April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

Did you know that April is National Alcohol Awareness Month?

Alcohol dependency and addiction aren’t often talked about openly–especially since we live in a culture where alcohol consumption is the center stage in so many social activities. It’s something that is so common, that we sometimes feel as if we have to explain ourselves if we don’t want to partake; we’ll make excuses like “I have a headache,” or “I’ll just get sleepy” or “I have to work early tomorrow”–which all might be true (and all are good reasons to refrain from drinking alcohol!) but it’s telling that we often feel the need to provide a reason instead of just saying “no thank you.”

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Surviving a Year of COVID-19

Surviving a Year of COVID-19

Surviving a Year of COVID-19

As we enter March, we’re also entering one full year of enduring this pandemic. 

While COVID of course didn’t just appear overnight in March 2020, that’s when we started seeing wide scale shut downs, and when our day to day lives started to change long-term.

It is a very difficult thing to have survived a year of sustained trauma, which is what we have all had to do this last year.

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Loving Yourself This Valentines Day

Loving Yourself This Valentines Day

Loving Yourself This Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day can be a difficult holiday.

Relationships, like everything else in our lives, are complicated. So having one day a year where all of our attention is drawn to the romantic love (or perhaps lack thereof) in our life adds a level of pressure that really none of us need in an already stressful time.

This year, instead of devoting your Valentine’s Day to a romantic partner, we think you should dedicate it to yourself.

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On Self-Care by Noreen Iqbal

On Self-Care

On Self-Care

Self-care is a concept that has often been romanticized and unrealistically portrayed on social media posts and quotes, but what does self-care really mean and is it as simple as taking luxurious bubble baths, listening to your favorite playlist on repeat, indulging in ice cream and Netflix? While these can be helpful and uplifting, in the process of trying to ‘feel better’ we sometimes entirely disregard the issues that brought us to feeling upset, anxious, irritated, exhausted, empty; the list goes on. When we have physical wounds, we do not simply put on a plaster or bandage without first treating the wound – but this is what many of us do with our emotional wounds. Continue reading

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Why Your Therapist Is The Person of The Year

Why Your Therapist is the Person of the Year

This year has been overwhelming for everyone, to say the least. Surviving a global pandemic and adapting to its everyday lifestyle changes has been a full time job. Getting the kids ready for virtual school and making sure they stay on task, watching what seemed like an endless political debate, canceling all summer plans, not seeing family, the list goes on and on. Amidst all of the uncertainty there was one person who really kept my mental well being intact throughout such a hectic year: my therapist. It’s impossible to overstate her impact on my life and how much positivity she has brought me. I used to think I was alone in my feelings, that no one could possibly understand the emotional distress I was feeling. My therapist has been life support when I needed it the most.

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A Therapist’s Perspective on Catching and Healing from Covid-19

A Therapist’s Perspective on Catching and Healing from Covid-19

A Therapist’s Perspective on Catching and Healing from Covid-19

A few weeks ago I found out I tested positive for Covid-19. This was a big surprise to me since throughout the pandemic I have been taking all of the precautions necessary to follow safety measures. I thought to myself, “how can this happen to me?”. I was lucky enough to not have many physical effects during my illness, however I experienced numerous mental health effects.

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Keeping Yourself a Priority

Keeping Yourself a Priority

Keeping Yourself a Priority

Let’s face it- this year has been especially tough on you. The pandemic, election, personal and professional challenges, are just some of the stressors that are depleting much, if not all, of your energy. Those of you who also struggle with mental illness, might be feeling that these burdens are just way too much to bear. Thinking, “there isn’t enough time in the day” to tend to your responsibilities and the people in your life who need your attention, is overwhelming. Therefore, you’ve been unfortunately pushed to the bottom of your priority list.

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How To Move Past COVID Fatigue

How To Move Past COVID Fatigue

How To Move Past COVID Fatigue

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of so many people worldwide. No matter where you live, your lifestyle has probably undergone severe changes. However, the most troublesome thing about this pandemic for most of us is uncertainty as the covid’s future implications are unknown. Many of us wonder what life will look like after the pandemic. What will be the impact on the economy, education, health, social life, and travel? Will life ever be normal again?

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Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Election Season

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Election Season

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Election Season

This year has been more difficult than most. Not only has 2020 introduced us to COVID-19 and all its complications, we are on the precipice of a divisive election season. For many of us, this is just added stress, fueling the tumult of anxiety that we may have been feeling throughout the year. For some who struggle with mental illness, this extra intensity is simply overwhelming.

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