In Our Words: Surviving the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

In Our Words: Surviving the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

“I struggled because my family didn’t understand that during holiday celebration or meal, you should not bring up the eating disorder. Don’t ask me why I’m not eating the stuffing. Don’t tell me I should eat the dessert. You just need to love me. Give me my space and have hope that by next year, maybe I’ll be in a better place.”

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Out of The Darkness: LETS Walk

Out of The Darkness: LETS Walk

"Much like how the rain affected our level of excitement for the day, the clouds of depression affect your overall life. You find it hard to see joy in anything; you see things that should be positive and can’t help but think negatively; you just don’t want to be there. How fitting it is to be at a walk for suicide prevention with the physical equivalent of depression clouds looming over our heads."

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20 “Soul-Building” Words for the Ones You Love

20 “Soul-Building” Words for the Ones You Love

The words “I love you” should never be underestimated, but every human being has a few words that make her soul come alive … that bring peace to his uncertain heart … that help them rise when they fall. Discover what those words are by watching—what makes her smile? What motivates him to keep trying? What adds a spring to his step? Commit those soul-building words to memory and say them as often as you can so that one day you are no longer needed to hear them.

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The Complicated Nature of Exercising

The Complicated Nature of Exercising

My Current Fitness Mantras: 
-       Just be active! For you, you know that means more than walking. Run a few times a week, but also add in strengthening exercises (for those arms that can’t seem to finish a push-up) and alternative forms of cardio. 
-       Make sure you’re having fun, don’t worry too much about the calories your burning. That’s not why you’re there. 
-       Working out is not a punishment, its not about hurting a weak body. The voice that motivates you should come from a place of self-worth and self-love. It should be saying, I believe you can run farther, faster, stronger. 
-       Take breaks and don’t be guilty about them.
-       Listen to your body and exercise a variety of muscles. It’s about feeling strong, not about becoming thin. 
-       The gym is not a place to feel pretty, don’t focus on anyone else but you. 
-       You have a great butt, squats or no squats. 

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Summer and Self-Harm

Summer and Self-Harm

With the limited amount of accurate information you can find on self-harm, most of it relating to summer is full of "Your scars are part of you. Go out in the sun and relax and lay on the beach and don't let your illness get in the way of your life!" While, yes, your scars are part of you, that doesn't make it any less sucky to go out, vulnerable into a world that doesn't often understand.

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Free Time and Anxiety

Free Time and Anxiety

I am here to remind everyone that it is okay not to be okay. We are constantly telling people, “It’s okay,” and “It will get better.” I have learned that it’s more comforting to hear, “Yeah, it sucks right now. What do YOU want to do about it?” or, like I said before,  “It is okay not to be okay.” Empathy is the most important thing for people with mental illnesses. We need for people to really imagine what it feels like to go through this, and then to respond to us as if we were themselves. 

So, when you have free time and you’re laying in your bed for what seems like days at a time, or really is days at a time, thinking about all the things you should/could/want to be doing, promise me that you will do something you can be proud of. Sometimes, the biggest sense of pride comes from helping others. You don’t even have to get up from your bed. Write a poem and send it to your best friend. Color in a mandala, go online and “create your own galaxy.” Show it to someone who loves you- they’ll be so happy – even if you’re still down. The pride that fills you (for however long) won’t be that boastful pride, or egocentric pride, or the kind of pride that glows from your skin, but it will be the kind of pride you get when you come into contact with the fact that even at the worst times, physically or mentally, you do matter.

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The Heart vs. The Mind: How my doctor's legitimate health concerns risked my mental health recovery

The Heart vs. The Mind: How my doctor's legitimate health concerns risked my mental health recovery

Soraya is a rising Sophomore at Brown University, born and raised in Puerto Rico. She started dieting in seventh grade and soon developed food anxiety and body dysmorphia. Inspired by Kelsey Miller'r Anti-Diet Project and Phoebe Nir's The Secret Life of Eating, this blog is not only meant to share my story but to share links, articles, and videos to think critically about our society's role in body image, eating and exercising.

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Life With Trich

Life With Trich

Gabby is a 20-year-old declared genius (by loved ones) from Long Island, New York studying nursing at Rutgers University. Gabby suffers form Trichotillomania, and is a pro at: anxiety, existential crises, body focused repetitive behaviors, art therapy, alternative medicine, and helping friends in need.

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Chronically Ill

Chronically Ill

Nicole is a beam of sunshine from Long Island, New York living with GAD, lupus, and all the wacky medical complications that come along with it. She's a pro at: hospital stays, taking too many medications at once, panic attacks, and living with pain. 

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