicine and attended Texas A&M University College of Medicine, where she received a Doctor of Medicine degree. Dr. Barnes is a member of several professional organizations including the National Medical Association, the Black Psychiatrists of America, and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She is originally from Hillside, New Jersey, and currently resides in Houston, Texas, where she lives with her son.

Marketa Wills, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School of Business and serves as a physician executive at a Fortune 500 health insurance company. She has cared for severely mentally ill patients in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room clinical settings. As treatment team leader and medical director, she effectively collaborated with other mental professionals to ensure that patients with a variety of ailments—ranging from schizophrenia to postpartum depression to substance abuse—were able to live as productively as possible. Dr.Wills earned her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital program. In her last year of the program, she served as chief resident. She has received numerous accolades and awards highlighting her clinical and community achievements. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she currently resides in sunny Tampa, Florida.

The doctors have shared their expertise on numerous news outlets as well as CBS News, NBC Syndication and CBS Radio.
July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Drs. Barnes and Wills would be ideal experts to talk about mental health and suicide issues.

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Lute – Gold Mouf Chronicles

Following the special episode of Gold Mouf Chronicles dealing with his anxiety, Lute (Dreamville/Interscope Records) gives his best attempts at some alternative solutions to calm himself. He enters Dojo Body Mind in Charlotte, NC which is led by Brandon Powell to learn some meditation and breathing techniques that centers himself, especially under high pressure scenarios. Using what Powell refers to as forms of internal self-defense, Lute practices controlling his breathing carefully to a drum before easing himself into an ice bath. While intimidated at first, he overcomes the initial mental and physical shock and manages to stay in it for almost half a minute. Hopefully it leads to a better control over his anxiety in the near future. Watch the episode HERE.

The series features Lute’s latest single “GED (Gettin Every Dolla)” as its opening theme. The single, which debuted in early 2020 following a cryptic social media campaign, has become a fan favorite. The Neal Farmer-directed video, has now amassed over 1.8 MM views on YouTube. Following its release, Lute stunned fans with a halftime performance during the Hornets vs. Rockets showdown at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2019, the Charlotte rapper teamed up with label head J. Cole, and hip hop phenom DaBaby for the track, “Under the Sun,” which was featured on the Grammy-nominated RIAA certified Platinum Dreamville album Revenge of the Dreamers III. Fans can catch the latest episodes of Gold Mouf Chronicles by visiting www.gettineverydolla.com.

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4 Ways To Boost Self Confidence During COVID-19

Fear and uncertainty are the most common reasons why most people feel stressed, anxious, and helpless. With the coronavirus pandemic putting a halt to our lives, the world is facing a severe public health crisis.

With multiple lives lost, rapid changes in our lifestyle, and physical distancing made mandatory, people are feeling frustrated, irritable, restless, overwhelmed, underconfident, and disconnected. 

Insecurity has been around for ages, but never more than today. The global pandemic situation has heightened the levels of such feelings. But, we as human beings crave security. We are obsessed with being powerful and taking control of things. So much so that it is becoming increasingly difficult to cope with this uncertainty.

If you are feeling restless and under-confident by the current situation, you must know you are not alone. We are in this together. 

And to help you come out of this crisis stronger, in this post, we have listed ways to boost confidence and lower stress.

Accept The Situation AND Tackle The Things You Can Control

Easier said than done, but the first step is to come to terms with the uncertainty going around in the world. While scientists all over the globe are trying to develop a vaccine as fast as possible, we don’t know how long we will have to live with the virus. And we know this sounds scary, but it’s essential to understand we can’t control everything. 

Life is unpredictable. Not wanting to sound like a broken record, but that’s how it is. So rather than worrying about the situation you can’t control, focus on the things you can. That will help build confidence and feel relaxed.

If you have lost your job, work upon finding a new one. And again, if you are worried about the virus, inculcate healthy habits in your daily routine and encourage your family to do the same. 

Practice Mindfulness

Rather than thinking about how things will unfold in 2021, focus on living in the present. While there may not be much to look forward to, that’s what can help you attain peace.

