Category Archives: Helping Yourself

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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The Sad Ghost Club Reminds Us to Go Easy on Ourselves

http://thesadghostclub.tumblr.com/post/157567055746/im-the-only-one-who-will-care-if-i-meet-them-so As this Sad Ghost Club comic suggests, lists and productivity aids can be great for remembering what needs doing, getting out of ruts, and staying focused — but they can also be fodder for self-recrimination. If you feel like your to-do list is crushing you, take a step back and make sure you’re not […]

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The Basics of Self-Care in Three Memorable Minutes

Some days, nothing seems to go right. On those days, even the basics of self-care might feel like a struggle — but of course, that’s also when they’re most important. Rather than waiting until those moments to find some way to help yourself, get ahead of the problem with a self-care checklist. ‘Everything’s Awful and […]

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Shine Text Is Like a Personal Cheerleader on Your Phone

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 […]

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Need to Relocate Your Creativity? This Talk May Help

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 […]

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