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Migraines are a pain to deal with and for those who experience them on a regular basis — life literally becomes a nightmare. Most people resort to taking medication to prevent migraine attacks or to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. However, most preventive migraine medications have potential side effects, so only adults or children with at least one to two attacks per week should take them.
Soon, Valentine’s Day will come — and with it all the passion, romance and lovingness of the teenage world. These good intentions will be dressed in pink and fluffy hearts, with chocolates and roses going back and forth between boys and girls. Yet as beautiful and marvelous the ‘rose’ of Valentine’s Day may seem, trust me, its thorns hurt just as much.
This month I will write about a common issue that brings people in to see me. People and their stories are always unique and it is my goal to assist in helping each person find the place within themselves from which life can be lived fully and enjoyably. One of the ways that I do that is to know the mechanisms of particular types of ‘dysfunctions’… depression and anxiety being the two most common. Here, I will focus on anxiety.
There are always a lot of articles out at this time of year talking about resolutions and achieving great things in the New Year. Is it just because it’s a ‘new’ year — essentially a day after yesterday, which just happens to show a new number on the calendar? Or is it because people actually want change?
“The Nguyen rulers strenuously sought to make Neo-Confucianism the foundation of the national culture. Under the Nguyen, traditional Vietnamese culture assumed its final form, the one that would persist into the twentieth century to interact with Western influences.”
— Neil Jamieson in Understanding Vietnam
Winter has finally arrived in Hanoi. You might say it’s the gloomiest, most miserable time of year — which is sort of true. You rarely see the sun during the whole three or four months, and it rains nearly every other day. Although it never snows here, there is still a ‘bone-chilling’ element to it.
At the start of a new year people around the globe use the occasion to create new year’s resolutions. They see this time as a symbolic re-birthing of their hopes and aspirations. There are numerous tips and words of advice on how to successfully attain your resolutions. One that makes a lot of sense is, start small with what it is you would like to achieve.
In the workplaces where we’ll be employed when we’re older, the structure for cooperation is well set. The boss runs things, our coworkers share the workload and maybe some interns run the photocopy machine. You know what you’re getting into.
High school work groups are a little more chaotic, but in every grouping you’ll find a structure. These are the people you work with in high school.
As the festive season kicks into full swing, we all adopt ‘frantic mode’. Even the most basic principles of looking after oneself take a back seat in favour of shopping, eating out and getting together with colleagues, friends and family for copious amounts of drinking. Even though Christmas is not a traditional holiday here in Vietnam, everyone likes a reason to party and celebrate.
On Nov. 1, hundreds gathered at Ho Chi Minh City’s Museum of Fine Arts for the opening of The Colour of the South exhibition. Among the art lovers were collectors, critics and journalists. This was a full-blown affair with congratulatory floral displays and opening remarks made by the Vice President of Vietnam’s Fine Arts Association. Inside, the air was thick with anticipation — outside, the courtyard echoed with buzzing clicks of handheld cameras. This was not a typical Friday morning at the museum.