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How to Stop a Panic Attack in Its Tracks

It happened on the subway, three stops from my apartment, on a Friday night about one month ago. “Shit, I’m actually dying,” I thought to myself as I looked at the floor where I imagined my body would be sprawled at any moment. My chest felt tight, my thoughts were racing, and the car full…

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What I Learned from Binge Watching Sex and the City

New York City has a bug: that city that never sleeps, best slices of pizza (even as a Chicago native), go anywhere-in-the world subway freedom type of bug. So when I settled back into my home in Los Angeles after my weekend away in the Big Apple, I wasn’t ready to let go of the…

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What’s With Women Saying Sorry All The Time and How Do We Break The Cycle?

Today, I apologized to a door. Really, I said sorry to the person who had just passed through the door, which I had stopped to hold for them. Why would I be apologizing to a stranger I had done a quick favor for? I have no idea. But by the time the stranger had come…

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I Tried a 10-Day Silent Vipassana Meditation Retreat — Why They’re So Popular, and What Really Happened

At 33 I find myself questioning everything in my life: Why did I choose to become a therapist and specialize in eating disorders? Where are all the nice, Jewish gentlemen in a city as large as New York? And when did I start settling, personally and professionally? Feeling unhappy overall, and at a turning point in…

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5 Self-Employed Superstars on How They Stay Motivated

Whether you’re starting your own business or working on a passion project, it can be difficult to stay motivated, especially when there’s no external pressure pushing you to complete tasks, it’s all on your own to get sh** done. Take it from a full-time freelancer. Some days it can feel like I’ve gotten nothing accomplished,…

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Different Ways You Can Invest in Yourself Every Day

Many say that the secret of your future is in your daily routine. Having just graduated a year early from college, I can attest that it’s the little moments that add up to create life’s biggest achievements. Being that the “big moments” (like job promotions, graduations, weddings, etc) happen way less than the minutia of…

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4 Home #selfcaresunday Rituals That Take Less Than 5 Minutes

When Sunday rolls around, I use at least part of the day to recharge and unwind. The best way to do this is with self-care rituals that help my body and mind find clarity for the week ahead and as a result, I feel more confident and relaxed. Living in New York, I’ve noticed the…

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Why It’s Completely Okay to Feel Lonely During the Holidays

While the holidays are weeks full of holiday cheer, lots of loving, the exchanging of presents, fruitcakes from your boss (hopefully this tradition is almost long gone) and parties, it can also be the loneliest time of year for some folks. I was reminded of this recently while scrolling the online and ongoing community art…

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Ask Chinae: ‘What Do I Do When I Can’t Afford Therapy?’

It’s time we start talking about mental health more. I received so many questions in my private inbox about this subject and it just proved to me further that there are not enough conversations around this topic. I hope these answer some of your most pressing mental health queries but most importantly, I hope it…

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