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Depression & Mental Illness Resource Blog : Photo. Ten Ways to End Your Ugly Relationship With Stress. Please note: the suggestions in this article are not intended to serve as professional medical advice.

Ten Ways to End Your Ugly Relationship With Stress

The ABC’s of Coping With SAD and The Bitter Reality of Winter. Oh hello there winter!

The ABC’s of Coping With SAD and The Bitter Reality of Winter

When did you get here? There are plenty of things to love about cold weather, like hot cocoa and hot cider and mulled wine (is it weird that all of my favorite things about winter are beverages?) , but let’s be real, winter kinda blows. Audre Lorde Thought of Self-Care as an "Act of Political Warfare." Audre Lorde in 1980.

Audre Lorde Thought of Self-Care as an "Act of Political Warfare."

Photo by K. Kendall (Creative Commons) Self-care can be such a buzzword these days, but what's often not discussed are the race, gender, and class dynamics behind the concept. When we're expected to take care of others emotionally and physically, taking time, energy, and resources for ourselves can feel shameful. In the United States, women report higher rates of stress in their lives than men and people of color report higher rates of stress than white people—there are a lot of factors for why, including the stress of racism and discrimination. Several prominent thinkers have pointed out how activism, race, and self-care are connected. Writer Evette Dionne recently penned an article for Ravishly about how self-care is a radical act for Black women in particular. FRIDAY OPEN THREAD: How Are You Coping? Hey there dream weavers!


Do you know what day it is? It’s Friday! And you do you know what we do on Fridays? We talk about our feelings! Survival Tips. New Comic!

Survival Tips

All of these tips have been really useful to me. I have had checklists for my day that included ‘get out of bed once’ and ‘shower’, and when I couldn’t do anything because my head was so screwed up and I could get one of those done, it was a pretty big accomplishment. Designating an official asker is pretty important. Selfcare_printable.pdf.

20 Small Things To Do When Gender Dysphoria Gets You Down. Suicidal Survival Guide: 7 Strategies to Keep You Going When You’re All Alone. Panel 1 Suicidal Survival Guide – Christine Deneweth Panel 2 (Crass talking and smiling.

Suicidal Survival Guide: 7 Strategies to Keep You Going When You’re All Alone

She has short curly hair, glasses, and green shirt.) A 3-Step Plan For Asking For Help When You’re Struggling With Your Mental Health. Originally published on Ravishly and republished here with their permission.

A 3-Step Plan For Asking For Help When You’re Struggling With Your Mental Health

Okay, wait. Before we go any further with this piece, I have to say something really important first: You. Are. Amazing. And I mean that. And wanting to get support from your loved ones is a really smart step toward taking care of yourself. 5 Barriers Making It Harder to Get Mental Health Care If You're Not White.

Francesca Fiorentini: It’s hard enough to get mental health treatment in the US, but it’s even harder if you’re not white.

5 Barriers Making It Harder to Get Mental Health Care If You're Not White

Studies show that racial and ethnic minorities are significantly less likely to receive mental health treatment than whites. So we reached out to experts to find out why it’s so hard for people of color to get help. The first thing is stigma – in other words, shame or disgrace that can make people feel excluded. Stigma is a big deal in the US, but especially in communities of color. Ravi Chandra: The Asian American community has high amounts of depression and anxiety and other mental illnesses just like every other community. 21 Black People Give Their Best Advice For Taking Care Of Your Mental Health.

15 Easy Things You Can Do That Will Help When You Feel Like Shit. 9 Lessons I've Learned As A Rape Crisis Counselor That Are Applicable To Everyday Life. I spent the first minutes of my rape-crisis-counselor training terrified, hearing people more qualified than me introduce themselves.

9 Lessons I've Learned As A Rape Crisis Counselor That Are Applicable To Everyday Life

“I’m a social worker,” one person told the room. The next one stood up: “I’m a family therapist.” Nurses, sex educators, and public defenders — everyone around me committed their workdays to helping others, and now they were volunteering their nights and weekends to do the same. We were all there to become emergency-room advocates, on call in local hospitals for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. An Open Letter to My Depression: 4 Ways I Defeat You Every Day  Dear Depression, I must say you have put up quite a fight.

