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Facing Depression During the Holidays? 8 Tips to Get Through

Facing Depression During the Holidays? 8 Tips to Get Through

Anything that can make facing holidays with depression easier is a blessing. Read 8 tips to help you face the holidays when depression relapse is a concern.

If you’re facing depression during the holidays, this is an especially trying time. You’re already dealing with so much, and then you need to add in the shopping, decorating, and time spent being social. This year, I’ve decided to plan ahead so that I can be at my best to enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. Keep reading to discover eight tips for facing depression during the holidays.

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Two Main Causes of Anxiety You Can Do Something About

Two Main Causes of Anxiety You Can Do Something About

These main causes of anxiety produce many unpleasant anxiety symptoms. What are two main anxiety causes and what can you do about them? Learn that answer here.

Sometimes, knowing the main causes of anxiety isn’t necessary. Sometimes, it’s not even desirable because working to uncover the causes of your anxiety could do more harm than good. There are times, however, that knowing the main cause of your anxiety can be very helpful because it gives you something tangible to address. Let’s look at two main causes of anxiety and discover how to remove them.

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Develop Confidence and Self-Esteem: Leave Your Comfort Zone

Develop Confidence and Self-Esteem: Leave Your Comfort Zone

You raise confidence and self-esteem by stepping outside your comfort zone. Doing things that increase confidence builds self-esteem, and here's why.

Confidence and self-esteem are different, but by stepping outside your comfort zone to boost your confidence, you can also raise your self-esteem in the process. When we confront our fears or try new things – whether it’s through small or big steps – we challenge our model of who we are and what we thought we were capable of doing. Being confident does not necessarily mean you will have high self-esteem, but doing the things that boost confidence can help you raise self-esteem because confidence causes you to view yourself in a more positive light.

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Is Social Media Normalizing Verbal Abuse?

Is Social Media Normalizing Verbal Abuse?

Is Social Media Normalizing Verbal Abuse?

Normalizing verbal abuse is a danger that society should be wary of, but in the political climate that envelopes much of social media interaction today, it’s increasingly difficult for people to find productive ways to interact with each other. More and more, people use verbal abuse when discussing differing ideologies on social media. Should verbal abuse on social media feel so routine? Can we stop normalizing verbal abuse?

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Your Relationship with Food and Mental Health Recovery

Your Relationship with Food and Mental Health Recovery

Learning how your relationship with food affects your mental illness is key for mental health recovery. Your relationship with food impacts your mental health.Many times our relationship with food affects our mental illness recovery and our mental illness recovery affects our relationship with food. Whether it’s overeating or not eating enough, usually our eating patterns are abnormal. This affects our mood, energy, thoughts, and feelings about ourselves. Lack of normalcy with food can make it extremely difficult to recover from mental illness. Being healthy and confident in our food choices, or having a good relationship with food, is key to recovery.

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Introduction to Brittany Roche, Author of ‘Binge Eating Recovery’

Introduction to Brittany Roche, Author of ‘Binge Eating Recovery’

Brittany Roche struggles with binge eating disorder. She hopes to share her struggles and triumphs with binge eating on "Binge Eating Recovery" blog.My name is Brittany Roche, and I am thrilled to join the HealthyPlace blogging community as an author for Binge Eating Recovery. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 14, and have struggled with anxiety and disordered eating (mostly binge eating disorder) for as long as I can remember. I know all too well binge eating is often a difficult subject to talk about which makes communities such as this so vital and powerful for those of us on the path to binge eating recovery.

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Do You Isolate Yourself Because of Mental Health Stigma?

Do You Isolate Yourself Because of Mental Health Stigma?

Mental health stigma can isolate us, but we must remember we're not alone. Read this for tips how to overcome the urge to isolate yourself due to stigma.Some people with mental illness isolate themselves to feel protected from mental health stigma. Because stigma labels someone as an outlier, many people withdraw when feeling stigmatized for their mental health. Apart from the stigma of mental illness and self-stigma making us feel poorly about ourselves in general, seeing stigmatizing ideas all over the media, hearing them spoken to us, or even thinking them to ourselves can amplify the sense of isolation that mental illness already brings. We need ways to counter the isolation that mental health stigma brings as loneliness can lead to hopelessness and negatively impact recovery.

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Childhood ADHD and Stealing: What’s Going on with Your Kid?

Childhood ADHD and Stealing: What’s Going on with Your Kid?

Is your child with ADHD stealing from you? There are four reasons why your child may be stealing. Knowing them can help you be a better parent. Read this.It’s common for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to steal from family members and friends. Knowing ADHD is probably behind a child’s stealing behavior doesn’t make it less frustrating, of course, nor less scary. After all, outside our homes, stealing is illegal. Parents of children with mental illnesses already worry enough about our kids ending up in the legal system. It’s important, then, to figure out what might be causing our children with ADHD to steal.

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How to Manage Slips in Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

How to Manage Slips in Binge Eating Disorder Recovery

Slips in binge eating disorder recovery are normal. The key is to learn from it. Here's what I took away from my slip in binge eating disorder recovery.I believe that slips are part of the binge eating disorder recovery process. Setbacks in mental health recovery teach us important lessons as well as prepare us for challenging times in the future. If you use slips in binge eating disorder recovery as a tool for learning instead of something that brings you down, there is important insight that can be taken from what initially feels like a setback.

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26 Self-Care Activities to Help Reduce the Effects of Stress

26 Self-Care Activities to Help Reduce the Effects of Stress

Self-care activities for adults help you stress less and feel more confident. Check this self-care activities list for 26 good things to do for yourself.There are many self-care activities, yet during this stressful time of the year, we often forget about taking care of ourselves and put others first. But you see, accountability to other human beings depends on your ability to care for yourself. Your mental and physical health, relationships and lifestyle suffer if you don’t practice self-care activities, especially during the holiday season when stress is high.

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