A Well-Needed Night Out

While experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of our mental health illnesses, some of us tend to lose ourselves. Sometimes we won't get out of bed simply because we lack energy. Not even to get up to brush our teeth, wash our faces, or eat. We won't leave our homes for days at a time- neglecting work… Continue reading A Well-Needed Night Out

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A Special Thank You Note

What's Up Hooters, I want to make this post short, simple, and sweet. I don't feel like I thank you enough, so I would like to do so now. Thank you so much for your support throughout these last couple of years, months, weeks, and days. Thank you for taking precious time out of your… Continue reading A Special Thank You Note

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7 Quick Signs You Are Emotionally Drained

-You are more easily irritated than usual -Even small tasks feel overwhelming -You feel restless and on edge a lot -Your appetite has changed -You're tired all day but struggle to sleep at night -You are making easy mistakes you wouldn't usually make -You feel like you could be stuck this way forever Source: @myeasytherapy


AFSP: Out of the Darkness Community Walk 2022

This past weekend I had the pleasure of participating in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Community Walk. The Out of the Darkness event is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support for all affected by suicide. Numerous families were there to walk for the loved ones they've lost, while others were there to walk… Continue reading AFSP: Out of the Darkness Community Walk 2022

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Motivational Monday: Quote of the Week

"Mental health problems don't define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain, and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain." -Matt Haig

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National Face Your Fears Day

In honor of National Face Your Fears Day, I have decided to share a genuine fear of my own. Ironically, it happens to be about this very blog. One of my biggest fears regarding the Cherry and the Hoot blog is failing. I fear that I am going to fail due to my own personal… Continue reading National Face Your Fears Day

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Black Girl Day Off

Black Girl Day Off is observed every October 11 annually in the United States. It is a day dedicated to encouraging black women to take a mental day off to focus on their emotional well-being. Black women assign a high risk of heart disease, breast cancer, and other chronic illnesses. This day was developed to… Continue reading Black Girl Day Off

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A Post of Transparency: Why I Recently Tried To Commit Suicide

As Cherry and the Hoot is a creative mental health blog with an author who experiences severe major depression and anxiety, please be mindful that there will be moments I share some of my darkest moments of life. It is my decision to share these moments to assure others they are not alone when it… Continue reading A Post of Transparency: Why I Recently Tried To Commit Suicide

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6 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

Set healthy boundaries and ask for help when you need it Create habits that make your daily life easier/less stressful Try fun exercises such as biking, dancing, or skating Socialize with friends and keep in touch Keep things as neat and organized as possible Get enough sleep and make time to unwind during the day… Continue reading 6 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

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How to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Focus on what you can change/improve Do more of what makes you happy Practice self-talk Accept your weaknesses and work on them Surround yourself with supportive/positive people Celebrate your small wins Instead of comparing yourself to others, practice self-compassion