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Posted: 7/10/2021 By: Pranay Dhawan

Breaking Down my Views on Success

We live in a hyper-competitive world, and sometimes it can be hard to break free from the comparisons and competitions that flood our lives. In this article, I share my interpretation on the modernly accepted definition of success and call out some of its flaws.

Posted: 7/9/2021 By: Alex Choi

Overthinking About Overthinking

Our minds are constantly racing, but what happens when they can’t slow down? Suddenly one thought leads to the other like a line of stacked dominoes. Read more to see how we can utilize our thoughts for ourselves, and stop overthinking about overthinking.

Posted: 7/4/2021 By: Kevina Wang

The Draining Social Battery and How to Recharge: Let's Talk About. Or — I'd rather not.

When our social energies have been drained, our mental health often follows in the same pattern. How can we seek out, acknowledge what and how much depletes our energy, and utilize that knowledge to recharge ourselves? Here are how I believe we can do just that and a snippet of my personal struggles with socialization.

Posted: 6/28/2021 By: Kheira Bekkadja

You are in Charge.

It's easy to fall into the trap of self comparison. With all of society's pressure it's critical to constantly remind yourself of your power to control how you want your life to be. Do not lose hope, my friend. You seriously got this.

Posted: 5/28/2021 By: Ava Belmont

The Power of Self-Validation

In this post I talk about how the use of self-validation can improve your overall emotional wellbeing and shift your personal self talk.

Posted: 5/24/2021 By: Kheira Bekkadja 

It's okay to not be okay, my friend

Life is an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts. While going through the journey of life, it’s okay to feel overwhelmed and internally conflicted. As you read this article, we hope you find peace in whatever you might be going through and know that there is hope. It’s truly okay to not be okay.

Posted: 5/18/2021 By: Adam Xu

Siri, "What is Imposter Syndrome?"

In this article, I share my experiences and struggles with imposter syndrome and give a brief overview of some of its causes, symptoms, as well as tips on how to cope with the condition.

Posted: 5/16/2021 By: Pranay Dhawan

Fear: Does it Protect us from Danger or Expose us to Comfort?

Fear is a pretty common emotion, and while its primal purpose was to ensure survival, the things we might be afraid of might be different in modern times. Read on to hear my take on if fear plays a larger role in our lives than it should.

Posted: 5/14/2021 By: Alex Choi

Charisma: The Hidden Art of Mindfulness

We all want to radiate an aura of positivity and have others take interest in our opinions. This charisma is the essence of our interactions, yet it also has a secret art of mindfulness deeply embedded.

Posted: 5/7/2021 By: Kevina Wang

The Gut-Brain Connection

If you’ve ever felt “butterflies in your stomach” before a nerve racking event, or have experienced your stomach churn during intense periods of stress, you’re likely experiencing the resulting phenomenon of the gut-brain connection, or “the second brain.” Although the gut and brain are categorized into distinct body systems, their influences on each other are numerous. When examined, these connections hint at new avenues for mental health disorder treatments. So does good food really equal a good mood? Neuroscience surely suggests so.

Posted: 4/30/2021 By: Alex Choi

Prove It

There’s no wonder why Nike’s slogan is Just Do It: sometimes we have to take a leap and materialize our dreams. Become the best version of yourself and unlock your fullest potential.

Posted: 4/28/2021 By: Pranay Dhawan

Neurons that fire together wire together

The human brain is always thinking, learning, and remembering. As this subconscious process goes on throughout our life, neurons can develop an interconnected network that dictates some of our very natural-seeming actions (and reactions). Read more to find out what your brain does without telling you, and why you may want to try and control it.

Posted: 4/21/2021 By: Adam Xu

Life's a Process

Life is a rollercoaster with ups and downs, loopty-loops, and everything in between. Here I discuss some of the lessons I’ve learned from the gym that allow me to tackle whatever is in front of me.

Posted: 4/16/2021 By: Alex Choi

Superheroes: Being Habitually Successful

How does that one friend find the willpower to workout in the morning? How does our coworker always seem to be eating healthy? These people are essentially superheroes, but it’s time we find our own powers and learn how to build a habitual system of success for ourselves.

Posted: 4/13/2021 By: Pranay Dhawan

Loving to Work Hard is Hard Work —Finding Comfort in Discomfort

Leaving your comfort zone is often described as the key to growing as a person. In this article, I share my thoughts on relative development, societal standards for success, and why I think being comfortable isn’t such a bad thing.

