Tag: stress

Finding Myself by Coming Out

Growing up, it didn’t take me long to notice that I was different then other boys… When my brother, who’s a year older than me, would grab for a G.I Joe or one of his Rescue Heroes, I had my eyes on the Barbies, the Beanie Babies, or any sort of Little Mermaid merchandise I […]

Changing With The Times

Everything changed so fast and so completely. Now – two months in – we are all probably fairly well adjusted to it all. We are not necessarily enjoying it or thriving in it, but we have changed the way we are managing the day-to-day and we are getting by.  We have witnessed great ways of […]

More than Manageable: Anxiety in Quarantine

When the COVID-19 crisis pushed us all indoors, I knew I was going to have an especially hard time handling my anxiety. Previously, I dealt with mental illness by keeping busy, surrounding myself with friends, and constantly moving forward. Basically, I would distract myself. But hey, it worked. A therapist might have called this avoidance, […]

Mental health groups mobilize virtual community for those isolated by coronavirus outbreak. ‘This is a lifeline for people’

While seemingly everyone retreated to their homes amid the global pandemic, Kaitlin wondered about the 15 people she saw every Thursday. They all lived with depression or bipolar disorder, and they would gather in a downtown Chicago church where they cried, divulged hidden thoughts, encouraged one another or silently listened. But as the coronavirus outbreak […]

Stress & Anxiety Of Pandemic Is Taking Its Toll On Youth

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Erika’s Lighthouse is encouraging everyone to take the   Positivity Pledge  The Positivity Pledge includes themed weeks focused on nutrition and mindfulness along with a new challenge each day including #ShareSunday, #MentalHealthMonday, #WinningWednesday, and #FamilyFriendsFriday. The Positivity Pledge calendar creates an opportunity for individuals to commit to 31 days […]