These are trying times, but we’re in this together.

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Wake up: COVID-19.

Go to (virtual) work: COVID-19.

Watch TV: COVID-19.

Social media: COVID-19.

It seems inescapable. Every facet of our daily lives has been uprooted by a virus that spread at a neck-breaking pace.

It’s all anyone talks about now. How their teleworking has been going. How they had to cancel or reschedule a vacation. How they can’t work out or go to happy hours anymore.

Updates and information on the virus change each day. Misinformation spreads almost as quickly as the virus has.

Many of us have been driven by our fear and overreacted by buying masks and…

We’re inundated with thoughts of perfectionism in each facet of our lives. We want the perfect job, the perfect body, the perfect relationship, the perfect home, etc.

We’re told from childhood failure is unacceptable and needs to be promptly reprimanded. We sink into depression if we do not achieve the amounts of success we wish to work.

We feel the need to project images of ourselves to convince ourselves and others that we have everything together, even when we know we don’t. We bottle up emotions to reject notions that we can handle anything.

We work extra hours with the…

You lay in your bed as you watch an entire season of The Office on Netflix. You ignore the escalating clutter in your room. You’d been telling yourself you’ll clean it up this weekend, for the past three weeks in a row. You struggle to go to sleep. When you do, it’s only for four hours or less.

You wake up and immediately scroll through Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. You waste 25 minutes of your morning, which causes you to rush to work.

When at work, you run through the motions. You halfheartedly complete your tasks. You don’t participate in…

A chill pill will do wonders for your art.

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DISCLAIMER: As a writer, I’ll mostly use writing for an example of art and creativity.

You have been quite the hustler lately.

You have cranked out blog post after blog post, chapter after chapter, page after page of your script. For months, you’ve written material without so much as a second thought.

You’re on a roll. You feel unstoppable!

Stepping outside of yourself works wonders for your writing.

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You’re a storyteller.

You have more ideas than you can remember. You’re always pitching ideas to your family and friends. You have several blogs, manuscripts, and draft scripts under your belt. Slowly but surely, you’ve gained a name for yourself as a writer.

However, there are some glitches in your writing. Your plots, while solid, can be a bit sloppily thrown together. Your characters need more development. You struggle with the third-act structure.

Now, you’re frustrated. You wonder if you’re anywhere near as good of a writer as you thought you were. …

Writing for the love of it is one thing. Constantly improving your skills is another.

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Oh, Internet! How great and vast it is!

Promoting and creating work as a writer is easier now than ever. You can write an article, hit publish, thousands of people can look at your work within minutes! You can start a blog on any topic and it can take you maybe 15 minutes to set the whole thing up.

It’s a golden time for writers to start honing in on their craft and building an audience for themselves. For us writers, it’s the best time to start actively pursuing that passion.

But what happens when the passion starts to fade?

Stress is common. Erratic, emotional outbursts are not.

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To say my car and I have been at odds for the last month or so is a drastic understatement.

Between fender benders, brake problems, and collecting a rack of tickets, I seem unconsciously determined to throw out the old model and (forcibly) trade it in for a new one.

The climax of the car problems came about two weeks ago, when I backed into a lawn chair that was sticking out of the storage rack in my garage.

Smash!

There went the whole back window. Nothing but a gaping hole remained.

I panicked immediately, shaken by the incident and…

Forget about sweets. Think about the blocks in your life you’re holding onto.

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Lent continues to inspire people to reconsider what they need to “fast from” in order to reconnect with God — or at least get back on track with their New Year’s resolutions.

It’s not uncommon to hear people say they’re giving up food (or more specifically junk food), social media, TV, etc. for Lent. Whatever they feel is in the way of their relationship and connection with God needs to be pushed aside in order to reignite it.

For these 40 days and nights, it’s important to think of everything we can give up these distractions and reconnect with God…

Shifting the blame is not a “get-out-of-jail-free” card. Neither is rumination.

“I am sick and tired of being so self-conscious! I’m tired of being insecure! I want a game plan to overcome this so I can move on with my life. I have WAY TOO MUCH I want to do to keep letting this get in the way!”

High-key, I felt myself almost yelling at my therapist through the phone.

I had proclaimed this to my therapist in one of my most recent sessions with him. The exhaustion of holding onto those insecurities had weighed on me for months. After all, I had spent well over a decade wrapped up in my head and constantly blocking opportunities for myself because of my insecurities…

Bre King

Are you sure you want to step into the bizarre chaos that is my mind? I hope so! https://www.adventuremindsclub.com/why-does-mental-health-care-feel-so-imperson

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