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In 5 Minutes, Go From "No One Understands Me" to Understood

I've always felt misunderstood. I've always felt like sort of an oddball. But these 3 questions changed everything for me. You can learn them in 5 minutes...if that.

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A Quick, 3-Part Strategy to Stop Saying "I Can't Do Anything Right"

Can't do anything right? It can be an awful feeling. But you're not alone. There's an approach that has worked for me that can work for you too. But you have to understand the strategy and try it out. Start today.

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Feeling Unappreciated By Others? How to Feel Appreciated With One Mindset Change

Not feeling appreciated. What can you do about this troublesome feeling? There's a step you can take, but it's not easy. Fortunately, if you follow it, you'll save yourself a lot of heartache and mental strife in the long run.

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I HATE My Life (Get Your Life Back Now By Understanding 6 Feelings)

When a person says, "I hate my life," you tend to think they know what they're talking about, right? Not exactly. There's more going on beneath the surface.

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"My Life Is Over" - 3 Big Reasons It's Not

So, you feel your life is over. I've been there. It's an awful feeling. But it's also a feeling that lies to you. If you're feeling this way now, then you must read through these three reasons why your life is not over.

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How to Get Out of a Mental Rut Today - 3 Powerful Methods

I've been experimenting with a new way of looking at the world. And it's been working well for me. It's something that most people don't do. At least, I haven't heard many people bring up this approach.

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How to Relax Your Mind From Stress (3 Easy Steps)

Are you stressed out? Do you feel like you can't ever relax? I get it. I've struggled with it many times in my life. And it's through the struggle that I learned three simple steps that help relax my mind. They really work.

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My Story - How I, Jordan Brown, Got Into the Mental Health Field

I'm Jordan Brown, and this is my vulnerable story of how I got into the mental health field. What's interesting is that the lessons I learned can be used to understand how anyone gets into anything in life.

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I Wrote This Mental Health Book For You

I truly believe this is my best work so far. It's a collection of my best writing from years of poems and essays. It's something I wrote for you. It's something I wrote for anyone who is questioning if life is worth living.

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Holiday Stress (9 Sanity-Saving Strategies That Work)

Let's be real. The holidays can be awful for your mental health. There is SO much pressure, which can lead to SO much stress. But what if you had strategies that actually worked? That's what I want to talk with you about now.

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The Intention Habit (The Answer to "I Don't Know What I Want")

By not stopping to think about what I actually wanted, literally anything could happen--and I wouldn't be able to tell if it was good or bad. If this sounds like you, you need to build a habit of intention. Here's how.

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3 Anxiety Demons You Might Recognize

There are three main types of anxiety demons. Most people can recognize one or two--but maybe not all three. But it's important to take the time to see if any of these are negatively affecting your life.

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Scared of Change? (My Eye-Opening Experience At Work)

You can be scared of change and still adapt to the always-changing world. How? You have to remember a few very important things that will give you a leg up on the change process.

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How to Stop Being Controlling (And Why Trying to Control Others Doesn't Work)

Control is elusive--we can't ever have it. But we can have something else. There's another, more effective way to approach all kinds of relationships.

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Feeling Shame and (Actually) Talking About It

There's a feeling that no one talks about. And not talking about it only makes the feeling grow. It's shame. Fortunately, I stumbled on a 3-step formula that helped me move past my shame.

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Living With Personality Disorders - The Greatest Stigma

I asked a question on Twitter yesterday. I asked: "What is a mental illness that you feel gets little to no attention?" While there were a variety of responses, one topic grabbed people's attention as being particularly elusive.

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Struggling to Put Yourself First (Secure Your Self Worth)

If there's one thing I notice about kind people, it's this. They struggle to put themselves first If you struggle with this, there's something important you need to know.

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How to Put Yourself First

Do you struggle with saying "no?" Do you struggle with putting yourself first? Then, you need to read this. And fast.

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"Am I Unlovable?" What you (actually) need to know

Do you feel unlovable? Do you feel there are parts of you that you just can't share? It's a common problem. But I'm going to let you in on a little secret to help you right now.

