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A Comic That Shows What It’s Really Like To Live With Depression And Anxiety

A Comic That Shows What It’s Really Like To Live With Depression And Anxiety
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Most of you have probably seen Nick Seluk’s comics from The Awkward Yeti floating around the internet at some point or another. His simple cartoon style allows him to make comics on all sorts of topics, from social awkwardness, to animals, to philosophy and beyond. The variety of subjects and the simple style of the comics makes them appealing to a large crowd, allowing Seluk to communicate ideas relating to heavy subject matter in a relatable manner.

When Sarah Flanigan, a reader of Nick’s comics, contacted him, he knew she had something important to say. Sarah has been living with depression since age 10, and an anxiety disorder since she was 16. She told Nick about dealing with two mental illnesses at once and how it’s impacted her life, but also what it actually feels like to live with it. Nick knew that Sarah’s description of her inner wars with depression and anxiety painted an accurate picture of what many people without these illnesses often don’t understand.

So, he decided to draw it.

“As someone who’s experienced and has been around anxiety and depression, it was easy to illustrate in a way that complemented the storyteller,” Seluk told Bored Panda in a piece about the comic. “Sometimes those who haven’t experienced the extremes don’t understand what it’s like, almost to the point of resenting it.”

Sarah and Nick hope this comic will help those without these mental illnesses better understand the reality of living with them every day. In particular, Sarah stressed the importance of people understand that it isn’t something you can just “snap out of”. She also notes that it is critical for people to understand that just because someone may currently be having a good mental health day, that doesn’t mean the illness is gone for good. Perhaps most importantly, misunderstandings cause people to hide their mental illnesses, often leaving them feeling isolated and alone, something Sarah says she has experienced.

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“The hardest part of living with depression and anxiety for me is feeling like I have to hide it,” says Sarah, who describes herself as the happy one in her group of friends. “It’s much harder than it should be to say, ‘Hey, I have depression and I’ve been struggling with self-harm since I was 10 and I just really need your support to get me through tonight’.”

Let’s hope this comic is a step towards a better understanding of depression and anxiety. You can check it out below:

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                                  Nick Seluk creates a variety of comics at The Awkward Yeti. Two popular series include one which shares the site’s name, “The Awkward Yeti”, which depicts a yeti named Lars and his experiences of social awkwardness in every aspect of his life. The other series, “Heart and Brain”, follows an anthropomorphic heart and brain as they butt heads (metaphorically, of course) over everyday happenings and philosophical quandaries. The above comic is part of a series called “Medical Tales Retold”, which until recently depicted tales of physical illnesses as told through Seluk’s comics. You can check out that series here if you’re interested in more!

                                  About Nick Seluk:

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                                  Awkward Yeti creator Nick Seluk left his job as a senior graphic designer in December 2014 to do The Awkward Yeti full time. He has always loved drawing, especially cartoons, because he finds it’s the best way to explain what he has going on in his head. In school, he used to draw cartoons that represented concepts in his notebooks, and those were always the ones that stuck with him. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University, but finds he learns better on his own. Nick lives in Michigan with his wife, three kids, and a very awkward dog.

                                  Featured photo credit: The Battle/Nick Seluk via tapastic.com

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                                  Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                  Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                  By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                  Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                  83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                    84 write random letter

                                      85 use a rubberband

                                        86 dorm smell bad

                                          87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                            89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                              90 take a picture of the name card

                                                91 iron inside out

                                                  92 old newspaper

                                                    93 tumble try shoes

                                                      keep a card like this

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                                                          94 soap bar

                                                            95 make a hole

                                                              96 drop the battery

                                                                97 use a coozie

                                                                  98 when taking a picture

                                                                    use a clean dust pan

                                                                      try a pants hanger

                                                                        use your cellphone light

                                                                          use a spring from an old pen

                                                                            quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                              user binder clips

                                                                                wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                  put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                    clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                      use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                        doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                          use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                            use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                              freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                  almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                    sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                      unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                        cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                          remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                            turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                              for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                  tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                    place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                      ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                        use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                          take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                            how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                              put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                  user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                    good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                      turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                        50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                          the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                            add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                              38

                                                                                                                                                hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                  stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                    the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                      how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                        the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                          use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                            to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                              user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                  rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                    use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                      50

                                                                                                                                                                        51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                          52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                            rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                              kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                                  58

                                                                                                                                                                                    59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                      60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                        hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                          Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                            hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                              use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                  keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                      drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                        use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                          use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                            do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                              when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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