Saturday, 4 July 2015

If A Girl doesn't feel beautiful - Anna's Story

By Valery Nemykina via UN Volunteers

Anna is a woman from Ukraine who has been living with Cerebral Palsy, a condition that left her with 14 scars and with one leg shorter than the other. In this video, our UN Volunteer Valery asked her about her perception of beauty, this is what she had to say. 


Beauty is not only our physical condition, but also our emotional and mental state, and charm. Our beauty shows when we communicate. All our feelings are in our minds and hearts, so the inner beauty is what counts.

There are stereotyped canons of beauty which are standard in todays world but this does not mean only those who fit the stereotype are pretty. These are all just common standards. Being different is much more important and interesting than complying to common notions. There are more important things, such as health for example. People can be beautiful despite their physical condition.

Be aware of who you are and avoid envy, anger or resentment toward what you look like. Aim to be a joyful and positive person. This inspires others and will make other people happy to talk with you as people are attracted to positivity.

When a person becomes magnificent inside, it captures people.

Anna says growing up she felt shy like any other girl but has never let her physical condition affect her physical perception. She is in love, she has a son and she believes inner beauty. She accepts herself and has learnt to give love to others.
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Saturday, 27 June 2015

If a girl is being blackmailed

via St. Georges International UN Model Club in Cologne

Are you being blackmailed? Is someone demanding money or special favors from you because they are holding something potentially damaging against you? 

The greatest power you can give someone who is blackmailing is by giving in to their demand; they may promise to get rid of the damaging information they know about you but you cannot be sure that they will not use it to take advantage of you.

So what do you do if you are being blackmailed? The most redeeming thing to do is to come clean about your actions. By revealing the truth before the blackmailer does so, leaves them without power over you. 

If you do not have enough confidence to come clean of whatever it is that you did, then collect evidence that you are being blackmailed; record the audio, video or emails which show that you are being blackmailed, do not give in to the blackmail and if your blackmailer exposes you, you can possibly sue them for blackmail. If the case is very serious, you can consult a lawyer on what to do or report to the appropriate authorities.

Do not use any evidence against your blackmailer to blackmail them too. If you have any incriminating evidence against your blackmailer, take it to the rightful authorities and avoid manipulating your blackmailer with it. In any case, follow your gut feeling and focus on doing the right thing which will be beneficial to you and everyone involved in the long term.

Once everything blows over, take responsibility for your part in the action. Avoid hurting yourself or anyone and do your best to avoid any activity that may lead you to being blackmailed in the future. Stay safe.

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

If a girl has trouble falling asleep

via St. Georges International UN Model Club in Cologne

The first thing you must do if you have trouble sleeping to make sure that your room is conducive for sleep. Check that the temperature is balanced, not too hot and yet not cold either. Then make sure that your bed spread and bed sheets are clean and comfortable and your pillow just right. 

Dedicate your bedroom for sleeping only and avoid spending too much time during the day where you sleep. Color your bedroom with faint colors so that you can sleep easily, bright colors tend to keep the mind awake.

Before going to sleep, take time to unwind; read a book that doesn’t cause you to think too much, take a brief walk, shower, paint, pray or do whatever makes you feel relaxed. Avoid caffeine or a heavy meal before sleeping. And once you get in bed, don’t start overthinking about the things you did wrong during the day, put aside your worries about tomorrow and instead let your mind wander on mundane things. Try to lay still and count from 100 backwards to unwind before falling asleep.

If you are excited, too happy or too sad, it may prove difficult to sleep so be sure to go to bed with resolved feelings. Doing a lot of thinking work before going to bed can also prevent sleep no matter how tired you feel. Exercise before sleeping or even meditate.

Try not to become dependent on sleeping pills, instead focus on going to sleep naturally. Form a natural sleep pattern daily and go to bed at the same time every night. Do your best to also wake up at the same time. Have a good night sleep. Good luck.

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