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4 BIG Reasons Why You're Feeling Stuck in Life (With Solutions)

There are many reasons why you might feel stuck in life, but these are four of the most common. Don't worry, we also included potential solutions that can get you unstuck.

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Life Spiraling Out of Control? (Use This 5-Minute Technique)

It's a simple technique, and all it requires is 5 minutes, a blank sheet of paper (printer paper is perfect), and a pen! Use this to get your life back in control, fast.

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What Happens When You Improve Your Mental Health

The reason you improve yourself is not what you think–it’s not about you. Because that’s what you see on the surface. Deep down, there is something else going on, something that will really surprise you.

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Will 2021 Be Better For You? (Follow These Steps to Find Out)

In order for something to be better, there needs to be a comparison. There needs to be a point of reference. And if we use 2020 as our point of reference, we're going to end up with a skewed perspective.

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How Email Will Transform Mental Health in 2021

Email seems like it would be a strange medium to discuss mental health issues. But, the more I think about it, the less strange it seems. Because email has some benefits that other platforms, such as social media, do not have.

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Holiday Wisdom...From Social Media? (2020 Holidays on Facebook)

I learned 4 huge lessons from Facebook during the 2020 holiday season. At first, it made me really sad. But now I'm glad I learned these important lessons.

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A Mental Health Vaccine - Would You Take It?

Would you take a mental health vaccine? With an international pandemic still raging, vaccines have been in the news a lot lately. But what about mental health? What would a mental health vaccine look like?

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Holiday Mental Health Guide (Updated for 2021)

Holidays are terrible for mental health. They really are. There's so much pressure. So I came up with three principles that have served me well. Learn them. Use them to your advantage.

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My Top 5 Mental Health Lessons For 2021

Here are my top mental health lessons for 2021. As a mental health advocate who thinks and writes constantly about mental health, 2020 crushed me just like everyone else. Here's what I learned.

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Unrealistic Expectations From Others [Easy 4-Step Guide]

Unrealistic expectations are the worst. I really struggled with them for a long time. That is, until I realized I could use a 4-step process to deal with the expectations people placed on me.

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Learning to Accept Awful Reality (My Story of Accepting What Is)

I've struggled with my mental health for most of my life. Over time, I realized that an inability to face reality was only making my anxiety and OCD worse. This is how I learned to finally accept reality.

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"Why Am I So Depressed?" 3 Relatable Answers You Need to Know

I went to grad school to become a social worker. Still, there's a medical way of looking at depression. And there's the everyday reality of what depression looks and feels like. These 3 answers explain it all.

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"I Don't Care About Anything" - Anhedonia is the Answer

There is one word that describes the feeling of not caring about anything. It's "anhedonia." Even if you haven't heard of it, you can learn about it fast--AND get a plan to help you start caring again.

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Awkward Silence Is Not Bad (Use This Powerful Technique)

There's something that makes a lot of people uncomfortable.But it's something that's actually really effective in relationships.When used properly, this technique can improve your relationships while also increasing your mental he

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Stressed Out? Tasks Mindset vs Schedule Mindset

If you're feeling stressed out, there's something you should know. I realized I was using the wrong mindset to get work done. Once I realized this, my life got so much easier--and less stressful.

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Why Dark Thoughts Seem So Bad (But Aren't)

If you're like most people, dark thoughts is not a topic you want to discuss--or even consider. But I want you to suspend your judgment for a few minutes. Dark thoughts may not be as bad as you think.

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The 1 Thing You Need for Constructive Criticism

If you're like me, you probably learned to hate constructive criticism. But that's because the criticism was missing one crucial element. Learn about what that element is--and how you can apply it.

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Feel Like a Failure? Use This Quick Action Plan

Do you feel like a failure? You're not alone. Here's how to use an action plan to align your goals and values with your actions.

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How to Share Uncomfortable Feelings in 6 Steps

If you've ever tried to share uncomfortable feelings, you know how hard it can be. But it doesn't need to be that way. Follow this simple 6-step process, and you'll be an expert!

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Stressed About Money? (5 Anxiety-Reducing Questions That Will Change Your Thinking)

Are you stressed about money? Has money anxiety overtaken your life? It happens more than we like to admit. But we need to talk about it. These 5 questions will help you open up about your money stress.

