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Understanding self-injury and how to cope with emotional pain

Rate this article and enter to win Deliberately hurting oneself is among those human behaviors that seem baffling and counter-intuitive from the outside. A student who parties, gets depressed, and ends up cutting himself may...
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Mind your mind: How to summer mindfully

June is here, and several massive changes are just around the corner. First, no more mindfulness columns until next fall! (I know; I’m sad about it too.) Second, summer break is coming up, if...
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Virtual abuse? How to build a positive online community

Rate this article and enter to win Most of us have witnessed online harassment. For that matter, most of us report that we’ve experienced it, according to surveys. Young adults are the most likely to...
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Speaking, performing, presenting? How to turn fear into fuel

Rate this article and enter to winArticles about performance anxiety, aka “stage fright,” usually start the same way: Surveys reveal that Americans fear public speaking more than anything else, including death. Well, I’m pleased...
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The art of failure: How to feel the benefits

Rate this article and enter to winFailure and setbacks are painful, whether you flunked a paper or course, didn’t exactly excel at an internship, or missed some other goal. You’ve probably been there. In...
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Yes, it’s still coercion or assault: Relationship abuse and what to do about it

Rate this article and enter to winRomantic relationships can be a great source of joy and fulfillment. But when a relationship is unhealthy or abusive, it can cause major harm. Relationship abuse is characterized...
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Mind your mind: Troublesome thoughts & what to do with them

Ever heard of “floating noting”? Probably not—because it’s a cute, rhyming nickname created by yours truly. The practice, though, came from Burmese meditation masters, and it’s a beautifully simple method for dealing with complicated...
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Mind your mind: Meditation: How to do nothing and everything

In this column, I’ve shared a few different mindfulness methods to help with stress and difficult situations. The uber-method, the cornerstone of mindfulness practice, is meditation. Many people try meditation and think they “can’t”...
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Bliss out, don’t miss out: The joy and solace of sleep

Rate this article and enter to winStudents adore and crave sleep. When we asked hundreds of you what you’d love to be doing right now, sleeping ranked second—behind only “being with someone I love,”...
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Suicide prevention: What to do when a friend needs help

Rate this article and enter to winHave you been worried about a friend, roommate, or classmate who is increasingly withdrawn, behaving recklessly, or hinting at self-harm? Joining a college campus means joining a community—and...