Posted: 4/2/2021 By: Alex Choi

Game of Inches

Video games have been viewed as the hyper-stimulating, addictive source of entertainment of the 21st century, but is that to say there isn’t anything we can gain from them? Read more to see my experiences with gaming and how they are widely applicable to other contingencies of life.

Posted: 3/29/2021 By: Pranay Dhawan

Emotions: A Fundamental Part of Being Human

The human race is pretty special. Not many other animals on earth can come up with things like Tiktok dances, greek mythology, or stories about gingerbread men. However, there’s one defining part of being human that all of us are familiar with: Emotions. Read more to see my take on a specific way to look at negative emotions.

Posted: 3/25/2021 By: Heads Up Teens Team

Our Thoughts on the Recent Events Surrounding the AAPI Community

A commentary on our experiences growing up as members of the AAPI community and our honest opinions regarding the recent hate-filled attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Posted: 3/22/2021 By: Alex Choi

Playbook: Strategy for Mental Health

We compete, battle, and strategize constantly in the face of school, athletics, and competition, but what about mental health? Learn the game for better well-being.

Posted: 3/16/2021 By: Pranay Dhawan

Volume II: Quote Me on That

A simple quote can hold so much meaning, but a majority of the impact mere words can have is through their interpretation. Read more for a few thoughtful quotes from famous thinkers, past and present, that’ll open the gates for some interesting self-reflection.

Posted: 3/13/2021 By: Adam Xu

Top Three Superfoods That Can Boost Your Mood!

Food is at the core of many cultures, events, and more. However, did you know that certain nutrients can have profound benefits on your mind? In this article, I go over some foods that may help boost your mood and keep your days bright.

Posted: 3/12/2021 By: Kevina Wang

The Connection Between Physical Health and Mental Health

The mind and body are often examined separately in the context of mental and physical health. But when considering our overall wellbeing, exploration of the mind-body interaction reveals a beautifully complex interconnectedness between these distinct entities.

Posted: 3/5/2021 By: Alex Choi

Strength in Numbers

They say teamwork makes the dreamwork, but what makes teamwork, work? Read to hear some of the secrets to achieving your most ambitious goals with the help of others.

Posted: 3/1/2021 By: Pranay Dhawan

An Unusually Technical Perspective About Happiness

In this article, I’m going to use the lens of behavioral economics to share some thoughts I have about how our perceived well-being is impacted by the experiences we come across in life.

Posted: 2/26/2021 By: Kevina Wang

How I Found My Way Out of a Deep Motivational Rut

Earlier in the month, you were coasting on a wave of productivity but suddenly came crashing down in a period of self-destruction and purposelessness: A motivational rut. Having my own fair share of ruts, here are three of my tried and true tips, backed by evidence, that helped me out of some deep[ motivational ruts.

Posted: 2/23/2021 By: Adam Xu

Something Worth Waking Up For

In my opinion, perspective is everything in life, and finding causes or reasons to not only live but to live with passion is the key to happiness. People around the world have suffered and continue to suffer life-altering events or ailments but still, somehow find a way to persevere and find happiness. In this article, I take a look at some of these cases, and hopefully, it’ll inspire someone out there to find their ‘why’.

Posted: 2/19/2021 By: Alex Choi

Happiness in the Mind

What happens when we try to define what happiness is? Take a moment to recalibrate your mind on what we think we know, and how our minds can play a few tricks on us.

Posted: 2/15/2021 By: Pranay Dhawan

Just Some Quick Advice About Giving Advice

We’d all love to be able to help those we care about when times get tough, but at times, providing solutions might not be the best thing you can do to help someone.

Posted: 2/12/2021 By: Kevina Wang

Mental Health Favorites

A collection of my tried and true favorite podcasts, videos, books, and more for when you need a pick me up.

Posted: 2/8/2021 By: Pranay Dhawan

Let's Think About What We Let Define Us

In this article, I take a closer look at the ways we define ourselves, and share my thoughts on when not to let our actions influence the way that we see ourselves.

Posted: 2/2/2021 By: Alex Choi

The Fun Movement

It’s an age old question on what exactly “fun” is. However, are there several versions of enjoying our lives? Learn to differentiate between self-gratitude versus self-indulgence.

