Posts tagged "mental health"

Check Your Vibes: How To Be Alone (And Love It!)

Someone once told me that on a subconscious level, our biggest fears do double duty as our most secret desires. I’m not sure whether that’s true (most things I fear are too terrible to imagine any positives coming from them), but it would make perfect sense in certain contexts of my life — especially whe…

By: Claire Hannum / July 27, 2015

Texas Authorities Are Seriously Trying To Imply Marijuana May Have Contributed To Sandra Bland’s Alleged “Suicide”

Let me just start this post off by saying FUCK YOU to CNN and MSNBC, two news networks that chose to cut away from today’s press conference on the pathological findings and initial autopsy results in the death of Sandra Bland in favor of covering the latest stop on Donald Trump’s Presidential Horseshit Traveling Circus.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 23, 2015

Check Your Vibes: How To Get Real About Anger

I have a short temper when faced with minor annoyances, but when it comes to big-picture problems like a major loss, betrayal, or simply having some seriously bad luck, I tend to shy away from anger through no active choice of my own. Sometimes this frustrates me, and I wish more than anything that I could feel…

By: Claire Hannum / July 20, 2015

Frisky Rant: In Defense Of Psychological Service Animals & The People Who Need Them (Like Me)

I cried all the way to work on the subway today. Ugh.

Fuck you MTA guy. There are exactly two questions you are allowed to ask: is this dog a service animal and is it task-trained? Any questions beyond that are an infringement of privacy and a violation of the Americans with Disabilitie…

By: Leslie Hermelin / July 17, 2015

Check Your Vibes: 9 Tips To Shatter The Motivation Myth And Stop Procrastinating

Raise your hand if you’ve experienced this scenario once or twice: you wake up one morning eager to take on the day, to make positive choices, and to spend your evening after work at the gym or going to a social event you might otherwise ditch out on. But when five o’clock rolls around, your body…

By: Claire Hannum / July 13, 2015

Check Your Vibes: 17 Ways To Feel Like A Kid Again (Without Bailing On Your Grown-Up Life)

 

When it comes to reconnecting with one’s inner child, there tend to be two narratives: “grow the hell up and get on with life like the rest of us” or some deep-end manic pixie nightmare that encourages intelligent adults to quit their jobs to go dance in the rain because YOLO or…

By: Claire Hannum / July 6, 2015

Check Your Vibes: 7 Ways To Stay Afloat When You’re Surrounded By Conflict

It’s a moment we all dread: one day, you wake up to find that the tension that’s been slowly building between two or more of your close friends has reached a brutal boiling point, and a conflict erupts with a magnitude that rivals an earthquake. Now you may find yourself in the unenviable position of…

By: Claire Hannum / June 29, 2015

Anna Wintour Talks Anxiety

“…Mental health I feel is something that you have to talk about. That time from 15 to 16 to your mid- to late- 20s – you look grown up, people think you’re grown up, but you’re still a kid.”…

By: Claire Hannum / May 4, 2015

Absolute Beginners: Exercise Motivation For The Extremely Anxious

So, big question for people who are getting into fitness and are coping with anxiety over it: How do you find exercise motivation when you really, really, really just want to stay in bed or on the couch or safe at home?

I know how this goes; every few weeks I seem to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 24, 2015

Check Your Vibes: 5 Ways To Build Your Willpower Muscle

When I think about willpower, I usually think of shame.

By: Claire Hannum / April 13, 2015

Managing Diet And Exercise With My ADHD Brain

I have pretty severe ADHD. That dictates a lot of the way that my life, brain, body, and relationships function, but it’s not something I talk about a lot because – well, I don’t know, I’ve known about it and been living with it for fifteen years. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

But it’s been coming u…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 19, 2015

Dealbreaker: He Told Me I Needed To “Be Happier”

On our last date, we sat next to each other on the floor of an Afghan restaurant, sharing a plate of kaddo bourani and a bottle of wine. He looked at me for long stretches of time without speaking, then he looked at the waitress, at the carpet, at the other diners. We came to the…

By: Allison McCarthy / March 11, 2015

Brazilian President Rousseff Has Signed A New Femicide Law

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has signed a femicide bill into law, which increases the penalties for the murder of women relating to domestic violence.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 10, 2015

On The Unhappy Anniversary Of My Rape

At the exact time that I’m writing this (8:30 a.m. ), on this exact day two years ago, I was reporting my rape. It had happened after midnight on March 10, 2013.

I’ve been trying not to write about it too much, anymore, because I feel like I’ve said everything I need to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 10, 2015

Anthony Hill, Another Unarmed Black Man, Shot Dead By Police Near Atlanta

How many more?

Yesterday, a white, as-yet-unnamed police officer shot and killed 27-year-old Anthony Hill, a Black man who was seen naked and behaving erratically at his apartment complex near Atlanta. The Dekalb County officer was responding to a call saying a man was “acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around o…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 10, 2015

Facebook Has Serious New Suicide Prevention Tools

Yesterday, Facebook announced new measures to help users who might be at risk for self-harm. It’s become too common that we hear stories about Facebook users who speak to their distress and end up hurting themselves or worse, and in the meantime, their friends don’t know what to do.
Facebook’s new tool will allow…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015

6 Things I Learned From Deleting All Of My Facebook Activity One By One

Over the last five months, I’ve been going the Nick Briz Facebook escape route and, instead of “deleting” my profile with the possibility of coming back to it later, I’ve been deleting all of my activity on Facebook so that there’s just nothing there. Briz’s web site offers codes that you can plug in to…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 17, 2015

Four in 10 Teenage Girls Report Being Coerced Into Sex

More than 40 percent of high school-aged girls in England report being coerced into sex. [The Guardian]
A memo to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions: Judges who disagree with you aren’t “activist” judges. [Vox]
A new study shows that there are long-term health benefits for LGBT youth who come out during high school.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 11, 2015

What Are We Feeling When We’re Feeling “Fat”?

Remember the “fat is not a feeling” hashtag? The phrase has been around for a long time, but it trended as a hashtag last October, when Facebook added “fat” to their “feeling” statuses, complete with a smiling face with implied double-chin and rosy, cherubic cheeks. I mean, it’s a cute little emoticon, but it made…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 9, 2015

Mommie Dearest: I’m A Parent With Postpartum Anxiety

When it started, I thought it was just a stomach thing. I had probably unwittingly eaten some dairy, my usual digestive foe. But the mild nausea showed no signs of letting up. Two weeks, then three. I couldn’t ignore it anymore. It had gone from a minor inconvenience to an omnipresent feeling, lurking deep dow…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / February 6, 2015
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