Meet Sahar Aker, the mental health advocate who started the #IChooseBeauty movement and hashtag — which she calls a “life preserver” for her own mental health and happiness. A former health reporter, Sahar first reported on depression after her mother’s death 20 years ago; she now serves as an inspiration for people on social media as she continues to share her story and build a supportive community online. Her own battle with depression led to the creation of IChooseBeauty, and her decision to document one beautiful thing each day has turned into a popular (and free!) 30-day #IChooseBeauty photo challenge…

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Change of season and/or the holidays got you feeling less like yourself? You’re not alone. According to Psychology Today, holiday stress ramps up tenfold when you have anxiety — and more than 40 million U.S. adults are affected. Not to mention that there are about 3 million cases of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) reported each year. Get the facts on SAD below (and find out why it also happens in spring/summer) and learn the yoga poses that can help in this guest post co-written by Beth Shaw, founder of YogaFit, and yoga expert Amanda Frame. Yoga and Seasonal Depression Seasonal change is often…

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