How To Be A Leader When Grappling With Anxiety

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By Kristina Baltutis

In today’s society, we are in desperate need of more leaders. Not necessarily people with leadership titles, but people who are actually, truly, on the front lines of our schools, workplaces, and communities, striving to make the world a better place for people other than themselves.

If you haven’t heard this call to leadership, you aren’t listening. It’s all over the news and your newsfeed, every time you see someone crying out, “Someone do something.” Sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve heard the call, but anxiety wracks your body with doubt and sends you right back under the covers, or, perhaps more commonly, causes you to keep scrolling.   Continue reading

5 Simple Ways to Be Kind To Yourself in 2017

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By Christine McLean

Life can be a b*tch. One minute you’re up, the next you’re down. It’s a rollercoaster ride that you never really signed up for. You have two choices: enjoy the ride, or grip on for dear life hoping that the ride will end safely. Let 2017 be the year when you choose to enjoy the ride. You only live once, and life will pass you by if you don’t loosen the grip a bit. Here are five ways to be kinder to yourself in the coming year. Continue reading

Addressing My Addiction To Anxiety

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By Julie Winsel

So much of my anxiety revolves around fear. Fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of people finding out about my failures (linked to fear of rejection). But I also fear the anxiety itself and what it could or has already done to me or my relationships. My depression, in conjunction with this fear, leaves me unmotivated to face these fears and, in fact, makes them into reality. Continue reading

5 Ways I Deal When Life Feels Overwhelming

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By Kate Kole

I am the opposite of a procrastinator. In college, I’d spend the first day of a new term filled with anxiety as I flipped through the pages of each course syllabus, already stressing out over assignments due week 6. I’d stake my seat in the library on Friday afternoons (as if others were actually vying for that spot) so I could get a head start on papers that didn’t need to be turned in until Monday morning.

I file my taxes in January, have tried to pay my credit card balance before the statement is available to view, occasionally get up in the 4 o’clock hour to unload the dishwasher, and begin worrying that we’ll run out of toilet paper while we still have a couple rolls left. Continue reading

What Depression And Anxiety Aren’t

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By De & Kate

We hear a lot about what depression is and what it means. About the fatigue, and the sleeping, or the lack there of. About the weight gain and the weight loss. About the lack of interest and irritability.

We also often hear about the fear and isolation of anxiety. About its physical manifestations and its all-consuming nature. We hear about the symptoms and impact of mental health disorders daily, through magazine articles and TV ads, through talk show segments and sit-down interviews. We know that depression and anxiety often accompany one another. Continue reading