Tag Archives: mental health

Of Rubik’s Cubes and Lecture Halls: How the Myth of “Normal” Creates Stigma

  This post comes from an interaction that I observed while attending a guest lecture at my college. But first, some background: there are fidget toys everywhere. I have never had a class where someone wasn’t knitting, coloring, or playing with a fidget toy during the lecture. Sometimes that person is me on the days … Continue reading Of Rubik’s Cubes and Lecture Halls: How the Myth of “Normal” Creates Stigma

Ever Felt Like You’re In a Funk? – Insight from the YAC

This post is brought to you by the Project Helping Youth Advisory Council. To learn more about the YAC, check out their first post!   Can we all agree that we are always busy and have about 20 tabs open in our heads that we need to take care of? There is just so much … Continue reading Ever Felt Like You’re In a Funk? – Insight from the YAC

Better Together: Building a Positive Culture

The groups we are part of and the culture of those groups can have a huge impact on us. This is true for children in the classroom, athletes on sports teams, and even professionals in an office setting. The distinct culture of these groups can drastically affect performance and overall happiness for members. For this … Continue reading Better Together: Building a Positive Culture

The Brain-Body Connection: Anxiety and Physical Illness

Anxiety is a mental health challenge that often gets dismissed. Some might say that others will “grow out” of social anxiety or that generalized anxiety disorder is nothing more than someone being overly sensitive. This isn’t true. Anxiety might often be dismissed, but it can have harmful physical symptoms and consequences if not taken seriously. … Continue reading The Brain-Body Connection: Anxiety and Physical Illness

Adventures in Counseling: Part 2 of Rebecca’s Story

Rebecca is back to talk more about her experience with counseling, her coping mechanisms, and the stigma surrounding seeking help.   Once you decided that you wanted to try counseling, how did you go about finding a counselor to talk with?   “I went to my Primary Care Provider, who is awesome! She gave me … Continue reading Adventures in Counseling: Part 2 of Rebecca’s Story

Surviving College Stress: Rebecca’s Story

Rebecca is a Junior in college in Western Massachusetts. She is pursuing a BS in engineering with a minor in Environmental Science and Policy.   What led you to seek counseling?  “The thing for me was that I had a really bad spring semester and there were a lot of things going on in my … Continue reading Surviving College Stress: Rebecca’s Story

Seasonal Depression and How to Beat it

The holiday season is supposed to be full of happiness and joy. It’s a time for family, love, and giving, but sometimes these things just aren’t fulfilling enough. The holiday season also brings out stress and even depression. Seasonal depression is more common than you might think. What are some causes of seasonal depression? Seasonal … Continue reading Seasonal Depression and How to Beat it

Self Care is How You Take Your Power Back

    We’ve talked about self care on this blog before in our 4 part Self Care Series. For more information, check out our earlier posts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4. In part 1, we covered the basics. Part 2 was all about the differences between physical, mental, and … Continue reading Self Care is How You Take Your Power Back

Burnout is Real: What it is and How to Avoid it

You feel like a hamster on a wheel. You’re exhausted. You’re grumpy and stressed. You feel like the world needs a pause button, except that you don’t even know where the remote is. If you find yourself nodding along because you too feel all of these things, then there is a big chance that you … Continue reading Burnout is Real: What it is and How to Avoid it

Coping With Depression During the Holidays

Despite the cheerful twinkle lights going up on every house and the happy Christmas music on the radio, do you ever feel like the holiday spirit just isn’t sinking in for you? If you have depression, coping around the holidays can be extra challenging. Why is this? Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, … Continue reading Coping With Depression During the Holidays