Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

Many of us learn to be tough and resilient under stress, which serves us well in our daily lives. The only catch is that these “superpowers” can become weaknesses if we rely on them too much.

When I say “I’m fine” too quickly, I am often masking the true impact hard emotions and stress have on my body. That’s when “toughing it out” starts to have diminishing returns. Compartmentalizing and suffering through emotional discomfort can have mental and physical costs over time.

Changing old habits is not easy, but I am learning to sit with difficult emotions longer and to listen harder to what they are trying to tell me.

Here’s why I miss the mindless, in-between moments of my pre-pandemic routine

I thought cutting out that time would make me more productive, but that hasn’t been true

My double mastectomy made me reevaluate: What do my breasts mean to me?

The decision had been weighing on me since I tested positive for the BRCA2 gene

I used to think there was one way to have a relationship. Then I discovered polyamory.

Practicing ethical non-monogamy isn’t just freeing; it’s true to who I am