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20 Things to Do When You Find Yourself in a Rut

Monotony can be stifling. It can cause youto feel stuck, stagnant, and lack the ability to keep moving forward in life. I suffer from it, and recently did some minor tweaks to help shake things up a bit. Here are 20 things to consider doing when you find yourself in a rut.

Change your workout routine
Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to in awhile
Move around the furniture in a room at your place
When you drive home after...
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Coping Skills

My Suicidal Cat

I do not have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) but, every day when I leave my apartment I walk down the hall toward the elevator and half way there I turn around, walk back, and check to make sure my windows are barely open. Why? Several years ago I decided to move to Downtown Los Angeles and had this dream of having one of those lofts with big open windows, high ceilings, exposed brick, and cement floors....
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Bipolar II

Tell a Story that Begins with a Random Note

One of my old friends gave me this book called “Writers Bock” over a decade ago. I’ve never experienced writers block but I randomly picked it up while cleaning my bookcase and opened to a page that said, “Tell a story that beings with a random note.”

Weird. Very weird cause yesterday I was cleaning out my desk and saw a random note that I forgot about. It was from my college crush that I reconnected with...
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Bipolar II

“You’re Too Sensitive!!” Understanding Your Child’s Sensitively Level

When I was a child, I didn’t know that my hyper sensitivity was a possible symptom of Bipolar II disorder. Little things would set me off, and I would find myself uncontrollably crying for what others believed to be mundane things.

I specifically recall getting in a squabble with one of my friends and she said “You’re too sensitive.” Telling someone they’re too sensitive is like telling them they have too many freckles. It was hurtful and...
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Coping Skills

12 Quotes from Celebrities with Depression

Ryan Phillippe: “As you get older, I think it decreases some, but I'm just innately kind of a sad person.” (Elle Magazine 2015).
Jon Hamm: “I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me.” (British Magazine Observer 2010).
Rowling’s: “It's so difficult to describe to someone who's never been there, because it's not sadness. But it's that cold absence of feeling -- that really hollowed-out feeling.” (Interview with Oprah Winfrey 2010).
Sheryl Crow:...
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Bipolar II

Understanding Long Term Depression

When it comes to bipolar disorder, oftentimes people think of a pendulum that goes back and forth and back and forth on an equal playing field. People may think the ebb and flow of living with manic depression is equal. It’s not. Some of us experience months of depression that we try to fight our way out of, but sometimes there is a long term depression that can last a year, or more.
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Money: When you mess with the bull, you get the horns!!

When it comes to money, and you think you’re out of the red financially, somehow something always comes up. Here is a list of unexpected occurrences that can burn a hole in your wallet:

Medical Bills: Unplanned injuries are terrible. Several years ago I was in a minor accident while ridding the bull at a bar on Sunset Blvd. I bit the dust and ended up cutting my leg on the apparatus. I fought hard to stay...
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What Are You Not Spending Your Money On

When it comes to money, most of us try to stay within our means, however, it came to my attention today that I have some serious daily issues that need to be addressed. I’m not a major shopper, I don’t buy a lot of clothes, or have a thing for shoes, but, I do like food and probably eat out too much. So, I need to cut back and start cooking like the rest of the...
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Apparently You Can Microwave Meatballs

Well, haven’t been out on the scene in a long time but somehow ended up in an Uber car singing out the window down Hollywood Blvd. I haven’t been depressed, thank God but, I'm not sure what prompted me to step outside of my boring box. I met a couple guys at a bistro and ended up at a house party in the Hollywood hills. It has been yearssss since I found myself doing that scene...
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