The Games We Play: Why Going To The Park Gets Ruined By Street Harassment

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Ever since I moved to New York two years ago, I’ve been overwhelmed by the experience. Normally when I’m overwhelmed, I’d spend time reading and writing outside. But even that becomes overwhelming in New York because actually getting to an outside that’s not concrete is a twenty-minute trip. The outdoor experience isn’t as good, either. I used to have a nice yard with a tree to lie under. Now I have to share that tree with at least two or three people, one of whom will inevitably be on a cell phone talking loudly about something…

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Surviving Domestic Violence

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It has taken me two years to write this article. Ten minutes of which were spent trying to calm the heart that was attempting to jump out of my chest. I felt frightened at my fingertips. What for? I had done nothing wrong. Yet, I was afraid of venturing into my dark past. That perhaps I would be brought back to battle the demons he had left me with. My ex-boyfriend introduced me to the world of domestic violence. No one asks to come here. I thank all those watching…

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The Paradox of #WeighThis

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Cyndi Springford is the founder of Love Your Body Project: Peace, Love and Food and an ACE/AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, RRCA Certified Running Coach, Certified Eating Psychology Coach with training from the following organizations:  www.acefitness.org, www.afaa.com,www.psychologyofeating.com, www.rrca.org. Having worked in the fitness industry since 1993, her unique background in eating psychology and her own unique journey with food, I felt Cyndi was someone whose words would really resonate with all of you. This is a fantastic post from her blog, Cyndi Lou Running.  A friend of mine posted a link on my fb timeline today,…

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The Benefits of Dialectic Behavioral Therapy for Treating Eating Disorders

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This post was contributed by guest author Mel Hollins. Dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), as developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, is a type of therapy that helps patients reduce emotional reactivity and improve thought patterns and interpersonal interactions. The therapy, a hybrid of cognitive-behavioral therapy and tenets from eastern philosophies (primarily Buddhism), was created to help those who struggle with borderline personality disorder and chronic suicidality. However, DBT has also shown promise in the treatment of substance use disorders and eating disorders. DBT is a problem-solving, but accepting approach – one that helps…

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Taking On Gender Stereotypes In Children’s Clothing

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This post was contributed by Aimee King. Aimee is a freelance writer and single cat mom based out of New York. Her interest in gender stereotypes comes from her rugged upbringing spent exploring the outdoors. You can find her other work here. Care.com, a site that connects users to different types of caregivers, recently posted a question asking readers: “If your son wanted to dress up as a princess for Halloween, would you let him?” As they explained in the article: “Playing dress-up is more than just fun. It also…

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