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I Can’t Always Do More – And That’s Okay – My Brain’s Not Broken

I Can’t Always Do More – And That’s Okay – My Brain's Not Broken

In a wave of excitement earlier this week, I decided to get a haircut in person for the first time in over a year. The pandemic and my fear are the main reasons I haven’t done this yet, and while I haven’t regretted it at all, I was excited because I found a place where…

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The Difficulty of Putting Mental Wellness First – My Brain’s Not Broken

The Difficulty of Putting Mental Wellness First – My Brain's Not Broken

Mental wellbeing is one of my favorite things to do. Because of this, I’ve learned a lot about how people incorporate mental wellbeing into their everyday lives. From therapy and meditation to physical exercise and coping strategies, there are many ways in which we can put our well-being in the foreground. However, it is not…

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Changing My Perspective to Improve My Mental Wellness – My Brain’s Not Broken

Changing My Perspective to Improve My Mental Wellness – My Brain's Not Broken

The inspiration for this post came a few days ago. I was riding a stationary bike at my girlfriend’s place for the second day in a row and wasn’t sure how much I would get from it. I drove through the ride the day before and felt like I wasn’t really getting what I needed….

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Talking About Mental Health on the (Inter)national Stage – My Brain’s Not Broken

Talking About Mental Health on the (Inter)national Stage – My Brain's Not Broken

TW: This post is about suicide / suicidal thoughts. Like millions of people around the world, I saw Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah interview this week. I thought it was very good for a lot of reasons, but since this is a mental health blog, I’ll stick with what we do and what inspired…

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How ‘Life Hacks’ Simplify My Mental Health Challenges – My Brain’s Not Broken

How ‘Life Hacks’ Simplify My Mental Health Challenges – My Brain's Not Broken

For me, research is an important part of living with depression and anxiety. When I first found out about my mental health issues, Google was my best friend and I looked up everything from symptoms to the best way to overcome depression. I found a lot of helpful information that taught me a lot about…

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How Depression Shaped My Attitude on Routines – My Brain’s Not Broken

How Depression Shaped My Attitude on Routines – My Brain's Not Broken

When I started dealing primarily with depression, I got hooked on the concept of routines. I had some routines growing up, but they were created more by things I did, team sports or group activities, than by activities I had planned myself (of course that’s childhood too). I had started my own routines when I…

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How We Glamorize Mental Illness – And What We Can Do About It – My Brain’s Not Broken

How We Glamorize Mental Illness – And What We Can Do About It – My Brain's Not Broken

It’s safe to say that I talk more about mental illness than the average person (okay, a lot more than the average person), which means that I can get so focused on specifics and details that I miss things that are outside of mine Scope of application. Over the years mental illness has gotten more…

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Seeing the World Through a Mental Health Lens – My Brain’s Not Broken

Seeing the World Through a Mental Health Lens – My Brain's Not Broken

Everyone has their own way of seeing the world. While many of us see it in very similar ways, there are still personality traits and life experiences that make our point of view unique. Some people refer to these as the “lenses” through which we see the world. The lenses through which I see the…

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What is Empathic Communication? – My Brain’s Not Broken

What is Empathic Communication? – My Brain's Not Broken

Understanding perspective is an important part of this blog. Whether I am discussing my own point of view or sharing details about other people’s experiences, perspective is a facet of mental health that should be included more in the conversation. Sharing our experiences is extremely important in reducing stigma, and something that is just as…

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Showing Yourself Love On Valentine’s Day – My Brain’s Not Broken

Showing Yourself Love On Valentine’s Day – My Brain's Not Broken

I’ve written before about the impact holidays can have on our mental health, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Loneliness, isolation, and depression are common feelings during this time of year, and although the causes may be different from other times of the year, these feelings persist. Whether you went through a breakup or are…

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Strategies To Help Manage Social Anxiety – My Brain’s Not Broken

Strategies To Help Manage Social Anxiety – My Brain's Not Broken

Earlier this week, I opened a conversation about how social anxiety persists in a pandemic and how it can make it even more difficult to deal with. It helps that I can be more selective about social interactions because of the pandemic, but it also means that there are fewer opportunities to overcome and overcome…

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