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Mental Health and the Doctor-patient Relationship: It’s All about Trust

It was a tough mental health day. I was highly sensory and at the end of my menstrual cycle, which is always the most difficult time for me, and I had an appointment with a new doctor; never something I am up for, but especially not on a hard day.

So I walked into the appointment with my sunglasses on and my earplugs in. With my sullen-looking face drooping down. Swearing under my breath when I found out that the forms I had just spent 30 minutes completing online at home were only useful if I had printed them out. The fact that they couldn’t access my online forms from their own online system, and I now had to fill out more forms, had me seething. It was the wrong day to waste my time.



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Women’s Mental Health: 13 Ways to Cope with Endometriosis, PMS and PMDD

Seeing that March is Women’s History Month, this week is Endometriosis Awareness Week and today is International Women’s Day all got me thinking about just how powerful women are. And, as balance proves, just how much we have to bear. For many women including me, one of the toughest things to get through each month is our menstrual cycle. It creeps up around every corner. Blindsides us with pain, fatigue and sadness. Unorganized thoughts and paranoia. And for some, a desire for it all to end. But we fight through. Because we're women and that's what we do.



General

Mental Health and Celebrating Accomplishments: Take Note of Acts of Self-care Each Day

When it comes to maintaining mental health, anyone who suffers knows that everyday tasks often feel impossible.

Some days it’s difficult to accomplish anything let alone everything that’s expected of us: to work and to engage with others and to run errands and to keep ourselves clean and clothed and fed.

Days when getting through the day feels like more than what we’ll have the energy to accomplish. Days when we have to remind ourselves that lying in bed will only make it worse. Even if that’s all we want to do. That we have to get up and move. Especially when it feels forced. When it feels like there is cement in our veins pulling us down. When we want it all to end because continuing forward feels impossible.



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Facebook and Mental Health: Social Anxiety

I was reluctant to join Facebook when the craze began. Sure, I was on MySpace in my 20s, which I used mainly for music, and I even had a LinkedIn account for work, but Facebook felt like a different beast entirely. For Facebook is personal.

I didn’t like the idea of people being able to post things about me without my permission or the fact that I had to strictly monitor my privacy settings. I also didn’t like how exposed it could make me feel.

But, as chance would have it, I left my purse at a wedding one night, along with my phone, so I turned to Facebook to help me find it. As soon as I joined and put the message out there, I immediately found who had my purse and my phone, proving that the wide-range accessibility of using Facebook is part of its lure.



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Neurodiversity in the Workplace: How It Affects Mental Health and 10 Reasons Why We Should Share

I spent the first 35 years of my life not knowing about my neurodiversity and thus, not understanding what made me so different from others. My differences were always present, but they became especially apparent in the workplace where I never felt safe in my environment or understood the expectations. So I was never fully present. Dealing with this every day took a massive tole on my mental health. And, subsequently, on my physical and emotional health as well.



Mental Health

Working from Home Series: 13 Sensory Tricks to Boost Mental Health While Working


Learning to regulate my senses has greatly contributed to improving my mental health. When I was working in an office setting, I was overstimulated by environments and by people all the time. Working from home, I am less overwhelmed, but I can still become unregulated if I'm not careful. And when my senses aren’t regulated, my mental health takes the fall.

Whether you have sensory difficulties or not, your mental health probably suffers at work more than you realize. So take some time to boost your mental health while working — you deserve it!



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Working from Home Series: How to Apply for the Best Job for Your Mental Health — Writing Resumes and Cover Letters

Maintaining your mental health and keeping a job can be difficult. I spent a good part of my adult life trying to find the balance, and I didn’t truly find it until I began working from home, where I am finally able to both take care of myself and get my work done.

But maybe working outside of the house isn’t the issue, but finding the right job is. So regardless of whether you choose to work from home or to travel to your job, here are some tips for looking for and applying for the best jobs for your mental health.