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The Alexandria Papers Newsletter, from Dr Alexandria Szeman - #1 (Sunday 8 August 2021)

The Alexandria Papers
The Alexandria Papers Newsletter, from Dr Alexandria Szeman - #1 (Sunday 8 August 2021)
By Dr. Alexandria Szeman  • Issue #1 • View online
I don’t remember learning to read, but one of my earliest memories is of myself, sitting on the floor between the stacks of a small neighborhood library, reading stories by Hawthorne. The librarian said I wasn’t old enough to have my own library card and I certainly wasn’t old enough to read “grown-up” books. That meant I had to read at the library, so that’s what I did, falling in love with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales at 8, and with Shakespeare’s tragedies at 12. Books have been my faithful companions ever since. The internet of things opened up a new world of resources for me, and ebooks, blogs, and articles are one of my favorite things about digital life. Here’s what I’ve been reading recently.

I so need self-compassion right now since I’m going through a very difficult life transition. I’ve practiced mindfulness for a few decades now, but never to develop self-compassion or to control pain. That’s what I’m doing now.
The Transformative Effects of Mindful Self-Compassion - Mindful
The Connection Between Mindfulness and Body Acceptance - Mindful
Cooking and Baking
During a 21-month intractable migraine (ultimately discovered to have been triggered by two cracked teeth), I began cooking and baking everything at home. Because of my increased reading on these topics, I’m enjoying cooking and baking even more.
Superfoods That Live Up to Their Claims
Create Your Own Spice Blends, Based on the World's Cuisine
I was diagnosed with migraine 60 years ago, at age 5 (“sick headaches” ran in the family) and with seizures during migraine when I was 9 ( the term “hemiplegic migraine” wasn’t even mentioned to me till I was 38). I try to learn as much as I can about migraine disorder so I can take care of myself.
Everything You Want to Know About Migraine
Magnesium Sulfate for Anxiety: Benefits, Uses, and Safety
Trauma and Sexual Abuse
As a survivor of 15 years of childhood sexual abuse (from my father, mother, and stepfather), I’ve found a supportive healing community on Twitter, where I co-host the weekly #SexAbuseChat (Tuesdays 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST).
Recovering from Rape and Sexual Trauma -
Writing for Healing from Trauma
Mental Health
The pandemic, with its lockdowns, quarantines, and restrictions, seems to have triggered anxiety and safety issues for many people. I’ve found reassurance and help online.
Coping With an Existential Crisis
Need Help Finding Mental Health Services? Start Here.
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Dr. Alexandria Szeman

Alexandria shares articles on Mindfulness, Migraine, Trauma & Childhood Sexual Abuse, Mental Health, Books, and Cooking & Baking.

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