Posted: 2/1/2021 By: Kevina Wang

The Psychological Secrets to Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

Beneficial habit formation is the foundation of self-improvement. Although it is discouraging that sheer willpower often cannot create sustained behavior change, we actually can actively harness our conscious mind to fix the habits dictated by our unconscious mind. Here’s how.

Posted: 1/22/2021 By: Alex Choi

Volume I: Quote Me on That

While I’m sure we’ve all wondered how reading Shakespeare in English class will help us in the future, there is a great deal that reading offers us on our journeys of self-betterment. Read more to learn about reading.

Posted: 1/19/2021 By: Pranay Dhawan

Thin Slicing your way to a good day!

There’s a ton of mental health strategies available on the internet, and there’s no one size fits all approach to using them. Read on to see how you can let the psychological foundation of your brain guide you to an intuitive and flexible arsenal to deal with your own unique troubles.

Posted: 1/16/2021 By: Kevina Wang

How to Reset Your Mindset to Set Forward Your Life

How can you initiate a journey of self-discovery and improvement without having to transform anything about the reality around you? The secret: altering your mindset. This article will provide methods with scientifically-backed evidence to guide you to harness your own potential.

Posted: 1/11/2021 By: Adam Xu

Melting Away Stress w/ Candles

This article takes a deep dive into an easy method of stress relief, burning scented candles, and goes into detail about the science behind their soothing abilities. Hopefully, this can help someone relax a little bit during this turbulent time.

Posted: 12/23/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan and Kevina Wng

Twenty Things to be Thankful for this Holiday Season

Amid a pandemic, it can be easy for us to look at the negative side of things. However, we think that everyone could benefit from looking at the things that we do have, the great parts of life that the pandemic can’t stop, and the life’s simple pleasures.

Posted: 12/14/2020 By: Adam Xu

The Frightening Truth About Fear

In this post I take a look at the dangers of fear and how it may be holding you back. Read more to gain insight into how fear is merely a figment of your imagination.

Posted: 12/11/2020 By: Alex Choi

Emergency Meeting! Living with Intention and Urgency

Calling your attention! Read more to learn why hitting the emergency button and feeling stressed can actually be a positive.

Posted: 12/4/2020 By: Kevina Wang

Finding and Harnessing Your Individual Motivation

What drives you to get out of bed in the morning? What genuinely excites you with a simple thought? Motivation. Developing a general understanding of what motivates and using that knowledge in our everyday lives will enable you to reach your maximum potential. Here are some tips on doing just that- you got this.

Posted: 11/30/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan

You Need to Stop Being Hard on Yourself, Dummy!

Sometimes we teens can be harder on ourselves than need be. It’s a counterproductive practice that breeds an inefficient mindset. As you’ll read, though, things can certainly be improved.

Posted: 11/27/2020 By: Alex Choi

It's All Greek to Me: Connecting Philosophy and Mental Health

With all the world’s mysteries, the answers to life can seem like a foriegn language to us. Fortunately, philosophy is here to give us clarity and make everything sound a little less Greek.

Posted: 11/23/2020 By: Adam Xu

Looking Towards Better Days

Just a brain dump of what I’ve been feeling recently with hopes that this can inspire others to be comfortable during hard times and to look towards better days.

Posted: 11/20/2020 By: Kevina Wang

Hacking Your Life with Psychology

Psychology is a fascinating subject, and its applications to our every day are endless. What if there was a way to utilize psychology and apply it in a purposeful manner to our everyday lives to improve them? Here are 10 tips backed by science and psychology to improve your life.

Posted: 11/17/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan

How to Use Youtube to Be Better Off

Youtube isn't just for procrastination, check out these channels for tips on how to live a more productive life.

Posted: 11/13/2020 By: Alex Choi

It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint

With so much ahead of us, life can seem like an endless amount of checkpoints we need to reach in order to be successful. However, the journey is surprisingly much longer than we can imagine, so let’s all take a step back and recalibrate.

Posted: 11/11/2020 By: Adam Xu

Tackling Life One Step at a Time

In this article, I detail my experience with feeling a sense of being overwhelmed and how I was able to deal with the anxiety that came with it.

Posted: 11/7/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan

Comparing Yourself to Others: Don't

It’s easy to look at others and see how you stand in relation to them, whether in school, sports, or just life in general. Unfortunately, comparing ourselves to those around us is a counterproductive and unhealthy practice that far too many people engage in.

