What if I told you it’s okay to not be okay? We’re pushed toward constant optimism. But is there a cost to this focus on positivity? Avoiding tough emotions might not be as positive as you think – and there’s no substitute for your real emotions. Here’s how to feel what you feel without drowning in your feelings, and define healing on your own terms.
Do you ever wish you could get to a place of feeling happy with yourself, but don’t know how? Then meet Lex Croucher, aka Tyrannosaurus Lex. She believes in her own abilities and worth, but she wasn’t always this confident. Check out her funny, practical advice on breaking through toxic messages and low self-esteem to learn how to appreciate who you are.
We – as social justice activists – need to explore beyond thinking of the very large and very public demonstrations as the sole means of radical change. Who is included in our idea of “activists?” In which ways are we unintentionally excluding folks in this vision? What other platforms are activists using to raise awareness about injustice? Let’s talk about it.
We all love a good, body-positive message, right? That is, if the woman behind the message is relatively thin. If she’s fat, or writes positively about bodies of all sizes, abilities, and more, she gets a tidal wave of criticism. Why? There’s a massive, toxic industry behind it. Here’s how and why we should reject the absurd notion that only weight loss means happiness.
Have you ever been a token? Outnumbered, you might have heard things like “I don’t see you as Black.” Such so-called “compliments” are based on the delusion that whiteness and other dominant characteristics are “normal.” For people of color, there’s no winning in this othering game, so here’s a new way of thinking to dismantle internalized bigotry instead.
When you think of being body positive, you probably think of loving the parts of your body that society tells you to hate: your thighs, your hips, or your stomach. But would you ever think to include your acne on the list of things to love about yourself? This article gives an awesome argument for why loving the skin you’re in should mean exactly that and nothing less.
In a world that tries to convince us – especially those of us with multiple marginalized identities – that we’re not worth taking care of, actively practicing self-compassion is an act of revolution! Studies show that people who have compassion for themselves are happier, more optimistic, and more grateful than those who are harder on themselves. Here’s how can you start!
How does the stigma against mental illness impact you and the rest of our society? Stigmas and silencing protect a hurtful status quo, causing the most harm against those who are most in need of support. So how can you respond? Read on to learn why we must show compassion to combat stigma – and why you have to start with showing compassion to yourself.
A casual sexual encounter is no big deal, right? Except that sometimes you carry with you your insecurities, the complexities of your identity, and painful memories from the past – and then it can be a pretty big deal. Here’s one poet’s moving note to self. We could all use this reminder that you have nothing to be ashamed of, and your body needs your voice.
What do you need to support your mental health? Sometimes the answer is complicated. But here’s a comic that keeps it simple. Because when you’re struggling with mental illness, the so-called “little things” that you do for yourself can actually be a pretty big deal. With these mental health survival tips, take some small steps to your big victory of wellness.