After my suicide attempt and years of struggling with depression, I've found some pretty reliable ways to give myself a strong dose of self-love during my darkest moments.
I felt that mental illness was a blemish on my image, the equivalent of getting an F in school.
After struggling with an eating disorder for years, I needed a gentle exercise that helped me strengthen my muscles and my mind.
It is difficult to even put into words the affect that a supportive, compassionate community can have on esteem, identity, and recovery. These tips may help you find yours.
Growing up, I never thought I was gay. As a child, surrounded by the stories of Disney princesses and The Notebook, I developed romantic tunnel vision, seeing the only path to happiness as one that ended like the stories I so happily devoured. My avid imagination spurred my fantasies into intricate tales of me and […]
When we put out a call for summer YM Bloggers, FIFTY (yep, 5-0) of you wanted to volunteer. Picking these six amazing bloggers— Anna, Detrick, Lindsey, Maya, Megan and Samantha— was no easy feat. I think you will fall in love with their stories, relate to their advice, and come away feeling with the feeling […]
While I’ve always been an “anxious” person, I never considered myself someone with anxiety until this past year. I was trying to make my senior year of high school count, which resulted in me putting a lot of pressure on myself to succeed. That’s when my anxious feelings began to take over my life. Anxiety […]
When we get the flu or we break a leg, there are well-established ways to bounce back from them. But when the hurt stems from an emotional sort of pain, the remedy can be a little less clear. When times are tough and it seems like life keeps beating down on you, it can be […]
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” – Bill Clinton Words can have a lot of power which is easy to forget. Sometimes we say things we don’t mean, but once the words are said we can’t take them back. It’s important to do our best to […]
Happy Mental Health Awareness Month! Mental health shouldn’t be difficult to talk about, but it is for most people due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. We all struggle with our mental health from time to time, some more than others, just like we all struggle with our physical health. For years I remained silent […]