Category Archives: Wellness

Are Millennials Receiving Adequate Mental Health Coverage?

Millennials are a lot of things: large in number, highly nontraditional, devotees of the almighty Google. A massive generation, we encompass everyone born between 1980 and 1999, which totals 80 Million+ Americans.

Unfortunately, we’re also a generation suffering from a lot of mental health woes.

Studies show Millennials tend to suffer from higher stress levels and mental health concerns than other generations. A 2013 study by the American Psychological Association and Harris Interactivefound that more Millennials have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety than any other living generation, and that we’re more stressed than any other living generation.

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Stop The Cycle Of Self-Loathing With 8 Practices

When we’re newborn babies, we’re fully, completely, unapologetically ourselves. We don’t beat ourselves up over belly fat, baldness or the occasional cranky mood. We explore the world with joy and curiosity, happy to be equipped with fingers, toes and eyes.

But as we grow, we’re overwhelmed with messages that we’re not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, funny enough, you-name-it enough. We believe the lies, and self-loathing starts to set in.

The truth is, each of us is utterly unique — a veritable snowflake of imperfection — and that’s a beautiful thing. Feeling better about ourselves is just a matter of remembering how amazing we really are.

So, when the insidious cycle of self-loathing strikes, here are eight ways to fight back:

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Why Life Is Better After Quitting Booze

For most of my adult existence I was the ultimate party girl. Life without booze and parties and wild nights was impossible for me to imagine. After all, alcohol was incredibly effective at (temporarily) alleviating pesky inhibitions, painful self-consciousness and paralyzing depression.

For me, binge drinking created a vicious cycle of crazy times followed by miserable self-loathing. There were endless humiliations and countless drunken escapades. I said over and over again that I’d cut back, quit drinking, get a grip on my behavior — to no avail for many years.

But one day I woke up. As I started adopting a healthier lifestyle and practicing self-care, alcohol just didn’t appeal to me anymore. So I stopped drinking. Seven months later, here’s what I’ve learned:

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The Minimalists: Five Ways to Be Happy With Less Stuff

Stuff. So much of our lives are spent wanting it, buying it, trying to keep it. We work 60-hour workweeks so we can fill our drawers and purses and closets and storage units and attics with stuff. We take pictures of our stuff to post on Instagram, spend weekends picking out more stuff to buy, talk about our stuff at cocktail parties.

Sure, we need some stuff. We need to eat stuff, use stuff, and wear stuff (in polite society, anyway). But how much stuff do we really need? And how much of our stuff actually brings value to our lives? That’s the question Ohioans Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus began asking themselves when, in their late 20s, they realized they were outwardly successful but inwardly miserable.

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10 Natural Ways to Help You Beat Depression

If you suffer from depression, it’s likely you feel utterly, desperately — sometimes unbearably — alone. It is, after all, an illness of alienation. It drags you down, steals your joy, robs you of your energy and enthusiasm, and distances you from others.

But the truth is, you’re far from alone. More than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from mood disorders. That jaw-dropping number is proof positive that there are millions of other people who share your pain, and I’m one of them.

I suffered from depression for 16 years. Though there were times I came close to giving up, I didn’t. And for those of you who feel you’re suffering alone, I want you to know that you’re not. There is help. There is hope. And there is a light at the end of the tunnel, I promise. Here’s how I found mine.

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