It’s the Big Things…Suicide Prevention

Please note, this post discusses a sensitive topic. If you are sensitive to discussing suicide or depression, please take this week off from reading Any Little Way and rejoin us next week. Additionally, this post is NOT advice for someone who is currently going through depression and/or thinking about suicide. This post is for people to connect better and encourage one another, regardless of whether or not they know someone going through depression. If you are slogging through depression or thinking about suicide, please know that you are a beautiful person, no matter what you may think about yourself and to please just keep going one more day and then one more day and then one more day. Never give up. And particularly, GET. HELP. if you need it. In the United States, you can call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) or you can text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

September is Suicide Prevention Month, which is very important. Many of us have a connection to suicide, given that 41,000 people commit suicide every year. This number tends to increase after high publicized suicides, such as after Anthony Bourdain’s and Kate Spade’s deaths this past summer. Their deaths were highlighted even more because this CDC report came out in a gruesome coincidence almost immediately afterward, pointing out how suicide is on the rise. Sadly it seems, more and more of us come face to face with the sadness and loss of a suicide and that’s one of the reasons why it’s important to focus on awareness all year long – and not just after the fact.  Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…It’s Always Worth An Ask

One of my mottoes has been “it’s always worth an ask”. What’s the worst that can happen? In most cases, you’re told no and you’re exactly where you were when you started. Sometimes, depending on the question, people might think about you a little differently, but that’s only if you ask a weird question.

You’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at how much other people don’t care if you ask them a question or 2. Also, store employees are there to answer questions. Friends want to help you. Strangers probably enjoy helping you out. Your boss wants you to be productive. Unless you’re interrogating someone, they’re happy to answer your questions about 95% of the time. Think about it – does it bother you when people ask you a question? (Yes, after you’ve had coffee.) It probably doesn’t! So why would it bother them? Are you especially annoying so that other people don’t want to even talk to you? I can practically guarantee you aren’t. In fact, you’re probably a really nice person who just has a quick question about something that you’re slightly nervous to ask. So ask the question!  Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…A Tiny Perspective Change to Get You Through Something Hard

Are you going through a rough patch? Are you insanely busy with school and work and kids and life? You’re not alone. This phrase is repeated so often that it’s is cliche by now. But, it’s true! Maybe not in the way that many people mean, but you’re not alone because chances are that someone somewhere has gone through your situation and survived and possibly even thrived. Changing your perspective just a tiny bit can help you power through any situation you experience, and this post discusses one such tiny perspective change.  Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…Strike a Pose! (Or, Get a Two-Minute Mood Boost!)

Dealing with stress? Got a big presentation coming up? Got a little presentation coming up? Or even just need a little confidence boost? If you need a quick pick me up, strike a pose! More specifically, strike a power pose for 2 minutes! In her 2012 TED talk, Amy Cuddy discusses how body language can change our brains. While there is a lot of GREAT information in those 21 minutes, here’s a quick nugget that can quickly and easily help you boost your mood and gain confidence: stand like Wonder Woman for 120 seconds.  Continue reading