How To Feel Better

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In a typical year, one in five Americans will experience some form of mental health issue. Of course, the last two years have been anything but typical. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges, while at the same time upending our go-to support systems. On a national scale, we're still sorting out what all of this means long-term. But for now, at least, so many of us want to know: What can we do to feel a little bit better?

There's no one answer. Good thing we've got way more than one.

This spring, BDG presents How To Feel Better, a united effort across our Lifestyle, Parenting, and Culture & Innovation portfolios to help our readers face their challenges and go after what brings them joy.

The 411
ByKate Auletta

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Advice from moms who've been there.

Self-Care
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Yes, even a run to Target counts.

The 411
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What To Know About Parental Leave If You Don't Know Where To Start

Here’s how much time the government (or your company) may give you, and expert tips for determining exactly what your benefits are.

The 411
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If your kid is going through something, here’s what to keep in mind.

Friendship
BySamm Burnham Davidson

I Would Be Lost Without My Mom Bestie

She is there through all the big life-altering events with understanding.

it's that simple
BySarah Aswell

Researchers Say Kids Need These Five Simple Things From Their Family To Flourish

A large global study shows what kids need most to thrive in life.

Working Mamas
ByMaggie Clancy

The Best And Worst States For Working Moms, Ranked

The report also featured expert analysis on how local and state governments can help improve the quality of life for working moms.

Kids' Health
BySarah Aswell

The Signs Of Depression In Teens Can Be Different Than In Adults

A doctor from the Mayo Clinic breaks down the most common signs of depression in teens.

early detection
ByMarie Holmes

Screening For Anxiety Should Begin At Age 8, Task Force Recommends

The task force also recommends screening for depression in children 12 and older.

Silver Linings
ByAlexandra Frost

Virtual Therapy Changed My Postpartum Life

I'm never going back to in-person.