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Archives for December, 2015

Coping Skills

How to Be OK With Your Diagnosis


I know what it’s like to be terrified of a label.

I was diagnosed schizophrenic ten years ago and at the outset the label of crazy was like a death sentence. To me, as yet uneducated in the intricacies of mental illness, the diagnosis was horrifying. It meant that I was crazy, it meant that everything I believed about what was happening was an illusion. It was as if you were told that you’re whole life...
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Coping Skills

How to be Patient: Dealing with the Fire of Ambition

The twenties are hard.

I know this innately having just emerged from that tenuous decade with some serious life lessons.

For the longest time I wanted things so badly I would’ve done anything. I wanted success so badly I wrote for gossip magazines and for content mills that got rich without paying me simply for the exposure.

I know what it’s like to feel as if, no matter what you do, your situation isn’t changing. I know what...
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Coping Skills

How to Deal With The Stress of the Holidays

I get it, the holidays can be stressful. Family may be in town, your finances may be draining, there’s an inherent pressure to be happy and there are numerous things to get done before the big celebrations.

You have to buy gifts, you have to make travel arrangements, you have to see people who are back in town and you have to do the rest of your chores and responsibilities with grace as if they weren’t...
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Coping Skills

How to Deal With the Winter Blues

Every year around this time I start to get a little anxious. Money seems to fly out the door, family and friends seem to overwhelm us, the short days make us a little crazy and there’s just so much to get done before the end of the year that it’s no wonder many of us get stressed around this time of year.

I’ve been there and I’m in the thick of it right now, I’m traveling...
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