Posted: 11/3/2020 By: Kevina Wang

The Wise Words of Dory: "Just Keep Swimming"

Dory is the quirky, silly, beloved fish that we all know of in the classic Finding Nemo. Although her short-term memory loss doesn’t make her the most reliable, her advice is something we may all need to be reminded of at times.

Posted: 10/26/2020 By: Adam Xu

Cursing and Mental Health (I Swear it's Good for You)

In this article, I take a look at why cursing can actually be good for you and why swearing isn't entirely negative. However, we do not condone cursing as a respectful form of behavior and it is should not be used for verbal abuse or malicious intents.

Posted: 10/19/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan

The Essential Part of Self-Care: Consistency

We all know it’s important to take care of our mental health. Regardless of how we do it, consistency is crucial. Read to find out why it’s just as important to nurture yourself when you’re doing well as it is when you aren’t.

Posted: 10/16/2020 By: Alex Choi

Getting in the Zone: Solutions to Our Hectic Lives

With school, jobs, extracurriculars, a social life, and self-care routines, it's fair to say that our busy lives can be a little overwhelming at times. While there might seem like there’s no way to accomplish such a large workload, getting in the zone might just be the solution we need to make our days a little less taxing.

Posted: 10/10/2020 By: Kevina Wang

The Importance of These Last Seven Days

Today marks the last day of Mental Illness Awareness Week... but this week isn’t actually over.

Posted: 10/2/2020 By: Alex Choi

The Butterfly Effect: How Small Things Can Cause Major Results

How does a butterfly's wings cause a hurricane across the world? How does the seemingly insignificant lead to so much more? Learn how the small things in our lives can actually cause the biggest changes.

Posted: 9/28/2020 By: Adam Xu

Prison Break: Activities to Keep You Sane Between Classes

The virtual school year can be mundane, tiresome, and stressful, so finding outlets to take your mind off of school are essential. Here are a few ideas that you could use to take between classes or after the school day.

Posted: 9/21/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan

Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? Tackling Self View

Tackling the age old question of if a hot dog is a sandwich and how it can change the way you see yourself.

Posted: 9/18/2020 By: Alex Choi

Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Sometimes we burn the candle at both ends, burning out in the midst of our busy lives. And when we see everyone around us ramping up our expectations and working at such a high level, it can seem like there’s no other option than to keep up. Here, see how we can shift our perceptions of others and feel comfortable in being ourselves.

Posted: 9/14/2020 By: Adam Xu

Get Big: Strengthening Your Mind and Body Through Exercise

In this article, I share my insight on how the body and mind are more interconnected than most of us realize. I also detail my experience using exercise to strengthen my mental health.

Posted: 9/10/2020 By: Kevina Wang

20 Better Self-Talk Affirmations

Our internal dialogue affects our mental health greatly, in a beneficial or hurtful way. Many people have recurring and common phrases that intrude our minds and here are the 20 most popular ones transformed into realistic perspectives.

Posted: 9/7/2020 By:  Pranay Dhawan

Why You Need to Stop and Smell The...Dirt?

Our life move fast, and we all know we should take a second to appreciate what we have in the moment. The equally valuable, and much less recognized practice is appreciating when times aren’t as great.

Posted: 9/4/2020 By: Alex Choi

Cleaning House and Starting the School Year (Online)

As we approach the start of school, it’s that time of year again for a brand new beginning! Make sure you’re off to the right start and learn more about how ‘cleaning house’ might just be the best way to kick off the semester.

Posted: 9/1/2020 By: Kevina Wang and Pranay Dhawan

Comfort Food Recipes For When You Need It

It’s not healthy to heavily depend on food for emotional comfort all the time, but hey, every once in a while is totally okay! Here are some comforting recipes to suit your preference, from southern soul food to sweet dishes to Pranay and Kevina’s personal recommendations. Bon Appetit!

Posted: 8/29/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan

Breaking Down Meditation

Our lives can get quite hectic and our minds can get cluttered. Though it maintains an auspicious and unfamiliar vibe, meditation is a great way to give your mental health the care it deserves

Posted: 8/27/2020 By: Alex Choi

Facing the Jury: Guilt and Making Mistakes

We are all prone to making mistakes, and sometimes we get down on ourselves too much as a result. In this blog post, let go of the guilt that weighs you down from a brighter future.

