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It’s springtime and the sun is shining, the nice crisp breeze is coming through your windows as soon as you open them.

I love the spring! it shifts my mood and gives me faith that brighter days are ahead. It was a freezing winter, and being quarantined and homeschooling my kids while working remotely did not help my mood much. There were days I felt trapped inside, so sometimes I would have my kids play in the snow. Now that Spring is here I can’t help but think of all the clothing and items I need to get rid of…


Find the why in what you're passionate about…

What drives you to wake up in the morning? To find your why you must first have the drive to accomplish something each day. For some people, it may be as simple as a morning coffee or a jog down the street and for others, it may be getting up to write an article as I’m doing right now.

Sometimes we wonder how we can stay motivated each day. In order to stay motivated, we must first find what drives us to get up in the morning in the first place. …


What it means to be rich…

There is a difference between being rich and wealthy. Some rich people make money and see it as an opportunity to spend and live large. They have the money so why not spend it ? To some being rich would be a dream come true. People love to talk about everything they would have and do if they were rich. “ I would buy this or that.”

What some may not know is that rich people can have a lot of debt. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, if your expenses are…


There is a difference between using the terms Spanish, Hispanic and Latino.

Spanish is a language derived from Spain. “Spanish people” refers to people who are from Spain, just as English people are from England, and German people are from Germany. Hispanic refers to people who come from a Spanish-language background, while Latino is typically used to identify people who are from Latin America regardless of what language is spoken. …


True Story

Five years ago, I worked at a Mental Health outpatient facility. I remember being excited when I got the call that the position was offered to me. By then I was in college going for my B. A in psychology and raising my son, so my plate was full. I also lived in my studio apartment and was desperate to make more money for the rent.

On my first day at the job, I met my boss the director of the program. She asked me a series of questions and made presumptions of me that were offensive. She said oh…


Ten years ago I suffered from Postpartum Psychosis. Five years ago, I was an Advocate for mothers who needed education in raising their new baby, which included breastfeeding & maternal mental health services in Philadelphia. I am still in the public health field while also writing/blogging on Maternal Mental Health in Women. My degree is in psychology, and my goal is to break the mental illness stigma in the community by educating people on the negative effects on poor mental health.

I have learned so much after experiencing Postpartum Psychosis. One important lesson is self-care is very important. Some mothers…


My first pair of hoop earrings were put on me when I was 2 years old. Same experience for my two year old daughter. Big name earing’s was a big deal and the style back then, and is still the style for some. Just like other Latina’s, I had the name earrings too with the name chain and even a name bracelet. Yes, it may sound excessive, but it was and still is a trend.

To some people big hoop earrings are a stylish accessory to what your wearing, but to a Latina wearing hoop earrings is a form of…


Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how you feel, think, behave and could lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. The key word there was physical, because you feel like you physically cannot do anything. Feelings of hopelessness and failure take over your mind, and your body shuts down on you because of stress. Depression makes you feel defeated, like you have no strength to get back up. A person who is depressed may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities. Depression is more than just sadness…


Stress management are a various techniques that people use to manage stress. I will be clear in stating that stress is not always bad, and there is no such thing as not having stress. We all have it from time to time. I am sharing ways to manage it effectively, so it does not turn into toxic stress. Five years ago as a Recovery Counselor, I use to facilitate group therapy and my group were people over 40 yrs old, they managed stress in their own ways by gossiping or smoking, drinking etc. When I tried to teach them meditation…


Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences. A situation that may cause you to stress is a big test coming up or a job interview. No matter what is happening next, we tend to overthink to the point we start to stress and not feel so well.

Let’s discuss the difference between good stress and bad stress. Good stress is adrenaline and bad stress is cortisol. Good stress tells your body to invest a lot of energy right now because you have a good opportunity to meet your needs. For example, a new job you start…

Ashley Carino

Mental Health & Lifestyle writer, creator of Her_Chance_ On IG

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