An Open Letter to My Depression: 4 Ways I Defeat You Every Day 

You insidiously infiltrated my life years ago completely unbeknownst to me. For years I blamed myself for the rage, despair and deep emptiness that consumed my life. But it was you all along, hiding cowardly in the shadows, vehemently inflicting pain on my existence. 3 Ways to Use Selfies to Make Peace with Your Mental Illness. There’s something about seeing yourself in a mirror. Stare long enough, and suddenly it feels like there’s another person in the room looking back at you. And because I experience dissociation, this disconnect happens quickly and easily, especially on days when I feel the least like myself.

For the longest time, when I was feeling outside myself, depressed, or anxious, I avoided mirrors. However, recently, I’ve begun to do just the opposite. It started this week. 25 Things I Do To Make My Body Dysphoria Feel Smaller and Quieter. Before we even begin: I’m not a medically trained professional, nor am I a licensed therapist. Today I’m all curled up in my duvet cover because I haven’t been able to sleep in two days, and maybe if I was a doctor I’d find the little parts of me that aren’t working and fix them so I could get out of bed. Unfortunately I’m just a kid with a binder and a lot of pronouns, and the world seems like a whole lotta sharp edges right now. If you’ve never had body dysphoria, let me explain a little bit about how it makes me feel and why I have it.

Body dysphoria feels like the worst-fitting outfit you’ve ever put together, but you can never take it off. Or sometimes it’s more like a pebble in your shoe, or a belt that digs into your side, or a tiny thing that is just noticeable enough to throw your day off. My gender identity is a very slippery thing. 1. 2. Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet. The 10 Stages Of A Depressed ENFP. Stage One: ENFP will start feeling a bit lonely and disconnected. They will think it's just a stage that will pass, and will try to ignore it. Stage Two: The ENFP will start feeling even more lonely, this can usually be brought about by having a hard time with family or feeling like they are insecure in their relationships in general.

Stage One increases, and the ENFP will start feeling anxious. Stage Three: The ENFP's feeling of anxiousness will become overbearing, and they may feel extremely insecure when talking to other people. They lose the quick wit and charm they used to have. Stage Four: ENFP will most likely hit shut down mode. Stage Five: The ENFP will be extremely stressed, lonely, and emotional. Feisty Comics About Mental Illness We Can All Relate To.

If you live with a mental illness, Ruby gets it. The 21-year-old self-taught comic from London, who goes by rubyetc online, has been drawing about her lllxperiences with mental health issues and bipolar disorder since she dropped out of school at 17. I Will Find a Way or I Will Make One. Non-cutesy self-care tips - bees make me emotional. Banish a Bad Mood in 15 Minutes. Psyche (psychology) In psychology, the psyche /ˈsaɪki/ is the totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious. Psychology is the scientific or objective study of the psyche. The word has a long history of use in psychology and philosophy, dating back to ancient times, and represents one of the fundamental concepts for understanding human nature from a scientific point of view. The English word soul is sometimes used synonymously, especially in older texts.[1] The basic meaning of the Greek word ψυχή (psūkhē) was "life" in the sense of "breath", formed from the verb ψύχω (psukhō, "to blow").

Derived meanings included "spirit", "soul", "ghost", and ultimately "self" in the sense of "conscious personality" or "psyche".[2][3] The idea of the psyche is central to the philosophy of Plato. The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote an influential treatise on the psyche, called in Greek Περὶ Ψυχῆς (Perì Psūchês), in Latin De Anima and in English On the Soul. Saturday Morning Cartoons: Little Monster. Welcome to Saturday Morning Cartoons, a segment where four artists take turns delighting you with their whimsy, facts and punchlines on Saturday mornings! Our esteemed cartoon critters are Cameron Glavin, Anna Bongiovanni, Megan Praz and Yao Xiao. Stress (biology) Walter Cannon used it in 1926 to refer to external factors that disrupted what he called homeostasis.[2] But "...stress as an explanation of lived experience is absent from both lay and expert life narratives before the 1930s".[3] Physiological stress represents a wide range of physical responses that occur as a direct effect of a stressor causing an upset in the homeostasis of the body.

Upon immediate disruption of either psychological or physical equilibrium the body responds by stimulating the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. The reaction of these systems causes a number of physical changes that have both short and long term effects on the body. Homeostasis is a concept central to the idea of stress. My cycle. 4 Simple Yet Effective Holiday Self-Care Tips For Adult Children Of Abusive Parents. 11 Charts For When You Feel Bad About Your Body. 20 Mental Health Resolutions For The New Year. 4: I will challenge myself to say “yes” to the things that scare me. What It's Like to Love Someone with Anxiety – Told as a Beautiful Ghost Story.