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!


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.


Working from Home Series: Mental Health Benefits and 5 Tips for How to Be Successful

As a new semester begins, I am once again overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude that I teach online. That I work from home.

I’ve been working from home for over one year now, and I can happily say that it has drastically improved my life. (Watch me speak at The Moth to find out why I made this decision and how my awesome boss supported me.) On days I don’t feel well, whether mentally, emotionally, physically or all three, I can still both get my work done and take care of myself — a balance I was never able to achieve while working in an in-person setting.


Neurodiversity and Anger

Anything and everything can make me angry. Growing up, this was attributed to my Sicilian heritage. It was just my Sicilian temper. You know, the murderous kind that makes mobsters snap in movies. That makes them break things and yell with a pitch so high their voice alone could kill. Like Judge Doom in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Who I don’t think was Sicilian, but you get the point.

But as I’ve been learning about my neurodiversity, I now realize how closely linked my anger is to it. Connected. Bonded. Inseparable. Maybe this means my Sicilian ancestors were neurodiverse too. It is, after all, a genetic variation.


10 Things I Wish My Health Insurance Covered

As the end of the year approaches, and I began to wrap up my finances, it struck me just how much I spend on health care.  Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful to have good health insurance. Where I know if something major ever happened to me, I could go to any hospital, get treated and not end up hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. But while my insurance covers emergencies, what about everything else?


OCD: 20 Rules that Govern Me

For the most part, I’m aware and tolerant of my obsessions and compulsions (hence, obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD), but there are still times that they stand in my way, make things more challenging, and if I’m not careful, take over my life.