Depression is often referred to as the 'common cold' of mental illness. At least 10% of American adults experience an episode of severe depression within their lifetime. And yet there is still a stigma surrounding depression. Unfortunately, there is still a line of thinking out there that says individuals with depression bring it upon themselves; they might … Continue reading Why Depression Isn’t Your Fault
I've gained a little bit of stress weight over the last couple of months. In a bad moment today, a thought about starving myself passed through my mind. I didn't take that thought seriously, but it reminded me of a different time in my life. Now, I'd much rather gain weight then be the slave to an eating … Continue reading Stop Caring About What Others Think of You
Before I really got into fitness, I thought of exercise as a form of torture. I hated sports in school, I thought running was incredibly boring and I didn't see how strength training could help me at all in my life. After hitting puberty, I did start exercising, but for all the wrong reasons. (I … Continue reading 14 Ways to Exercise Alone that are Actually Fun
If you've ever lost anyone close to you, it's pretty likely that you remember awkward comments, panicked looks from friends and people who disappeared when they didn't know what to say. My Dad passed away I was 12, and I didn't understand that what appeared as distance and insensitivity from my friends was just an extreme discomfort with … Continue reading What to Say to Someone Who is Grieving
We sometimes underestimate the benefit of really listening when we find ourselves in certain conversations. (eg. Conversations about your great aunt's friend's cousin who has a weird infection right now. "You remember Joyce, don't you?") Even in conversations with people we love, we sometimes get distracted. Hey, maybe you want to listen, but still can't. Maybe … Continue reading Listen Better with these 6 Tricks
Today I entertained myself by reading about people getting offended. It started when I read an article about girls being "slut shamed" for using the dog filter on Snapchat. After reading that article, I was hooked. I did an google search for "hoe filter" and opened article after article. I wasn't interested in the cause, but … Continue reading Am I a Jerk for Laughing at This?