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?

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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!

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

"I Can't Do Anything Right" (Now You Can With This Strategy)

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

"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.

Read more...

"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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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…

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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?

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

What You Mean When You Say, "I Hate My Life"

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

"No One Understands Me!" The 3 Questions You Need to Be Understood

I've always felt misunderstood. I've always felt like sort of an oddball. But these 3 questions changed everything for me.

Read more...

How Mental Health Poetry Can Help You, Starting Today

I never thought mental health poetry would help me as much as it does. First, I'll explain it. Then, I'll show you how it can help you, too.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...

Unhappy? End Inauthenticity and Learn to Deal With Fake People

Whatever you want to call it--faking it, not being true to yourself, playing a role--you can tell when a person is not being honest with the world around them. It's time for some straight talk about authenticity and mental health.

Read more...

The Mental Health Mistake Most People Make

There's a mental health mistake I used to make. And I still see a lot of people making it. In fact, it's not just related to mental health. People make this mistake in all areas of their life.

Read more...

How to Answer "What Should I Do With My Life?"

There are questions, and then there are big questions. And this one is one of the biggest. I get asked this question all the time on Twitter and in response to my mental health newsletter issues.

Read more...

How to Get People to Listen To You (15 Ways to Feel Heard)

This is a real problem that can have a devastating impact on relationships. Read this if you feel that people aren't listening to you. There's more to the issue than you might think.

Read more...

Stay Humble - My Crucial Life Lesson From the Blackfeet

When a person has this one quality, it makes life much easier. And it's a quality that's totally unassuming. In fact, that's the entire point. Anyone who has this quality immediately becomes more likable and easier to deal with.

Read more...