A Crisis Text Line Volunteer Tells Us What Life Is Like Right Now

For our new series What It’s Like, we chat with people from different backgrounds about how their lives have changed since the new coronavirus became a global pandemic. For today’s installment, we spoke with a volunteer at Crisis Text Line, an organization providing free crisis counseling 24/7 via text. Here at SELF, we often recommend […]

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How to Care for a Loved One With Coronavirus

There’s an unignorable elephant in the room here—a few, actually. First, the supply chain for medical equipment such as masks and gloves is so snarled that fashion designers like Christian Siriano have stepped up to try to manufacture more for health care workers, and medical shows like Grey’s Anatomy are donating supplies to hospitals. If […]

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17 Mental Health Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation

YouTube is also a treasure trove of random tutorials. SELF’s health director Zahra Barnes is currently learning how to draw in Adobe Illustrator from this video. (And oh my god, her vector portrait of Solange was so good I’m tempted to give it a try, too?) 7. Foster a pet. I’m not saying caring for […]

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Is Anyone Else Just Barely Functioning Right Now?

Like most of us, I’ve spent the two weeks or so—is that it?—glued to my screens, unable to escape the gravity of the COVID-19 black hole. The surreal headlines, the climbing numbers, the horrifying frontline dispatches—first from thousands of miles away, in Italy, now ever closer to home here in New York City. When I’m […]

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Coronavirus School Closures: Here’s Advice for Parents

Finally, some people who aren’t having their nannies, babysitters, or other types of childcare workers take care of their kids right now are still paying them. If this is in your budget, please consider doing so. Look into resources for replacing school meals if you need them. My kindergartener’s school district is allowing families to […]

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Eating Disorders Can Affect Anyone—Not Just Thin, White, Cisgender Women

Also, coming from a Latinx community, there is constant scrutiny about bodies because of the desire to be closer to whiteness. Unfortunately, that also means being closer to thinness. And some women of color can be sexualized at a young age because they often grow into their curves earlier. This sexualization leads to a desire […]

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9 Smart Tips for Taking a Mental Health Day

Of course, given the likely timing of a mental health day—smack dab in the middle of a traditional workday—you might have to be creative about fostering social connectedness. Personally, I’ve used mental health days to catch up with long-distance friends by writing them emails or letters. Even being around other people can be beneficial. Park […]

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9 Morning Routine Habits to Try for a Happier Start to Your Day

A solid morning routine has long been the backbone of my self-care practice. As someone who deals with depression and anxiety, it makes a noticeable difference in my mental health (and I definitely feel an even bigger difference when I skip it). You don’t have to take my word for it, though. Therapists will be […]

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Letter of Recommendation: Make New Year’s Resolutions That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss

I love New Year’s resolutions. I first started making resolutions in my mid twenties, just after my grandfather passed away. Home life in my teen years had been challenging, marked by divorce, a tumultuous coming out, a high-pressure education, and an uncertain future. In the midst of all that, my grandfather emerged as a steady, […]

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Susannah Cahalan on Her New Book, Mental Illness, and the Power of Diagnosis

I was lucky enough to talk to Cahalan while she was in St. Louis, where I live, on her book tour. Here, Cahalan discusses her experiences with psychosis, misdiagnosis, and psychiatry in general. SELF: What do you remember about being sick? Cahalan: I remember what I now realize were hallucinations and delusions. Like the fact […]

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Millennials Are Lonely. Can ‘Adult Dorms’ Fill the Void?

“I’ve worked with a lot of clients in trying to find different communal and co-living situations,” Debra Kissen, the clinical director for the Light on Anxiety Treatment Center in Chicago and a spokesperson for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America tells SELF. “I’m a big fan,” she adds. “But it can go wrong.” It […]

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Your New Year’s Resolution Might Not Happen in 2019 (and That’s Okay)

Honestly the only reaction I have to those memes and posts about how there’s ‘still time’ is well-emphasized profanity, and the only advice I have for people who are bothered by them is to get off social media for a little while.” —Samantha L. 36 3. Not hitting one specific goal shouldn’t negate all the […]

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