Category Archives: Self Care

Self Acceptance Is Key in This Lovely Comic

Bad days are bad enough without piling self-criticism on top of them, but that can be an incredibly hard thing to remember when we’re in the midst of them. This comic from French illustrator Maeril is a good reminder that accepting the bad can be a helpful way to return to the good. Maeril has […]

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Don’t Forget Self-Care During Convention Season

If you’re getting ready for PAX West, Gen Con, Dragon Con or any other con this season, remember to take some time to consider how you’ll manage your self-care routine at the show. If you’re new to major conventions, it’s especially easy to let all your normal habits fall by the wayside, and while that […]

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Con Recovery Tricks from the Take This Team

Did you just get home from PAX East? Whether it was your first con or your twentieth, the odds are good that you’re feeling pretty rough today. Most members of the Take This team are pros at the con game now, taking the AFK room to geek-friendly events everywhere, but even we get hit with […]

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What is Self-Care?

By Ryan Hamann, clinician, M. Psych. Sc. So often the conversations about mental health revolve around how to overcome specific dysfunctions of behavior and cognition – depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessions, etc. Just like we wouldn’t see a mechanic when our car is in perfect working order or a surgeon when we are healthy, therapists are […]

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App Highlight: Forest Can Help You Put Down Your Phone

Smartphones may not cause depression, but depression and anxiety go hand in hand with feeling like you can’t put your phone down. Surprisingly enough, there’s an app for that: Forest. Forest is an app for your phone that rewards you for not using your phone. It’s often recommended as a productivity tool, and it can […]

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Is a Life of Games a Life Well Lived?

Ask yourself: when you’re at death’s door, are you really going to wish you’d played more video games? Well, maybe. I mean, why not? James Delingpole recently suffered a pulmonary embolism, which could very well have killed him. Writing about the experience for The Spectator, he discussed the ways his priorities changed after facing the […]

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Beat Bad Habits with a Mindful Approach

Bad habits are terrible. First, there’s the habit itself. Maybe you want to quit smoking and are concerned about the impact it has on your health, hygiene or budget. Maybe you want to stop procrastinating because it’s eating into both your productivity and your happiness. Maybe you just want to quit compulsively checking Facebook or […]

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How Skipping Sleep Destroys Our Mental Well-Being

Thirty-six hours without sleep doesn’t sound that bad. Lots of people pull all-nighters for fun, for school, for family or for work. When you’re on a deadline or you have a big exam, those extra hours seem like they’ll be incredibly helpful–if you can function. That’s a big if. Mental Health Channel ran a small […]

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Let These Cute Critters Help You With Self Care

If you’re having a rough day, it’s important to take a little time to take care of yourself. Little moments of self care can go a long way. So if you haven’t eaten in a while, try to eat something. Even if it’s just a small snack, it will help keep you going. imgur How […]

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Feeling Low? Let This Twitter Bot Help Pick You Back Up

We could all do with a friend who checks in regularly, offering up positive reinforcement and helping out when we’re feeling down. Hopefully your friendships provide you with some of that, but real friends aren’t robots designed to cheer us up without reciprocation. If that’s something you’d like to have in your life, why not […]

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