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Dear Depression, It's me. I'm sure you must know who I am, seeing as we've been living together for a few years now. I actually think we've probably been living together for much longer than that, but I didn't have a name for you back then. I'm writing to you so that we can get a few things straight, I even have something I'd like to thank you for. I bet you don't get too many thank you's. On my worst days, I know you're trying to kill me. To convince me that I have no place in this world,...

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"How can I lose belly fat?" "What exercises can I do to lose thigh fat?" "How can I lose fat from my lower body, but not from my upper body?" "I want to lose 40 pounds, but I don't want to lose any of my breasts." "Do you know of any exercises I can do to lose weight, that won't change the size of my breasts?" "I want to shrink my stomach, but I don't want to lose any of my butt." If I had a dollar for every time I received a question or comment like this, I would...

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Mental Illness is an incredibly complex, at times indescribable thing. It's something that you'll never truly understand unless you've lived it. However, that doesn't mean that you can't be empathetic towards those who do live with it. My best friend has never struggled with mental illness, he's never had depression or anxiety, yet he has undoubtedly been one of the most understanding and compassionate people throughout my struggle with my mental health. It's not because he personally understands what it feels like, it's because he understands that it's a real thing - just as real, and painful, and difficult as any...

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Alright, let's do it. Let's talk about anxiety. (*crowd goes wild*). For some reason, mental illness has become so stigmatized, that people, for the most part, seem to avoid talking about it. We seem to have no problem admitting to having the flu, being Diabetic, or having any other physical ailment, but for some reason, admitting to having depression or anxiety is off limits. Well, my anxious ass is here to break the rules. So, let's talk about it. Anxiety is something I've lived with my entire life, though I never had a name for it until just a few...

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I think we've all, at some point, found ourselves in what I'll call a fitness or diet "rut." You want to exercise and eat healthy, but you fall off the wagon and find yourself unable to get back on. I often receive emails from people saying that they used to eat so healthy, or they used to go to the gym every week, but now they can't seem to get back into that lifestyle. If that sounds familiar to you, trust me when I say, you're not alone. I made the decision to change my lifestyle 2 years ago, and...

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