Turning Loneliness Into Passion

Featured Illustration: Seung Won Chun I’m sure most American students are familiar with “burning out”. Our society is no stranger to the work hard, play hard mentality of which people of all ages are taught. I mean, there of course is some truth to this teaching, but Americans equate this ideology with never taking a…

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Quarantine Workaholism: A Different Beast

Featured Illustration: Raz Latif Ever since quarantine began, it seems that everyone is pushing themselves to new heights. Comments like, “You should be writing the next great American novel!” and “If you wanted to start a business, now is the time do it!” never fail to send a spike of anxiety down my spine. Of…

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Boundary Setting is Essential for Mental Health

Featured Illustration: Carmi Grau It is important to note that when someone is placing a boundary on you, it’s usually a positive sign that they want to improve and grow your relationship/friendship. Boundary setting is important for mental health and to get to know oneself throughout our journey to healing. Chances are that in relationships/friendships,…

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Languages of Change

Featured Illustration: Sage Barnes This is the summer We blossomed into being We stepped inside of ourselves Into the discomfort Of our own minds Of our shared spaces That shape our lives We learned to make choices For healing (us) For nurturing (us) For surviving.  All the people inside of us Meet us more often…

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Mental Health During the Pandemic

Featured Artwork: Nicole Hwang Due to the coronavirus situation, people’s mental health has depleted. Mental health relies on a person’s genes, biology, environment, and lifestyle. The environment and lifestyle for many of our global citizens have been disrupted, and we have become victims of its result. Our bodies and minds are trying to adapt to…

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The Emotional Trauma of Racism

Featured Artwork: Daylight Illustrations I cried when I heard the story of Althea Bernstein, an 18-year-old biracial woman whose face and neck were burned by white men wielding lighter fluid in Wisconsin, though she fortunately survived. It’s clear that this was a racist hate crime, given that her attackers called her a racial slur just…

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What Mindful Therapy Taught Me

Featured Artwork: Sonaksha Trigger warning: very brief mentions of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and suicidal ideation. . . . In January, I started a 9-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group course. Following the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I finished the course in my bedroom via Zoom. I’d spent about 7 months on the…

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Liberatory Self-Care Means Unlearning: How Rest Can Help Heal Intergenerational Wounds

Unpacking racialized myths of the Sambo and the Strong Black Woman is essential spirit work to Black folks learning how to practice radical self-care. . . . When it comes to liberation practices, no concept or idea can be enacted without doing the work. We see this often in direct action campaigns, organizing, and protests.…

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