I Use The App “What’s Up” And Here’s Why You Should Too

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By: Dani Kessel

Maintaining my mental health is a daily activity. I am constantly using workbooks, journaling, staying mindful, taking medicine, and using the techniques I learned in therapy. Some days are easier. Some days are harder. I still have to do regular maintenance otherwise my mental illnesses can take over quickly, leaving me to backslide into unhealthy coping mechanisms. This past month or so, I’ve been neglecting my mental health. It isn’t good. I’ve been taking meds, but that’s about it. In order to get back on track, I turned to the internet for ideas on holding myself accountable. I was recommended the phone app “What’s Up?” and it is honestly incredible! I would recommend this application to anybody trying to maintain their mental health. The “Help Right Now” tab, it’s informational resources, and its personalization options are truly invaluable.

The shining star of “What’s Up?” is the “Help…

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Why We Should Embrace Platonic Love

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By: Dani Kessel

I have never particularly understood the hesitation in expressing love of all forms. 

Our society puts such a heavy focus on romantic and sexual love, but why can’t we express platonic love? I don’t get the stigma towards developing close bonds with folks you aren’t romantically/sexually intertwined with. Best friends fill such a huge position in folks’ lives, and they should be recognized for their amazingness!

Friends deserve to share real connections with one another. Intimacy isn’t just sexual. Intimacy includes talking about meaningful topics, expressing vulnerability, hugging each other, supporting each other, spending quality time together, discussing shared interests. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing those things. Friends should lift each other up and share in each other’s accomplishments, celebrations, missteps, fears, hesitations, etc. 

We should embrace platonic love to its fullest.

Take time out of your day to see your friends. 

Send…

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My Six Favorite Hair Products For Short, Thick, Curly Hair

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By: Dani Kessel

For years, I’ve struggled with how to handle my hair. I’ve always had the thick and frizzy texture, but come puberty my hair went from slightly wavy to extremely wavy curly. I’d get so frustrated that I’d just throw my hair into a messy pigtail. I’m pretty sure that comprised the majority of my photos for a year or two. Eventually, I decided it would be easier just to cut my hair short. Boy, I was wrong. I went back and forth between longer and shorter hair (despite liking short hair best) because I couldn’t figure out any way to actually style my hair. 

Luckily, I found some products along the way to manage it. I now have short, curly, thick hair which looks decent most days. My hair’s healthier, bouncier, less frizzy. It’s all thanks to these amazing 6 hair products. You should consider using them…

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Debunking Bisexuality Myths

This week on Love, Geeky Girl, I broke down the myths surrounding bisexuality. I have known that I was bisexual since I was 9 or 10 years old. However, it took me well over a decade to come out to family and most friends. A lot of these myths contributed to 1) my self-hatred, and 2) my hesitancy in coming out. It took a long time for me to be comfortable in my own skin as a proud bisexual, demiromantic, GNC person. I hope that you take the time to read these myths and truths. Share it with the people who don’t understand or would like further clarification on the identity. And, drop any questions you have in the comments section. I am happy to answer anything that isn’t hostile, hate-driven, or derogatory. All my love, Dani

Love, Geeky Girl

By: Dani Kessel

Identifying as a bisexual person comes with a plethora of misconceptions about who I am, what I do, and how my identity impacts my queerness. Nearly every bisexual has to fight against these false ideas about who they are. What makes it even more frustrating is having to answer the same questions over and over again. In order to educate others and decrease the need for explanations, I decided to compile a list of some of the most common bisexuality myths and break them down. Here we go!

Myth: Bisexuality is just a phase before coming out as gay or straight.

Truth: Bisexuality is a completely valid identity. It is not a stepping stone. It is not a way station. People in same gender relationships aren’t gay. People in different gender relationships aren’t straight. Bisexuals exist. Period. 

In the past, folks may have come out as bi…

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Nine Healthy Things I Do In My Darkest Moments

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By: Dani Kessel

I am going through a really hard and emotional time right now. There are difficult things going on in my life. I feel like I am cracking inside. I had a really dark day recently. My anxiety was through the roof. Very irrational, destructive, and painful thoughts kept bouncing around in my skull. Unfortunately I cannot afford therapy right now, but I managed to use healthy coping mechanisms. I am doing mildly better, yet still struggling. 

In order to be productive and helpful for others in my shoes, I want to share the things that help when I come upon my darkest moments.

1. Reach out to friends.

Sometimes my friends are the only people who can talk to me through the worst moments. They can reach me when I’m spiraling and all logic fails. They may not be capable of stopping my anxiety or PTSD or…

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25 Gender-Coded Words To Avoid And Better Alternatives

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By: Dani Kessel

The patriarchy relies on women to keep each other down so that we don’t pay attention to the ways society is structured to keep us away from positions of power. We do so dialectically often without even realizing it. Words have power to influence the way we see the world. 

Fully grown adult women are called girls, infantilizing the gender as a whole. A woman airing grievances is called hormonal or hysterical, a term that origins back to the false idea of a floating uterus causing symptoms of anxiety, depression, etc. A woman who happens to be working and helping raise a family is a working-mom, denoting them as a caregiver first and foremost. These gender-coded words, among many others, wouldn’t normally be used to refer to a man. We need to reexamine the way we speak to and about one another to foster a culture of…

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Changes You Make In A Long Distance Relationship

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By: Dani Kessel

Before I married my partner, we spent three and a half years in long distance. We were told a million times over that our relationship would fail because “long distance never works.” We are living proof that isn’t entirely true though. Long distance is hard. It isn’t for the faint of heart. But, just like any other relationship dynamic, people grow and adapt to make things work. There are many positive internal changes you make when entering into a long distance relationship.

You learn to communicate effectively.

Being apart from each other means you have to make the most of your communication. Coordinating schedules, planning visits, arranging romantic and intimate time, and explicitly expressing your needs are all things you get in the habit of doing. When you speak, you are more inclined to have meaningful conversations. This skill translates well into all other relationships in your…

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I Won’t Be A Well-Behaved Woman

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By: Dani Kessel

If you were assigned female at birth or you identify/present as a woman, you are told on a daily basis what you are expected to be. You need to be soft spoken, mild mannered, friendly to everyone. Have the perfect body. Cross your legs. Don’t take up too much space. Smile more. Put others’ needs before your own. Don’t demand too much. Get married and settle down with a nice man. Procreate. Basically be the perfectly well-behaved woman. We’ve heard it all before.

The truth is that I will never be what society wants me to be. 

I am too tall. I don’t have flawless skin. I’m too curvy and weigh too much. I like comic books, video games, pop culture. I’m too nerdy for my own good. I don’t want the white picket fence. I’m not straight; I’m bi. I’m certainly gender nonconforming. I hate dresses…

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Tips For Maintaining Your Mental Health While On Vacation

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By: Dani Kessel

Many people rarely go on vacation, so they constantly expend energy and keep on the move to enjoy it to the fullest. They plan every second of every minute of every day. This drive can be great for adventures. It can also result in mental burnout if left unchecked though. Ask yourself this: Will you really enjoy your vacation if by the end you are too exhausted to get back to your daily life? As an avid traveler and someone who has moved around my whole life, I’ve picked up tips to help maintain a healthy mental state while on your trip. Here are my best suggestions as you plan everything out.

Schedule breaks to rest and recuperate.

This may sound strange in reference to vacation, but give yourself some empty time slots within your busy schedule. When you work in rest time, you are less likely…

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