Think Positive

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We are human, not perfect.

To see that and believe it, there is a great exercise you can try: set two jars by your bed, one labeled “positives,” and the other “negative.” At the end of each day, write down on a small piece of note paper each positive and negative thing you did and place them into the corresponding jar. Continue reading Think Positive

It’s Okay to Cry!

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As a new school year begins, things are already hectic. Where are my classes? Will my books be expensive? Are my teachers understanding? The questions race by faster than I can handle, and just because the school year is starting doesn’t mean that my other problems just go away.

So I sat down and cried. Continue reading It’s Okay to Cry!

Sitting in (Not So Complete) Silence

For some, the quiet can be peaceful. There are no distractions and a place for them to focus on their thoughts without any outside intrusions.

For others however, the quiet can be deafening and can cause them to feel incredibly anxious. The best way to describe this feeling is when you’re taking a test in a large room. It’s the feeling that something, anything, can happen at any second that can throw you off completely, and that uncertainty is stressful. Your mind can start to wander to places you don’t want it to and distract you if you have something you have to focus on.

This is where white noise comes in. Continue reading Sitting in (Not So Complete) Silence

The Panic Attack Song

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Everyone has their own ways of coping with anxiety and panic attacks, but for me, it can be very helpful to listen to a calm, comforting song. So, I decided to write my own song to do this! I talked with a few friends who have experienced panic attacks in their own unique ways, and wrote lyrics that can hopefully resonate with and help other people too 🙂 Continue reading The Panic Attack Song

After 10 Years of Struggling With Anxiety, Here’s Where I Am Today

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Ten years ago I was in middle school, going through my awkward adolescent phase. I wasn’t particularly interested in school, but I wasn’t a bad student. I just kind of showed up, went through the motions, and went home. What I started feeling around that time was like nothing I ever felt before.  Continue reading After 10 Years of Struggling With Anxiety, Here’s Where I Am Today

Making Lifestyle and Wellness Changes

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It is widely known that there is some correlation between diet, exercise and depression. But how does this look day-to-day? At the beginning of the summer I made myself a challenge: to commit to being healthier in order to see how that influences my depression. I read many studies about how sugar affects depression, so I did something radical. I cut all added sugar out of my diet. That included everything from cookies to bread. I also read about the positive effects of running, but due to a long-standing injury, I cannot run. So, I consulted a personal trainer and decided to begin weight lifting instead.

Continue reading Making Lifestyle and Wellness Changes

Practicing Self-Forgiveness

The brain can have a tendency to blame us for everything. You may put all the fault and blame on yourself when things aren’t going the way you want to, which then in turn can make you feel guilty in many ways. You might feel guilty that you inconvenienced others, that you’re having these feelings in the first place, and so on. Continue reading Practicing Self-Forgiveness

Small things you can do to help you feel better

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This past year has been my hardest one yet. I have been through a breakup of a toxic relationship, a death of a family member, a dangerous roommate situation that led me to having to move home with my parents unexpectedly, and a consistent depression that has been tough to beat.  Continue reading Small things you can do to help you feel better

Turning Alone Time Into an Adventure

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Summer can be a lonely time. We may not get to see our friends from school everyday and a lack of structured activity can lead to long days spent alone at home. This can lead to a persistent feeling of isolation – it certainly has for me. As a college student, I have friends who live out of the state and return to their homes for the summer. I do have local friends, but planning activities with them is difficult – we have to navigate around our work and vacation schedules, and more often than not, our plans fall through. For a while, I felt hopeless about this situation. How could I ease this heavy loneliness when it was nearly impossible to see my friends? I talked to my therapist about this, and she suggested that simply getting out of the house and going someplace new could help. Continue reading Turning Alone Time Into an Adventure