All posts tagged: depression

How to live a balanced life while battling depression

The pressure is on for twenty somethings which is why more than 20 percent have either been diagnosed or are experiencing symptoms of depression. Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year. Sadly a lot of people choose to ignore the symptoms out of shame, guilt, or pride. However as you can see the numbers speak for themselves. So why are misconceptions still surrounding depression? When I changed my major from biochemistry to psychology during my sophomore year of college; my goal was to become a licensed counselor and help people who were hurting or struggling to resolve the issues in their lives. Over the course of my studies there were many days where I imagined what the people would be like that I would serve.  I would love to say that I was a model citizen and was able to ignore the blatantly ignorant stigma’s surrounding mental health. However I found myself imagining potential clients as disheveled, …

Simple techniques to reduce stress

Life will throw many challenges at you. Some challenges will be easier to overcome than others. Which can make work/life balance seem impossible. At times when life has become increasingly overwhelming it can be hard to stay positive and focused on the big picture. Keep in mind, however, that stress is a choice.

Burned out? Try this to keep your momentum

Life can start to get monotonous.  Work, sleep, repeat.  It can start to feel like life is dragging you through the week versus you feeling in control.  There is a better way to move through life, meet expectations, and still succeed.  You don’t have to allow time to pass you by this way. You can be engaged in your life the way it is now. However, don’t give in and choose to just go with the flow of accepting life’s worst. No, it won’t be easy. Self-motivation is needed to continue to make your goals happen. Whether your goal is to become CEO or own your own business self-motivation is the most important tool. Keep up your momentum.  Be encouraged and stick with your plan no matter what. Stay motivated to see your goals through.It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. Failure is not the end it is the beginning. Giving up is the end. Which one will you choose? Failure sucks and it hurts that when you’ve lost. But the real reason it …

The best (and worst) day to apply for jobs according to research

Monday mornings are the best time to complete job applications. Many people dread Mondays, but if you’re a job seeker you should be looking forward to them.  You no longer have to dread Mondays. Job hunting is unpleasant and time-consuming. But there is a way to make it more effective by utilizing Monday’s. Job hunting seemed so daunting when I began after graduating college in 2012.  I completed hundreds of applications to no avail. I spent weeks frustrated that no one even bothered to check my résumé. In order to run things around, I edited my résumé 3 times only to still receive the same results. Graduation was getting closer so instead of doing more editing and polishing of my résumé and application I decided to check other factors. I realized I was submitting job applications consistently after 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. So, I decided to shake things up and I woke up bright and early at 7:00 a.m. on a Monday morning and applied to three jobs. By 2:00 p.m. I had two phone interviews lined up.  You don’t have to trust my …

5 surprising reasons to drink water for energy at work

It wasn’t until I passed out from dehydration on the job that I realized the importance of water consumption throughout the workday. Before my life altering even I used to reach for a red bull or grab a soda when I needed a mid-afternoon boost at work. Since increasing my consumption of water in the last year I have noticed major benefits. My concentration has improved and I have more energy.  Consider drinking more water instead of caffeine or other options throughout the workday to keep you healthy and hydrated.  Also, less caffeine consumption improves concentration. Here are 5 surprising facts to help you drink more water and improve your health and work ethic overall: #1 Increases productivity  Water helps you remain alert and on point. Water benefits your body and your brain. #2 Energy booster! Water combats dehydration that leads to tiredness. Dehydration comes rom consuming too many caffeinated beverages. There’s nothing wrong with having caffeine but Dr.Oz recommends fit every one soda you gave at least three glasses of water. #3 Natural headache …

Top things you should do before graduating college

There are many things I wish I would have known before college graduation but I share my top choices below.  Graduating college is a difficult feat. and that is why you should congratulate yourself first.  You should be extremely proud. It is natural to want to wait until you had your degree in your hand to want to think about post-college career plans. However, I encourage to get started now as companies are looking for prospective  graduates. Many companies offer post college internship opportunities that lead to full time job offers.  Start to think about what’s next at least a year prior to your intended gradation date.  According to the Economic Policy Unit, 16.8 percent of college graduates between the ages of 21-24 are “underemployed,*” or unemployed. Why you should start early? You’re not the only one graduating college from your particular program that is going to be looking for a job at the same time.  There is serious competition in the job market for college graduates and by starting early you can have a better chance at …