Tag Archives: self-care

How to Handle Con Crash Like a Pro

By Raffael Boccamazzo, PsyD, LMHCA You waited for your favorite con all year. You followed it on Twitter and Facebook. You had three screens ready to rapidly refresh and get your tickets as soon as they went on sale. Four months later, you had a blast all weekend. Friends! Panels! Celebrities! Cosplay! eSports! Food! Parties! […]

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A Few Ways to Minimize Anxiety in Your Daily Work

When you have an anxiety disorder, there are a lot of big steps you can take to work through it, including professional help and steady self care. But smaller things are important, too. For example, your daily work habits can also go a long way toward helping you cope with anxiety — or they can […]

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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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In This Comic, Positive Memories Are Our Arms and Armor

Memories and shame can be great fuel for our inner critics, and trying to crush them doesn’t tend to help. This comic from illustrator Jake Romano offers an alternative approach. Good memories are powerful, and they can be great armor against the negative thoughts that drag us down. In fact, a 2016 study from University […]

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‘Aloe’ Wants To Be Your Self-Care Companion

When you’re feeling good, the basics of self care are easy. Get out of bed. Shower. Put on clothes. Stay hydrated. Talk to another human being. Most of these things are probably part of your daily routine. But when you’re struggling with serious mental health issues, they become a lot more challenging. Paradoxically, that’s also […]

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An Artist Pushes Back Against Her Critical Inner Voice

You know that critical voice we all have, the one that will do anything to convince you it’s absolutely necessary? Joy Taney does, and she shares her experience of it in this wonderful comic. Want to see more? You can find Joy’s work, including potentially NSFW body art, on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.

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Build Resilience This Month By Playing ‘Multiply Your Happy’

Looking for a summer project? Maybe you could build something, like a gaming table, a new PC, or a robotic buddy. While you’re at it, you can also build up your resilience with Multiply Your Happy, a month-long game from Mind Springs Health. Resilience is kind of a mental health superpower. It the trait that […]

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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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Weekly INT Boost – En Route to E3

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and games stories you’ve missed. This week we check in with the comic book world, consider the value of empathy games, and share a reminder to creators to take care of themselves. Marvel’s Hulk Is Telling a Painful Story About the Psychological Trauma of Being a […]

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A Commencement Address for All of Us Who Aren’t Sure What We’re Doing

Maybe you’re graduating this spring, maybe you’re not. Maybe you have no idea what’s next, maybe you have a plan, or maybe you’re in the middle of making your plan happen. Unless it carries you right through to retirement without shifting an inch (and if so, tell us how you did it, because that’s got […]

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