moods, mental health & self-care

What are the things we can say to a friend if they have upset us?

What are the things we can say to a friend if they have upset us?

It can be really hard to confront a friend who has caused upset, hurt feelings or exclusion. It’s common to worry that talking to a friend about this will make them mad. The idea of a friend being angry is scary, but it’s really important to talk it out when things are feeling crummy. There are a few reasons for that:

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Healthy and Unhealthy Friendships

Friendships, like other relationships in our lives, can grow and change all the time. We can often feel incredible pressure to have a BFF or to be part of the popular crowd, but we will all choose our own paths to friendships that make us feel good. Some of us have had certain friends all our lives but maybe we don’t feel as close to that person anymore and need a change. That’s ok.
How much exercise do you need to get fit?

How much exercise do you need to get fit?

Increased fitness comes with increased movement and intensity. For some people, that can mean going for short workouts to longer ones; for others, it means going from none to some. Here are some fun ways to get exercise:
Why does everyone always tell me to get exercise?!!!

Why does everyone always tell me to get exercise?!!!

Who here goes bananas when the adults in her life tell her to go out and get some exercise?  If you’re not on the path to becoming a marathon runner or professional athletes, what does that even mean?! Click here to read more...
How can a non-sporty person get exercise?

How can a non-sporty person get exercise?

First of all, let’s refer to it as physical activity or moving our bodies instead of exercise. Exercise sounds like work: no fun and boring. Some less-than-traditional exercise ideas are here - just try to do them intensely enough that you find yourself huffing and puffing a bit.
woman sitting on a desk chair with her hands on her head with a worried expression

Perfectionism and Making Mistakes

So many of us feel pressure to be perfect. Sometimes it comes from adults in our lives, sometimes it comes from inside ourselves, and sometimes it comes from comparing ourselves to our friends. Perfection is literally impossible because we are human beings and the thing that is common to all human beings is that we make mistakes and are therefore imperfect. 
woman looking at her phone and typing on it with 2 hands

Healthy Phone Habits

We know, we know. Every person over the age of 35 is busy telling us to get off our phones! They say that we spend too much time on our phones, that we’re rotting our brains, and that our phones make us dumber. These folks don’t seem to realize that phones help many people feel connected to friends, families, and the world.
woman wearing a yellow jacket walking on a sidewalk looking down at her phone.

Social Media: Comparing Our Insides to Other People's Outsides

Comparing ourselves to our friends or to people we see on social media can sometimes make us feel badly. We worry that everyone else is prettier, thinner, or smarter than we are. We believe that they are better athletes, more popular and have happier families than we do. We feel like everyone else is having more fun, has fewer zits and is getting better grades than us. Here’s something really important to remember: We can’t compare our insides to other people’s outsides
Empowering Social Media and Chat Habits

Empowering Social Media and Chat Habits

Social media can be draining if you don't set a few simple boundaries for yourself. Click here to see a listicle of healthy social media habits!
woman with a sleeping mat pulled up onto her forehead

Here's a great self-care checklist if you're not feeling so great

We want to make ourselves feel better, but sometimes the idea of that seems overwhelming, especially when we aren’t in the best mood already. What are some ways for us to take care of ourselves emotionally?
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