We Need to Talk About Sexual Assault

We Need to Talk About Sexual Assault

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The United States Department of Justice defines sexual assault as any unwanted sexual activity or sexual situation where a person is not able to give consent. The definition serves as a general guideline when determining if a sexual assault has occurred. Unfortunately, rape is one of the most underreported crimes in the United States and the hardest to prove. While social awareness of sexual assault has increased due to the influx of high-profile rape cases, victims still have a long road ahead of them. One of the major hurdles a sexual assault survivor must overcome is reporting the crime. Statistics show that roughly 90% of rape crimes go unreported. Moreover, victims often have few supporters because their attackers are usually someone close to them and others. That's why we must support survivors…
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Self-Care and Why You Need it Today

Self-Care and Why You Need it Today

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We all need a break sometimes. A little escape from our everyday lives to help us focus and re-center our mind and body. Unfortunately, we underestimate the power of self-care but, it helps us tremendously. Self-care has nothing to do with routine maintenance like brushing your teeth, showering, and shaving. It's about checking in with yourself. It's making the conscious decision to address whatever issues you may be experiencing whether it's sadness, exhaustion, or chronic pain. As a psychologist, I often recommend self-care because it's an effective coping mechanism for life's stresses. Unfortunately, some people don't have a clear definition of what self-care is and is not. The first thing to remember is that self-care is intentional. It's about having no expectations of yourself for the day. To fill your…
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World Kindness Day: I have a Challenge for You

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When I was growing up, things were a little slower. You grew up but, not too fast. We made friends but, not too many. And, of course, we knew there were three things you never did. You don't cheat, you don't steal, and you respected everyone. Now, we can have a discussion about the issues my generation faced. But, one thing we don't have anymore is a sense of kindness. I'm not talking about the smile and wave you give a coworker in the morning. I am talking about a genuine act of kindness towards another person. We're missing that and, it's time we brought it back. We used to check on one another. Go over to their house, bring them a cake, make sure they were okay. We also…
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How to be a Mental Health Ally

How to be a Mental Health Ally

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and, in support of the 1 in 5 people suffering with mental disorders, we have composed a few tips on how to be a great mental health ally! Educating yourself on how our friends and loved ones deal with their mental health conditions provides a better understanding for you and helps the sufferer feel comfortable coming forward about their issue. While there are many ways to be great allies, we have created a few great tips to help you get started:   Learn about mental health conditions – There are a variety of great places you can get information on mental health. Websites such as MentalHeath.gov, Mental Health America, and the National Alliance of Mental Illness provide statistics, treatment and crisis options, and show…
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4 Ways To Invest Into Yourself

4 Ways To Invest Into Yourself

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When it comes to advancing in your career you must be able to stand out. There is more than one method to doing this. For example, you want to make sure that you have an awesome work ethic. It also helps by having a lot of knowledge in your field. For some this may mean furthering your education by gaining a degree, but for those of you who don’t want to endure tons of studying and loans there are plenty of other options. Reading Reading is a great and inexpensive way to expand your knowledge. It is unlikely that you won’t be able to find a book on a subject that you desire to learn more about. Through reading you can learn new skills such as budgeting or cooking. You…
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Reasons To Know Your Love Language

Reasons To Know Your Love Language

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If you’ve ever asked for relationship advice you might have heard “communication is key.” This advice is simply put, but deeper than what meets the eye. Communication comes in many different forms: verbal, physical and through the ways we display love. Our love language explains to us how we display love to others and how we prefer to be loved. According to Gary Chapman’s book “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate,” there are 5 love languages. Words of Affirmation Words are long lasting in the mind. These are the people that need love to be expressed verbally. Telling them why you love them and that they are doing a good job gives them a warm feeling inside. Quality Time This language speaks to those…
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