Travel Anxiety: Tips for Stress-Free Adventures

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You’re looking forward to your next trip. It’s been a while since you took a vacation, and you’re so close to it finally being here. While you’re excited, you’re equally as nervous, anxious, and stressed about it. Your bags are already packed, but you keep wondering if you’re forgetting anything. You’re going through your checklist […]

Daily Practices to Cultivate Positive Self-Image

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Throughout life, our self-image forms the lens through which we perceive ourselves and navigate the world. Cultivating a positive self-image is not an exercise in vanity; it is a journey toward self-acceptance, resilience, and a solid sense of well-being. Let’s learn more about some daily practices that you can implement to help cultivate a positive […]

Traveling with Anxiety: Tips for a Smoother Journey

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Traveling somewhere can be stressful. You have to pack for the journey, prepare for unexpected bumps along the way, and leave your comfort zone. Even if you’re excited about the idea of traveling, it can easily make you anxious. Anxiety is often fueled by thoughts of the unknown. For some people, “the unknown” is one […]

Dating While Asexual: How to Discuss Orientation With Your Partner

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Dating, in general, comes with loads of challenges regardless of sexual orientation. Individuals who identify as asexual are no exception. While the definition of asexuality can be different for everyone, the broad term means that asexual people, or “aces,”  experience little to no sexual attraction to others. This does not mean, however, that aces do […]

How To Set Realistic Expectations For The New Year

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As we inch closer to the end of the year, you might spend more time reflecting on everything you did over the last 365 days. You undoubtedly have good memories, along with things you wish hadn’t happened. You probably had goals you accomplished this year, and maybe some you didn’t.  One thing that so many […]

How Social Environment and Peer Pressure Contribute to Addictive Behaviors

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Addictive behavior can sometimes be like an invasive vine creeping into a garden. By the time we realize it’s a problem, it’s already spread into every part of our lives. Because addictive behaviors can develop slowly over time, people frequently feel like it’s a personal failure on their part. They believe they should be able […]

Flashbacks and Nightmares: Coping with the Recurrence of Traumatic Memories

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For those who have experienced trauma, the echoes of the past can disrupt the present. Flashbacks and nightmares are potent manifestations of the lingering effects of trauma that force individuals to relive their most distressing experiences. These reminders may occur during sleep—while others are counting sheep, you may be experiencing nightmares based on past events. […]

Building Resilience: Key Strategies for Maintaining Sobriety

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Fighting against addiction can feel like a losing battle. Maintaining sobriety can sometimes feel even worse, and recovery is not an easy journey and may be a life-long commitment. But how do you stay on track with your recovery? Resilience is what helps move you forward, especially when faced with overwhelming and triggering situations. What […]

4 Ways to Combat Impulse Buying Fueled by ADHD

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In the digital age, temptation is rarely more than a click away. Social media has us drowning in advertisements and tailored links to quirky products, microtargeting our particular interests. For people with ADHD, impulsivity and the promise of dopamine make it difficult to resist the instant gratification that comes with a purchase. While there’s something […]

How Neurodiverse People Can Cope with Decision Fatigue

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From choosing what to wear in the morning to deciding on major life transitions, the cumulative stress of making choices can lead to a phenomenon known as decision fatigue. For neurodiverse individuals, who often navigate the world with unique perspectives and sensory sensitivities, the challenges of decision fatigue can be even more overwhelming. It can […]