The App That Reminds Me I’m Not Alone

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I was diagnosed with a mental illness eight years ago. Asking for help has gotten easier, but I still dislike it. Whether I need a ride or a few extra bucks, I resent it.

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How Valuing Yourself Changes Everything Else

Why is it that we push away the people that care about us the most? Especially when we need them? Are we ashamed? Are we angry? Angry that we need help? Or that the ones we love most have to see us this way?

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How to Survive Finals Week

Instead of setting aside time to take a shower, I tell myself that other things are more important. However, when I take a deep breath and slow down, I always remember that bathing makes me feel better, refreshing my body and my mind.

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Mental Illness Diagnosis: What’s Next?

You are so much more than your illness. It may be a part of your identity, but it is not all of who you are. You are multifaceted and ever-changing, always growing into a wiser version of yourself. As you change, you are not forgetting your past self or the pain you endured, but honoring all that you are and will be.

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Self-Care Challenge 4: Let’s Get Physical!

Self-care is a three-pronged approach, including mind, spirit, AND body. Even a moderate exercise like the one in this challenge can increase your life expectancy if you do it weekly!

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Self-Care Challenge 3: Keeping A Gratitude Journal

I first started consistently keeping a journal in middle school. It was full of gossip and ideas for outfits. I had no idea that ten years later, I would still be flipping through it, scanning the pages for any telltale signs of my budding mental illness. When I go back and read what I wrote as a thirteen-year-old, I can see that I was mostly happy but very anxious. Without even meaning to, I kept a gratitude journal in that I wrote down things about my life that I enjoyed.

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