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Gardening & How It Makes Us Happier

Simply put – life can be challenging. It’s sometimes hard to get through the day, and proven coping mechanisms such as physical exercise and stress relief can be hard to come by in our breakneck world. We’re always trying to find new ways to help ourselves make the challenge of self-care a little easier. And…

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“Stop Crying Like a Girl” – Growing up with Toxic Masculinity

As a child I was, as my peers so often liked to call me, a bit of a crybaby. I had always been prone to emotional expression, whether it was after watching a sad movie or because I was feeling lonely. I even recall crying once after my teacher broke it to me that a…

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Getting it Down – Expressing your Feelings through Art

I was recently going through some old boxes of mine, both to organize my old belongings and to go on a bit of a nostalgia trip. Among the polaroid photos, handmade Super Ari stories so old that my toddler scrawl of nonsense had faded away into the yellow pages, and elementary school behavioral progress reports…

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It’s Spring! Why You Don’t Have to Feel Happy

Spring is finally here. People are wearing shorts, the birds are infectiously happy, flowers are blooming everywhere. In the grocery store today, a man told me, “You look so sad. Be happy! The weather is beautiful.” While there’s always room for gratitude in our days, and nice weather certainly can be something to be grateful…

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SOCIAL ANXIETY

Have you ever felt scared, sick, or worried before you gave a presentation at work or school? Typically, anxiety in this type of situation is called “performance anxiety,” and it is extremely common. The symptoms of performance anxiety – which, again, are widely accepted as commonplace – is comparable to one of the most common…

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ACADEMIC PRESSURE AND MENTAL HEALTH

I got good grades in High School. I didn’t understand how important this was to my self-esteem until I got to college and stopped getting good grades. Now, I had always maintained, even from an early age, that I hated grades on principle. I despised “track systems” and “advanced classes” that placed certain students into…

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Mental Illness vs. Violence

In the wake of the Parkland shooting and the March for Our Lives, we want to quote Slate writer Laura Hayes: “Mentally ill people aren’t killers. Angry people are.” So much of the conversation about school safety and gun violence prevention is being centered around mental illness. But in reality, mental illness is not the…

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Being Transgender

The word “transgender” is a weighted one, and holds a lot of personal meaning for me. Under the spotlight of political news and lawmaking, this word plays into the fears of those who do not understand it. Understandably, some people may find the concept behind the word hard to grasp. Trans…gender? Transitioning genders? Is that…

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Stuff Happens

For the longest time I was one of those people that believed the entire World was against me.  It seemed that one horrible thing after another just fell upon me; it wasn’t even the bullying at school and elsewhere that made me feel this way.  It was a three-month period where my Father and Grandfather…

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Guilt and How It Affects Us

Guilt is an incredibly powerful emotion. There is a wide range of things to feel guilty about – from feeling guilty about eating the last piece of pizza to feeling guilty about someone you hurt in your childhood. Some may wonder how guilt affects our mental health. Can it affect us long term, and just…

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The Importance of Sleep

In an age of flashy distractions and round-the-clock information, it has become increasingly difficult for many to maintain a healthy and consistent sleep schedule. According to a 2015 National Sleep Foundation study, individuals between the ages of 18-64 should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night, but as many of us…

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