On madness, pills, and schizophrenia or “the meaning of life”

Lines; Rio de Janeiro, 2014. Photo by Ana Clara Otoni.

Panic Attack

What causes schizophrenia?

Xodó; My grandma and I, 2014. Photo by Ana Clara Otoni.

Holistic approach

Connecting dots; Laguna Beach, CA, 2018. Photo by Ana Clara Otoni.
  1. Exercising with a community (I joined the Long Beach Running Club);
  2. Journaling with a purpose (I would write about things I wanted for my future in the past tense, as if it had already happened);
  3. Meditation (Headspace helped me to develop a quiet-time routine);
  4. Mindful eating (I did a six-month coaching program with a nutritionist that taught me how to listen to my body. I’ll discuss more in another post);
  5. Taking breaks (I love planning things, even when it comes to “fun time”. My best friend and my husband have been helping me with this one! I still have a hard time not looking at the clock even when I’m on my “time off”);
  6. Therapy (I’m still searching for a good therapist after a few sessions here and there with some professionals. I’m afraid that, like my grandma, I need to be patient and persistent with that);
  7. Dedicating time to people I love (No matter what, every single day I talk to someone I love, usually a friend in Brazil, my Mom or my sister. I especially enjoy reaching out to people I haven’t connected with in a while);
  8. Improving a skill (My ultimate goal is to make a living as a writer, so I decided to craft my writing by joining a Toastmasters club for writers);
  9. Making time to read (I absolutely love reading and I love books! I often read at least a chapter of a book every night before bed. It’s a great exercise to wind down);
  10. Searching for my spirituality (This one is under development. It goes from taking dark showers, attending different cults, temples, and churches, carrying crystals, saging my house, practicing tea-meditation…)

The line and the light

Happiness; Long Beach, CA, 2019. Photo by Ana Clara Otoni.

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Ana C!ara Otoni

Ana C!ara Otoni

Journalist. Sustainability, Social Justice & Gender Equality. Becoming Odara daily. Passionate about life, sexuality & wine. Mugs lover.