Originally posted on Love, Geeky Girl By: Dani Kessel [Disclaimer: This article discusses mental health topics. I am not a mental health professional. I do not claim to be an expert. All my writing on mental health topics is based on my own education, my personal experience, researching the topics, reading studies, and fact-checking. I can … Continue reading Why We All Needed "The Next Right Thing" in Frozen 2
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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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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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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