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    Mitchell replied to the topic Enmeshed Family System in the forum Relationships

    Thank you for sharing that beautiful poem. The path to healing can be a long one, but opening up, even in an anonymous forum like this one, can be so helpful and reassuring. I understand that sharing private information with a therapist or a close friend can be scary, especially when it involves something as interconnected as your family life, but…Read More

  • Wow, Yaffa, thank you for sharing your incredible story with us! I’m sure that being away from so many of the people you know can be a huge struggle, and one that I believe some of my friends are going through right now. I’m wondering if you have any advice on how we can keep people feeling included and connected, despite any physical difference?

  • Hi Rafa18, this is a great question and one that I know a lot of us here are dealing with. Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to date someone who’s gone through the same challenges as you. As long as you both use it as an opportunity to support each other and grow, I don’t think there’s a problem with dating someone…Read More

  • Chavy I completely see what you’re saying, Shabbat is different than the other days of the week, and the way we eat definitely feels that way. We these special little feasts on Friday nights, and when everyone else is eating a lot it can sometimes make you feel out of place to not join in with them. I think Rachel’s advice sounds great and could…Read More

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    Mitchell replied to the topic Holistic ways to heal anxiety in the forum Anxiety

    I’ve never done these kind of holistic strategies myself, but I’ve heard good things and know they can be helpful. That being said, from what I’ve heard, these kinds of treatments often target the symptoms of anxiety while therapy targets the roots of these problems. So it may be best to still pursue therapy if you’re not feeling fulfilled by the…Read More

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    Mitchell replied to the topic Therapy in the forum Anxiety

    I agree with both of you. I think therapy can have large benefits compared to medication alone, especially in the long term. However, it shouldn’t feel like a struggle every time, and if it’s that the case that’s probably something you should talk about with your doctor or potential therapist.

  • I’m so sorry that you went through that, but I think your faith and optimism is admirable. I agree completely “we are not defined by our struggles”, it’s how we respond to these struggles that shapes us. And it sounds like you’ve been handling this as well as anyone could.

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    Mitchell replied to the topic Whats Your Dream? in the forum Just Shmooze

    This is a great thread! My dream is to continue to do well in school and form more meaningful bonds with my friends and classmates

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    Mitchell replied to the topic What Do I Do? in the forum Relationships

    I agree. I find it helpful to keep in mind that none of this is happening to “me”. No one is being successful in life and relationships because they want to make me jealous, it’s because they’re trying to be happy. And I should just be happy for them that they’re getting there.

  • That’s amazing! Getting something published is a big deal, and mazal tov on getting something through to one of those publications. You just have to keep plugging away and the “yes”es will keep coming!

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    Mitchell replied to the topic Cleaning my room and hoarding in the forum Anxiety

    Wow. I just read through this whole thread and it’s hard to express how impressed I am. As someone who hangs on to a lot of stuff, I think it’s incredible how quickly you’ve gone through this whole process. Congratulations! And as for me after reading this thread, it sounds like there’s a book I have to read…

  • I think that this is a great outlook. Why chase after them and try to be something you’re not when you know who you’re a good writer! Stay true to yourself and keep at it, and I’m sure this will work out!

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    Mitchell replied to the topic What Do I Do? in the forum Relationships

    I completely get what you’re saying. When one of my best friends started dating someone while I was single, it was all he would talk about, and it just made feel more and more insecure about being single. I think if you really want to you could say something, but I think this will pass on its own. It’s a new relationship and she’s excited! Of…Read More

  • Absolutely. I think you can believe that everything happens for a reason, and still be mad when bad things happen. I think it’s natural to be upset with G-d when something bad happens, both on a human level and a Jewish one. We have many examples in the Torah of prophets, such as Abraham and Moses, arguing with G-d when they don’t like something…Read More

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    Mitchell replied to the topic Motivation in the forum Self Care

    I think using SWOT is a great idea. It helps you keep things organized, and figure out the best way to approach an issue. I’m a little curious about the specifics you’re using it for, but as long as it’s working for you that’s great!

  • As an aspiring writer myself, I completely understand how difficult it can feel to break through. I’m sure you are a great writer, and while I know it’s disheartening, don’t let that get you down!  One thing I often struggle with is revising my own work, and taking it from a pretty good idea to something that’s professional quality. The best a…Read More

  • This makes sense. The best change comes from within, and I really respect that you’re taking the initiative to get there yourself. Good luck!

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    Mitchell replied to the topic Motivation in the forum Self Care

    I agree. I always get stressed out when my to do list has to do many broad, seemingly intangible things on it. Setting Smart goals can go a long way.

  • This is so true. Do you have any tips for what to do if you have a friend going through something like this?

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    Mitchell replied to the topic Anxious about having kids in the forum Anxiety

    This is an important message. We need to keep track of “where our fears are coming from”. Sometimes they may come from a rational appraisal of the situation, but sometimes there might be something deeper than even we know holding us back. It’s important to work through all of this before going through with any big decision, especially one like…Read More

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