0181:  /guys-feelings

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Safely support your emotional self when the culture won’t

Women and men are too often punished in our culture for having emotions.  Whether it’s negotiating salaries or projects at work, sharing home duties like dishes and parenting, or playing in the local soccer league, we’re often pressured to hide our feelings in order to seem collected and in control.

Although it works differently by gender, for men this often comes at the cost of depression and an overwhelming feeling of loneliness. Sharing your feelings can be dangerous.  localweb.is/guys-feelings is a place where men can connect to other men learning to navigate what it means to develop their emotional self, and embrace having feelings instead of fearing them.

Because the local web can be anonymous or pseudo-anonymous, you choose to share your identity or not. But either way you’ll get perspective, and it helps to know you aren’t alone…and it can also help you practically, like getting your questions answered about what to expect if you try out counseling for the first time, or which books were most inspirational to someone who’s trying to balance being tough enough to run a company and tough enough to dig deep into their inner life and express their emotions.

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0146:  /expecting

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Advice from those who know           what you’re going through

If you’re about to have your first child, there are a lot of unknowns.  It helps to have support and to talk to people who are going through the same thing.

/expecting is an easy way to connect to expectant moms nearby.  Want to know what other moms are doing to deal with morning sickness in first trimester?  Got a tip on a new herb that helps and want to see if anyone has it in their garden?  It’s easy to get advice from the local web instead of having to wade through the World Wide Web.  Simply post a note in /expecting, see who around you is going through the same experience, and get and give some advice.

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0135:  /runpartners

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On-demand running club                   (and cheering section)

Even though it’s something humans are genetically designed to do, running is one of the hardest sports there is.  There’s no hoop, goal, basket, or even a ball to focus on.  It’s just you, your legs and breathing in and out.

That’s why when you’re feeling uninspired it helps to have people to run with.  /runpartners is an easy way to connect with other runners nearby, talk shop, meet up for group runs, ask a question about nutrition, or get an update from near you on how construction is affecting your favorite routes.

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0104: /grief-support

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Help others and help yourself

Grief is a hard emotion to process. It’s even harder to process alone. Counseling and other resources can be incredibly helpful, but it’s hard to stay connected to those support structures around the clock.

Our phones allow us to express our emotions online with less hesitation but sometimes we don’t want our friend lists or followers   to see us in our toughest moments.  There are also anonymous apps, but they are rarely productive places for dealing with an emotional subject and often quickly shift into negative mode.

Enter /grief-support.  Patrons can post their questions, and help others going through periods of grief.  The people posting are in the local area and can offer legitimate recommendations for professional help and support groups.

Like other apps, a poster can be anonymous or use their real name, but group moderation ensures that trolls won’t even be bothered to interfere.

We are all going through something and it helps to know that we are not alone.  The World Wide Web offers us “someone somewhere” but it’s more powerful to know that “someone right here” is going through the same thing.

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0093: /esl

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Opportunity for all

It takes guts and determination to uproot your family and go to a new country.  For most immigrants a critical aspect of that journey includes learning a second language.  /esl provides a way to connect to others going through the same experience and to find help and resources.

Just moved to the Villa Park neighborhood in Denver?  /esl can help your family quickly see what local resources are available outside of   a formal educational setting.  Want to know how others nearby have navigated getting a job or learned job-specific English?  You can quickly find out, and offer your expertise / experience as a resource.

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0072: /nerves

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Acknowledgment when                         you need it most

Not all of the ways to use localweb.is are exclusive to the things and people nearby.  Taking a deep breath / expressing your fears out loud is something you can do on the World Wide Web, but sometimes it helps to connect to the people right around you — people that understand the context, your context.

/nerves is a place to do that: to admit that taking the final step towards graduating is scary, to say out loud that you wish the people in your job cared about you as much as you care about them, to see if anyone else out there is nervous before their first performance on stage.

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0056:/u/claire-wl-150

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Weight loss tracking with friends

When it comes to weight loss, group dynamics can be a powerful motivation.  But it’s easy to get lost in a group as well.  In yesterday’s /weight-loss, participants talk about and share their goals / struggles. Each participant can also have a private localweb.is URL for posting their own updates. These private URLs are shared as appropriate within the public /weight-loss group so others can add encourage-ment and advice for the individuals.

Weight and body issues are deeply personal so traditional social networks with friend or follower lists of hundreds and even thousands of people just are not safe places to share these feelings.   But a private URL, shared only among others on the same journey and in the same area, becomes a safe place for expression.

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0055: /weight-loss

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Local support for your goals

Effective weight loss isn’t about your crash diet or how much individual willpower you have.  The most important ingredient is   your support system.  A group of people trying to reach a goal alone will have a high rate of failure.  But get them together on /weight-loss and you have a strong dynamic for success.

On /weight-loss you can post your progress and setbacks and know there are people going through the same struggle.  There are millions of people attempting weight loss on any given day, but these people go to the same gyms, walk the same trails, and shop at the same grocery stores as you, often without ever having a moment to connect over the day’s frustration or success.

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0006: /u/lgbt-help

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Shared experience

Shared experience

Humans aren’t meant to be isolated.  When we’re alone and marginalized we lose our ability to create, to be our best selves, to love.  /u/lgbt-help is an example of an unlisted Localweb.is URL that connects people to others nearby with a similar experience.  It can also be marked as following (/f), so that it moves with you as you change locations.

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