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Top 5 Self-Care Practices to Implement - Part 2

This is not an easy practice, but it is worth it. Throughout my mental health journey, I lost a lot of "friends" because now I need a lot more time to practice self-care. I also have learned that my body needs a minimum of 8 hours of sleep, so I am always the one that leaves the party early. After I learned that my body reacts really strongly to alcohol, I am the one that will stay sober throughout events, and will not meet for breakfast because of my morning run.

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How to Stop Running from Your Feelings

I realised that the majority of people are incapable of dealing with negative emotions because nobody ever talks about it when they’re feeling miserable. We are expected to be strong because being strong is a quality we wish for and we get compliments on. With our own incapability to handle situations, in which we see other people’s pain, we mess with their journey of getting better.

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How Pets Influence our Lives: A Story About Polo

It hurt us to watch him suffer and still when it came time to make the decision regarding his diagnosis it wasn't easy. We wanted to hang on a bit longer. Go on one more walk. Have him chase one more treat around the house just so we could watch him when he looked like a rocking horse. But that wouldn't have been best for him. So we had to say goodbye. Friends, let me tell you that was not an easy thing to do. Watching our Things grieve Polo was rough. I couldn't keep it together. It was almost as if he knew. There was a blanket waiting for him in the room and he laid down immediately. We showered him with love and held his fu-man-chu face in our hands and rubbed his ears, all his favorite spots. I kissed him and cried into his neck. And then it was over.  

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Awesome Mental Health Benefits of Exercising

Every day for the last four years I have to push myself to work out and make healthy and positive choices for my body and mind, but it gets easier as my body gets used to the new routine. The more often I workout and make better choices for my body, the less motivation is needed to convince myself to do it. Consistency is key. As every journey has its ups and downs, exercising is no exception. And there you need to trust your body and journey. In my case, I love to run, and every run is a surprise. On one day it is super easy, on another day I feel weak and tired. I learned to trust my body and not to give up.

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Mental Health in a Perfect World…

In a perfect world, everyone would understand mental health issues, everyone would have empathy, everyone would be educated, no one would think twice about terms like depression, anxiety, coping, stress, and therapy. But (news flash!) we do not live in a perfect world. I often think about what life would be like if this ideal world was actually reality and it is a little overwhelming how far we are from that world. But although it is overwhelming, I do believe that every day changes in attitude, education, and conversation can make a huge difference when it comes to the environment around mental health in the future. 

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How to Enjoy Summer in the City

For some that means lazy days spent at the Donau, iced coffee, sunscreen and possibly sleeping with the klima on, (if you're one of the few that have that somewhat controversial luxury). Wink, wink. Needless to say, summer is upon us, and I for one, am grateful. Long days where daylight stays with us. Late and early morning sunrise runs. Dining Al Fresco. After dinner walks. Lounging around with an oversized hat and all the gelato... I say yes please to all of it! Well most of it.

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The Truth of How We're Feeling

Despite mental health being less of a taboo for our generation, a lot of mental disorder young individuals don’t want to draw attention to themselves or repulse others with something as intense as the truth of how they’re feeling.  This could still because from our fake smiled social customs, or it could just be a genuine discomfort with the attention and potential rejection that comes with being completely honest about how we’re doing. Plus, often times one’s thoughts and feelings are already overwhelming and chaotic in one’s head, so it can be difficult to communicate it well to others.

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Mental Health in American Colleges

Mental health has now become one of the most relatable parts of my friendships because everyone has mental health and it is something that a lot of people struggle with in college, whether it be stress and anxiety from a test, lack of sleep, depression, isolation, or something else. As I started to weave mental health into my everyday conversations with my friends and posting about it on social media, I got quite the response back from my friends and peers. Everyone started responding with such support and love, as well as sharing their stories and being vulnerable in return, which has led to many new friendships and the growth of old friendships.

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It is What it is: Detachment Support

Detachment is something I have struggled with. A lot. I feel I have mostly defeated my CPTSD from childhood and young adult traumas, but one of the lingering side effects that often gets overlooked is the need for detachment. When you are raised to be so finely in tune with another’s emotions, to the point where you need to predict emotions and reactions from that person for survival, detachment isn’t even something you are aware exists, let alone how essential it is.

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