LoveLetters - Issue 15
Recap of March 2019
Welcome to LoveLetters, a monthly roundup of upcoming events, inspiring ideas and products we love. Our goal is to produce an issue of our newsletter towards the end of each month that will provide an overview of what we've been up to at LovEd and what we're loving lately. To get a copy sent straight to your inbox each month, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter!
This past month, we’ve been settling into our new location (in Los Angeles!) and are working diligently with a new team of USC and UCLA interns to map out the year ahead. We’ve been planning, designing, and orchestrating some very exciting live singles events that we can’t wait to launch and share with you! Because it’s time to connect differently.
We’ve also been working on curating some fresh content for you, but if there’s anything in particular you’re interested in learning about, let us know by leaving a comment below, or by sending us an email through our contact page.
Wishing you all a wonderful month of April!
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BE THE 5 Segment:
LovEd's Clarity Program teaches us how to be a level 5 on the Emotional Maturity (EM) Scale. Each month, we feature someone who has inspired us with their high level of EM, meaning they've chosen not to take things personally, respond reactively or approach the situation in a way that contributes to the problem.
This month, we're featuring English-born actress Jameela Jamil. Lately, Jameela has made headlines by openly speaking up for a slew of important issues such gay rights, body positivity, female empowerment, to name just a few.
The “I WEIGH” MOVEMENT:
About a year ago, Jameela started a body positive movement called I Weigh “for us to feel valuable and see how amazing we are beyond the flesh on our bones.” Described as a “revolution against shame,” Jameela is using her platform to call out the media (or celebrity influencers using various forms of social media) when they promote and glorify body shame and disordered eating.
She’s even started this petition to stop celebrities from having the freedom to promote and endorse unhealthy diet products on their social media accounts. Along the same vein, Jameela created a parody video that reflects on what celebrities would say about these products if they were telling the whole truth.
On her platform, Jameela interviewed the singer Sam Smith, who revealed that his weight had “been much more problematic than coming out was.” He has also publicly stated that the interview changed his life, for it’s one of the first times he’s felt free and safe to openly discuss issues such as his gender identity, the bullying he endured as a child, and his struggles with body image. “I am so thankful to Jameela and her team for this opportunity and being so respectful and kind to me,” says Sam. “I really hope this can make someone else who feels like me, a little less lonely and a little less alien.”
Jameela posted an image (left) on her instagram where she criticizes the fact that her body’s been digitally altered and made to look unrealistic. On it, she captioned: “I was just doing a new spoof motivation sultry pic and was struck by how edited this picture of me is. It made me so mentally unwell trying to live up to this image in person. Airbrushing is the DEVIL.”
Jameela also listed (below) all the things she “weighs” other than kilograms - such as her relationships, her financial independence, the fact that she speaks for women’s rights, and that she likes herself. She also encourages others to do the same challenge and shares their images on her social media, such as this one (to the right) by Kristen Bell.
Thank you, Jameela, for being the 5 and using your voice TO RAISE AWARENESS.
LovEd Loves: The 10 BEST ANXIETY RELIEF Apps*
We thought we’d switch things up a bit and share some of the best apps available to tackle anxiety and stress. Plus, we advocate for using digital technology to advance the agenda of better mental health, rather than promote its decline. But, since most of us use our cell phones on a daily basis, why not make them work for us, too?
Have you tried any of these apps? Do you have any recommendations we are missing on our list? Let us know in the comments section below.
1 | HAPPIFY
“Happify’s science-based activities and games can help reduce stress, overcome negative thoughts, and build greater resilience by providing effective tools and programs to improve emotional well-being.”
2 | Brain.fm
“Brain.fm provides music designed for the brain (generated by an AI we've invented) to improve focus, meditation, relaxation, naps & sleep within 15 minutes of use.”
3 | HEADSPACE
“Headspace is the simple way to let go of stress and get a better night’s rest. Learn to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day.”
4 | PACIFICA
“Stress, anxiety, and depression can get in the way of you living your life. Pacifica gives you psychologist-designed tools to address them based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness meditation, relaxation, and mood/health tracking. ”
5 | WORRY WATCH
“Often we worry and get anxious about everyday things. Later we realize most of those worries were unnecessary and some irrational too. Yet, we worry again for something else. Worry Watch app is designed to capture and reflect on those momentary self-realizations..”
6 | MOOD PATH
“Do you struggle with some of your thoughts and feelings? Are you looking for ways to improve your emotional well-being? Moodpath is your personalized mental health companion. Try it out and find a place to reflect and get information, encouragement, and guidance.”
7 | TAlklife
“TalkLife is a peer-support community that values research, evidence and impact to make sure you get the best help possible. This is your safe social network where you can talk about your worries and how you are really feeling any time of the day or night.”
8 | WHAT’S UP?
“What's Up? is a fantastic free app utilising some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more! “
9 | SuperBetter
“SuperBetter increases resilience - the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult obstacles. Playing SuperBetter makes you more capable of getting through any tough situation—and more likely to achieve the goals that matter most to you.”
10 | Talk Space
“Talkspace is the most convenient and affordable way to improve your mental health. Get matched with a licensed therapist in your state from the comfort of your device, and message via text, audio, and video.”
THINGS WE're LOVING LATELY
How mindfulness can make us less critical of our partners.
This article all about emotional affairs.
How much should you know about your therapist’s life?
Eleven things you learn the hard way in life.
How to mindfully manage stress and avoid burnout.
This article about important things we also wish we’d known in our twenties.
Important things to look for with whomever you choose to share your life.
A psychotherapist goes to therapy — and gets a taste of her own medicine.
7 self-care tips for when stress affects your body.
The LOVED BOOK CLUB
We’ve added some new books to our collection of favorites. If you’d like more personal growth book recommendations, visit LovEd Loves.
THE LOVED TEAM
Here at LovEd, we wouldn't be able to do half of what we do if it weren't for our team of engaging, enthusiastic and creative team members. Each month, we'll introduce you to a new member of the LovEd Team and share a short description so you get a better insight into who we are and what we're made of. You can find out more about our team here and our Fearless Leader, right here.
Wishing you all a wonderful month (and new year) ahead! Feel free to show us some love by liking and sharing our blog post, or leave us a love note at the bottom on the page.