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Getting Through Tough Times

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) also known as seasonal depression, causes those of us who struggle with it to feel more depressed during the winter. If you notice that in the winter months you feel fatigued, poor sleep patterns, weight gain, or irritable, you could be one of many who struggles with SAD. In this article, you'll learn some natural ways to fight Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Before I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, I did not appreciate the importance of self-care. Sure, I knew that it was important to practice good hygiene, work hard in school, exercise, etc. But I had no idea that self-care required more than just the basics for living. I had no idea that self-care activities can be so different for everyone. By using the Olga Phoenix Self-Care Wheel, I learned how to truly care for my wellbeing. Read this article to learn about how the self-care wheel has helped me with my mental health.
Social media can contribute to depression. Social media does have benefits: it is a powerful tool we can use to stay connected to friends and family and even allows us the ability to meet new friends from all over the world. While scrolling through the feed may seem harmless, and even if you do not notice it at the time, social media can contribute to depression.
The Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus defines small talk as a "social conversation about unimportant things, often between people who do not know each other well." Almost every time you leave your house, you probably find yourself engaging in this type of interaction. Many people dislike it because it might seem forced and insincere. While some people might simply feel obligated to talk to you, others genuinely want to have a conversation. Read this article to learn about how to benefit from small talk.
Getting things done when you don't feel like it can be more challenging than it sounds. It is so easy to look at our to-do list and become paralyzed. This happens to me more often than I would like, but when I catch myself, there are a few things I do that help me. Read this article to learn three ways to get things done when you don't feel like it.
Most of us know a little bit about the midlife crisis, but have you heard about the quarter-life crisis? LinkedIn career expert Blair Decembrele describes the quarter-life crisis as "a period of insecurity and doubt that many people in their mid 20s to early 30s go through surrounding their career, relationships, and finances."1 A quarter-life crisis can be debilitating. To learn more about the quarter-life crisis and its effects on mental health, read this article.
I use creativity to reduce anxiety because sometimes when anxiety hits it can be easy to feel stuck and not know what to do to get out of feeling that way. For me, if I don't use anxiety coping techniques to start feeling better then it becomes harder and harder to start feeling normal again. Read this article to learn how I use creativity to reduce anxiety. 
Now that the year is coming to an end, we will get a new year to make positive memories and learn many lessons. One way to start the year on a high note is to have a positive mindset about life in general. With depression, that can seem really difficult. But by reflecting on the year, you might be able to find some positive reasons to have hope and optimism. Read this article for tips on how to reflect for the new year.
Do you feel anxiety during the holiday season? While the holidays are meant to be a fun time for everyone, you are not alone if you struggle with holiday season anxiety. There are many circumstances that could trigger anxiety during this time of the year, like gaining weight, seeing family you don't get along with or buying presents. Read this article for three tips on managing anxiety during the holiday season.
A pros and cons list can be a wonderful tool to help with decision-making. However, many people struggle with identifying the advantages and disadvantages of a decision. Read this article to learn how to create an effective pros and cons list.