Question yourself repeatedly and understand why you are feeling what you are feeling. Once you understand the reason behind the negative thoughts in your mind, you can practice mindfulness to transform them into a positive influence.

There are many ways to achieve mindfulness, like yoga, meditation, healthy eating, exercising, therapy, etc. Another foolproof way is seeking the help of a professional psychic. 

Psychics can provide guidance on a range of topics from all things love to career and relationships. You can also read Leo daily horoscope on a psychic’s website.

Surround Yourself With People That Love You

Eliminate the people in your life that give you a negative vibe or pull you down. They are just emotional parasites preying on people and sucking the energy out of their systems. You don’t need that.

Rather, identify people who uplift, motivate, and love you. Spend quality time with them. If you are feeling low or anxious about something, talk to them. They can be of great emotional support. 

Spending time with friends and family and expressing your worries can provide stability, comfort, and boost confidence. 

Physical distancing is a must, but that doesn’t mean social disconnection, Use technology to your advantage, and foster healthy relationships.

Learn To Thrive In The Face Of Adversities

Don’t let fears and worries have the upper hand in your life. Accept the uncertainty that comes with specific situations. And like Rihanna said, “Shine bright like a diamond.”

Here’s what you can do.

  • Identify Your Trigger Points – A pessimistic outlook towards life leads to self-generated uncertainty. And while external factors play a huge role in adding to the same, you must determine what fuels it in the first place.

    By recognizing your triggers, you can find ways to deal with them and avoid feeling helpless.
  • Recognize When And Why You Crave For Certainty – Identify situations that make you feel anxious and stressed. Understand how your body physically reacts to them. Do you feel nauseous or nervous?

    And when you figure it out, take a moment, breathe deep, and tell yourself that “This too shall pass.” Because in the end, you have to be your own hero.
  • Let Go – Allow yourself to feel vulnerable. Yes, you read that right.

    It’s important to experience all kinds of emotions. Acceptance is the first step towards building confidence. When you come to terms with your emotions, let go.

    You are not a fortune-teller. You don’t know what the future holds. All you can do right now is to accept how everything rolls.

Final Words

COVID-19 has changed the way we live, eat, and breathe. But we can’t give up. We have to come out to the pandemic stronger and confident. 

That’s why, in this post, we discussed ways to boost confidence and reduce stress. 

Hopefully, it was helpful.

Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Era with the Help of Telehealth

Experiencing feelings of isolation, panicking about the scarcity of resources, and fearing for one’s health can be overwhelming during this time of uncertainty. Due to the threat of Coronavirus, we are being forced to alter the way we interact with colleagues, friends, and family, shifting our work and social schedules. Meetings and gatherings have been postponed or outright canceled.

This leaves a gap. We are, at our core, inherently social, and loneliness can be as overwhelming as any other trauma.One result of this is many people are spending much more time in their own homes.

We need connection, and we can feel when it’s missing

Working from home is fast becoming a best practice for minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. However, such a drastic change to your daily routine, coupled with the constant news cycle updates, can put a strain on your mental health. Rather than waiting “until things calm down” to see a therapist, it is worth exploring an emerging alternative to coming into a therapist’s office – Telehealth.

Teletherapy helps you maintain mental health

For years, telehealth (or teletherapy) has improved access to care for clients with mobility challenges and for those who live too far to travel to their preferred therapist. Now, teletherapy is becoming increasingly relevant as the number of remote workers, or people working from home, is surging.

Teletherapy reduces travel time to and from your therapist’s office, which makes it more convenient for the working professional. It also offers the benefit of being in a comfortable and familiar environment, which can often be helpful for self-expression and reflection.

HIPAA Compliant Teletherapy Offers Security

Some are reluctant to try telehealth because they feel that something would be missing from a face to face interaction. With a clear camera and high quality internet connection, we find that, in practice, clients get just as much out of remote therapy as in-person. Others may be concerned about privacy. If this is a concern, make sure your therapist is using a HIPAA Compliant service,  like Spruce Health or SimplePractice, that offers a secure connection. This way your data is protected.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by COVID-19, give me a call. I am a psychologist, and I can help you learn coping skills that will give you peace of mind during this challenging time. I also offer teletherapy sessions using a HIPAA compliant system.

