Joining a Fitness Community Helped Me During a Difficult Time

In the spring of 2016, I was lost in a season of grief. The previous year, I lost my grandparents unexpectedly, one right after the other. I had just finished months of grief counseling and knew I had a tough road ahead. Most days, I found myself riddled with anxiety and trying to adapt to my new reality. Amidst the chaos, I desperately wanted to find ways to take care of my body and mind.

The hardest part about grieving is that it’s an individualized and unique journey. Grieving forced me to feel siloed and alone. I learned to accept that there were certain aspects of grief that I would have to navigate on my own, but I craved a sense of belonging at the same time. I knew I needed a support system to help me heal. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a fitness community that altered the course of my journey for the better.

I was never much of an exercise enthusiast. The mere idea of exercising, let alone in a structured group setting, was not an idea that often crossed my mind. While scrolling through my Instagram feed, I saw a post from my local Pure Barre studio about an upcoming open house. All classes were free during the open house, and even though group exercise classes had never appealed to me before, I was intrigued by …

A Photographer Has Spent 20 Years Documenting Stillbirths

A Photographer Has Spent 20 Years Documenting Stillbirths

Stillbirth affects about one in 100 pregnancies in the United States, which means that about 24,000 babies are stillborn in the U.S. every year. The cause is often unknown. Hochberg has photographed 500 or 600 families, including those whose infant … [Continue reading]

Grief Café to help those struggling with loss

New Bradford Grief Café to help those dealing with loss

“The Grief Café is an opportunity for anyone struggling with loss in their life, loss and sadness and bereavement,” said organizer Cynthia Breadner. The first session will be on Feb. 23, and Breadner said she is planning on running them twice a … [Continue reading]

Can Snapchat ‘Hear for you’ help troubled teens?

Can new Snapchat features help troubled teens?

Snapchat has announced a new feature called “Here For You” that promises to “provide proactive in-app support to Snapchatters who may be experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis”. The popular youth-oriented app is the latest to join a wave of … [Continue reading]

Understanding Grief

by Rich Nilsen "Grief only comes in one size, extra large." -- Dennis Manning If grief can be summed up in a nutshell, it is how we feel now that an important person is no longer in our life. In essence, we hurt and feel sorry for ourselves. Our … [Continue reading]

5 Steps To Healing After You Break Up With A Friend

5 Steps To Healing After You Break Up With A Friend

Breakups hurt worse with friends. She was your best friend, your sister from a different mister. She was supposed to be your friend until the end. She played a huge role in your life. Whenever something big happened, whether [...] 3. Talk to someone … [Continue reading]

She Lost Her Brother in Iraq. To Heal, She Did This

She Lost Her Brother in Iraq. To Heal, She Co-Wrote a Book with 2 War Widows

On April 29, 2007, U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Travis Manion died in combat in Anbar province near Fallujah. "My brother's death changed me," said the 40-year-old Doylestown native. With her family, she launched The Travis Manion Foundation, run by … [Continue reading]

When living with grief, avoid these people

When living with grief, avoid negative and difficult people

I keep my radar out at all times, even seven years later. Actually, people with long-term grief need to keep their guard up forever. Being in the company of negativity is unhealthy. There are people who feed on emotional problems and turmoil. They … [Continue reading]

How You Can Help Those Who Are Hurting

People Who Are Hurting Need You More Than They Need Your Words

They Need You More Than They Need Your Words Not sure how to help others who are hurting? You aren't alone. Most people want to help but don’t know how. For some, reaching out to someone in crisis is scary because you don’t want to say or do the … [Continue reading]

Coping After A Miscarriage

10 Quotes To Help Cope "I Carried You Every Second Of Your Life, And I'll Love You every Second Of Mine." - Unknown No matter what anyone says, you don't have to just get over it. It's ok to grieve and it's ok to hold onto the memory of the life … [Continue reading]

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