Category Archives: Helping Yourself

Mindful Powers Has a Mission to Teach Kids Focus and Calm

Mindful Powers from Smashing Ideas on Vimeo. Most of us go our entire lives without learning to be mindful — to be present and fully aware in the moment. Though it can be a powerful tool for self-regulation in the face of anxiety and other mental health issues, it’s also a challenge to master. To […]

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How Games Help One Writer Work Through Chronic Pain

For many people with chronic pain, a brighter future can be hard to imagine. Chronic pain is closely linked with several mental health issues, substance use issues, and it’s no wonder — it’s hard to have hope for the future when your hurt all the time. Freelance game journalist Nathanael Peacock opens up about what […]

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A Look at What Burnout is All About

Feeling burned out? If you’ve been pushing yourself too hard for a while, you might be looking at occupational burnout. While that’s not a diagnosis in the DSM, it is common issue for a lot of people in the video game industry. If you’re wondering what causes burnout, what it feels like, or how you […]

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Self-Compassion is More Important Than Self-Improvement In This Comic

Kelly Bastow is a Toronto-based illustrator who publishes illustrations (some NSFW) and comics at Moosekleenex. She recently shared this powerful reminder that self-improvement can easily become a way of amplifying our critical voices if we don’t approach it with compassion. You can also find more of Bastow’s work through Patreon and Etsy.

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Why Routines Can Be More Important Than Resolutions

Happy New Year, friends, and welcome to 2018. How are those resolutions going? Keeping a resolution up for a couple days is generally pretty doable, but most of us have been through that mid-January lull when they start to drop off. It happens — a lot. Particularly when we get into the mindset that a […]

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12 Days of Self Care: We’ll Get This Process Streamlined to Perfection…ish

On the final day of our 12 Days of Self-Care series, Take This clinical director Dr. B reminds us to move away from unhealthy perfectionism as we enter the new year. For more helpful tips on coping with common stresses of the holiday season and the transition into the new year, check out the full series. […]

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12 Days of Self Care: Sticking With Your Goals

On the eleventh day of our 12 Days of Self-Care series, Melissa Merlino, LMSW, lays out some of the biggest barriers to achieving our goals. For more helpful tips on coping with common stresses of the holiday season and the transition into the new year, check out the full series. With the holiday season nearing its […]

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12 Days of Self Care: Building Healthy Habits With an Unhealthy Brain

On the tenth day of our 12 Days of Self-Care series, Take This website editor Nissa Campbell shares her personal experience with building healthy habits while dealing with depression and anxiety. For more helpful tips on coping with common stresses of the holiday season and the transition into the new year, check out the full series. […]

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12 Days of Self-Care: Being Real With Resolutions

On the ninth day of our 12 Days of Self-Care series, Jen Loglia shares the secrets of achievable resolutions for the new year — or any other day. For more helpful tips on coping with common stresses of the holiday season and the transition into the new year, check back every day. How many of us […]

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12 Days of Self Care: Gratitude For What We Have

On the eighth day of our 12 Days of Self-Care series, Dr. Megan Connell teaches us the techniques involved in practicing gratitude. For more helpful tips on coping with common stresses of the holiday season and the transition into the new year, check back every day. Tis’ the season when we are inundated with commercials showing […]

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