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Are you going through a major transition? Is life, or someone, putting you through changes? Tools are available to help you get through it all intact.
Grief, loss, stress, sorrow, and fear of infection have made it harder than ever to maintain good mental health. But there are practical steps we can take to counteract the impact.
Living your life in a way that would make your departed loved ones proud of you may be the best way to honor their memory. Here’s how I learned this truth.
Unsatisfied with your life? Maybe it’s time for a bold step forward, a leap of faith. First, gather information and support to make sure your faith isn’t blind.
Spring reveals the power of light and warmth to stimulate new life, and holds an important lesson on how we grow, too.
We all face traumatic experiences that threaten to overwhelm us. Choosing to be brave, knowing you’ll “live to tell about it,” helps get you to the other side.
COVID-19, like past pandemics and disasters, will continue to affect our mental health. But there are things we can do to protect ourselves against the impact.
Holding onto unforgiving emotions corrodes our hearts and minds. Forgiveness is a powerful, proactive choice that can clear away the corrosion and free us to be our best.
You can hope until the cows come home that your life will be better than it used to be or still is. But until hopefulness spurs you to take action, nothing will change.
Our scars reveal where we have been. Are they evidence of the awful things that happened to us? Or proof that we are survivors?
Don't make life harder with a list of must-dos and don'ts for the coming year. Find a slogan you like that will remind you of what you want to accomplish. Then watch it work.
The nursery magic that makes playthings real in our imagination can still ease our fears and worries.
I called my little Christmas tree my “Tree of Life” after a medical diagnosis plunged me into darkness. It’s why I’m all for lights and sparkles at this COVID-19 Christmastime.
One thing to be grateful for in this difficult year: The decency that drives people to act heroically.
The pandemic is traumatizing everyone. But we can consciously tap into the emotional resources that got us through our earlier traumas to get through this one.
One way to get away from politics, the pandemic, and the world is to go hiking. You’ll be amazed what it can do for your health and well being.
Meet three men who have “lived to tell about it.” They know a few things about thriving after you’ve already managed to survive.
Americans lived with high rates of loneliness even before the pandemic. Fortunately, there are effective ways to address its impact on our health.
Do you have boxes of old family photos to organize "someday"? You may be missing an excellent opportunity to feel connected to "your people" and support your resilience.
Resilient and responsible people wear face masks in order to remain coronavirus free and protect others. That's real freedom.
A straight white friend's casual racism got me thinking about how words are used to demean those of us who are "different" from his view of “normal.”
Even when life seems to be "all COVID-19, all the time," we get to choose how the pandemic defines our lives. A devastating medical diagnosis taught me that.
Is the COVID-19 pandemic stirring up anxiety and wearing you down? Here are simple steps to keep you resilient and hopeful during this challenging time.
Gay men had to learn in the "dark years" of the HIV pandemic how to protect ourselves while getting on with our lives. It's a model for living with the novel coronavirus.
Community and family histories offer rich stories of adversity and survival. Connecting to their lessons in resilience can even help the most vulnerable among us to avoid HIV.
Claiming our inheritance of courage and heroism offers a sense of meaning, purpose, and belonging. It’s also key to living authentically and with resilience.
Old photos, cemetery visits, and a grandfather’s ID bracelet become powerful tools in supporting good mental health.
Old, unhealthy family dynamics can wreck our nerves during the holidays. A shift in focus and healthy boundaries can help us enjoy our family of origin without going insane.
Being grateful for our blessings every day is key to making us more resilient and less prone to being swept away by challenges.
Healing from a traumatic experience requires learning to reframe the story of what happened. It’s work. But the payoff is when you are healed enough to be “strong” for a loved one.
John-Manuel Andriote is an award-winning author, journalist, speaker, and communication consultant.