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New Year’s Resolutions are bad for Your Mental Health: Why You Shouldn’t Beat Yourself up About This Year

ChatOwl Mental Health, Wellness

“Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.” – Morihei Ueshiba New Year’s is a time to start over. Like a clean slate, once the ball drops at midnight, we would all like to be magically transformed into a better version of ourselves. The problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that they aren’t only not helpful to …

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African Americans Still Aren’t Getting the Mental Health Care They Need

ChatOwl Mental Health

Did you know Martin Luther King suffered bouts of severe depression throughout his life[1]? Probably not. That’s because King didn’t speak out about his mental illness, and even refused to seek treatment. Back then, there was much more stigma around mental illness than there is today. But even now, over fifty years after King’s death, many African Americans still don’t …

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Get Outside: Why Nature Is So Good for our Mental Health

ChatOwl Mental Health

“The mountains are calling, and I must go.” So said famous naturalist John Muir, birthing a thousand inspirational mugs, t-shirts, and Instagram posts. The sentiment, which Muir first expressed back in 1873, resonates just as powerfully in today’s fast-paced, digital, urban world as it did in Victorian times. Whether a dirtbag rock climber or a city slicker, most of us …

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Top 6 Anonymous Chat Apps for Lonely People

ChatOwl Mental Health, Online Counseling

Although we have technology that allows us to connect all around, we don’t always feel so connected… Sometimes all you really want to do is check your feelings with someone else to get an opinion about whether you are thinking rationally or not. And sometimes, just hearing yourself talk aloud is enough to sort through your feelings. But there are …

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Your Holiday Guide to Managing Social Anxiety

ChatOwl Anxiety, Mental Health

If the thought of holiday parties and family dinners leaves your palms sweating and your heart racing, you’re not alone. Despite promising to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” the holidays can be an exhausting and stressful time for anyone who experiences social anxiety. The endless list of unavoidable social engagements with acquaintances and distant relatives can feel …

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Holding Grudges is Bad for Your Health

ChatOwl Mental Health

Social media and celebrity news outlets are always filled with stories of grudge-holding and bitterness. One A-lister holds a grudge against another, and the tabloids fill up with both real and imagined headlines about their interpersonal relations. From missing wedding invites, to diss tracks, to public Twitter feuds, it’s hard to get away from it all. What does a holding …

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Tips for Strengthening Mental Toughness and Resilience

ChatOwl Mental Health

“If you want to be tougher, be tougher.” Jocko Willink, a retired Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL commander, a podcast host, and author. In everything he does, he epitomizes mental toughness. Every morning he wakes up before sunrise (which means before 4:30 am) and begins an intense morning workout routine. By 6:00 am, he dives …