Category Archives: Self Care

Let Tanya X Short Teach You How to Make Games and Meet Deadlines Without Burning Out

Every year, indie developers get together to close out GDC by sharing their hard-earned expertise. The talks are always fantastic, and this year is no exception. Ta You can watch all ten talks in the video above, but let us draw your attention to one in particular: Tanya X. Short’s talk on meeting hard deadlines […]

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Here’s a Quick Productivity Hack for Perfectionists

Perfectionism is often touted as a good thing — a drive that keeps us striving harder for better results. But as anyone who’s struggled with perfectionism knows, it’s often more likely to be crushing to productivity. It inspires procrastination, it goes hand in hand with anxiety and other mental health issues, and it’s even closely […]

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Feeling Those Post-Con Blues? You’re Not Alone

If you just got back from PAX Aus and you’re feeling a bit down, don’t worry — you’re far from alone. A lot of us come back from big events feeling off in ways that can’t be solely attributed to too much walking, too much junk food, and not nearly enough water or sleep. Gizmodo […]

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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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