4 Ways The Sims Helps My Mental Health Tremendously

4 Ways The Sims Helps My Mental Health Tremendously

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CONTENT WARNING: This post mentions self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

For some reason there is still a huge misconception that video games are bad for you. They make you violent. You’re irresponsible and lazy if you play them. For me, that is the complete opposite.

Playing video games makes me forget my problems associated with my mental health. They calm my anxiety. They distract me from my depression. You can read more about how they help me here.

I got my first computer when I was 7 or 8. Ever since then, I’ve played The Sims. And even though I’ve played many games in my life, I’ll always consider Sims to be one of my favorite games of all time.

I own The Sims: Complete Collection, every Sims 2 expansion pack and 4 stuff packs, and the first Sims 3 game. I also have all The Sims games for PlayStation 2.

I’m looking to eventually get all the stuff packs from Sims 2 to complete the collection, as well as The Sims 3 and Sims 4 games and the other spin-offs in the future. Even though the first two series will always be my favorites!

As I’ve recently picked back up playing Sims, I found these 4 ways The Sims helps my mental health.

Book Review: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Book Review: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

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This is a spoiler-free review. Parts that may be deemed spoilers will be marked.

I honestly didn’t have that high of expectations when I first picked up Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. I was watching a book review video on YouTube when my ears perked up at the sound of OCD. Without knowing anything else about the book, I went to the library and picked it up the same day.

Every Last Word is a YA novel about 16 year old Samantha. She’s a swimmer, popular, and looks just like everybody else. But underneath it all, she suffers from Pure-Obsessional OCD. She second-guesses every move, thought, and word in her life. She goes to therapy every Wednesday, but the last thing she wants is a change in her life.

However, one day she meets a new friend, Caroline. Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room in her school underneath the theater. It’s run by a tight-knit group of outcasts. Sam is drawn to them instantly, especially to AJ who plays the guitar. Slowly, she beings to feel normal than she ever did when she was part of the popular crowd. She might even start to feel recovered…

5 Simple Ideas to Practice Being More Mindful

5 Simple Ideas to Practice Being More Mindful

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When I first started to dive into the idea of mindfulness, it brought a lot of anxiety. I thought I wasn’t doing it right. I thought way too hard on being mindful that I wasn’t actually being mindful at all.

First things first…to learn more about mindfulness, check out Excel at Life’s audios. You should also check out my post here for amazing apps you can download to help get you stared.

Once you become acquainted with the concept of mindfulness, you can try these 5 simple ideas to practice being more mindful:

My Top 10 Favorite Albums I Listen to On My Bad Days

My Top 10 Favorite Albums I Listen to On My Bad Days

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If you don’t know me, music is a huge passion of mine. I’m always listening to it, dancing to it, or making up my own. Plus, my boyfriend makes his own music, so I get to become accustomed to so many new styles and techniques in music.

I’ve talked quite a bit about music and particular songs that help my different mental illnesses on my blog. I wrote out my depression playlist, as well as my anxiety playlist. I’ve even wrote about 15 songs to listen to if you’re in a relationship with someone who has troubles with their mental health.

Today, I’ll be giving you my favorite albums that center around mental health. They’re not in any particular order, because how could I choose? I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have turned to these albums in my life.