My new outlook on being motivated and doing hard stuff.

Earlier this year, I was confronted with my smartphone addiction. Though I couldn’t prove the two were related, I also noticed my shrinking attention span, lack of motivation, and putting off harder stuff to do more pleasurable activities.

Writing something…


I value passion and purpose so much, so why don’t I have it?

I thought by my age that I would be successful, financially stable, and working a fulfilling job in a career I loved. I dreamed of this as a child and teenager because that’s what adults do — they become successful and financially stable. I didn’t have any idea what my…


I’m a recovering perfectionist.

That’s a harsh term, and maybe you’re averse to using it, if you identify with the definition. …


I had a bad day recently. Not just any bad day. A bad day caused by massive insomnia from the night before. When I’m sleep deprived, I’m irritable, prone to depressed moods, hard to reason with, and incompetent.

I felt a duty to certain personal goals and chores for the…


Psychologist-proven, personally-tested methods to feel better about yourself

A shoulders-up view of a person with a flower crown, smiling, in front of a yellow background.

Like many now-adults who grew up without the proper nurturing and emotional care-giving, I’ve had a lifelong battle with low self-esteem. It’s affected the way I view myself, how I let people treat me, and my own level of happiness. …


The Simplified Guide to Being A Little Bit Happier

I consider myself a self-improver. I’ve always been in pursuit of ways to be better, do better, or feel better. I wouldn’t consider myself a happy person though. I’ve always got to be pursuing a goal or chasing something to feel satisfied or content. Sounds counter-productive, doesn’t it?

I’ve pursued…


If you’re involved in any mental health or inspirational community online, you’ve likely seen the term self-care. We all probably have an idea of what it is. After all, it doesn’t take a Ph.D …


I was unable to make eye contact with my grandmother for more than a few seconds straight before I had to look away at the TV. It was on a classic movie station, playing an old movie with actors I didn’t recognize.

Her frail body looked so small. Her hands…

Jessica Mathis

Writer at The Unplug Initiative. Mental health advocate. Doing my best in the pursuit of self-improvement.

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