Ultimate Gift Guide for Your Loved One with a Mental Illness

Ultimate Gift Guide for Your Loved One with a Mental Illness

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Gift giving can be a fun and exciting time. For many of us, it can be an awesome way for us to express love.

The best gifts are the ones that make others feel special and important. Those suffering from mental illness could use a little extra and as much love as they can get.

If someone you know is struggling with anxiety, depression, etc, here is the ultimate gift guide for your loved one with a mental illness.

My 10 Favorite TV Shows I Watch When I’m Having a Bad Day

My 10 Favorite TV Shows I Watch When I'm Having a Bad Day

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Some might call me lazy, because watching TV shows is one of my favorite past times. However, I don’t often mindlessly watch TV. And I try to not binge on TV shows too much, because I feel like Netflix can feed my depression.

Still, watching a TV show is still one of my top coping mechanisms. I love being taken into another world, embracing the characters and the storyline.

I don’t feel so lonely. My anxiety isn’t so high. With every episode, I get to escape my reality.

Here are 10 TV shows I watch when I’m having a bad day:

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…