I can remember being in a sophomore in high school, around the ripe age of 15, having the distinct and auspicious pleasure of navigating roles within the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and the Student Government Association. Additionally, I had the choice in being a lead actor in Drama Club or playing baseball and running track (the two sports simultaneously conflicted with Drama Club). As a tall, lanky young fellow, who was just as quick-witted as he was on the track field or in the baseball diamond, I was often made to feel less of a man because I chose to be in Drama Club my sophomore and junior years. Often, I heard that Drama Club was for sissies or gay men and a real testament of my young adult masculinity could be proven on the field.
The idea of “quality of life” once seemed like a self-explanatory concept. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all across the globe, societal changes are in progress. Similarities have begun to surface among many nations, including the changing concept of quality of life. As social distancing orders are gradually lifted, many of us find ourselves eager to venture out. Just as we begin to inquire about available options to fill our days, anxiety about the safety of going out among others may start to rise. There is now an ever-present after-thought that many of us are dealing with; that is, how do we navigate daily endeavors that in previous times of normalcy, would not require a second thought. What happened to the opportunities to just get up and go? Something as simple as a trip to the grocery store or ATM can trigger anxiety at just the thought of touching the screen to complete a transaction. Now add in a line of people standing approximately six feet apart, some with masks, some with gloves, and reality sets in that what once was normal is no longer the case.
Do you feel down during the holidays? You’re not alone. This is actually incredibly common during the winter months. Coupled with added stress, this can make the holidays, for some, something to dread. Tunde outlines some possible treatment options for the “holiday blues.” You might be surprised how easy these are to implement.
Today, women are so ridden with responsibilities, worries, self-esteem, and getting everything done– all while trying to take care of themselves. Kim discusses the reasons behind why women are unhappier now than they were 40 years ago. She also dives into ways that you can combat perfectionism and lead a healthy life.
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We have seen how mental illness has been portrayed by the media: that anyone with a mental illness is dangerous. Certainly, if you or someone you know has a mental illness, you know that this is simply not true. Kim discusses how mental illness is no different than an illness like Diabetes and that denial could be life-threatening. Here, she lists different ways we can go about ending the mental illness stigma.
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We all know that sunken feeling, in the pit of our stomach, that we get when a sound or an image reminds of a time when we fell apart– whether it be someone shouting loudly, a scene on TV, or the smell of smoke. For Erlese, it was the sounds of sirens. She discusses how you can push beyond those moments of falling apart and allow yourself to see the silver lining.
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A lot of people who have ever felt depressed often feel alone, as if no one understands what they are going through. Kim not only understands, she also knows how to arm you with coping skills to deal with depression. Kim provides tips and suggestions to alleviate the burden that depression brings.
Depression is more than just feeling sad. It can become so heavy that a person can become emotionally immobile. Kim provides some understanding and information about depression as well as some sources that can assist with the pain.