Author: Lauren S. When we picture what will happen in the future, we tend to imagine the “perfect” reality. Looking at the future can make us feel mentally defeated, which is why we need to live in the moment and not distress over the future. Throughout life, there will be endless last minute changes and … Continue reading Why We Need to Live For Now
Author: Val Berenshtein Recovering from a mental illness... is one of the hardest things anyone can undergo. It is a scary, confusing, debilitating process that pushes an individual to blindly step into the unknown and place his or her trust in an intangible idea: overcoming the darkness and finding the light. I can attest first … Continue reading Recovery from Eating Disorders: Struggles and Setbacks
Author: Val Berenshtein Last weekend... I sat in the library almost all day. Studying for three exams, I did my colored notes, read through my textbooks, perused the Power Point slides. On and on and on, I continued to study and write, hoping I was retaining an amount of information that far superseded any amount … Continue reading Stop and Look: Is This The Life You Want?
Author: Val Berenshtein During the past couple of weeks... I have been spending a descent amount of time on social media – perhaps more time than I think is necessary for myself. I have been looking at status updates from my peers, articles and posts that my family shares, and photos that my friends from … Continue reading The Validity of a Silent Call for Help
Author: Val Berenshtein As I walk down the streets... stroll around campus, attend classes and interact with peers, what you will see is an outer representation of happiness, contentment, inner peace and wholeness. I do my best to hold my head up high, to participate in my classes, to get involved in conversations around me, … Continue reading Beneath the Surface: the Things You Won’t See
Author: Val Berenshtein The other day... something quite extraordinary happened to me. I was sitting in my college dorm room, finishing up some homework that was not due until next week, when I stopped and just stared at the wall. In front of my eyes, I saw the rawest reflection of myself that I have … Continue reading The Power of Self-Worth in Discovering Your Happiness
Author: Val Berenshtein Every day... I wake up and tell myself that today is going to be a wonderful day. Every night, I go to sleep with anxiety and doubt and sadness. How is it that the nature of mental illness is to attack a human being during his or her most vulnerable and weakest … Continue reading The Ebbs and Flows of My Eating Disorder Recovery
Author: Val Berenshtein AS I BEGIN MY SPRING SEMESTER… of my freshman year of college, a big part of me wonders if I made the right decision coming back to school. For the past month and a half, I have been on self-recovery from anorexia nervosa and restrictive eating disorder. I like to classify this … Continue reading RECOVERING FROM AN EATING DISORDER: DID I MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION COMING BACK TO SCHOOL?
Author: Val Berenshtein I go to college... nine states away from my home. That is 891 miles away from my mother and father, away from my siblings, away from the town I grew up in, away from the safety of my four-walled bedroom, away from the love, support and nurture I depended on for so … Continue reading Recovering from an Eating Disorder Without My Strongest Support System Nearby
Author: Isabella Neblett There is something particularly alluring... about the beginning of a new year that makes everyone think they will do things they never actually do. I know from experience: I still curse like a sailor; I still weigh over 150 pounds; I still live in my oversized hoodie and sweatpants despite owning cuter … Continue reading Stepping Off The Scale Of Self-Hate