Fact Check: Gun Violence and Mental Health

"Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger," Trump said, following two mass shootings in 13 hours. "Not the gun." He then went on to suggest "involuntary confinement" for the mentally ill when "necessary." As Buzzfeed's headline declared, Trump blamed the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio (three hours away from my apartment on…

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My Favorite ED Recovery Accounts

I may have been a blogger first, but Lovely & Lazy was born on Instagram. As a professional social media manager, I have always loved the sense of community on Instagram -- and nowhere exemplifies that more than the eating disorder recovery community. In Fall 2018, I launched The Cozy Counselor on Instagram (@cozycounselor). I…

The Case for ‘Boring’ Self-Care

If self-care feels like another item to tick off of your to-do list, then you're doing it wrong. Yet I completely understand why you feel that way: the media loves to promote its fluffy, commercial definition of self-care. But to me at least, thousand-dollar silent meditation retreats and Goop-endorsed vaginal steaming sessions don't speak to…

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Fake Service Dogs’

Once upon a time, I knew I wanted a dog to help ease my depression and anxiety - yet I also knew my apartment normally would not allow dogs in my unit. So, what did I do? I did what any mentally ill person would do: I asked my therapist for advice. Fast forward a…