Depression, goals, Mental Illness Stigma, Sadness, self-esteem, Social Skills

The Truth About Masculinity: Toxic Masculinity in an Age of Therapeutic Vulnerability

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.

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goals, Relationships, self-esteem

This Is Who I Am: Remaining True to Yourself

new_years_resolutions_listIt’s resolution time! While some may be making commitments to lose weight or eat a more balanced meal, Natasha suggests working towards being more of your authentic self. While this is certainly a struggle for all people, it is not unattainable. Natasha explores how we can remain our authentic selves in a world where we are judged daily on our appearance and how we express ourselves.

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goals, Relationships, Sadness, self-esteem, Wellness, Women, written by Kim Openo

Perfection or Happiness? You’d be surprised at which one women are choosing…

download (1)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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Anger, Depression, Forgiveness, Relationships, self-esteem, Wellness, written by Kim Openo

The Power of Forgiveness

Everyone has been faced with some sort of painful situation that has resulted in anger, sadness, rage, and guilt. Kim discusses some powerful reasons as to why you should forgive the person that has wronged you. Here’s a hint: The forgiveness is for YOU– not the other person!
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Depression, Family, Relationships, Sadness, self-esteem, written by Erlese Caruth

When Things Fall Apart

mental-illness-unemploymentWe 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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self-esteem, Wellness, written by Kim Openo

What is Lack of Self-Care Costing YOU?

2nd-blog-relaxation27It’s so great that we can have access to and see advertisements of great self-care resources. Passing by a spa or massage place always gives us this warm feeling of almost immediate relaxation. But if it feels so good to just think about it, why don’t we always indulge in self-care? Kim goes into detail about which part of the self needs the most care and the repercussions of not tending to your own needs.
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Anger, Relationships, self-esteem, written by Kim Openo

Is Being Vulnerable a Weakness?

stock-footage-african-man-and-woman-expressing-emotionsWhy does vulnerability and showing emotion make us feel so weak? It’s so difficult to allow our emotions to show out of fear that we will become mocked or laughed at. Kim provides several reasons and scenarios that not only prove that showing emotion is a strength, but also how this makes a person more stable and better off than someone who doesn’t show emotion!
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