The ABCs of Gratitude

As the weather gets colder, news seems to always be getting worse, and traditional end-of-the-year holiday plans have become either limiting or cancelled altogether, it can be difficult to find something to be grateful for, much less multiple things. Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can make finding the positives in day-to-day life impossible, and these outside events can worsen these feelings of hopelessness and negativity too. Continue reading The ABCs of Gratitude

Soup Season

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As the weather and leaves start to change in Western Pennsylvania, my mood tends to decline. However, this year I am determined to make the most of autumn. One of my favorite foods is soup, and this time of year happens to be perfect for soup. Continue reading Soup Season

Living a Healthy Lifestyle

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I have always struggled with health and wellness, from now to even as a little kid. I have tried every diet in the book, every workout, every tip, you name it; but still, nothing works. I notice that I do have discipline in other aspects of my life such as personal finance to save money, but lack that discipline when it comes to my personal health. Continue reading Living a Healthy Lifestyle

“Good Vibes Only”

Positive thinking can be powerful. Not only does it have a beneficial effect on mental health, but studies have also shown that there are positive physical effects too when it comes to conditions such as heart disease. Besides that, positive thinking can improve your mindset, the energy you feel and give off, and how others react to you. Continue reading “Good Vibes Only”

New Career Pressure

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I recently started a new stage of my education where I am out working in my prospective field of study. I was so excited to get out and start learning and be able to get away from my computer screen. Continue reading New Career Pressure

Tapping into a Little Nostalgia

While it’s always fun going down memory lane, you’re probably finding yourself reminiscing about the past and the “good times” a lot more than usual lately.

Whether it be 10, 5, or even just one year ago, nostalgia and thinking about good things that have happened to you in the past can have a positive effect, including on your mood and even possibly on your mental health. Studies have even found that when people look back on old memories, they’re not just reminiscing about the event themselves, but they can feel proud of themselves for seeing what important parts of their personality stuck through with them, or they might feel pride in seeing how far they’ve come. Continue reading Tapping into a Little Nostalgia

Creating a Positive Transition this Fall

As we enter the sixth month of quarantine, you might be feeling stale, exhausted, stressed, and most likely all of the above. At this point, transition is almost a point of everyday routine, with the new information about the virus and corresponding regulations coming in and workplaces and schools constantly shifting how they go about things. Even this past month, the transition of going back to school may have felt like just another thing to get used to adjusting to for your child. Continue reading Creating a Positive Transition this Fall

Tips for Being Successful in the Workplace During Quarantine

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Are you a young professional who’s just starting out in the workplace? If so, you’re not alone. The graduates from the class of 2020 have faced some of the toughest challenges yet. In particular, the crashing job market and all that comes with it have affected thousands. If you are so lucky as to land a full-time job in these economic conditions, you’ll start out remotely, which will cause you to miss some of the most valuable time networking and meeting new coworkers in-person.

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A Quote for Today

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Today, I wanted to share a quote that really hit home and stuck with me during the “funk” that I have been in recently:

“I know you’re sad, so I won’t tell you to have a good day. Instead, I advise you to simply have a day. Stay alive, feed yourself well, wear comfortable clothes and don’t give up on yourself. It’ll get better, until then, have a day.”

This quote just reminded me to keep going. It will get better, and until then, just take care of yourself, mentally and physically. Doing small things like wearing comfortable clothes can help get you through the day, and then take things one day at a time. Try not to get ahead of yourself and even if you are having a rough time, just have a day.


What are some of your favorite mental health quotes that you can relate to? What ways can you remind yourself to take one day at a time? How do you discuss this with your child? Does your child put too much pressure on themselves?

Accepting Happiness

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This is something that I have recently come across. It is actually quite challenging. For life to be so good. There were days where I never thought life would get better. To look back on the past few days and realize that, finally, you were happy. Continue reading Accepting Happiness