A Story About Processing That You’re Gone – Self Improvement Article

Shattered In one moment, in one instance, everything I have ever know was completely gone. Sitting on the couch smiling and laughing, followed by a cataclysmic series of events that has left a raw hole in my soul. If l knew then what I know now, I would have changed so much. I would have rewritten our whole story so I wouldn’t feel this pain. But life doesn’t work that way. You don’t always get warnings. You don’t always get second…

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When You’re A Woman Who Chooses To Have Pets Instead Of Children – Self Improvement Article

You have always preferred animals to humans. You don’t have any desire to raise a child — but you are perfectly happy filling your home with as many animals as you can safely keep inside. Unfortunately, not everyone is going to understand why you would rather have claws scraping across your floors than babies crawling from room to room. In fact, most people you meet don’t even ask whether you want children. They simply assume you are going to have them.…

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Here’s What They Don’t Tell You About Growing Up – Self Improvement Article

They don’t tell you that at times, you will find yourself at a crossroads and you will have to count on your intuition and your gut to lead you. They don’t tell you that even if you have all the signs in the world, if you don’t think a road is for you, you will have to walk another one alone. They don’t tell you that sometimes you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere, living a life you…

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A Brief History Of All The Times You Didn’t Show Up – Self Improvement Article

Ümit Bulut / Unsplash The earliest memory I have is of the day you left. I was four. It was nearly five years later before I saw you again. You never stayed long on the days you did show up. I don’t remember many of those days. But I do remember the days you weren’t there. When I was nine, we were going to spend the weekend together. You went out to the bar and left me with a babysitter…

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A Short List Of Things That Only Hurt A Little – Self Improvement Article

1. The moment I saw the dress, I fell in love. It was a soft blue and sparkled in the light, so different from my usual uniform of t-shirts and leggings that the popular girl in my class always made fun of. I wore it proudly to school and smiled so hard it hurt when my classmates complimented me — for the first time in a long time, I felt pretty. Later at recess, I lost my balance on the…

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The Silent Struggle Of Postpartum Depression

During pregnancy, we spend our time daydreaming about how amazing we are going to be at this parenting thing. We imagine all of the other moms oohing at our flawless breastfeeding skills. We envision them awing at the way our postpartum body looks somehow even better than its pre-pregnancy self. There is this incontestable reassurance that our baby will never cry because we will love it so much that there is no way it could ever be unhappy. Sure, we…

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Why a Pet Can Be Incredibly Helpful For Social Anxiety, Loneliness, or Depression

Too anxious to make new friends at the moment? Feeling lonely living by yourself? Just need a boost in your mental health in general? Maybe a nice loyal pet is exactly what you need right now. While I certainly don’t think a pet can replace human relationships, they can be a very valuable companion for someone who suffers from social anxiety, loneliness, or depression. A relationship with an animal can often feel just as valuable as a relationship with a…

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