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What is Toxic Positivity?

Positivity and optimism are commonly seen as valuable to one’s mental health and well-being. However, experiencing negative emotions and responding to a negative situation is completely natural. On social media, it is common to see quotes that encourage

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How to Become Your Own Best Friend

Friendship is an important and enjoyable aspect of life. It brings new experiences and opportunities to relate to others, but have you ever considered developing a friendship with yourself? In many instances, we see ourselves only in relation

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Going on Social Media Cleanse

Starting an Instagram Cleanse In the world of health and wellness, it is not uncommon to hear recommendations for starting a juice cleanse or a dietary detox in order to remove toxins from your body and improve overall

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5 Steps to Getting Out of a Creative Funk

Last month, I had just bought a new spiral-bound sketchbook and flipped open to the first page, excited to create something new and exciting! But, nothing happened. I sat and stared at this blank page feeling stuck. It

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The Pursuit of Mental Health in Goal-Oriented Society

Goal-Oriented Society Living in a goal-oriented society, I am often preoccupied with the task of collecting an array of tangible achievements in order to reinforce a personal sense of value. My accomplishments in school, research, networking, and professional

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Waking Up Black

My legs feel extra heavy today which isn’t surprising because it’s the third time this week. It started the morning after a colleague asked why my hair wasn’t “all crazy” that day – I believe they were referring

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4 Sleep Tips to Help Reduce COVID-19 Anxiety

The world today is entirely different ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the widespread circulation of this disease, most of our lives have been affected to a certain extent. Many lost their jobs, while

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9 Myths About Therapy

Therapy can be an affirming and enriching process, but if you have never visited a mental health provider before, it might seem intimidating. There is sadly a lack of mental health knowledge and awareness in society and this

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5 Self-Care Tips for Highly Sensitive People

It was only a few years ago when I learned about the term highly sensitive person (HSP) and it drastically changed my life. I can recall so many moments throughout my life where I thought, “why am I

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8 Ways Writing Can Improve Your Mental Health

When you look at it from another perspective, the writing process is magical. It allows us to materialize our thoughts and share them with other people. It’s a way of communication where you have all the time in

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How to Maintain Your Mental Health While Working From Home

During the lockdown, most of us take care of our physical health first, forgetting about the equally important mental wellbeing. We remind ourselves to wash our hands, yet we forget about a number of other factors. Taking care

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