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Reading the weekly recap

Every Friday, we’ll be sharing our favorite emotional health stories from the past week, as well as one oldie-but-goodie piece that we recommend reading in case you missed it the first time around. Check back in each week to stay up on current news and research, personal stories of emotional strength, and great advice on conquering anxiety, depression, and body image issues.

People experiencing depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses often look exactly like somebody who isn’t, but all too often, they’re depicted in the media by head-clutching photos or black and white images of a person sitting alone on the floor. Time to Change, a mental health anti-stigma program, just launched the Get the Picture campaign to encourage the media to stop using simplistic and stigmatizing images to illustrate stories about mental illness. Buzzfeed

Stress can make you forgetful and block creative ideas

You may have already noticed that when you’re stressed and running late for work, you forget where you put your keys, or can’t recall basic facts, such as a past address or phone number. You’re not imagining it—if you feel overwhelmed by juggling multiple things or are worried over something major, your brain may not be able to recall facts as quickly—or at all. Feeling emotionally overwhelmed can also affect your ability to think creatively and rationally. Some key advice: Embrace a stress-management routine and avoid multitasking whenever possible. Wall Street Journal

A woman learns to accept and appreciate her body after two days of nudity in Santa Fe

Jennifer Kohnhorst spends two days at a clothing-optional day spa with the goddesses of Santa Fe. After recognizing another woman dislikes her body, Jennifer has a realization that she has to appreciate the amazing things that she has done in her body–from traveling to eating delicious food–saying “I don’t have a body, I am my body.” We highly suggest you listen. The Moth

If you get panic attacks, knowledge is power

Panic disorder is more common than you might think—2.4 million people in the US, or nearly 2 percent of the adults between 18 and 54 suffer from panic attacks. To reduce your chances of having a panic attack in the future, learning cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques may be the answer. Read on for more ways to cope with major anxiety or a panic attack. OneMedical

In case you missed it: Don’t focus on quick fixes–research shows that habit forming takes a while

Technology has put information and a world of consumption at our fingertips, which can make people eager for a quick fitness or stress-busting fix. But the power is in making healthy practices habits, which may take a lot longer than you want it to. Psychologist Jeremy Dean writes that it actually takes 66 days on average to form a habit, but that number can vary. Read more about his book and the research to back it. Brain Pickings