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mind

I Eat the Same Fast Food Every Day to Manage Anxiety About the Gig Economy

Working in a familiar place and eating familiar, anodyne food gets me through the chaos of life as a freelancer (and life in general).
John Paul Brammer
4 days ago
mind

Biking in New York Traffic Forced Me to Learn to Take Up Space

I'm not “getting in people’s way,” because I have a right to be here, too.
Tiana Reid
7.1.19
mind

Starting an Instagram Clique Fixed My Fear of Group Friendships

My friendships with other women were hard-earned, closely guarded one-on-ones, until I accidentally started a thriving Instagram community.
Lauren Mechling
6.24.19
mind

After I Divorced My Wife, 'The Real Housewives' Saved Me

I am a small-town reporter in Montana who identifies as a soft butch. I didn't expect Bethenny Frankel to get me through the hardest time of my life.
Molly Priddy
6.10.19
body

After I Got Hit By a Car, I Never Expected Crosswords Would Save Me

When I felt isolated or resentful, puzzles helped me remember how to connect with the world outside my head.
Rachel Davies
6.3.19
body

Cold Showers Help Me Manage Dysphoria When Nothing Else Works

When I had an eating disorder linked to dysphoria, I thought cold showers would help me lose weight. Instead, I find that they bring me back to myself.
Peter Smith
5.28.19
mind

My House Is Scary and Disgusting, Just the Way I Like It

Filling my home with blood, bones, and mutant specimens in jars helped me make sense of being called a monster all my life.
Meredith Graves
5.20.19
body

Long Walks Were the Antidote to My Fear of Failure

The meditation of walking in a city is not as internal as that of hiking. You do not lose yourself in the silence; rather, you melt into the physical beat of observation.
Judnick Mayard
5.13.19
body

Photo Retouching Is the Digital Skincare That Equalizes Us All

Everyone’s face looks the same at 500 percent magnification: curvy and abstract, like a big fun skate park.
Tony Tulathimutte
5.7.19
Drugs

Getting 'California Sober' Showed Me a Kinder, Gentler Way to Do Drugs

When I quit every substance except weed and psychedelics, I could still party and expand my mind, but without the selfishness and addiction.
Michelle Lhooq
4.29.19
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A Huge Pikachu Phone Case Was My Unexpected Solution to Professional Dread

Pikachu turned a depressing professional and social crutch into a joy—a small (and, okay, mostly useless) act of defiance.
Clio Chang
4.22.19
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'Animal Crossing' Reminds Me to Look After Myself—Not Just My Avatar

Some of my goals are made simpler when I don’t think of myself as a human body, but as a player in a game.
Larissa Pham
4.15.19
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