One Step at a Time

By Kayla Wood There are moments in one’s life that act as a catalyst for change. These moments—points in time where one’s view of the world becomes different—might be the result of events, observations, or perhaps reflection. Something must happen, whether internal or external, for one’s perspective to shift and bring clarity where there once was none. I can recall …

@anstehling Takes Over Insta Stories

This week for #freeyourmindfriday, Anna Stehling, a senior at the University of Tennessee who lives with anxiety and depression, took over our Insta stories to talk about mental health and suicide prevention. Check out her bio below! I’m a senior at the University of Tennessee. I have lived with anxiety and depression for 7 years. I hope to exude honesty …

Even When It is Hard, Hold onto Hope

Hold onto hope. A simple statement, that can be so hard to do. This week, my family and I remembered the exact pain and fear that we felt this time last year. This time last year, my mom was being diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer. This time last year was one of the worst times of my life. The …

Feel Your Feelings, But Never Forget Your Worth

Are you an overthinker? I’ve been someone who overthinks my entire life, which certainly didn’t help my anxiety. Over time, I’ve managed it more, but I still have moments when I can become consumed by my thoughts. I still struggle with the need to meet expectations of others, and those expectations can sometimes fuel my sense of self-worth. This may …

Despite the Sadness, Seek Out Moments of Joy

2020 has certainly been a difficult year. A sad year. A year full of grief on many levels. A year full of uncertainty. At the end of 2019, no one could have predicted that 2020 would be going the way that it is. So many things have happened in such a short amount of time. Time has flown by faster …

You Are Capable of More Than You Know

Push yourself out of the boundaries and limits you have kept yourself behind. It’s amazing how resilient and capable we truly are if we just believe in ourselves. I remember for so long I used to say that I wasn’t creative. So in turn, my mind often went blank at new ideas and I boxed myself out of trying or …

Be Patient With Your Mind Like You Are With Your Body

We often seek something that’s going to make us feel 100% better when we are not feeling good, physically or mentally. We are often looking for a fix, something to heal us completely and quickly. But sometimes, and more often than not, healing takes time. When you break a bone, they will give you medication and advise you to rest. …

You Already Have the Strengths Within You

It felt a little rusty to give a speech last week. I have given speeches here and there during COVID, but none consistently as I had been doing pre-COVID. I was a bit nervous and took a lot of time to prepare and make sure I was ready to go and knew what to say. After the presentation was over, …