The Alexandria Papers Newsletter #79

The Alexandria Papers Newsletter #79 | Dr. Alexandria Szeman 8 October 2023


The Transformative Effects of Mindful Self-Compassion | Mindful
Leading experts on mindful self-compassion Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer share how self-kindness, recognition of our humanity, and mindfulness give us the strength to thrive.
The Connection Between Mindfulness and Body Acceptance | Mindful
Our bodies don’t need to look any certain way to be healthy, strong, or worthy. Yoga and mindfulness experts weigh in on the real work of deeply accepting and loving the body you’re in.


Migraine: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Triggers, and More | Healthline
Here’s what you need to know about migraine headaches, including types, symptoms, triggers, treatments, and how they’re different from regular headaches.
5 Tips on Driving Safety From the Migraine Community | Migraine Again
If you live with migraine, driving can pose some extra challenges and leave you with safety concerns if an attack were to strike while you’re behind the wheel. Here are some community and expert safety tips for driving with migraine.

Trauma and Sexual Abuse

“But He Never Hit Me!” – How I Ignored My Abuse for 30 Years | Tiny Buddha
I was told I was worthless, and I believed it. I didn’t see it as abuse because it didn’t fit in with my idea of abuse.
It’s Not “Failing” to Leave a Toxic, Abusive Marriage | Tiny Buddha
I have come to realize there is no shame in ‘failing’ in a marriage, especially if that marriage is toxic and harmful to your soul.
Recovering from Rape and Sexual Trauma |
ptsd & trauma Sexual violence is shockingly common in our society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1 in 5 women in the U.S. are raped or sexually assaulted at some point in their lives, often by someone they know and trust.

Mental Health

Is Epsom Salt a Beneficial Treatment for Anxiety? | Very Well
Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) has been studied as a possible natural remedy for anxiety. Learn about its benefits, uses, safety, and side effects.
Existential Crisis: What It Is and How to Cope | Very Well
Existential crisis refers to feelings of unease about meaning, choice, and freedom in life. Find out more what it means to have an existential crisis.


Letting the Unspoken Speak: A Reading List of Historical Trauma in Fiction | Literary Hub
My sophomore novel, Evil Eye, follows Yara Murad, a Palestinian American woman who begins to confront the psychological and interpersonal aftermath of her emotionally volatile childhood as her care…
Capturing “Emma” | The Imaginative Conservative
Jane Austen didn’t take herself or her novels seriously, and neither should we. That’s why they pack such a punch. It is their understated passion that simmers below the surface that so enchants us.

Cooking and Baking

Which Superfoods Are Worth It? | The Spruce Eats
So-called superfoods range from humble to trendy, but do any of them actually deliver super nutrition? This article will help you find out.
DIY Spice and Herb Blends | The Spruce Eats
Each cuisine is marked by its unique use of various spices and herbs and with a little know-how, you too can create your own blends.

My Books

In the Thin Places, a Poem (for Max or Alex or, maybe, James)

Last night I dreamt of you, after all these
years, and you were lying in my arms, in

the middle of the day, the sunlight showing
the first strands of silver in your hair, and

your eyes blue, so blue, heart-poundingly
blue, like something out of a romance novel

only better because, at last, you were mine…

Books by Alexandria Constantinova Szeman
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