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.

Discouragement can lead to feelings of hopelessness, especially when our shortcomings are repetitive. But the nice thing about hope is that it can return. This article contains six affirmations I have found to be very helpful in reducing discouragement and rekindling hope.

Writing to reframe my thoughts helped me find…


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. This post contains more information about mental health stigma and how to reduce it.

Definition of Stigma

I’m sure most of you have heard about mental health stigma and know what it is. For those of you who do not know much about it, here is the definition of stigma by Mayo Clinic.

Stigma is when someone…


Listening to the right music improves my mental health! Here are some of my go-to songs when I need a lift.

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Have you ever noticed how a certain beat or a line from a song changes your mood? I notice this every time I listen to music!

In high school, I struggled with anxiety and depression. Three things that helped me cope included my faith, writing, and music.

Since I still love all of these things so much, I will share various songs and lines that currently help me overcome challenges. I have broken this article into two parts: popular…


One woman’s recollection of seizures and the emotions that accompanied them

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“Liz. Hey…Liz. Are you okay?”

As I laid on the pavement and slowly opened my eyes, I saw unfamiliar faces and heard loud, startled voices. It took a few seconds for me to comprehend the words.

“What happened?” I moaned.

“You were running. We heard you yell, and you fell,” a woman said. “You were shaking. I think you had a seizure.”

“Oh. Um…Where am I?” I asked, slowly lifting my head. “And…sorry. Who are you?”

A sharp burn on my forehead interrupted my questions, and I wept. …


A poem about life before and after the discovery of COVID-19 vaccinations

Now that the COVID-19 vaccines have reduced the number of cases, it’s nice to see each other in person again! Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash

Trigger warning: The first half of this poem is about the negative effects of COVID-19. If this is a sensitive topic for you, please read at your own discretion.

Before our health and many lives depended on masks, we saw each other’s faces in public places.

Before we knew about all the effects of COVID-19, many of us enjoyed long embraces.

We never predicted skin-to-skin and air-to-air contact would become frowned upon and forbidden.

We never predicted that people who were ill or who traveled would be required…


Tips to help you ace an essay or publish your best work

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Whether you are writing a story for work, school, or an online publication, high-quality work takes time and dedication. Your first draft could take several days or weeks. Perhaps you will feel tempted to publish this draft before editing so that you won’t have to worry about it anymore. But trust me when I say that submitting your writing too soon is a mistake. Rushing the process could lead to spelling and grammatical errors, factual inaccuracy, confusing messages, or accidental plagiarism. …


There are many benefits of reading every day. What are these benefits? And how do you make time to enjoy a book? Find out through this guide.

Reading every day benefits you in many ways.
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Do you love to read, but can’t seem to find the time for it? Reading has many benefits, some of which include relaxation and improved brain function. No matter how busy you are, it is possible to reap these benefits by reading every day. Here are some of the benefits of reading and how to make time for it every day.

Part 1: The Benefits of Reading

1. You will notice less stress and fatigue.


The movie “Words on Bathroom Walls” inspired me to learn more about schizophrenia. Here are some things I learned from the movie and educational YouTube videos.

People without schizophrenia cannot imagine the life of someone with it.
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When I first saw the trailer for the movie “Words on Bathroom Walls,” I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, the subject of mental health fascinated me. The fact that the movie focused on schizophrenia intrigued me. But then, I worried that the film would get everything wrong about schizophrenia and mental health in general. After having watched it with an open mind, I loved it. My research about schizophrenia helped me understand…


Finding the right LinkedIn connections will help you land a job in your field. Here are some tips.

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When I first heard of LinkedIn, I had already been using Indeed. While Indeed was great for finding jobs, I needed a little help finding jobs in my field. So I used LinkedIn to find people who had the type of jobs I was seeking. Here are some tips for using LinkedIn’s network feature to find the right connections for your professional needs.

1. Create an Enticing Headline

Think about your best friend. You probably have many things in common, which means you have a lot of…


Do you know someone with an invisible disability? If so, here are some important things to know when supporting or accommodating them.

People with hidden disabilities feel frustrated and sad. Your support can reduce these feelings and improve their ability to cope. Photo by Kyle Broad on Unsplash

Talking about invisible disabilities is a sensitive topic, as there are many misconceptions that have led to stigma. Having struggled with invisible disabilities myself, I have heard disrespectful comments and false assumptions. I firmly believe that people of all abilities have great potential. In this article, I will share my experience with disability stigma, the truth about invisible disabilities, and conversation etiquette.

I hope that by the end of this article, you will learn a little bit about…

Martha Lueck

Published author | Freelance blogger for HealthyPlace.com | Passionate about mental health Facebook: @JustWrite17 Instagram: @mklueck17

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