Imagine a world where you encountered your biggest fear, day in and day out, sometimes for hours on end. If you can do that, you can just start to empathize with someone living with an eating disorder. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life. Eating disorders are real, complex, conditions that can have devastating consequences for an individual’s health and wellbeing.
When you’re faced with overwhelming sadness or anxiety so all-encompassing that it’s impossible to do simple, everyday activities, reaching out and talking with someone about it can help. Giving a voice to your feelings can be cathartic, and it can help you to feel less alone. It’s important though, to think before hand about who you want to open up to. To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of characteristics that may make someone an ideal support.
Social media has become an integral part of our lives. We use it to share photos and funny stories, talk about our political viewpoints and catch up with friends. It can also be a place where we feel comfortable talking about our struggles or our pain. It may be easier to write about how we feel behind a screen than sharing it with someone in person. When we’re struggling, we may isolate ourselves and social media becomes one of our only connections to others.
The creative arts can provide numerous benefits for people living with mental health conditions. Research has shown that engaging in any creative process is healing. Whether you make a sketch in your drawing pad, choreograph dance moves to your favorite song, or spend some time learning a new instrument, the arts can help you to lower stress and anxiety, feel calmer and more relaxed, and can give you a sense of accomplishment.
Each year we take time to remember a man who inspired millions with his courage, perseverance, and eloquence. Martin Luther King Jr. was well known for his social activism and inspirational speeches and for the pivotal role he played in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States. Today we reflect on some of his most well-known quotes, and how they can serve as further inspiration in our own lives to stand up for ourselves when it matters most.
Poetry allows us to use the nuance of language to talk about some of the most difficult feelings that humans can experience. Poetry helps us shape our loss, heartache, and even our depression, in the form of free verse, haiku, iambic pentameter. It forces us to confront our innermost thoughts and feelings, and provides a comfortable format to be able to share them with others. Below we explore the power of poetry in our modern day society.