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11 Hacks for Staying Organized with ADHD
"'Tidy' looks different for everyone, and my version of tidy may look different from a neurotypical person’s idea of tidy. Part of this process was learning that it’s OK to make my space work for me — it’s my space after all. Here are some of the hacks I implemented."
27 of the ‘Weirdest’ Things That Trigger People’s Anxiety
No two peoples’ experiences with anxiety are exactly alike, and everyone who lives with anxiety can point to unique triggers that send their anxiety symptoms into overdrive. So you may feel like the only person in the world living with this trigger — not realizing that you’re actually not “weirder” than anyone else and there are others out there who can identify with your struggles.
When I Realized My Depression Was Seasonal Affective Disorder
"After a few years, I noticed that it was always the same time — around the middle of October — when my mood and energy levels would start to significantly decrease. Then, just as predictably, in early February, everything would start to feel easier again."
21 Easy (and Cozy) Self-Care Ideas to Practice This Winter
"Now that winter is making days shorter, colder and darker, it’s more important than ever to make self-care part of your regular routine. And I’m not talking about the Instagram #selfcare that requires fancy bath bombs or expensive lotions. I’m talking about 21 easy ways you can get cozy and relaxed this winter."
When Anxiety Presents as Anger, Not Fear
"Having anxiety doesn’t just mean being nervous or worrying. When my mind starts racing and I can’t decide which thing to think about, that’s anxiety. When I snap at a co-worker for no reason at all, or I am inexplicably moody, that’s anxiety. When I spend the entire weekend wondering if I’ll be fired for something I said on Friday, that’s anxiety. When I flake on plans at the last minute, you can bet it’s because of anxiety."
18 Things Bosses Say That Are Actually Emotionally Abusive
Bosses can exert a great deal of control over our lives. Sometimes, they can become abusive. Here are 18 things bosses said that were emotionally abusive. If you can relate you're not alone, and here's what to do if you think your boss is abusive.
8 Ways to Help Kids Deal With Negative Thoughts – Without Avoiding Them
"From a young age, we are taught to deal with our negative thoughts and anxious emotions by quashing them or transforming them into something more positive. Unfortunately, much of this effort results in the avoidance of difficult feelings. When we try to avoid a natural part of the human condition (e.g., sadness, hurt, jealousy, anger etc.), it does not make these feelings go away. Instead, we miss the messages sent by the feeling and avoidance defines how we live our emotional lives."
What Is ‘Toxic Positivity’?
There’s no denying that positivity can be powerful. I know when I’m struggling with anxiety and negative thoughts, if I can hold onto an ounce of hope — that I’ll make it through. That being said positivity isn’t always the best way to help others. You can’t make someone be positive. You can’t sprinkle positivity dust on them and make their problems go away.
8 Reasons You Might Be Feeling Emotionally ‘Numb’
“Emotional numbness involves feeling as if your emotions and thoughts are dulled, hollowed out, deadened or tamped down,” Deborah Serani, Psy.D., who specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma and postpartum disorders, told The Mighty. Though we typically associate people with mental illness feeling a lot, the truth is, sometimes people struggling with their mental health may feel little to nothing at all.
22 Memes That Might Make You Laugh If Mental Illness Makes You Tired
There’s nothing funny about struggling with your mental health, but sometimes a little self-aware humor can go a long way in making you feel less alone. While it’s true that memes can’t “cure” mental illness (we wish!), sometimes they can bring a smile to your face when you’re struggling.
Depression and the Holidays: Reflecting on My Journey
“My advice to others struggling with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is don't give up. It is okay if you need to go back to your doctor or if you need to find a new doctor with whom you might feel more comfortable discussing your experiences and treatment plan.” Read Ruth’s story to learn more about her experience. Paid content from Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Lundbeck
13 Affirmations Inspired by Lizzo For Big Black Women
"I too live in a larger body and have been ridiculed for my size. I am not famous like Lizzo, so while not as blatant as her feedback, it still hurts the same. I have struggled my whole life to fit into what is expected of me, which is to be thin and white. Well, I am big and Black and trying to accept and love myself. "
3 Life Skills Social Anxiety Impairs (and 2 It Strengthens)
"Living with social anxiety can be challenging. It impairs your ability to relate to other people, be a part of society, and function in day-to-day life. But, what if I told you there are also some life skills that get a boost when you have social anxiety? But, first of all, let’s take a look at a few skills that get hurt the most..."
9 Tips for Coping With Anxiety on New Year's Eve
"With New Year’s Eve soon approaching, I tend to think about all the past New Year’s Eves I experienced anxiety attacks throughout the evening. For as long as I can remember, New Year’s Eve has been a struggle for me because of the way my cerebral palsy and anxiety reacted together in certain situations. So I decided to write some tips on how to handle anxiety on a day like New Year’s Eve."
This Graphic Can Help You Identify What Triggers You Emotionally in Relationships
Learning your emotional triggers on your own is one thing but figuring out your triggers in a relationship adds another layer of intensity. Maybe you’re afraid of being abandoned or want to feel the need to push the other person away but you don’t know why. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. It’s why artist and mental health advocate Dominee Wyrick created a graphic to help you identify what triggers you in relationships.
18 Texts to Send Your 'Strong Friend' Struggling With Their Mental Health
"Being the “strong friend” is a difficult role for anyone to play. While some instinctually reach out for help when they are struggling, a strong friend might go inward and isolate, ignoring the problem altogether. When your “strong friend” isolates themselves, it isn’t a shout for you to keep your distance, it’s often a cry for help that they don’t know how to verbalize."