The pandemic suspended us in a collective state of ambiguous grief and anticipatory anxiety. We are trying to pick up the pieces of our life while it is still being shaken up. It is on-going and stressful in ways that can make us feel helpless. Be gentle with yourself. Check your expectations. Make room for play. And ask for help.
For a free "symptom checker," basic guide to anxiety and depression, and mental health resources for students check out: https://childmind.org/
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(AND it is 100% treatable with the right combination of therapies)
Check out the American Psychological Association for current research on how recovery is within your reach.
The Depression Project offers daily strategies and supportive messages - for free!
Wildflower Alliance offers peer support groups for mindfulness, suicidal throughts, and more.
If you are in a current state of crisis, please text "help" to 741-741.
Body compassion (or body neutrality, if compassion feels too scary of a leap), is absolutely possible! If you are interested in learning how to think critically about assumed moral and cultural values attached to body size, discover the joy in movement, and/or develop flexibility around food, here are some great resources.
incorporating skills into your everyday life through apps and other tools
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Kristen Antonio is an executive contributor for Brainz Magazine. You can read her exclusive content for mental health tips and tricks on maintaining balance and wellness in an uncertain world.
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