emotions

What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

The winter blues, winter depression, a winter slump... Seasonal Affective Disorder goes by a lot of different names and describes a particular type of depression, one that typically shows up at the end of fall and carries on into the winter ...

4 Mantras to Deal with Awkward & Stressful Holiday Moments

Do you ever just wish you could be in one of those Cameron Diaz-esque holiday movies, where things are "really bad" (even though they're by all accounts amazing) so you embolden yourself, go on some grand adventure house-swap thing, fall in love, ...

HOTLINE BLING

I know what you're thinking, and the answer is no.  But I'll get to that in a second, first I want to tell you a little story.Once upon a time in a far away land called the early 90's, there was no internet and no Netflix, and when people felt ...

How To Say How You Really Feel

"I just feel so, blah.""I'm really good.""Ugh.""It's just whatever."There's a surprising amount of utility is in words like, ugh, blah, and whatever.  Because they're amorphous and vague, we liberally cast them out into our ...

8 Ways To Deal With Seasonal Affective Disorder and the Winter Blues

As I mentioned in Part 1, the good news about Seasonal Affective Disorder and the good ole' fashioned winter blues is that both are easily treatable.This post includes 8 starting points to boost mood in the winter months, but there are many, many ...

Feeling Empty? Read this.

Unless you're either still emo or a superbeing, emptiness does not feel good.   In an oh-so-ironic twist, however, feeling empty can actually be a surprisingly fulfilling experience.  In fact, if you're feeling empty it just might be ...

Fifteen Reasons People Deny Themselves Happiness

I’ve been on a Brene Brown kick recently, and I’m not fighting it.  While reading Dr. Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection some time ago, I was struck by her, “Worthiness Prerequisite List.” The worthiness list is basically a list of stuff in ...

Being Happier in Everyday Life

The frustration of not being able to access everyday happiness is natural and understandable.  You work hard to build a life that reflects your values and goals.  You do your best to be positive and you're not necessarily encumbered by ...

4 Stages of a Quarter Life Crisis

Financial solvency, relationship drama, career fulfillment, the perfect work/life balance, air-brushed beauty standards, the pressure to partner up and have kids... Ugh X 20. Millennial women have more opportunities than any generation of women ...

The One Thing No One Ever Says About Grieving

Another way to say that you are grieving is that a part of you is stuck in a moment in time.  Sometimes the cause of the stuckness isn’t the grief itself, but the fact that you don’t even recognize that you’ve lost something and that you need ...

Millennial Women + Depression

Exploring the emotional grit woven through the lives of today’s twenty-something women is more than just a money tree for the lovely Lena Dunham, it’s an invaluable way for millennial women to stay healthy. According to the National Institute of ...

Postpartum Depression

A friend of mine sent a big email out right after she had a baby, which included all of the warm, sweet, infinity-love kind of stuff that you say in an email you send right after you have a baby. Also in the email? The best description I've ever ...

Smiling Depression: What It Is, What To Do

photo cred: popsugar.com It's a familiar lesson on what depression looks like that we learn from every rom-com we've ever watched.  Depression means: Sitting on the sofa or curled up in bed Hagen Daaz 'carmel cone mixed with salty tears' flavor ...