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Why Creativity Improves Mental Health (And How Anyone Can Be Creative)

Whether you consider yourself creative or not, creativity can enhance your mental health. You can easily learn how to apply your innate creative ability to improve your life.

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The Darker Side of Thanksgiving

You know, Thanksgiving isn’t always the best day for everyone. For me, 11 years ago, it was one of the worst days of my life. Let's consider some eye-opening Thanksgiving perspectives.

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Get a Different Perspective - How to Change Yours in 15 Minutes

When life is going wrong, it means something important. It means you need to develop a different perspective. If you had the right perspective now, you wouldn't be struggling. It's OK. I'm here to walk you through it.

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Chest Pain and Anxiety (My ER Story)

Having intense chest pain is one of the scariest feelings I know. This is my story about chest pain that turned out to be anxiety. It's incredibly common, and that's why I wrote this.

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The 2 Key Components of a Meaningful Life

To be mentally healthy, there are a lot of components to get right. One of these components is finding meaning. And meaning? It can also be broken down into components. It's time to learn what they are.

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3 Time-Saving Principles to Make Someone Leave You Alone

There are times when people just won't leave you alone. This happens quite a bit online. What do you do then? You follow three principles. They work. And they work offline as well.

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Can't Stop Thinking About the Future? (What to Do Now)

If you can't stop thinking about the future, there are some things you should know. It's possible to escape the "future trap," but it takes some work on your end. This will help you focus on the right work.

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News Anxiety- Saving Yourself From Exhaustion

The way the media operates is a major trigger for anxiety. News anxiety, media anxiety--whatever you want to call it is--are real afflictions. And I came to a realization lately that can help you avoid this kind of anxiety.

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How To Help With Depression (For You or Your Loved Ones)

As a man who lived with depression, I know how hard it is to ask for help. This is especially true for men because society wants us to be big and strong and not share our feelings. This is what I've learned. This is how to help.

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How to Know If You Apologize Too Much

Apologizing seems like the nice thing to do. And it is nice...to a certain extent. But apologizing too much can be a serious problem. It can have big-time effects on your mental health. Here's what to know about it.

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Change People's Minds Without Forcing Behavior - How to Influence People the Right Way

Leonardo DiCaprio taught me forcing behavior doesn't work. It sounds strange to write this, but it's true. Because you can't make someone do something. It's just not possible. But there's another way.

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Can't Focus? (3 BIG Reasons Why--And What to Do About It)

If you can't focus, you're not alone. There are three. big reasons why so many people can't focus. And they're not what you think. You might know one, but you better focus on all three to see results.

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How to Overcome Fear of the Future

You can feel anxious about something you did. You can feel anxious about something happening right now. And you can feel anxious about something that hasn't even happened yet. Here's how to overcome that anxiety and fear.

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Feeling Pressured By Others? A Relief-Giving Approach

Feeling pressured — and we’re talking about social pressure — is a worldwide phenomenon. It’s when one person, or people, try to influence another person, or people. But there’s a key element of it…

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Too Much to Do? How to Free Yourself

Let's face it. You have too much to do. And there doesn't seem to be a way out. But there is. It's going to take changing some things around. But it IS possible to escape the "too much to do" trap.

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Mentally checked out? Think like a tree.

A tree has roots. That's obvious even though you can't see them. But did you know that you have roots, too? What I mean is that there are tendrils in your life that sprouted a long time ago, and they still have an impact on you.

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Know Right Now If You're Trying Too Hard (A Short OCD Story)

It's an honest mistake to try too hard. Most people do it. It seems like it would make everything better, but it rarely does. There's something I learned about this. Read my story, and learn what you can from my mistakes.

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What Happens When You Try to Do It All

I was the kind of person who tried to do everything. I wanted to be that person. I NEEDED to be that person in others' eyes. Until, one day, I realized I was killing myself in the process.

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How to Get Thick Skin - The Surprising Way to Develop Thicker Skin

There is a surprisingly simple way to start getting thicker skin. I figured it out, and I felt like an idiot for not approaching my life this way earlier. Once you adopt this mindset, you can get thick skin, too.

