Anxiety is the opposite of fun, and when we struggle with it, we just want it to go away. Unfortunately, some of the things we’re used to doing, even things that we do because they lessen our anxiety in the moment, can actually make anxiety worse.
You know the affect abusive relationships can have on your mental health but did you know the toxic friend can have the same affect? When I was younger I remember my father telling me to be careful who you chose to be your friends. Who knew I'd have to need to hear these words when … Continue reading How Toxic Friendships Can Damage Your Mental Health
For as many good reasons there are for seeking therapy, there are as many doubts people have about visiting a mental health counselor. Let’s look at a few...
Often when winter rolls in and the dark, cold, shorter days begin it can really affect your mental health. Some individuals may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and may find though their mental health can be fairly good during the year, the winter may bring sadness, low energy, irritability and other negative symptoms. Others may … Continue reading Seven Ways To Cope When Winter Takes a Toll on Your Mental Health
For a while now I've been threatening to write a book about fighting against the stigmas placed on Mental and Physical illnesses, especially in reference to invisible disabilities. When exactly did it become a social norm to judge what a person may be going through inside themselves? For me, my physical illnesses play a large … Continue reading Just Because I Look Okay, Doesn’t Mean I Am
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a pattern of unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions), which interfere with daily activities and can cause severe stress. You may feel the need to try and stop or ignore the OCD but that will just increase your anxiety. Eventually you will feel the … Continue reading Common Symptoms of OCD
The Canadian Mental Health Association reported that as many as 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health issue in any given year. Mental illness does not discriminate and could affect individuals of all ages, races, and religions. With the numbers being so high chances are all who read have been or will be … Continue reading Talking To Your Boss About Mental Illness
Disorganization and clutter can take a toll on mental health. Let's look at a few ways they keep us from feeling and being our best.
With 2017 marking the 20th anniversary of my descent into a severe mental health crisis, I’m using it as a reminder of how that dark time was the start of rebuilding my life and turning me into who I am today. So, as writing is such a cathartic practice for me, I’m going to look … Continue reading Bare Feet – A Way Of Life, 20 Years On
Like most siblings, my brother and I fought, bugged each other but we also stood by each other, supported and encouraged each other. What makes our relationship unique, is my brother has a learning disability and lives with mental illness. He is very emotional and sensitive. My brother was about a year or two when … Continue reading What Is It Like to Support a Sibling With a Mental Illness