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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Rediscovering Happiness

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.

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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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Truths About Mental Health versus Mental Illness

What does the term mental health mean to you?

Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘that poor person with mental health, I’m glad I don’t have that struggle’? Well, you may not struggle with a mental illness but you do have mental health. We all do! In society we use those words interchangeably when in fact they are quite different. What are the truths about mental health and mental illness? I invite you to learn with me about the difference between mental health and mental illness.   

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