About Dr. Crystal Clements

Sync PicDr. Crystal Clements is a psychologist who practices as a registered psychological assistant in Downtown Los Angeles at Here Counseling. She works with adults, adolescents, couples and families to treat depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and relational issues.She loves what she does and is passionate about helping people feel good about themselves and life. Dr. Crystal earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Studies and MAs in Psychology and Christian Leadership from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. She earned a BA in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her training, she completed an APA accredited internship in Health Service Psychology at California State University, Fullerton.

Contact her today for a free 15 minute consultation!

Bella Thorne × Glass House Group


Launch Forbidden Flowers
A Consumer Cannabis & CBD Brand

Thorne A Long-Time Cannabis Enthusiast
Embodies the Brand’s Creative, Captivating and Rebellious Free Spirit

Bella Thorne, the artist, actress, musician, best-selling author, director, entrepreneur, and long-time cannabis enthusiast, has joined forces with Glass House Group, one of the fastest-growing, privately held, vertically integrated cannabis and hemp companies in the U.S., through its cultivation division Glass House Farms, to launch Forbidden Flowers, a new cannabis and CBD brand.

The initial launch will officially kick off with a “Forbidden Flowers Tour”’ which will take place over the next seven weeks. Starting on Thursday, October 10, 2019, on the forbiddenxflowers Instagram page at 10:00 a.m. PT, the first retail location, where consumers can purchase products from the following day on Friday, October 11, 2019, will be revealed. Each Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PT following through Thursday, November 21, 2019, the forbiddenxflowers Instagram page will reveal a new retail location in California, where Forbidden Flowers products can be purchased that following Friday. At the end of the seven weeks, additional retail locations across the Golden State California, which will carry Forbidden Flowers, will be announced to fans.

“I have struggled with anxiety for many years, and weed was the one source I found for me to do the most healing. Because of the properties in weed, I have been able to cope with my anxiety in a natural way, rather than my doctors trying to fix it using prescription drugs,“ said Artist Bella Thorne

“It’s been great spending time with Bella and getting to know and understand her as an individual before we created her brand together,” said Glass House Group Chief Marketing Officer Groovy Singh. “Her creative direction on Forbidden Flowers has been absolutely artistic and impressive. We’re proud to join forces with Bella in rolling out this sexy, enticing, high-quality brand that embodies her captivating spirit. The authenticity of what we are bringing to market together with Forbidden Flowers is what Bella handpicked at our grow, consumed and loved. At a time when more people are exploring the power of cannabis, we look forward to introducing a whole new community to the benefits of cannabis and to Bella sharing with her fans and consumers the ways she incorporates cannabis and CBD into her daily lifestyle.”

Bella worked intimately with Glass House Group to create Forbidden Flowers, which aims to give consumers the same rebellious, empowered feeling many consumers get when they consume cannabis. Today, despite the plant being legal in more than two-thirds of the U.S. in some form, cannabis consumers still face a variety of outdated stigmas. Recognizing that more new consumers are eager to become better educated about cannabis and CBD, Thorne plans to share the various ways she incorporates cannabis and CBD into her lifestyle, health and wellness regimes with her more than 21 million social media followers.

“Bella’s entire product line has been cultivated at our sun-powered, state-of-the-art facility in California using the same high-quality control and earth-friendly approach we are known and respected for,” said Glass House Group President Graham Farrar. “We brought some genetics that we grew for Bella for this launch and we are confident that both our long-time and new consumers are going to love these new product lines.”

To fit any mood or setting, Forbidden Flowers’ Indica, Sativa, Hybrid and CBD varieties will be available in stylish: glass jars eighths of flower; pre-roll five-packs; and pre-roll singles. Each Forbidden Flowers variety has been cultivated exclusively at Glass House Farms in Santa Barbara using coastal sun, organic standards and environmental sensibility to deliver uncompromising quality to consumers.

