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Emergency sadness post

By: Valentina

So, you feel down, for whatever reason it is, you just can’t be okay. Sometimes I’m sad, and I just want to feel it and stay like that for a while, maybe lay dawn and sleep until I start feeling better. Other times I want to find a way to cheer myself up so these are the thing I do:

  • Shower/take a bath: sometimes I even sit on the bathtub with the shower on. You can cry if you need to without anyone noticing, you have a bunch of time for yourself and nobody can ask you to do anything for a while. Also, something in showers/baths is so healing. Bonus points if you use shower gels/bath bombs/body creams.
  • Write it down: I keep a journal and write on it every day.  Writing down your feelings is such a wonderful habit, it may help you to identify your feelings and realize what is causing them or how to fix it.
  • Music: Look for new music, watch music videos, listen to your favorite cd or create a playlist for the mood you’re in, endless possibilities.
  • Food: Look for good healthy meals, make your favorite dish; eat that chocolate bar, again a lot of options. Same goes for drinks from lemon water to tea, coffee, smoothies or milkshakes
  • Pamper yourself: Use face mask, hair treatments, exfoliate, moisturize, etc.
  • More pampering: Put a full face of makeup, try a bold lip or colorful eye shadows, do your hair and your nails, and wear your favorite underwear and outfit. It’s incredible how much better this makes you feel.
  • Netflix: Well, not necessarily Netflix, but watch your fave TV show or movie, if you like comedies even better.
  • Contact somebody: Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, or your bestie, or a familiar. If you are not comfortable with calls, text them, invite them over. If you don’t really want company right now, you can even write a letter to someone.

There are a lot of ways to brighten your mood, and this are the ones that I find easier to do. Overall remember that things get better and if you continue feeling down please talk about it with somebody. I’d also like to know what you do the feel better, so we can all help each other! I have more things to help you cope the sadness in my links, so those are there if you need them. Hope this helps and thanks for reading! xx

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Badass Scientist of the Week: Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova (1937–) is a Soviet cosmonaut, an engineer, and the first woman to fly in space. Born to a tractor driver and a textile plant worker in the Yaroslavl Region of Russia, Tereshkova left school at 17 to work as a textile factory assembly worker and continue her education by correspondence. She was also a keen amateur skydiver through the DOSAAF Aviation Club in Yaroslavl. Tereshkova made her first jump in May 1959 at age 22, and two years later in April 1961, the Soviet Union launched Vostok 1, aboard which was Yuri Gagarin: the first man in space. 

In early 1962, the Soviet Union recruited 50 new cosmonauts into their Vostok program—with 5 women among them, in an attempt to beat the Americans. Piloting experience wasn’t needed, but after re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, the pilot of the Vostok spacecraft would be ejected to make a landing by parachute. Thanks to her parachuting expertise, Tereshkova was selected. She was the least qualified of the 5 women, who were test pilots, engineers, and world-class parachutists, but after intensive training—weightless flights, centrifuge and isolation tests, spacecraft engineering, parachute jumps and pilot training—Tereshkova was in the final two candidates: herself and Ponomaryova. 

At first it was planned that Tereshkova would launch first in Vostok 5 and Ponomaryova would follow in Vostok 6, but the plan was scrapped in early 1963; instead, a male cosmonaut flew Vostok 5, and Tereshkova flew in Vostok 6. She was 26 years old. 

She spent 70.8 hours in space, making 48 orbits of the Earth, and with one single flight she logged more flight time than all previous American astronauts put together. She also conducted experiments on the effects of space on the human body and took photos that helped identify aerosols in the atmosphere. 

After her return to Earth, Tereshkova never flew again, but studied engineering at the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy and eventually obtained her PhD in 1977. She also became a prominent politician, served on international councils and spoke at international conferences, played a critical role in socialist women’s issues, and was awarded with the USSR’s highest honour, the Hero of the Soviet Union medal, along with many other awards. 

After Tereshkova, it took 19 years until another woman flew to space: another Soviet cosmonaut, Svetlana Savitskaya. A year after that in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Of the 536 people who have flown in space to date, only 10% of them have been women. 

Tereshkova also married astronaut Andrian Nikolayev. Their daughter, Elena, was the first person whose parents had both flown in space. 

On her 70th birthday, Tereshkova said that if she had a chance, she would like to fly to Mars even if it was only a one-way trip, showing she still retains her pioneering spirit to this day.