Most nights I lie in bed, ready for an escape from myself, yet a constantly streaming video loop of everything I ate, how I exercised, and the activities of my day won't stop playing in my mind. I pause. I breathe. I try to relax once again.
One. The percent of adults in the United States diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented mental health challenges out there. And while I found it hard to articulate my depression, I find it even harder to talk about this. Why? Because OCD is so misunderstood. Just like depression isn't "being sad," OCD isn't a synonym for anal-retentive or quirky.
By now, (I hope) you know that if a man freaks out on the waiter, he's likely going to do the same to you, and those lads who hate all of their exes? Well, let's just say they're likely not getting accolades on the other side, either. But what about those red flags that look a softer shade of pink behind those rose-colored glasses? You know, the ones that leave you wondering if it's workable or time to walk? If you're tired of collecting frequent flyer miles to the purgatory between stay and go, you're in luck. Read on for 5 non-negotiables I've learned to hold on tightly to.
I know a thing or two about what works and what doesn't when trying to heal a broken heart. Here are 20 of my best lessons!
Anyone who has ever walked away from an exchange mumbling the things they "should have said" knows the crushing defeat that comes with not reaching deep into one's vocabulary and putting together that one punchline phrase that would embolden a boundary, silence a bully or crush an inner critic. Thanks to many stumbles (and plenty of practice), I've found 5 phrases that never fail in those trickier situations that often too often leave us at a loss for words.
Regardless of what Cosmo says, Jordan Gray would rather see women without makeup on. You "woke up like this" and that's the way you should stay.
Telling a woman she'll change her mind about kids is not only none of your business, it's offensive.
Who are these hot little prepubescents, and what the heck has gotten me all Mrs. Robinson-ed?
One of the things I remember most about being a little girl is sneaking into my mom's room and staring at the different colors of eye shadow and blush, dreaming of the day when I could paint my own face. Those days are long gone. I'm in my mid-thirties, have been wearing makeup half my life, and no longer feel excitement, but rather apprehension, upon realizing I need a new tube of $30 mascara (that sh*t is expensive!).
Usually, Reddit is where I find my daily dose of hilarious and often inappropriate meme images. But recently, a friend pointed me toward thread on Ask Reddit where couples shared the cute weird things that made them fall in love. And the whole thread is cute and weird and basically just one big love fest. Much like a unicorn, snuggling a narwhale surrounded by an entourage of bunnies and kittens. But in a world where love is often cynical and relationships can turn from sweet into knife-throwing in 60 seconds, I thought it would be a good idea to remind you all that love really is the reason for the season.