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.

Libraries have always been a sanctuary for me. Here are 9 reasons I love them so much.

Here’s one reason: Librarians, with their infinite knowledge, sometimes feel magical

Creative burnout is inevitable. I recently took a different approach to overcome it — and it worked.

I was inspired by my friend’s comment about ‘fallow periods’

As a fat person, fear and shame have kept me from going to a spa. But I deserve to be pampered, too.

Until recently, I was even too afraid to take a fancy, candlelit bath in my own home