• The Stigma Around Mental Health

    The Stigma Around Mental Health

    Anyone who has had experience with mental illness, personally or professionally, can tell you that despite advances in psychiatry and psychology, there is a great deal of stigma that remains. One needs to only think of the book and movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to get a feel for that stigma. The field of mental health has made some distance since that time, but the stigma continues to be a reality. Types of Stigma The stigma associated with mental illness can be divided into two types: social stigma, which involves the prejudiced attitudes that others have around mental...

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  • 9 Reasons Your Girlfriends are the Most Important People In Your Life

    9 Reasons Your Girlfriends are the Most Important People In Your Life

    Growing up, my mom always seemed to have an endless supply of girlfriends. It seemed as if wherever she went and whatever she did, she would walk away with a new friend. And not just a “fast friend” or someone she would ultimately lose touch with. She found lifers. People who to this day, would still do just about anything for her. Every weekend, she’d have card club, or Bunko (do people still play Bunko?!), get-togethers with old college friends or high school friends, bowling on Mondays and happy hour on Tuesdays. If there was an occasion, she was there. I should...

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  • 11 Budget Skincare Products that are Actually Worth Using

    11 Budget Skincare Products that are Actually Worth Using

    Buying skincare doesn't have to take it's toll on your bank balance, there are plenty of impeccable formulas out there that won't make your wallet cry... 1. The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil If you want a cleanser that removes every last speck of makeup, nourishes sensitive skin and is cruelty-free, look no further. The lightweight silky oil dissolves makeup (yup, even waterproof formulas), then emulsifies to a milk when you add water, meaning it's quick and easy to use. 2. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Yes, the name is kinda confusing, but here's what you need to know…...

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  • Boost Your Mood with Music

    Boost Your Mood with Music

    A carefully chosen set of songs can have an instant and lasting affect on both our mood and how our brain and body works - but what should you listen to when to get the most out of your day? Music, more than any other art form, has the power to give us an immediate emotional “hit” – everyone has a song that makes them want to cry, or a tune they can’t help but dance to. But what if we opted to take control – using what we listen to in order to affect our moods – or make...

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  • 11 Ways to Become an Optimist

    11 Ways to Become an Optimist

    Positive thinking brings with it a whole host of benefits, such as better wellbeing and better sleep. To start reaping these benefits, check out these 11 ways to become an optimist. 1 Create Some Positive Mantras While many of us believe our happiness – or lack thereof – is based on external things, we’re often the ones holding ourselves back. Many of us go through our days feeding ourselves negative messages we may not even be aware of, convincing ourselves we’re “not good enough”, “not clever enough” or “not attractive enough”. To start thinking more positively, you need to change...

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  • Flattering Your New Body: 7 Tips for Clothes Shopping After Weight Loss

    Flattering Your New Body: 7 Tips for Clothes Shopping After Weight Loss

    Significant weight loss is a major accomplishment, whether you’ve lost it naturally or through weight loss surgery. Each pound you shed and inch you lose is a reason to celebrate. Buying new clothes after weight loss surgery is an exciting part of losing weight, but it can sometimes feel overwhelming and often expensive. Here are some tips to make finding your post weight loss wardrobe a breeze. 1. Discover Your New Body Type Your body will look and feel different as you progress through different stages of weight loss. Your new shape may have some similarities to your old figure,...

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