How to Manage Your Panic Attacks

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.

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How to Let Go of Anxious Intrusive Thoughts

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.

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Pillars of Mental Health

Are you feeling like those winter blues are dragging on? Why are we (in Canada) still getting snow in April? I really do love snow, especially those big fat, slow falling snowflakes – BUT I AM READY FOR SUMMER. It is spring and it still feels like winter outside.

I know that for many of the students I work with, they are struggling to maintain positive mental health right now. I attribute a lot of it to the weather we are experiencing. People are just ready for a change. For the hope and joy that comes with a warm sunny day.

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Bell Let’s Talk Day

Let’s Talk…

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”

Rediscovering Happiness-Gratitude Challenge (updated)

***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.

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The Brain, Stress, & Healing (part 2)

If you are just joining us I invite you to check out part 1 of this blog so you can meet Amy, Hippo, and Olly. Here

Today we are going to briefly cover three topics 1) how anxiety affects team brain, 2) neuroplasticity and what it means for healing, and 3) some simple strategies you can implement. Wow that’s a lot… if you need a break feel free to always take a break and finish the rest of the post later. These are also all topics I may dive into deeper in the future.

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The Brain, Stress, & Healing (part 1)

You might be wondering why I am writing a piece on the brain. Well, you may or may not know that our brains are key players in terms of how we respond to life, how we handle stress, and process emotions. Our brain is a map, showing us how we learn and why we behave the way we do. Understanding your stress response system, and how our brain works, is one of the greatest tools we can have in working towards mental health, wellness, and healing.  

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