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Practicing Gratitude in the Blogosphere

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Admit it. At least once since creating your site and first hitting that ‘publish’ button you’ve found yourself thinking something along the lines of, ‘100 followers – that’s lovely. But I sure do wish I had 1,000! (Or 10,000. Or 100,000.) Then things will really be great!’

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been guilty of this sort of thinking a few times in the past 2 years, since I started sharing publically here on Cathedral Grove. Read More

How Video Games Help Me When I’m Dealing with Anxiety

Like 1 in 13 people worldwide┬╣, I have a history with anxiety. My specific mental health journey has involved developing generalized anxiety around the age of 12, my first panic attack occurring when I was 17, and the onset of moderate depression shortly thereafter. Thankfully, I kicked the depression by my second year of university, and I haven’t had a panic attack since 2014. Generally mild yet persistent anxiety and obsessive compulsive tendencies linger still, but I’ve become much better at recognizing my triggers and knowing instinctively what I need to do for myself to relieve my mental muddle.

Now in my late 20s, I’ve found another, rather surprising tool to add to my mental health mending kit – video games!

While I fondly remember the classic Game Boy ‘brick’ my parents gifted me with as a child, I didn’t truly delve into gaming until around the start of last year. Playing console games has opened up a whole new world (…many worlds, in fact) of entertainment. Not only that, but playing many of these games has helped me better manage my anxieties – and here’s how.

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