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We all have different strengths, skills and tools to support us during difficult life events. What do you pull from when things get hard?

New challenges forces us to develop new ways of building hope, support and resilience.

Support groups online and in person, for example, can help us feel less alone.

Therapy can give us individualized treatment and teach us ways to also feel supported.

Books and blog posts can provide an alternative view.

What tools can support you during these challenging moments? What skills can you develop to add to your list?

This week's top posts on dealing with a major life event, sleeping better and preventing overwhelm and anxiety will give you creative ideas for your own emotional toolbox.

Creativity

Free Webinar: Telling Your Mental Health Recovery Story

(Please note: This free live webinar will be recorded and a copy made available to all who registered.)

Words have immense power. Whether they are the inscription on the Statue of Liberty or a love letter to your sweetest and dearest, words matter, and stories move people. If you are ready (or... nearly ready) to tell your mental health recovery story, this informative and entertaining webinar by OC87 Recovery Diaries Editor in Chief Gabriel Nathan is for you.


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5 Best Practices for Maintaining Good Mental Health

Mental health rarely gets the credibility it deserves.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, 43.8 million adults in America experience mental health issues in a given year. These millions of people are experiencing an invisible, or hidden, disability.

Hidden disabilities may not be visible to the naked eye, but they still significantly impact the people who have them. Individuals with hidden disabilities often report that people question the legitimacy of the challenges they face because they aren’t obvious. Whereas individuals with visible disabilities commonly face assumptions that they are unable to do certain things, individuals with hidden disabilities often face assumptions that accommodations for them are unnecessary.

A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 10: Schizophrenia & Bipolar Symptoms: 2 Truths and a Lie Edition

Listener favorite Two Truths and One Lie returns, but with a twist. Gabe and Michelle each share three stories about specific symptoms they have of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (respectively). All six of these examples are believed to be factual by many people, but only four of them are accurate. After sharing the examples, Gabe and Michelle challenge each other to guess which two of their symptoms are real and which one is a lie.


Addiction

A Relationship Between Rehabilitation and Resentment


I’ve tried again and again to overcome feelings of isolation, self-loathing and disconnection from the world around me. I try to form friendships, and be a part of, with limited success and sometimes disastrous results.

It took several years of clean time in a 12-step program for me to fully appreciate how much resentment I had accumulated and why I continued my relationship with resentment. I remember the first time I heard the phrase “resentments are like drinking a cup of poison and expecting the other person to die.”


Anxiety and Panic

Anxiety and Your “What If Calculator”

Some universities provide a what if calculator” to help students project possible grades. It provides the percentage they need on each test to get their desired grade at the end of the course. Based on what they would like their final grade to be, they can decide how much work and effort to put into studying for their final exam.

If we all had a what if calculator to forecast our future, life would be so much easier!

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Become More Likeable with This Psychology Trick

How many times have you heard the phrase “You are what you eat”? The idea behind this now-infamous diet mantra is that in order to be fit and healthy, you have to eat nutritious food. The take-home message? Your actions have direct ramifications for your body and your mind.
Now, consider this spin: “You are what you say.” Fair or not, what you communicate to others can lead others to make assumptions about your character -- a concept called 

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Feeling Lost in Life: A Learning Opportunity

I am convinced that one of our missions in life is to learn what we need to become better versions of ourselves. That is why we find ourselves in situations we don’t have the tools to handle. When we don’t know what to do with the circumstances and the associated emotions, we are presented with a learning opportunity.

Many times, I’ve found myself in situations where I feel lost, not knowing what to do or where to start. They are mostly life changing situations, events that demand us to make life defining decisions, even though we don’t even understand what is really going on.

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