What The Great Resignation Means For The Future Of Mental Health

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Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s been exactly one year since I quit my job. *Metaphor alert:* Back then, I didn’t realize that I was paddling out to sea on a longboard, headed toward giant waves that rose from the water like moving mountains. Mind you, I had no prior surfing experience. And yet, I was like Garrett McNamara, the […]

Waging War Against The Stigma Of Mental Health: From Naomi Osaka To Simone Biles

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Reading Time: 6 minutes In June of 2021, star tennis player Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open citing mental health issues as the reason behind her decision. A month later, gymnast extraordinaire Simone Biles followed suit, compromising her chances of winning more Olympic medals at this year’s Tokyo games. The two athletes have a few things in common. […]

A 7-Step Guide To Handling A Panic Attack

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Reading Time: 3 minutes My most spectacular panic attack happened a few years ago while I was traveling alone through Europe on my way to the Middle East. One morning, I awoke at my friend’s apartment in Tel Aviv to birds chirping outside of my bedroom window and a fragrant scent of freshly brewed coffee wafting in the air. […]

The Quintessential “Stargazing In Joshua Tree” Checklist

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Reading Time: 5 minutes “‘Cause in a sky full of stars, I think I saw you.” — Coldplay. Joshua Tree National Park is located at the intersection of the Mojave and Colorado deserts. It’s a place flanked by copper dunes and granite monoliths. A wonderland stubbled with cacti, milkweed, and the Yucca brevifolia, otherwise known as the Joshua tree. At […]

A Sensory Deprivation Float Chamber & Me

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Reading Time: 12 minutes I’m in a dimly-lit basement in Westwood, LA. The acoustic ceiling, chequered in white tiles, reminds me of my father’s modest café in Tampa, Florida. It’s an unsightly feature, unbecoming of a wellness lab in ritzy Westwood, where sidewalks are adorned with flower baskets hanging from street lamps. But the imperfect ceiling doesn’t phase me. […]

Free Sleep Story: Zening Out On Paradise Island

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Reading Time: 4 minutes “Off the northwestern coast of the Dominican Republic, surrounded by the serene, turquoise waters of Bahía Isabela, is an island whose chalk-white sands and dazzling coral reef beckon adventurous seafarers and tourists alike.” So begins my sleep story, “Paradise Island,” available now when you subscribe to the QWERTYdelight Weekly Newsletter! My lush, Caribbean country shares the […]

How To Defy Your Sense Of Purpose

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Reading Time: 6 minutes If you asked Elizabeth Harmon whether or not the Sicilian Defense was the best move to open a game of chess, this fictional protagonist of the novel and Netflix series, “The Queen’s Gambit,” might tell you that there’s no such thing as a “best move.” As pawn takes rook and rook takes bishop, the path […]

The Dangers Of Toxic Masculinity

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Reading Time: 9 minutes PINK LADIES When I was fourteen years old, I was under constant pressure to find myself a girlfriend.  But there just was one itty-bitty problem: Up until then, I had convinced myself that vaginas weren’t, in fact, vaginas. But rather Venus flytraps masquerading as vaginas.  They were all snappy and dangerous and showed no mercy […]