Let’s just go ahead and declare our cell phones an appendage. We have it in our pocket (or purse) all day and sleep with it at our bedside at night. We now have a phone, the internet, a camera, a calculator, and thousands of apps right at our fingertips everywhere we go. But does having this convenience come at a price? Yes. Our phones are hurting our relationships in many various ways. I could write for hours about the numerous large scale research studies that detail the use of cell phones and the harmful effects they are having on our relationships and social skills but today we will focus on 5 ways your cell phone is hurting your romantic relationship.
Well, it’s here again – the holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or nothing at all, you will no doubt be affected by the season. For many people, the holidays are an exciting time to eat comfort foods, spend time with family, and enjoy the endless loop of Christmas jingles. But for others, the holiday season causes anxiety, stress and depression despite the cheerful carols, bright decorations and festive parades.
Here are 3 things to do to keep from feeling less than “merry” this holiday season:
If you struggle with talking about your mental health you are not alone. Unlike physical health conditions, mental issues are often seen as a sign of weakness. We share details of our physical health so openly -- our family member with diabetes, our kid's broken bone, our battle against the flu. But we often stay silent about our struggles with depression, anxiety or substance abuse. You would never tell someone with diabetes or hypertension to "just get over it" or "give it time" so why is this advice so often given to people struggling with mental issues? According to the National Institute of Mental Heath, nearly 1 out of 5 adults live with a mental illness. The truth is, mental issues are hard, they are uncomfortable and they are isolating. The shame and stigma that people feel are often the biggest obstacles they face with getting the help that they need. However, staying silent is not the way out. Remember - struggling with any type of mental issue does not make you weak. Depression does not define you. Open up, get the conversation started and get the help you deserve. Get your life back.
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