Not to overstate the benefits of affirmations, but sometimes you just need a boost. It can feel good to have a powerful mantra for the day, a cheerleader in your texts, or a simple reminder that you have goals and are capable of achieving them — there’s nothing wrong with that. If no one in […]
Category Archives: Helping Yourself
Many of us in the video game world are creative people — developers, writers, artists, and creators of all kinds. Many of us are also familiar with depression, anxiety, mental health issues and creative blocks. This talk from industry veteran Bob Bates may help if you’re dealing with the latter, even if it’s caused by […]
We’re big fans of mood tracking here at Take This. It’s a habit we encouraged thousands of Habitica users to take up last year, because knowing your moods is the first step in a journey to understanding and improving them. There are a lot of ways to keep track, including journals, apps and spreadsheets. But […]
The folks on Rooster Teeth’s Always Open are willing to talk about just about anything, but in last week’s episode they got particularly personal as they dished about mental health. Barbara Dunkelman, Blaine Gibson and Mariel Salcedo brought therapist and YouTuber Kati Morton to answer questions and have a thorough chat about their own issues, […]
Faye Sims, creator of The Foldings, shares this comic about caring for yourself in times of strife. Political engagement can be exhausting, particularly if you’re already coping with health issues, so take the time you need to take care of yourself while you fight for the causes you believe in.
For many of us, January was a tough month — and February’s off to a challenging start. It’s important that we do all we can to care for ourselves, but it’s just as important we care for each other. That’s what February’s Habitica challenge is all about. Notice Me Senpai! asks us to set aside […]
From comic artist Sophie Labelle, a good reminder: when we’re doing well, it’s important to prepare for the hard days. Be kind to your future self, if you can. You can find more of Labelle’s Assigned Male comics on Facebook. They’re also available for sale on Etsy.
Making art in difficult times can be healing — but it can also be very challenging. If you’re having trouble working up the energy and motivation to create, maybe a little help is called for. That’s the idea behind the Make Art Not War 2017 Challenge. Organized by writer and game development Monica Valentinelli, it […]
Film critic Tasha Robinson shares a delightful story over at The Verge this week, describing how she and her sister have turned their basic life maintenance — and through it, their mental health — into a competitive game. Achievement Club isn’t great for ongoing resolutions, like “eat more kale” or “learn to speak Spanish.” It […]
Youtuber bignoknow has been talking about his experiences with depression, anxiety and depersonalization on his YouTube channel for the past four years, documenting the ups and downs alongside workout tips and other health videos. In this video, he carves years of personal experience with depression down into five simple things you can do every day […]