I first want to start by saying that you are not going crazy! You are not making all these symptoms up! And you are not alone! Mental health, including anxiety, are so often misunderstood and seen as ‘exaggerating or overreacting’. I want you to know that panic attacks are a real physiological thing that happens to some people. I also want to encourage you to talk to someone – talk to your doctor or a counsellor if you need further support for your panic attacks.Continue reading “How to Manage Your Panic Attacks”
3 Strategies for Coping with Anxiety and Stress
Simple but super helpful, concrete strategies for anxiety, stress, & panic attacks!Continue reading “3 Strategies for Coping with Anxiety and Stress”
Today I am going to share with you three of the greatest strategies for stopping those intrusive/anxious thoughts. You know the ones I am talking about… that thought you just can’t seem to get out of your head no matter how hard you try! This is one of the first strategies I teach many of my students. I explain to them that this strategy is super simple #simpledoesn’tmeaneasy, proven to work, and will be useful in so many different areas of their lives. I also share that most adults haven’t yet learned these important skills.Continue reading “How to Let Go of Anxious Intrusive Thoughts”
Today is one of my favourite days…. the first day of fall! Who else loves warm tea, cozy sweaters, crisp air, and PUMPKINS?!? If you know me you know I am obsessed with pumpkin and all things fall… it makes me giddy!Continue reading “Fall: A Season of Mixed Emotions”
Worry – to allow oneself to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
Have you ever felt worried about something or someone? I know I have, and I amguessing you have to. Have you ever felt completely consumed by worry? Felt like you were trapped, unable to escape? Maybe you felt like this flower – the beauty of who you are is held hostage or enslaved by the worry, fear, and stresses around you.Continue reading “Worry Less, Breathe More”
The perfect card? Flowers? Chocolate? Jewelry? Expensive dinner? O MY!
I don’t know about you… but I often find myself getting exhausted by holidays which were created as symbols and celebrations of important moments in history that have instead been filled with commercialism, materialism, and expectations. We often forget the deeper meaning behind the holiday and lose sight of its beautiful reminders and significance. And sadly, usually just respond out of expectation.
Social media and the internet have caused us a lot of concern with safety, overuse, fake news, unrealistic expectations of reality (ever seen those DIY Pinterest fails?), unlimited access to destructive or harmful information etc.
Well today let’s choose to use social media and the internet for good! Let’s work together to end the stigma of mental illness. Join me in supporting the Bell Let’s Talk Day! (There are also a number of great Apps for mental health such as Be Safe or mindfulness apps.) Continue reading “Bell Let’s Talk Day”
Today I woke up to a winter wonderland. A world covered in a beautiful white sparkly blanket with big fat snowflakes slowly falling from the sky. Yes, I am one of those weird people that love snow but I also saw beauty in a less physically appealing way and more of a heart warming beauty. I saw community.
***UPDATED – Now includes 30-day challenge below****
If you missed part 1 of this series you can find it HERE
January 1st, the first day of a new year. New beginnings a head. A chance for a fresh start. And the end of all the Christmas and New Year hype. Tomorrow life will return to ‘normal’ or ‘as usual’. As I mentioned in part 1 of this series that January is often a hard month for people. This is why we are going to participate in a 30-day gratitude challenge toward rediscovering happiness together.
January is a dark, blah month for most people. We are having a literal and metaphorical ‘sugar crash’. Our bodies are burnt out from the increase in sugar and carbs, the extra alcohol or eggnog, and exhausted from the many late nights, that December brings. At the same time we also experience an emotional low. We are either coming down from the hype and excitement of Christmas or January magnifies and intensifies our feelings of loneliness and grief. January also has some of the longest, coldest, and darkest days. This is exactly why I chose January to be the month of Rediscovering Happiness in order to encourage a month of mental health, wellness, and healing.