Worry Less, Enjoy More: The Freshman Year Survival Guide

Starting college is rough on everyone, especially when you’re coping with an eating disorder or body image issues. But your first semester doesn’t have to be so stressful, even though you’ll definitely miss not paying for laundry! A few Proud2Bme bloggers offered their best pieces of advice for staying body positive, making friends, and coping with triggers. Armed with these helpful tips, you’ll be ready to conquer campus!

The Tale of Two Rivers: A Birthday Tribute to Late Actor River Phoenix

By River Ceballos--As everyone is gearing up for a brand new school year, we can't help but get consumed by the constant fears of passing classes and being accepted amongst our peers.

How to Cope with School When Struggling with an Eating Disorder

By Jeanette Suros--For me, navigating school while suffering from an eating disorder was very hard. No one is watching you and with a perfection-oriented environment, it’s so easy for your eating disorder to creep in and take over.

But you can quiet the voice and take control. Every time I went back into school I never was able to finish a semester. It was a bad cycle because I would judge myself more harshly because I couldn’t finish a semester. 

5 Ways to Self-Care at the Start of the School Season

By Ashley M. Williams--Can you believe how fast the summer goes by? I can’t. Although many of us hate to see the summer rapidly fade away (I am this person), I have to say that for me, the beginning of the school year can be one of the best times of the year.

Taylor Swift’s Trial Verdict Impacts Us All

By Emma Giordano--In the last few weeks, there has been a whirlwind of information regarding singer Taylor Swift’s sexual assault case. While on tour in 2013, Taylor said she was groped during a photo-op by Denver radio host, David Mueller.

When Eating Disorder and Body Positive Fiction Get It Right

By Emma Giordano--Fiction, known to offer many an escape from reality, has also developed into a way for individuals to see themselves in literature.

7 Body-Positive Lessons from My Cat

By Dana Land--The body-positive revolution has started and been backed by the general public, celebrities, professionals and more. With all of the heavy material out there, it’s important to highlight that conversations around recovery and body positivity don’t always have to be heavy-handed. Positive influences come from all sources—even a cat.

My cat, Chief, is 16 years old and is a registered emotional support animal. I have learned some of my greatest body-positive and recovery lessons from caring for him and being cared for by him.

A Tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

By River Ceballos--On July 20, 2017 the music world took a devastating blow as news leaked that Chester Bennington, lead singer of the popular rock band Linkin Park had completed suicide. Two weeks later, I'm still numb to the fact that someone who has helped millions of people get through tough times succumbed to his inner demons. But that mentality isn't rare for men today! 

It's Time to Listen: Men Struggle With Eating Disorders, Too

By Priscilla Bojorge--Eating disorders can affect anyone. I know this because a close male friend of mine from high school struggles with bulimia. I recently asked him if he felt comfortable speaking to me about his eating disorder, and he opened up about his story, under the condition that he remain anonymous throughout this piece.

5 Tips for Fostering Body Positivity in Our Communities

By Devyn Parsons--Body positivity is the idea that all bodies are beautiful and worthy of respect. This seems simple enough, but the existence of body-based discrimination, the lack of diversity of bodies in the media and the prevalence of poor body image all indicate that our society has considerable progress to make before it can be called body positive.

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