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Introduction to Brandy Eaklor, Author of ‘Getting Through Tough Times’

Introduction to Brandy Eaklor, Author of ‘Getting Through Tough Times’

Brandy Eaklor of "Getting Through Tough Times" talks about anxiety, depression and some of the hard things she has gone through. Learn about Brandy Eaklor here.My name is Brandy Eaklor, and I’m excited to be writing for the Getting Through Tough Times blog at HealthyPlace. I am 24 years old and have been struggling with anxiety and depression since I was around 12 years old. I lived in a toxic environment as a teenager, with a stepmother who did not want me to have a relationship with my father. The alternative was to live with my mother, who had abusive men in and out of her life. This pain also lead me to emotional eating and binge eating to cope with my emotions. I felt alone, unaccepted, self-conscious and unworthy.

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Proper Communication Methods Are Vital for Relationships

Proper Communication Methods Are Vital for Relationships

Proper communication methods change depending on what message you want to relay. Learn how verbal and written communication can be used to better relationships.

Using proper communication methods in relationships at work and home are important, but, for people with anxiety, communication can be very difficult. Many people either do not communicate enough or primarily choose to use one method–either verbal or written communication. However, both written words and verbal speech are very important to maintain relationships. If you struggle with proper communication methods, read on to learn about when to talk and when to write and how each can affect relationships.

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Writing for HealthyPlace Helps My Mental Health

Writing for HealthyPlace Helps My Mental Health

Writing for HealthyPlace benefits my mental health in many ways. I've learned so much from everyone. To find out how you can blog for HealthyPlace, read this.

A little over a year ago, I started writing for HealthyPlace. During my time contributing to the website, I learned a lot about myself and how I can better manage my mental health. I also learned about others, how they cope, how they communicate about mental health, and how we can help each other strive for wellness. Writing for HealthyPlace has given more awareness of when depression starts to hit and when to seek help. Read on to learn more about my first year writing for HealthyPlace.

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Mental Health Lessons I’ve Learned–Goodbye to HealthyPlace

Mental Health Lessons I’ve Learned–Goodbye to HealthyPlace

I've learned strong lessons in mental health while writing for HealthyPlace, but it's time to say goodbye. Discover what I've learned and share your progress.

The mental health lessons I’ve learned while writing for HealthyPlace will serve me well as my life changes. I am not a stranger to major life changes. I’ve undergone quite a few in the last few years, and there are about to be a few more. For this reason, I have to say goodbye to HealthyPlace this week, but not before sharing my mental health lessons and asking you for yours.

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Setting Realistic Goals Benefits Your Mental Health

Setting Realistic Goals Benefits Your Mental Health

Setting realistic goals that benefit your mental health is hard if you struggle with anxiety and/or depression. Here are tips on how to make realistic goals.

Having realistic goals benefits your mental health, but many people with depression or other mental illnesses struggle to set goals. Read on to learn about how to make and keep goals that benefit your mental health even if you’re living with a mental illness.

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How to Cope When It’s Been a Bad Week

How to Cope When It’s Been a Bad Week

When it's been a bad week, you need to relax to avoid intense anxiety that lasts longer than the cause of it. Try some of these and make your week end better.

How do you cope when it’s been a bad week? Some people can shrug it all off, but if you are anything like me you can’t. Coping strategies for when it’s been a bad week can help prevent intense anxiety as time goes on.

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What Does It Mean for Depression to Get Better?

What Does It Mean for Depression to Get Better?

How do you know that your depression is getting better? The signs that my depression was getting better are clear now. Do you recognize them in your recovery?

One of the most important things I’ve learned is that depression gets better, but recovering from mental illness is also a work in progress. I’m constantly getting better and then moving backward. It may be a cliche, but there is truth to the idea that mental illness recovery is a journey rather than a race. But in that journey, depression can get better.

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Adoption Affected My Mental Health, Ultimately Benefiting It

Adoption Affected My Mental Health, Ultimately Benefiting It

Adoption affected my mental health since I found out I was adopted at 5. Ultimately, adoption affected my mental health positively, but there were dark times.

Adoption affected my mental health through the years, but it also caused some problems. For one, not knowing your biological parents can make self-discovery very confusing, as you have a lot of questions about where you came from and who would have raised you. Here’s my story about how adoption affected my mental health throughout my childhood and how my perspective on myself and my life have changed.

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How to Cope with Anxiety When You Don’t Have Control

How to Cope with Anxiety When You Don’t Have Control

When you don't have control over something, anxiety can quickly rise. Even so, you can cope when you don't have control. See these tips to control anxiety.A large part of my experience with anxiety has been linked knowing I don’t have control and my fear of instability. While I know that I can’t control everything, these coping techniques for both rational and irrational fears have helped me avoid anxiety. The one thing therapy taught me is that I can cope with anxiety even if I don’t have control.

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Survival Skills for Family Drama and Mental Illness

Survival Skills for Family Drama and Mental Illness

Family drama can impact mental illnesses like depression, changing relationships for the worse. You need family drama survival skills. Find them right here.I find survival skills for family drama and mental illness are critical. Some families are simple while others can feel messy. My family is the latter. Fighting among family feels like the norm (Toxic Relationships: Dealing With People Who Have Issues). Dealing with family drama and mental illness at the same time can feel like too much to handle at once. I’ve had to try out some survival skills to deal with family drama when I feel it affecting my mental illnesses of depression and anxiety.

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