Posts tagged "mental health"

Check Your Vibes: 8 Ways To Find Extra Time In Your Day

Sometimes it feels like no matter where I go or what I do in my downtime, I can never escape the heavy weight of the “shoulds” on my shoulders. I should be getting some work done right now. I should be cleaning the apartment or paying that bill or running that errand. A frame of…

Claire Hannum / October 5, 2015

Woman Fulfills Life-Long Dream Of Being Blind By Pouring Drain Cleaner In Her Eyes

Jewel Shuping had dreamed of being blind since she was a little girl, thanks to a rare psychological condition called Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), which causes people to believe that they should be disabled. In 2006, Shuping claims that with the help of a psychologist, she fulfilled her dream by pouring drain cleaner in her eyes, causing her…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 2, 2015

Check Your Vibes: 8 Ways To Make Friends Like A Grown-Up

Remember when you were in middle school and your new future BFF sort of just appeared next to you in your third period science class, and you were suddenly joined at the hip for the next five years without even realizing what was happening? Weren’t those days easy? Once we’re older and out in the…

Claire Hannum / September 28, 2015

Check Your Vibes: Is Being Loyal Ever A Bad Thing?

I was on the phone with my mom the other day, pondering aloud whether switching dentists was a regrettable thing to do, when I mentioned that in a way, I’d feel a bit guilty about making the change. After all, when you trust someone enough to get up in your business and clean your teeth…

Claire Hannum / September 22, 2015

Let’s Get Miserable: 5 Fall Non-Fiction Books About The Other Side Of Happiness

Think positively.  Say affirmations.  Be still in the moment. Journal!!!!
We are told to find gratitude when we feel deficient. To pray for serenity when anxious thoughts get the best of us.  To chase our wildest dreams. If we want a Jacuzzi, we are told to make a vision board with pictures of said Jacuzzi…

Vanessa Vallon / September 18, 2015

Check Your Vibes: 10 Things I’ve Learned About Grief To Help Get You Through

A little over a year ago, my dad died very unexpectedly, something I’ve written about a lot on this site. As time has gone on, the nature of my grief has evolved (it still is), and I feel that so much has changed since that day in August since I first received a slew

Claire Hannum / September 16, 2015

Check Your Vibes: 38 Things To Stop Stressing Over

Take a chill pill, girl.

Claire Hannum / September 8, 2015

Mother Sues Amazon And UPenn Over Daughter’s Suicide

Sujata Singh has filed a lawsuit against Amazon and the University of Pennsylvania, two years after the suicide of her 20-year-old daughter, Arya Singh.
Sujata Singh is suing Amazon for negligence and failing to prevent a Thai company from selling cyanide to her daughter. Arya was able to purchase cyanide pills with no problem at…

Katrin Higher / September 5, 2015

Shocker, Goth Kids Are More Likely To Be Depressed

A new study revealed that kids who associate with the goth scene tend to be more depressed than average, and are more likely to engage in self-harm. The researchers said that the majority of goth kids aren’t at risk, but that it could be important to reach out to the minority who are.
However, they

Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 31, 2015

True Story: Learning To Love My Adult ADHD

It’s a long walk to the nurse’s office between lunch and recess; if I get there quickly, before my friends notice I’m gone, then I won’t have to reveal why I’m temporarily missing from the cafeteria. If someone does catch me mid-journey, then I tell them I’m going to take my “allergy medication” — a…

Rachel Brodsky / August 21, 2015

Check Your Vibes: 10 Reasons To Embrace Uncertainty

Spiders and dark rooms suck and all, but the most bone-chilling things in life are usually those we can’t see at all. The biggest culprit? Not knowing what’s going to happen next. People hate uncertainty, and how could we not? If we aren’t completely sure how to plan for the future, how can we possibly…

Claire Hannum / August 17, 2015

Check Your Vibes: How To Deal With Adult Bullies

Adult bullies can be hard to spot, but once you’ve seen the light on how their toxic, controlling behavior operates, it’s hard to unsee it.

Claire Hannum / August 10, 2015

Check Your Vibes: 12 Habits That Are Ruining Your Life (And 12 Habits That Will Make Life Better)

Ever hear that saying that humans think thousands of thoughts every day, but that the vast majority of them are the same exact thoughts they had the day before? Life is built on habits, and it’s easy to end up chugging along down the same mental grooves we created years earlier. How many of our…

Claire Hannum / August 3, 2015

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…

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.

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…

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 Disabilities Act (ADA).

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…

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 something. Seriously?

Claire Hannum / July 6, 2015
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