When hope dims, affirmations rekindle the flame. Here are my six favorite affirmations.

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Exerting effort at anything and not seeing positive results can be discouraging, I learned this after job rejections, friendship losses, breakups, poor grades, and failure to meet personal goals. Perhaps you’ve had some of these experiences, too.


Although mental health stigma has declined over the last year, it is still a major issue. Here are some ideas on how to recognize and reduce it.

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Mental health stigma affects how we perceive psychiatric disorders. It also affects self-esteem and progress in mental health treatment. …


Writing for Medium is about so much more than making money.

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At one point in my life, I told myself that I would never write for money. Why? Because writing was a therapeutic outlet as well as a way to inspire others. The emotional impact it had on myself and others was the ultimate reward.

However, this way of thinking changed…


It was the best decision I ever made.

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From 2013 to 2015, I worked at a grocery store as a Utility Clerk. The job involved cleaning the store, including the men’s bathroom. Most days, I dreaded going to work because one of my coworkers sexually harassed me. …


Part 1 of the series “Ways to Love Yourself, Love Others, and Love Life”

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Welcome to the first part of my new mental wellness series! In this article, I will discuss a therapeutic technique that has helped me reframe my thoughts and improve my self-esteem. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) involves a conversation between two people: you and a therapist. During a therapy session, you…


Publishing your work can seem scary. Here are some ways to combat your fear and gain courage!

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Writing can be very enjoyable for you, but the idea of getting your stories published might scare you. Perhaps you fear that readers will not care about your stories, you will give inaccurate information, or you will share too many details about yourself.

I have experienced these fears before, but…


Chapter one of a book about a teenager’s complicated adolescence

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Part 1: Negotiating with Mom

“I don’t get it! Why do I have to talk to Doctor…Twirk?!” I yelled.

“It’s Dr. Kirk,” Mom corrected me calmly. “And I’m worried about you, Kate! You loved school, and you hung out with friends. But now — “

“That was before we moved! What’s the point of having…


Seven strategies to help you love yourself, love others, and love life

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Our ability to love ourselves, love others, and love life is critical for our well-being! Unfortunately, difficult circumstances can make it hard to feel and show love.

During hard times, you have probably noticed that toxic thoughts affect mood, relationships, and quality of life. …


September goal: Reach 30 stories on Medium.

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This story marks my 29th story here on Medium! I’m only one story away from reaching my goal this month!

Honestly, there are some stories I publish and then delete right away. No matter how this story turns out, I will not delete it. This decision isn’t because I want…

Martha Lueck

Published author | Freelance blogger for HealthyPlace.com | Passionate about mental health Facebook: @JustWrite17 Instagram: @write_color_and_exercise

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