Recent content by JessicaW

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    What do you listen to when you write?

    The music I listen to depends on the writing I'm doing. I use music to set my mental headspace. Unless the occasion calls for it, usually songs without lyrics or lyrics in a language I cannot readily translate are my default. I have a station I've curated called "Jazz of the World" that is often...
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    How to Get Help from Motivational Materials

    I still have occasional days when things are a struggle and thinking seems like I'm operating through peanut butter. I do plan to see a therapist when I can budget for it. I'm in a very different place in life than all of my friends to the point that we can't really relate anymore outside of...
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    Yoga: physical and mental benefits

    Oh, online yoga does get a bad rap. And, I've seen the reasons for that, which is why I always first watch through a video of different, unfamiliar instructor. But, I haven't had to do that in a few years now. I pretty much just stick with the same few at this point. I just need to make sure...
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    How to Get Help from Motivational Materials

    Thank you so much for your response. It's a relief to know that the problem isn't necessarily me. I guess I was under the impression that if it had "label" that it should help, then it should work. My immediate family knows and my mother is the most understanding, supportive and patient. She's...
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    How to Get Help from Motivational Materials

    I try not to pick up the same ones. But, usually I will look at the ones for depression, anxiety and discouragement. Because, those are my own problems that I am trying to work through.
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    Yoga: physical and mental benefits

    I am a very casual yoga practitioner...in my living room with my computer screen, which has no judgmental eyes. I think it definitely helps me reduce stress, helps me sleep (I've experimented enough to realize this was true), and helps me keep the muscles in my neck, shoulders and back from...
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    How to stop caring about how other people think of you

    I like that acronym. I will have to keep it in mind for myself in the future. I go through periods of over-analyzing or going on high mental alert when someone criticizes me.
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    How do you feel about college?? Total waste of time?

    Exactly! Some high schools partner with VoTec schools. So, students could be almost finished with a program by the time they graduate high school. Likewise, there are also community/junior colleges that offer Associate degrees (usually 2 year programs) and certificate programs to help with...
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    How do you feel about college?? Total waste of time?

    I wanted to go to college, because I wanted to go to college. No one pushed me. My father is a college graduate. My mother is not, and she is an extremely intelligent woman whom I respect. I got it paid for with scholarships, because I didn't care about a social life in high school and I pretty...
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    Conversing with a Less Intellectual Person

    I worked with people like that. I am related to people like that. I have conversed with people with no interest in current events and a very concentrated view of the world and do not have any desire to think outside that sphere, and that's fine with me. It's not my place to judge them. My...
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    Setting boundaries at work

    I once worked in an office where I was increasingly assigned task after task. First my direct supervisor retired, and I was assigned 75% of her work load. Another employee quit and I was assigned 50% of her workload. So, I was doing the work of 3 people, training and supervising my department in...
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    Alternative forms of therapy

    That is exactly what had me so skeptical of those services. I am sorry to hear about your negative experience with that. I hope you get things straightened out.
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    Alternative forms of therapy

    I haven't tried any of them myself, but I have heard of video based medical services that have very low rates, as low as $10 USD. You "visit" them via video call from your home with a skype style service. Some of them provide physical and psychological health services. One example is Maven, they...
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    ASMR As a Way to Help Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia

    I came upon ASMR by accident, a random recommended video from YouTube. I watched a few videos, because I found it intriguing. I have found that I do not respond well at all to the videos that have rhythmic, percussive or clicking noises, which will keep me awake and even on edge for the duration...
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    The Struggles You Go Through Shape You

    I also believe that things happen for a reason. Lots of people I know think I have lived a relatively "strife-free" life. But, I just don't see the reason to "bemoan" things that happen to me. I look back and reflect and move on. You can't change what happened. All you can do is continue on...

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