Posted: 8/25/2020 By:  Kevina Wang

So, How Do Antidepressants Actually Work... and Why Do They Sometimes Not?

Depression is a nuanced disease that researchers are grappling at to fully understand its causes and treatments. Antidepressant medications are a common form of treatment, but their function and what exactly they are remain a mystery. Here, I’ll attempt to explain the basics of these medications in a digestible article!

Posted: 8/24/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan

Why You Need To Surround Yourself With Cool People

We are naturally inclined to match up with our surroundings, but that doesn’t mean we don’t control ourselves. You can control who surrounds you, and here’s why those lucky people need to be cool.

Posted: 8/21/2020 By:  Alex Choi

Not Knowing the Script: Social Anxiety

How sometimes going up and introducing ourselves can understandably be stressful. Learn to throw away the script of conversation and feel comfortable in the unknown.

Posted: 8/17/2020 By: Alex Choi

Navigating Past Toxic Masculinity

How to find closure in being our authentic selves despite the toxic masculinity pressures around us.

Posted: 8/15/2020 By: Kevina Wang

Not Just About Food: Eating Disorders

Many of us experience unhealthy eating habits at times, such as midnight snacking. However, what characterizes normal stress-eating patterns versus genuine eating disorders?

Posted: 8/15/2020 By:  Pranay Dhawan

10 Feel-Good Movies, For When You Need Them

Life can get stressful, and sometimes we just need to kick back and relax. We all have our ways of doing this, listening to music, journaling, etc. Movies are another great way to do this. Here are ten of my favorite feel-good film(in no particular order) for when you need them.

Posted: 8/11/2020 By: Alex Choi and Pranay Dhawan

How to Stop Having Dry Conversations

The simple gesture of checking in on someone can make all the difference in their lives. But communication can be difficult to be engaging or lasting. Listed are ways we can avoid these kinds of awkward interactions and get to the bulk of what we mean to say.

Posted: 8/7/2020 By: Kevina Wang

Mental Health Myths Debunked

There is extensive stereotyping and stimgma revolving mental health due to misinformation and lack of conversation. See how many of these myths you believe in (and it's okay if you do!)

Posted: 8/9/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan

Intrusive Thoughts

Intrusive thoughts can be a drag. In this article, Pranay talks about what they are, what they mean, and how you can deal with them.

Posted: 8/4/2020 By: Alex Choi

Uncovering Imposter Syndrome

Many of us continue to feel like an imposter. Learn how we can feel like we belong and give ourselves credit.

Posted: 8/1/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan

Is Social Media Right for You?

Social media is something many of us are familiar with, and it’s no secret that it can take a toll on our mental health. Find out if you might benefit from taking a break from your Social Media accounts.

Posted: 7/30/2020 By: Kevina Wang

Recognizing the Hidden Warning Signs of Depression: In Others and Yourself

Depression is a serious mental health disorder that is commonly- and concerningly- masked with a smile. We must work together as a society to learn the hidden warning signs in order to ensure everyone receives the help they can get. Here's how.

Posted: 7/28/2020 By: Alex Choi

How "Doing Nothing" has Made Me More Productive

We often get so caught up in the hustle of the day to day, aiming for productivity and checking off to-do lists. However, doing "nothing" actually has immense benefits for your productivity. Don't believe me? Check this out.

Posted: 7/26/2020 By: Pranay Dhawan

5 Ways to Reach Out to a Friend

Five ways you can reach out to someone during quarantine. It’s always nice to bring a smile to someone’s face and showing you care by reaching out is a great way to do it.

Posted: 7/22/2020 By: Alex Choi

Becoming Your Own Best Friend

What we need to learn about loving ourselves and trusting who we are.

Posted: 7/22/2020 By:Pranay Dhawan

Logotherapy: Finding Your Meaning

How logotherapy can influence the way you think , help you find meaning in life, and live a purposeful life.

Posted: 7/21/2020 By:Alex Choi

How Difficult Times Bring Us Closer

We are in a challenging time right now. However, this time will create growth and discovery that will make our world stronger.

Posted: 7/21/2020 By:Kevina Wang and Pranay Dhawan

10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Quarantine

A couple of tried and true methods to take of yourself during these times.