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10 Signs of Walking Depression

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Note: I wrote this article to raise awareness of low-grade depression, which many people don’t recognize in themselves. I am an author and creativity coach, so I wrote it particularly for writers and artists, but these signs could apply to anyone ~ I believe we are all creative in one way or another. Click here to read more…

Nine Ways To Ensure Your Mindfulness Teaching Practice Is Trauma-Informed

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A recent MindShift article highlighted some things teachers should be aware of if they’re bringing mindfulness into their classrooms. Students may have experienced trauma that makes sitting silently with their eyes closed feel threatening, and teachers can’t assume it will be an easy practice for every child. That awareness is important to create an inclusive environment, but it doesn’t mean that teachers shouldn’t cultivate their own mindfulness practice or use some techniques with students. Click here to read more…



Young People's Mental Health Issues Skyrocketed Over The Last Decade, Study Finds

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Today's young people experience drastically more mental health issues than they did in the past decade, according to a new studypublished in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. In particular, the study showed a significant spike in psychological distress, major depression and suicidal ideation among Americans aged 12 to 25 after 2011. Click here to read more…

How to Get Yourself to Work Out When You’re Depressed

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Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health, both physical and mental. But just knowing that it's good to get your heart rate going doesn't mean that it's easy to get moving if you're experiencing a depressive episode. You're not always going to feel great about exercising—and that's more than okay—but if you're trying to stay consistent with a routine, there are steps you can take. Click here to read more…

The Effects of Anxiety

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What are the effects of anxiety? Many people are familiar with anxiety; indeed, "anxiety" has become a common household word, and for good reason. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported in 2015 that almost 265 million people worldwide lived with an anxiety disorder1. This figure doesn't include all the people who experience anxiety but not as a diagnosable disorder. Yet despite its prevalence, anxiety can be hard to describe and can leave people wondering if what they're feeling is anxiety or something else. Anxiety is a mental health condition with many effects. Here's a look at what anxiety is based on its effects.  Click here to read more…