Cinematherapy and Storytelling as a Means to Navigating Life’s Struggles

Everyone has a story to tell on the way to handling their emotional struggles and setbacks. Sometimes unconventional approaches to mental health and wellness can be quite effective at managing the way we view and deal with the stories of our lives. For those that are willing to look at more engaging and entertaining ways of navigating life’s difficulties, storytelling and cinema may be an answer.

What Usually Happens…

Conventionally speaking, mental health has generally been handled in a fairly serious and sterile manner, devoid of entertaining stories or movies as helpmates to soothe human struggle. Often, those seeking therapy or counseling are faced with having to look at their lives through fairly harsh glasses. There is no cushion, or sidebar of opportunity to take a look at our problems more indirectly, like storytelling and “cinematherapy” seem to offer. Instead, the unwavering camera stays forever on the individual seeking therapy and their problems.

What Can Happen…Maybe…

However, just maybe, there is something to be said about tackling the awesome task of dealing with our personal problems through listening to the stories of others can be extremely therapeutic and helpful, offering a different view of our problems and perhaps, different ways of handling them. Perhaps, we can find an emotional guidance system by listening to other people tell the story of what they did when faced with similar problems. One thing for sure is that the opportunity is worth exploring. The art of storytelling is one that has been with us for many years. Hollywood has capitalized off of this ancient art, just as history has. Somehow, knowing what happened to other people, in other places, at different times, both past and present, can act as a roadmap: and what is a road map? A roadmap is a guide, a way of navigating roads that may be a little or a lot unfamiliar to us, and we all know that road maps are immensely helpful. Without them we would be lost, right?

Sometimes the answers to our problems don’t require x-ray vision or an approach that eliminates other life stories and approaches. Often, a well-positioned story or movie is often the salve needed to help in the human struggles.

Why might your tap water look dirty?

We all know that it’s vital you drink enough water in order to remain hydrated and healthy. But what if your tap water looks dirty and unappealing; you are probably not going to want to drink it. You want to have access to clean and fresh water that actually looks like something you would want to drink.

Of course, if you have a water filtration system in operation in your home you are able to filter your tap water if there appears to be a problem with it, to make it safe to drink. In fact, water filtration is useful at any time, to help removal additives and chemicals that can be found in some tap water. You may be thinking that you drink bottled water so why should you be concerned about the colour of your tap water.

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The truth about bottled water

The truth is that it’s really not a good idea to buy and drink bottled water. It is no safer to drink than ordinary tap water and the plastic bottles end up in landfill or in the oceans. This means that bottled water is not especially healthy to drink and it is very bad for the environment. You need to concentrate on making sure your tap water is safe to drink.

What can make tap water change colour?

If your tap water is usually clear and all of a sudden it turns cloudy and dirty looking this usually means that there has been some sort of disturbance in the water system. The type of disturbance that could be to blame includes the re-laying of water pipes. It’s also possible that dirty drinking water can be caused by breaks or cracks in the pipes supplying the water. It’s important to remember that these pipes run in the ground and come into contact with a variety of different potential contaminants.

You need to make sure that you filter your tap water before you drink it. You also need to make sure that you call professionals such as if the problem with your drinking water continues. The replacement of water pipes should only ever be a temporary issue, so if the discolouration continues you need to have the situation investigated.

We all need water in order to survive; it’s a basic necessity of life. An average adult should be drinking around 8 average glasses of water each day. That is around two litres. If your drinking water does not look good then you are not going to want to drink this amount of water. You should not be tempted to resort to bottled water. You should make sure you have a water filtration system in place and you should get to the bottom of the cause of the discolouration of your drinking water. If the situation does not quickly resolve itself you should make sure you call a professional plumber and enlist their help.

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The Importance of Teaching Children Tolerance

The world can be a scary place and currently with Trump’s political campaign and ‘Brexit’, the world is looking a little scarier. To stop this tide of intolerance and racism from spreading across the world any further, we need to turn to the new generation. Our children are the future and so it’s more important than ever to teach them complete tolerance so they can learn to live in a world without fear, prejudice, or persecution. It doesn’t matter what color a person is, what religion they follow, or who they choose to spend their time – it’s time we adults take responsibility for this world and strive to make tomorrow better.

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They’re American

America, like Australia, was built by immigrants and as such there is no such thing as ‘American’ (Native Americans aside). All Americans can trace their ancestry back to Europe, Asia, South America, or Africa. We are a nation of cultures and creeds, founded on the principles that any one person can do and be anything they please. I think these principles are the very thing that makes America such an incredible country and yes we may have our issues, but prejudice and persecution, shouldn’t be one of them.

Their Future

If you don’t share my opinion that children should be taught tolerance because it’s the obvious and right thing to do, then think about this: each country in this world is becoming more and more multicultural as the years go on, especially America, and if you haven’t taught your child the importance of tolerance and respect they aren’t going to be able to make it very far in this world. What if their future boss emigrated here from Kenya or Pakistan? They will never achieve their true potential because of misguided belief that they are better or more important than their neighbor.


There are two perfectly simple ways to make your child tolerant of everyone. First: Lead by example and never make derogatory remarks or share a negative opinion on anyone because who they are. It’s vitally important never to generalize people and this is obvious at the moment with the rise of Islamic terrorism. Just because a small group of Muslims choose to commit atrocities, it doesn’t mean that every Muslim on the planet will do the same. Second: Educate your child on the various religions and cultures of the world. Make sure they know where the other cultures are coming from and how they think. By understanding other people, we will never come into conflict with them over small matters.

Just remember, no child is born racist or intolerant. This behavior is learned from TV, parents, and their extended family and this is why the future rests on our ability to make them a more tolerant generation. If you ever see injustice in the world, point it out to your child, be active in making them a better person and stay vigilant. There is a lot of pain and hurt in the world, let’s not make it worse by propagating a culture of hate.

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