How to Exercise Your Way to Mental Health

How to Exercise Your Way to Mental Health

Sure, exercise can help improve your physical & mental health, while making you look & feel better than a sedentary lifestyle ever could, but it’s a lot of hard work.

It’s not easy to exercise your way to mental health. And we totally get it; you don’t need to tell us about the difficulty involved in finding the motivation to do some 50 sit-ups in the morning, or several sets of 42 squats right after work. But, you won’t get to experience all of the benefits of exercise without actually exerting yourself on a regular basis. Indeed, it is a harsh reality. Continue reading How to Exercise Your Way to Mental Health

Living Life on the Margins Within LGBTQ Populations: Consequences of Within Group Oppression on Emotional Wellness

Living Life on the Margins Within LGB Populations

Those of us who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) are often viewed as marginalized because we are not part of the dominant sexual orientation culture, which is heterosexuality.

Though in recent years, with an ever growing presence of lesbian and gay pop culture celebrities (ex: Ellen DeGeneres), characters on TV (ex: Modern Family), as well as growing public and government support for same sex marriage, it seems the margins are getting smaller–at least for some. Still, there are challenges certain sub-populations of LGB communities face when it comes to experiencing oppression inside of a marginalized community. Continue reading Living Life on the Margins Within LGBTQ Populations: Consequences of Within Group Oppression on Emotional Wellness

Why Your Self-Esteem is Fake and What To Do About It

Why Your Self-Esteem is Fake and What To Do About It

The truth is self-esteem is made up; it’s a construction.

– by Ken Fields, MA, LMHC / Talkspace Therapist

Unlike a part of our bodies or something in the natural environment, our belief in ourselves is not a real thing – it has no objective existence of its own. We can all agree on a person’s height, weight, or even on how fast he or she can walk a mile. But, there is no standardized way for us to objectively measure self-esteem. Continue reading Why Your Self-Esteem is Fake and What To Do About It

Dear Therapist: My Family Did This to Me, Right?

Dear Therapist My Family Did This to Me Right

As my therapist and I dig deeper into my past to figure out what needs to be addressed for a better future, I have been doing a lot of thinking about my family.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

As much as I hate to admit it, I can’t help but think that my family is one of the biggest reasons I ended up in therapy to begin with. No, I was not abused, neglected, or harmed in any way. But despite its best intentions, my family didn’t succeed in teaching me the necessary life skills I needed to stand on my own two feet, embrace my individuality, or defend my decisions.

Continue reading Dear Therapist: My Family Did This to Me, Right?

How to Eat Your Way to Mental Health

How to Eat Your Way to Mental Health

The 3.3-pound human brain makes up 2% of our body weight and is responsible for at least a quarter of our metabolic functions, so, our grandmothers were absolutely right to stress proper nutrition for optimum mental health.

There is an impressive amount of evidence that links diet and mental health, making it harder and harder to deny that indeed, what we put into our bodies not only affects us physically, but also cognitively. Continue reading How to Eat Your Way to Mental Health

6 Helpful Tips On How to Unleash Your Motivation

6 Helpful Tips On How to Unleash Your Motivation

“I just have way too much motivation. I don’t know what to do with it all!” said no one ever.

– by Melissa Wildt, MS, LMHC / Talkspace Therapist

Do you ever find yourself procrastinating and you’re not sure why? It’s absolutely true that the longer we put off doing something, the more stress it can cause us in the long run. Most of us know how this can feel, but not how using strategic motivation can help end this cycle of frustration. Continue reading 6 Helpful Tips On How to Unleash Your Motivation

Relationships: How to Avoid Relationship Bankruptcy!

Relationships How to Avoid Relationship Bankruptcy

For as long as I can remember, I’ve heard that all two people have to do to create and maintain a healthy relationship is to “improve their communication skills.”

– by Rick Macnamara, LCSW / Talkspace Therapist 

It’s almost a mantra by now, with couples coming to therapy repeating those words verbatim. But what if all the two people have to say to each other is how much they’ve grown to hate the other person’s guts? Continue reading Relationships: How to Avoid Relationship Bankruptcy!

Surprising Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous

Surprising Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous

Do you sleep like Nikola Tesla or Barack Obama?

Ever wonder how some of world’s most incredible people got their beauty sleep? Well, wonder no more. We’ve found the coolest infographic that breaks down the surprising sleep habits of the rich and famous. Turns out Leonardo Da Vinci utilized a crazy polyphasic sleep cycle, while Richard Branson prefers a fixated block of solid snooze time. Continue reading Surprising Sleep Habits of the Rich and Famous

Dear Therapist: What if Work Interferes With My Therapy?

Dear Therapist What If Work Interferes With My Therapy

Since I started therapy, I’ve been trying to find a more effective way of balancing work, recreational activities, personal time, as well as therapy itself. It hasn’t been easy.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User

I have a job that requires a lot of mental effort. By the time I get home from work, I am usually feeling a little tired and somewhat wound up. But my day doesn’t abruptly end there. Like most people, I also have a lot going on outside of my job. So, when the stresses of my personal life are combined with the stresses of my professional life, I tend to emotionally shut down until I can process my feelings in therapy or on my own time.  Continue reading Dear Therapist: What if Work Interferes With My Therapy?

Identity and Expression: What Does Gender Got to Do With It?

What Does Gender Got to Do With It?

“There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender… identity is performatively constituted by the very ‘expressions’ that are said to be its results.” – Judith Butler

– by Liz Campese / Journalist and Talkspace Staff Writer

As you’ve probably already heard, Caitlyn Jenner unveiled her true self to the world this week. And although it’s hard to know for sure if societal pressure to adhere to gender expectations was the main reason she kept her identity a secret for as long as she did, I know it doesn’t have to be this way. Continue reading Identity and Expression: What Does Gender Got to Do With It?