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What is Intimacy? How to Develop Intimacy In Your Relationship

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Reading Time: 12 minutes “Physical intimacy isn’t and can never be an effective substitute for emotional intimacy.” John Green What is intimacy? Often, the term intimacy gets conflated with sex. After all, an entire industry is built around the conviction that sex is the ultimate connection with another person. But sex is only a fraction of the experience. A romantic relationship is a whirlwind …

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Stories of Resilience: Lessons from History

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Two years after Sir Ernest Shackleton left England, he returned, having failed his mission. Shackleton had left Europe with a crew of accomplished explorers and seamen, hoping to be the first to walk across Antarctica. He didn’t even reach the Southernmost continent. Shackleton failed to accomplish his objective, but a century after his mission, we still uphold him as one of …

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Americans Aren’t Going Outside. What Does it Mean for Mental Health?

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Reading Time: 5 minutes `Nearly half of Americans didn’t take part in any outdoor recreation in 2018. That’s the headline from a new report released in January by the Outdoor Foundation. And they’re warning us that things are getting worse: Americans took 1 billion fewer outdoor outings in 2018 than in 2008. The authors of the study are worried, but why is it such …

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bipolar Depression

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Reading Time: 4 minutes “There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.” Catherine Zeta Jones From the outside, you would just assume that Catherine Zeta-Jones has lived a charmed life. Beautiful and married to one of the most iconic actors of all time, it would appear to the rest of us that she had it all. And …

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Top 10 Twitter Accounts that are Good for Your Mental Health

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Let’s face it, we all spend too much time scrolling on our phones. And not everything we see on social media makes us feel good. Twitter, in particular, has been known to bring out the worst in people – just think of all the drama you’ve followed on there over the years. Still, it doesn’t have to be that way. …

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Top 10 Instagram Accounts That are Good for Your Mental Health

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Over the last few years, Instagram and other social media platforms have come under fire for the negative impact they can have on mental health. Influencer accounts that depict picture-perfect lives, flawless bodies, and unattainable beauty standards can feed into anxiety and insecurities – especially among young people – and lead to poor mental health. But Instagram can also be …

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A Guide to Mindfulness Exercises for Relaxation and Anxiety Relief

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Reading Time: 7 minutes “Mindfulness seeks to leave personal shame in the past, remove fear of the future, and live in the present. Only then can you free yourself from anxiety.” At times, stress is both necessary and good for us. But if anxiety and stress are taking their toll on your physical and emotional well-being, it is time to find a way to …

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Brooke Shields, Postpartum Depression

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Reading Time: 4 minutes “In a strange way, it was comforting to me when my obstetrician told me that my feelings of extreme despair and suicidal thoughts were tied to a biochemical shift in my body. Once we admit that postpartum is a serious medical condition, then the treatment becomes more available and socially acceptable.” Brooke Shields It is hard to fathom that the …

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Elton John: Overcoming addiction and bulimia

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Last year’s hit biopic Rocketman – a fantastical take on the life of the legendary Elton John – didn’t shy away from exploring the darker side of John’s life and career. In fact, the pop icon has never been shy about discussing his struggles with addiction and bulimia. In his own words, “success was fantastic, and then I couldn’t cope …

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Creativity and Mental Health

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Reading Time: 5 minutes “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” Vincent Van Gogh Although most mental health disorders are called “illnesses,” which has a negative connotation, some positives do come from them. Throughout time, there has been speculation that creativity and mental health might be linked. Not only recently, …