5 Tips for Staying Motivated During a Mental Health Crisis

5 Tips for Staying Motivated During a Mental Health Crisis

by April Hooper

My hands are shaking. 

Maybe it’s the nerves and anxiety coursing through me (or maybe it’s just the coffee). Either way, when I’m feeling anxious or sad and my mental health is NOT at its best, getting work done is almost impossible. My creativity plummets, and my motivation hides like a good find at a thrift store. I take ANY opportunity to distract myself with Netflix or social media (TikTok is my weakness). 

Somedays, having low productivity is okay; we ALL deserve a break every now and then. But other days, we need a little spark of inspiration, a push in the right direction. If that’s how you’re feeling, then you’ve come to the right place…

My first tip to combat the motivation void is this: 

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What’s Wrong With Being (Body) Confident?

What’s Wrong With Being (Body) Confident?

by: April Hooper

Ditch the Clique is ALL about confidence. And for women, BODY confidence is everything! Whether at events or on our social platforms, here at Ditch the Clique we work to remind every woman that her size and appearance have not hold over living the life she dreams!

Our SheEO Rachel K. Grim is fearless and honest with this message. Even as things change, she doesn’t let that stop her from being confident in her own skin! In this way (and SO MANY others) Rachel empowers the Ditch the Clique COMMUNITY and ALL the women around her to live confidently! And GIRL, The BodCon thinks so, too! To recognize body confident women and small businesses like Ditch the Clique, the BodCon created the Impact Grant. This grant allows one impactful person to further build their brand while spreading body confidence and self love to even more people! Because of Rachel’s dedication to inspiring women of all ages, races, sizes, and careers, Ditch the Clique is one of the six finalists shortlisted to win alongside the other nominees who also do great work in creating safe communities that breaking stereotypes.

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How to Create Inspiring Spaces: College Dorm Edition

How to Create Inspiring Spaces: College Dorm Edition

by April Hooper

Some days, my to-do list feels like a taunt. All I can do is sit back in my chair, stare out the window, and let my mind wander to avoid all the tasks I have piling up. No matter how good of a writer I am, sometimes the words just don’t come. When my inspiration has run dry, all that is left to do is wait. 

Motivation comes and goes… and goes and goes and goes (trust me, I’m a college student — I get it.) 

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Inspiration in Ordinary Things: Thrifting Edition

Inspiration in Ordinary Things: Thrifting Edition

by April Hooper

I am a thrifting expert, just ask my friends. I NEVER leave Goodwill empty-handed. Part of the reason is that I love the hunt, and I’m willing to take my time to look through every color-coded rack. It’s also partly because I find thrifting relaxing, not overwhelming. But most importantly, I think thrifting is INSPIRING

Maybe you’re thinking: “But April, how can grandma’s old clothes and shelves full of creepy figurines be inspiring?” 

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