Body Positivity: Developing True Self-Esteem

Featured Illustrations: Rocío Montoya Body image refers to the way people look at themselves and others. It is correlated to the way one perceives their appearances, the way they see their body in regards to height, shape, and weight, and the way one feels within their body. A positive body image involves truly accepting one’s…

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Stop Asking People to Reach Out When They Are In a Mental Health Crisis

Featured Image: Tim Mossholder Every day we see social media posts like: “If you’re feeling depressed, message me”, “Please reach out to me whenever you feel like talking”, “If you’re thinking about taking your own life, call me. I am here for you”, and countless others. Likewise, if we ever come to know that somebody…

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Embrace Her Lead: On Uplifting Women

Twelve. Age twelve was the first time that I was bullied for the color of my skin. I clearly remember running back home from the bus stop evening after evening, and crying to my mother until all of the energy was drained out of my body. Though I don’t have many memories of my middle…

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Journey of the Adopted Self

Featured Image: Lacie Slezak This birthed body Put upon the library shelf. Fiction or non-           The perpetual, rhetorical question.   They selected me  From the self-help section. Checked me out –            The librarian peering over the rim of rosary-red glasses.   The first few chapters…

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The Numbness I Feel

Featured Image: Sydney Rae The numbness I feel Is my heart, icing over After an avalanche Froze my soul Tiny snowflakes Laying on my lungs Until they collapsed Under the weight Of one thousand disappointments Of heartache, worry, stress   Crushed under the voice Of your fury As uncontrolled as a falling glacier Plummeting into…

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Are You Taking Revenge by Procrastinating Your Bedtime?

Featured Illustration: Shoko Ishida Have you ever heard of revenge bedtime procrastination? You might have or not, but it is a phenomenon I believe many of us will relate to. Have you ever had a rough day, filled with chores and responsibilities — be it work, home, or school? You then end the day exhausted…

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