“We set out to engage a whole growing community of consumers embracing the cannabis and CBD market,” said Glass House Group CEO Kyle Kazan. “We’re pleased to have Forbidden Flowers join our growing portfolio of brands and to bring these products to consumers. We also look forward to rolling out more strategic brands and announcing partnerships in the future.”

For more information on product availability visit: Forbidden Flowers on Instagram at @forbiddenxflowers, http://www.glasshousegroup.com/or www.forbiddenflowers.com.

About Bella Thorne:
Bella Thorne is an actress, best-selling author, director, philanthropist musician and entrepreneur. She entered the entertainment business at six months of age and now at twenty-one has amassed an empire that stretches from acting to various entrepreneurial ventures and philanthropic endeavors that have set her apart from your normal millennial entertainer. Her unapologetic authenticity and ability to be raw with her fans has generated a loyal and diehard following on her social media pages, which consists of 21.5M on Instagram, 6.9M on Twitter, 529k subscribers on YouTube. She is a force to be reckoned with and is just getting started.

About Glass House Group
Glass House Group is one of the fastest-growing, privately held, vertically integrated cannabis and hemp companies in the U.S. Its family of eco-friendly, community-conscious cultivation, manufacturing, brands and retail locations bring to market only the finest strains of cannabis and hemp using cutting-edge care, technologies and environmental sensibility to deliver uncompromising craft-quality strains, flower, extracts, pre-rolls, vaporizers, cartridges and apparel. As a leading brand-enabling company, celebrities, artists, athletes and influencers turn to Glass House Group to create powerful partnerships that reach new audiences and drive consumer engagement. Currently, Glass House Group is expanding its suite of companies, product lines and brands and is expected to see sizable growth throughout 2019 and beyond. For more information and company updates, visit http://www.glasshousegroup.com.

CBD, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

CBD – Finding the Right Option and Optimal Dosage for You

So, you have decided to start using CBD to relieve your health issues. But now, you’re facing a tough decision: what are the best CBD oils? Should you consider edibles, tinctures, vaporizers, or topicals instead? And what is the ideal dosage?

If the great number of different CBD products seems overwhelming, you’re not alone. Different products affect the body differently. In addition, every individual responds differently to CBD depending on a number of factors like age, weight and the condition being treated. All this affects what form of CBD you should use and how much you should take.

This article aims to help you work out a CBD treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and health goals.

What is Your Goal?

Start by determining your health goal. What do you want CBD to help you with? Are you struggling with anxiety? Do you need help with chronic pain?

You also need to determine what area in your body you are targeting, because, in order to be effective, CBD needs to arrive where it is needed. If the target is somewhere on your skin (e.g. acne), then you should try using CBD topicals (lotion or cream). This will ensure that a high concentration of CBD is used just where you need it, instead of having to move through your bloodstream until it reaches the target.

Are You Looking for Immediate Effects?

If you are looking for quick relief, inhaled CBD products (vaporizers) are the best choice for you. If you want to keep the CBD levels constant throughout the day, opt for oral products (oil, edibles, capsules, tinctures).

What’s the Ideal Dosage?

The effectiveness of each CBD product depends on a number of individual factors so, the dosage is also a very individual process.

It’s always best to begin with small dosages and see how your body reacts. If there are no adverse side effects, then you can gradually increase the dosage.

Even if you find the ideal dosage, it might change if you start using a product from a different manufacturer.

Can You Overdose on CBD?

Clinical trials have found that humans can take up to 1,200 mg of CBD per day without experiencing any side effects.

However, it’s always recommended to consult with your doctor before you start using any CBD products, especially if you’re already taking any prescription medications.

What’s Type of CBD is the Best?

Research has found that full-spectrum CBD products are more effective than CBD isolates because they contain all or nearly all of the compounds present in the cannabis plant. These compounds interact with each other in the body, thus enhancing CBD’s therapeutic effects.

Final Thoughts

CBD is quite a complicated subject that researchers are still trying to piece together. There aren’t any fixed guidelines to follow when it comes to using CBD to achieve your health goals. It is a highly personal experience that requires patience and experimentation.