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How to Deal With An Elephant in the Room (2 Relatable Examples)

It's an elephant. In the room. And no one wants to deal with it. Whether it's within your family or at work, not addressing the elephant in the room can lead to the issue wreaking havoc on your life.

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Stop Your Scattered Thinking and Racing Thoughts With 3 Powerful Strategies

Now, some of these strategies take time. That's just life. But if you want to clear your mind and get through your day in peace and productivity, I've found that they're well worth the effort.

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Pretending To Be Happy? (3 Dead Giveaways)

When I was suffering from depression years ago, I thought I had to pretend to be happy to get through it. I thought I had to let everyone know that I was OK, that nothing was wrong with me. But it made it much worse. Here's why.

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Feeling Lonely? What to Do About Loneliness

If you're feeling lonely, there are a few things you should know. I've been there. I'm going to walk you through a time I felt extremely lonely and then show you what you can do about this tough feeling.

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Avoiding conflict? 3 Simple Truths You Need to Know

I'm going to write something risky. I argue that you need more conflict in your life than you currently have--not less. Well, you need the right kind of conflict. Here's why you shouldn't avoid it.

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Difficult Conversations - What Makes Them So Hard

Difficult conversations can be terrifying. I used to dread them. And avoid them. But no longer. Because I learned what makes them so difficult in the first place.

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Good Mental Health Tips For When You Don't Have Time

Looking for good mental health tips? You came to the right place. This is the three-part mental health system I use, and it works even when you're short on time.

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Your Relationships and Mental Health: How They Fit Together

Your relationships impact your mental health more than you realize. When you learn about the social context fo mental health, you learn how to optimize how you think and feel. Your relationships and mental health go together.

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Individual Protesting and Group Protests as Individual Anxiety and Collective Anxiety

What's the point of protesting something? And what is the connection between protesting and mental health? If we can understand it at the individual level, maybe we'll understand it at the group and societal levels.

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How to Build an Accountability System

Is there something that you really want to get done? Try building an accountability system. This is how I do it.

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Ditch Mental Health Advice, Seek Mental Health Guidance Instead

Mental health advice is bad, and I want you to know why. More importantly, I want you to know how to find helpful mental health guidance so that you can improve your life and how you feel.

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Think Inside the Box (What It Is and When to Do It)

You've probably been told to "think outside the box."Which means to think creatively. But it's not the only way to be creative. You can also be creative and mentally healthy by thinking inside the box.

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The Surprising Problem With Being Too Happy

As you're about to find find out, mental health requires balance. And that means you must even balance positive emotions, like happiness.

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Can't Sleep Anxiety, Explained By Someone Who's Been There

When I was dealing with depression, I had a period of about five months when I didn't sleep at all. It was awful. And it was made worse by something that I did. Now I know better and am sharing it with you.

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Oversharing and Boundaries (My Vulnerable Podcast Example)

I was interviewed on a mental health podcast a week ago, and I got into the nitty-gritty details of my mental health struggles. It got me to thinking. Why did I share such details with a person who was, moments ago, a stranger?

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Mean People - What You Need to Do About Them

Why are they mean? And what are you supposed to do about it? Read on for a surprisingly simple approach.

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Anxiety Action Plan - Beat Your Anxiety With This Simple Approach

I use a simple anxiety action plan whenever I'm feeling really anxious. It helps me beat my anxiety. I don't know how I ever managed without this approach.

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Why Uncomfortable Conversations are Good

You may dread them, but uncomfortable conversations are a part of life. Here's why they can be a good thing.

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How to Develop (Good) Coping Skills and Avoid Unhealthy Coping Skills

The truth is this: only you can ever know if a coping skill is good or bad for you. It always comes back to you. Here are some general guidelines to help you determine how you're coping.

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Do You Have Coronavirus Response Anxiety?

Coronavirus response anxiety. It's when you get anxiety about the way people are responding to the coronavirus threat. I have more anxiety about that than the coronavirus itself. This is how I'm coping.

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The Anxious Need to Control (What It Is and What to Do About It)

Where does the need to control come from? Usually, it stems from anxiety. When you're anxious, it's normal to want to latch onto one or two things and try to control them. Here's how to cope with that anxious desire to control.

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