Social anxiety—the intense fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social situation—is extremely common, affecting roughly 15 millions adults in the United States. It can influence the quality of our lives in numerous ways. For example, we might lose professional opportunities if we’re too nervous to attend work gatherings or make conversation in the hall. Social anxiety can hinder us from making friends, dating, or doing other things that bring joy and meaning to our lives.
We’ve all heard that the best type of love comes with no strings attached. The idea that we might come to love someone so intensely that we can forgive them all of their faults is a popular one That being said, few people would encourage you to overlook any and every wrong a loved one… read more
It happened again. You just got off the phone with your parents, and you can’t shake that annoyed and slightly exasperated feeling. Maybe they changed the subject when you tried to describe your stress, or made a passive comment about your relationship status. You’ve been trying to improve your relationship with your parents, but for… read more
Have you ever seen someone laughing with a group of friends or cuddling with a significant other and felt…lonely? As Psychology Today notes, “[w]atching everyone…connect to those they love makes [our] own feelings of emotional isolation even more profound.” Not only does this feel unpleasant, but it also threatens our health. According to an article… read more
In a day and age when technology reigns and face-to-face interactions have fallen by the wayside, spending time outside has lost some of its appeal. Despite this, outdoor activity can play a major role in gaining and maintaining mental health. By building communities with your fellow outdoorspeople, increasing your psychological resilience, and just plain enjoying… read more
We’ve all been there. Whether it’s with a roommate who keeps leaving out dirty dishes, a friend who borrows money without paying us back, or a significant other who isn’t pulling their domestic weight, at some point, we’ve all had to start an uncomfortable conversation. These topics can be difficult to navigate, but it’s essential… read more