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Archives for June, 2016

Coping Skills

Doing What Needs to Be Done to Get Rid of Stress


We all do it, pretty much everyday.

We scroll through our newsfeeds or click on articles about politics or are bombarded by updates on shootings and it’s no wonder why so many of us are freaking out about the state of the world.

News, inherently, can be a major source of stress for people.

It can be even worse if you’re living with a mental illness.

Stress to schizophrenia is like a teapot. It builds slowly for...
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Coping Skills

Why Do Some People Seem to Have it All Together?


There’s a guy at the coffee shop I go to everyday, he’s there everyday and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t admire him.

He has a way about him that is completely unassuming.

He doesn’t seem to give a damn about anyone or anything else and he just sits there, writing in his journal.

His beard is long and he has this look in his eye like his seen everything you could possibly offer.

I...
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Coping Skills

It’s Easy to Be Hard On Yourself


Throughout the last 20 years of my life there has been one overarching facet of my personality that both drives me and that I wish would relax, that’s the fact that I’m extremely hard on myself.

I don’t know where this push for absolute perfection came from but the fact remains that it is and probably always will be a part of me that I have to grapple with.

Truthfully though, I wouldn’t be where...
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Coping Skills

Nobody is Judging You as Harshly as You Judge Yourself


If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my ten years of living with schizophrenia, it’s that no one is judging you as harshly as you’re judging yourself.

I’ve lived with this illness for a long time, and I’ve been through every iteration of fear about what people thought about me and what they were thinking about me. I’ve experienced every anxiety possible about what people thought, and I’ve been so afraid to leave my...
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