Taming the Feral Mind: Yoga Lessons From a Mental Hospital

By Vanessa Hazzard for Blavity cross posted with permission "It took listening to a voice outside of my head, for once, that allowed me to be gentle with myself." Growing up in Philadelphia, I realized early on that police sirens were a mainstay of city living. Though I must say, it’s quite surreal when the sirens are for … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

Body Image, Body Politics and Body Justice News Politics National Public Radio's Democracy Now reports on Jasmine Richards, a Black Lives Matter organizer is facing up to four years in state prison after she was convicted of a rarely known statute in  California law known up until recently as "felony lynching." "Richards was … [Read more...]

Finding Self-Care Through the Joy of Masturbation

“Have you ever masturbated?” whispered my friend Joyce when our fifth grade class lined up to leave the auditorium following the sexual education assembly. “No!” I responded, slightly mortified, but intently curious. “Have you?” “No,” she said with a knowing smile.But she told me she had noticed that her baby cousin was … [Read more...]

5 Survival Tips for When Caregiving Is Overwhelming

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 What if I offered you a job that included no pay or benefits, required 24-hour availability, required you to learn basic medical care, and made it difficult for you to tend to your own basic needs? Would you take it? If you have a grandparent, parent, or child, you likely have experience with … [Read more...]

29 Lessons I’ve Learned About My Body in 29 Years

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 Oh, hello there, 29th birthday. Here come the wrinkles. Is that a gray hair? Are parts getting ... droopier? As a woman, I think I'm supposed to feel some kind of fear or anxiety about the approaching third decade of my life: the signs of aging, the mortgage, the sense that I'm supposed to … [Read more...]

Women’s Health Month: 10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

By Sarah Landrum May is National Women's Health Month, but while we'll pay extra mind in these 31 days, women can prioritize their physical and mental health every day throughout the year. While today's culture places a huge emphasis on physical health, it often neglects to give mental health the attention it deserves, or places … [Read more...]

It’s Time for a Fresh Recovery Perspective

By Sarah Landrum You're almost there. For the first time in a long while, you feel strong again. You can look at food without guilt, at the mirror without disgust, and at other people without shame. Yet something's still wrong. Something's still trying to drag you back into the hell you already escaped. You're constantly … [Read more...]

Forgiving Ourselves Is Not an Excuse to Engage ED

By Clare Milliken I am all too familiar with the persuasive voice of an eating disorder. In the depths of my anorexia, that voice tried to find every reason I should engage in behaviors and every excuse why I should avoid recovery. Years later, and after a great deal of therapy, self-reflection, support, and hard work, I am … [Read more...]

Taming Triggers During the Trials and Triumphs of Eating Disorder Recovery

By Sarah Landrum It can happen to all of us. Canceling plans for dinner with friends because the anxiety is too overwhelming. Feeling defeated when looking in the mirror at the gym. Or being overcome with remorse for enjoying that ice cream cone on last night's date. Starting the process of recovery from an eating disorder … [Read more...]

Why We Compare Ourselves to Others on Social Media and How to Stop

By Emily Holland for Tiny Buddha, cross-posted with permission "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." –Steve Furtick We all have certain triggers that can cause our confidence to take a sudden nosedive. For some, it's a trip to the gym. If … [Read more...]