Can You Recreate Socializing in School Online

For most of us, especially those in younger generations, we likely interact with people on social media as much as we do face-to-face communication, if not even more. It’s both a blessing and a curse to constantly have access to those we care about, and instead of having to arrange plans to meet up with someone to see them, they can simply be a text message or phone call away. Continue reading Can You Recreate Socializing in School Online

Going Back to School Post-Quarantine

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It is almost back to school time and I’ve never been more nervous in my life. Normally I’m very excited to go back but all of the safety changes is very nerve-wracking to me.

Our school has sent emails explaining what the plans are and how they will be executed but they are so different from what normal school is. The whole idea of not being able to eat lunch with friends because we must stay 6 feet apart and separated by plexiglass is scary. Also wearing a mask all day while learning and on the buses is something that is so strange to think about. Continue reading Going Back to School Post-Quarantine

Talking with Your Friends about Mental Illness

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When I was first seeing a therapist and diagnosed with anxiety, it felt like a secret. I didn’t know how to bring up this topic with my friends, it felt like something taboo and embarrassing. I was afraid I would be judged and seen differently if people knew that I went to therapy. When I had to miss class for therapy I didn’t tell people why. I was secretive about it and would hope that my friends wouldn’t ask questions about it. Continue reading Talking with Your Friends about Mental Illness

Keep Pushing Foward!

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Somewhere along the line you may have changed, you may of stopped being your true self. Maybe you let people stick a finger in your face and tell you that you’re wrong, that you need to change. That you aren’t strong enough, pretty enough, smart enough or even good enough. Even ridiculed you down to the last inch just to make them feel better about themselves. Continue reading Keep Pushing Foward!

How Social Media “Jokes” about Mental Health

There’s still a long way to go in how we talk about mental health. Stigma, a lack of accessible knowledge about mental health, and the media are just a few of the reasons as to why many, regardless of age, can have incorrect information about how people coping with their mental health and show symptoms of mental illness live, behave, and think. This may require some explanation to the person to educate them at best, and can be really harmful to someone at its worst. Continue reading How Social Media “Jokes” about Mental Health

Healing while Dating

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I was in an off-on again relationship for three years, and the ties were only completely severed seven months ago. During the off-periods, I would turn to dating apps and try to distract myself from thoughts of my ex. As I’m sure you can imagine, it would never go well, and I always found myself crying as soon as it was over and I was home. Continue reading Healing while Dating

Food for Thought

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We all know about the brain and its complexities, but is this the only organ to blame for mental health concerns? I’ve been studying medicine for awhile, but only recently did I become interested in the “second brain.” This is the enteric nervous system (ENS) – the nerve cells lining the entire gastrointestinal tract. Many people are aware of the link between the gut and mental health, but it’s being studied constantly. New research suggests that irritation in the GI tract can signal the central nervous system (CNS) to trigger mood changes – YIKES! Continue reading Food for Thought

A Fresh Start

Although it’s a time for relaxation, summer can easily feel mundane. For children on summer break, the lack of routine or structure can make the days feel like they’re all blurring together, and for those who work from Monday to Friday, even doing work during this time can feel sluggish and slower because of the heat. This is even more true this summer, where there’s less to do and we’re confined to our homes most of the time.  Continue reading A Fresh Start