Category Archives: Helping Yourself

In This Comic, Positive Memories Are Our Arms and Armor

Memories and shame can be great fuel for our inner critics, and trying to crush them doesn’t tend to help. This comic from illustrator Jake Romano offers an alternative approach. Good memories are powerful, and they can be great armor against the negative thoughts that drag us down. In fact, a 2016 study from University […]

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‘Aloe’ Wants To Be Your Self-Care Companion

When you’re feeling good, the basics of self care are easy. Get out of bed. Shower. Put on clothes. Stay hydrated. Talk to another human being. Most of these things are probably part of your daily routine. But when you’re struggling with serious mental health issues, they become a lot more challenging. Paradoxically, that’s also […]

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An Artist Pushes Back Against Her Critical Inner Voice

You know that critical voice we all have, the one that will do anything to convince you it’s absolutely necessary? Joy Taney does, and she shares her experience of it in this wonderful comic. Want to see more? You can find Joy’s work, including potentially NSFW body art, on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.

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Build Resilience This Month By Playing ‘Multiply Your Happy’

Looking for a summer project? Maybe you could build something, like a gaming table, a new PC, or a robotic buddy. While you’re at it, you can also build up your resilience with Multiply Your Happy, a month-long game from Mind Springs Health. Resilience is kind of a mental health superpower. It the trait that […]

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The Value of Cute Self-Care

Self-care can be exhausting work, doing the hard things required to take care of yourself even when you don’t have the time, energy or inclination. It’s not all lavender-scented candles, big fluffy blankets and cuddles with kittens. That said, there’s nothing wrong with self-care that is comforting, affirmational or cute. In fact, a Japanese study […]

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This Comic Shares a Powerful Message About Transition and Acceptance

This comic by artist Michael K has an important message for everyone struggling with their own transition: you deserve acceptance from yourself and others no matter where you are in your journey and no matter how you plan to move forward. You can find more of Michael’s work on Tumblr, where he has an ongoing […]

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Why Trading Sleep for Work or Games Can Do More Harm Than Good

In our latest at Geek & Sundry, Lida Turner, MD, makes an argument for the very thing some of us struggle with nightly: hitting the sack in a timely fashion. Full nights with good sleep hygiene aren’t always practical, but they’re worth prioritizing. Let Lida explain the details: Not getting good sleep for a night […]

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These ‘Boring Self Care’ Illustrations Celebrate the Importance of the Basics

Self-care isn’t all bath bombs and retail therapy. When you’re coping with severe mental health issues, even the activities that are often considered the basics of everyday life can be a challenge. Hard as it is, managing them can be of fundamental importance to your wellbeing. So it’s worth celebrating the times you rise to […]

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Bolster Your Well-Being With Emotional First Aid

Mental illness is as much worth treating as physical illnesses. As they say, you wouldn’t dismiss a broken leg as being all in your head, so why would you dismiss serious mental health issues? But what if we took that analogy a step further? Most of us won’t even dismiss a stubbed toe or paper […]

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Feel Like Game Development is Hard on Your Mental Health? This Panel Proves That You Aren’t Alone

It can be hard for people in the video game industry to acknowledge that mental health issues exist at all levels. Stigma hits hard, and when you’re a professional in the industry it’s natural to worry that opening up might have an impact on your career prospects. When you’re an employer or studio head, that […]

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