Four Ways to Navigate SAD

By ena ganguly In Texas, it’s that time of year again. Winter. For some of us, winter is a chance to make hot cocoa, snuggle up into our favorite blanket, and maybe even light a fire, if we can. For others, winter is a sad, sad, sad season, not because of the drop in temperature but because of the lack …

Unlearning Racism and Anti-Blackness Within the QTPOC Community

And becoming an anti-racist, pro-Black queer badass By Armando Sanchez Thank you for showing up to this conversation on racism and anti-Blackness in the QTPOC community. The tea will be poured shortly, so get your mug ready. ☕ “I know you don’t think a white girl made that sh*t up” Bring It On is a quintessential gay movie for me. …

Giving Ourselves a Break

By Bryan Garcia (he/him/his) The end of the year is approaching. If you are reading this: you survived. You made it this far. That is huge. This is usually the time when people start to look back and reflect on what they accomplished professionally/academically/financially to begin to make plans in preparation for the new year. This can be a feel-good …

Centering Our Mental Health Today

By ena ganguly As we wrap up the year, here are some reminders for you so you can better manage your mental wellness as the year comes to a close: Being around nature I find a lot of peace in being in nature, especially when I’m around trees. All trees are grounded and most trees are ancient and have been …

Four Ways To Talk About Therapy with A Loved One

By ena ganguly You have been going to therapy, off and on, for a few years now. You’ve had your positive and negative experiences, but have found a groove with your current therapist that is allowing you to heal and grow as a person. With the end of the year coming up, you may have chosen to spend your holidays …

Celebrating Holidays During COVID-19

By ena ganguly The holidays are upon us this year! And though it is ultimately up to us to decide how we want to spend it, we still may be in our feelings about how this year is going to look different for our families than in recent years. This is especially true for those of us who are or …

Emotional Safety Planning for the Holidays

Photo featuring a close-up of a Black and Indigenous autistic non-binary person with pink ombré hair, black lipstick, black nail polish, tattoos, and bracelets using a tangle stim toy by Chona Kasinger for Disabled and Here, a publisher of free stock photos featuring and celebrating disabled BIPOC in the Pacific Northwest. By Bryan Garcia he/him/his Some folks tend to think …

Writing To Heal

By ena ganguly Writing is a tool for so many things to so many people. Amongst the many things writing can do for us, it can be an outlet to heal from past or present experiences that have hurt or disturbed us.  Putting words to paper can be an incredible way to realize what it is we are feeling and …

Sharing Healing Traditions

By ena ganguly Each of us has our ways of practicing the healing traditions that our elders passed down to us or that we found in community with those who have similar backgrounds as us, whether we realized it then or later. The ways we discover healing modalities may have a lot to do with our family’s culture and place …

Three Ways To Celebrate Halloween During COVID-19

By ena ganguly Happy October! This is one of my favorite months. Not only does the weather turn cooler (but not too cold, I’m a Texan, remember?!), but fall festivities begin! One of my favorite days to celebrate, which honestly should be a national holiday, is Halloween.  Like many other cultures who have their own calendars marking harvest time, seeding …