The Portal- Nude Selfies as High Art, Venus Retrograde, and Making Healthy Habits Second Nature

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Welcome to The Portal- a regular link roundup of the best of the internet, as I’ve found it.

The Nude Selfie Is Now High Art– From the New York Times Opinion section, take a peak inside the boom of nude selfies in the age of quarantine, and how intimacy and desire are evolving with the changing times.

Time alone (chosen or not) can be a chance to hit the reset button– An essay that studies the psychological effects of solitude at a time when most of us have more than we need (or want.) Here’s the kicker: you’ll benefit from it if you intend to do so.

Testosterone is widely, and sometimes wildly, misunderstood– A scientific look dispelling the myth that “boys will be boys.” Is Testosterone what we thought it was, after all? Maybe not.

How To Make Healthy Habits Second Nature — According To Doctors Who Know– It’s too easy to fall into unhealthy habits when life feels uncertain. So, if you want to change your life and stick to healthier habits, how do you do it? Experts weigh in on their top tips for sticking to your goals. There is a transition period that may involve some white knuckles, but you can change your brain chemistry to make healthy habits your new autopilot.

10 Necessary Steps To Fix A Toxic Relationship– If someones true colors have been showing themselves in quarantine, or perhaps doing the slow reveal for a while now, these are 10 steps that could potentially fix a toxic relationship, according to relationship experts. Keep in mind the key word is potentially, so be prepared to walk, too, as relationships are 50/50.

Using LSD, MDMA and Psilocybin to Treat Mental Health– An 11 minute Vice documentary about the use of LSD, MDMA, and Psilocybin in mental health treatment. This research has been trickling out into the mainstream, and I think it’s in our best interest to take it seriously and with cautious optimism.

A Note on Venus Retrograde– We have just entered a Venus Retrograde period. Read all about how the love planet may shake up your romantic world, and how you can use this time to tie up loose ends, let go, or show up better.

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