Speaking Up: How Poetry Can Give a Voice to Mental Health

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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.

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Digging Deep: How Writing Can Ease Stress & Improve Your Life

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When we’re experiencing stress, anxiety, or pain, it’s tempting to do everything we can to numb it. We watch our favorite TV show, go shopping, or see friends. What if instead of looking outside of ourselves for healing and comfort we were able to look inwards? Journaling can help with personal growth and development. The act of regularly recording our thoughts and feelings helps us to understand ourselves better, and helps us to gain insight into our behaviors and moods.

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Top 5 Ways to Beat End of Year Stress

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At the end of the year we tend to get introspective. How did our efforts stack up this year? Did we accomplish what we hoped? What will next year look like? It’s a time of inevitable stress but luckily, we have some proven ways to tackle it. We decided to highlight the most highly advised tactics for stopping stress dead in its tracks:

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Home for the Holidays: Don’t Let your Mental Health Take a Back Seat

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There’s something about going back to your childhood home, or hometown that makes you feel like you’re a kid again. But not everyone feels nostalgic when thinking about their childhood. It can be very difficult for someone whose childhood wasn’t easy, or whose relationships with family members have been a source of stress and anxiety to gather the courage to go home for this holiday tradition. Acknowledge your courage, and keep these helpful tips in mind:

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Let’s Focus on Human Connection this Holiday Season

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For many, the holiday season is a huge build up. There’s a lot of pressure to socialize and be happy, but for a great number of people the reality doesn’t live up to the hype. They feel like the odd ones out, like they’re the only ones who aren’t feeling the magic and the joy of the season. When these feelings take the form of loneliness, it can lead to feelings of depression.

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How to Give to Yourself this Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a time for giving and for those of us who tend to prioritize the needs of others over our own, it can become a bit overwhelming. There are an endless number of ways we give of ourselves--our time, attention, energy, money, and patience (just to name a few), which can leave us feeling emotionally and physically depleted. This December, take a few steps to try to have a happier, healthier, and more relaxed holiday season.

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