The temptation affiliated with the concept of perfectionism is a very strong force. With perfectionism comes expectations, hence why the influence of perfectionism in itself is so powerful; it stems from a fear of letting others down. I myself am a perfectionist. Not willingly as it is associated with my anxiety, like many others who … More Pushing away perfectionism
I’m not one to really incorporate religious themes and elements into my blog posts, but for this particular topic, I think it would be appropriate to cite The Serenity Prayer, which I am sure a lot of us are familiar with: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to … More The power of acceptance
I know, I know. You likely read the title of this post and told yourself I’ve officially lost all sanity, and quite honestly, I can’t say I blame anyone thinking this with the chosen title for this post. But, before you completely write me off, hear me out. COVID-19, for a lot of us, has … More Can COVID-19 make you a better person?
Relaxation is a concept most of us are familiar with, but I question how many of us truly practice the meaning of the word, especially in the current state of the world we are living in. With so much negativity and cause for concern inundating our lives via media day after day, it’s easy to … More Reinstating relaxation
When it comes to relationships of any sort, the aspect of investing and reciprocating effort is a vital one. It is difficult for a relationship to bloom and grow when effort is only being exerted from one half of the two people involved, and eventually, efforts are eradicated as a result of frustration. I am … More The significance of knowing when to move on
I think it is safe to say that happiness is something many of us could use a little more of as of late, considering what we have already encountered this year. COVID-19 has undeniably put a bit of a damper on many of our spirits, and it seems as though we have become overly focused … More Have you heard about Copenhagen’s happiness museum?
Conflict is an inevitable occurrence in life. It can happen both expectedly and unexpectedly, but regardless of the ways in which it presents itself, it is crucial to have a firm understanding of how to approach it in the most effective manner possible. We all handle conflict and confrontation differently, therefore it makes sense that … More The importance of knowing how to best approach conflict
I’ve written a few different posts here on my blog discussing the long-term implications of eating disorders and the physical havoc they wreak on a body. The lasting effects of an eating disorder and undeniable for its victims, making it difficult to forget enduring such a debilitating condition. I would argue many of us are … More Finding hope in eating disorder recovery
The agricultural industry is a tough one. Farming consists of a significant amount of time, work and effort, and is unfortunately often times at the mercy of Mother Nature. This year has been exceptionally tough for members of the ag industry. Between COVID-19 and the setbacks and complications caused by it and a tremendously dry … More Have you thanked a farmer recently?
Pessimism is something that’s always really irked me. There are obviously situations in which pessimism is warranted, but more often than not, it isn’t necessary, yet many of us continue to live our lives with a pessimistic perspective. I’ve never really understood why someone would go out of their way to focus solely on the … More Pessimism: a how not to guide
If you’re someone who deals with anxiety on a daily basis, at any level, you’re arguably aware of how frustrating, debilitating, and stressful its influence can be. It’s sort of like hearing a constant nagging voice in the back of your mind that causes you to feel doubt and insecurity about anything and everything, so … More The significance of challenging anxious thoughts
In case you haven’t noticed, COVID-19 is, in a way, here to stay. Since it made its grand entrance earlier this year, we have undoubtedly felt and noticed the lasting effects of its influence, and I’m not exactly sure how we will ever revert to what we once perceived as normal until a reliable and … More Coping with COVID-19 long-term
Happiness, in most ways, is a subjective thing. It can look and feel different for everyone, and considering how different each of us is from one another, it makes sense that what makes us happy differs from one person to the next, too. And, as it turns out, the subjectivity of happiness has been scientifically … More Yes, you can control your happiness
Chances are that we have all, at one point or another, heard the expression ‘don’t make time for people who can’t make time for you.’ It’s a well-known saying, and really, it should be, as its message is a powerful and significant one to know and remember. While most of us are familiar with this … More Stop making time for people who can’t make time for you
I firmly believe that, in a way, a lot of us are wired to be too hard on ourselves. I would say I think the tendency to be especially critical towards ourselves is innate, or even an element of human nature, but I won’t as not all of us fall into this categorization. I sure … More PSA: Stop being so hard on yourself
The idea of knowing when to say no is one we arguably all should be familiar with. It’s a great mantra to practice as it is a means to lower the possibility of ourselves being taken advantage of, yet despite its importance, I think it’s safe to say that many of us could improve in … More The importance of knowing when to say no
Calorie restriction is a pretty popular component of a lot of diet plans around today. In fact, calorie restriction has been associated with the concept of dieting for a loooong time; too long, in my opinion. For whatever reason, a lot of diet plans somewhat orientate themselves around the idea of not only cutting, but … More This is why counting calories is so toxic
Humour is, to me, an essential component of daily life. I’ve always been intrigued by and attracted to humour, or anything that makes people laugh, really, and I’ve come to the realization that humour is an incredibly powerful tool to possess for different reasons. A couple of days ago, I encountered a series of unfortunate … More Here’s why laughter is so important
Denial is an interesting thing. Regardless of the situation at hand in which denial is present, I have always found it relatively fascinating that we as human beings are capable of convincing ourselves of something that is entirely opposing to truth. Even more interesting, in my opinion, is that when engaged in intensely and religiously, … More The dangers of denial
The idea of reaching out to someone and asking for help in a mental health context isn’t an easy one. In fact, for many of us, it’s daunting, terrifying, and relatively undesirable, hence why so many of us choose to remain silent in our fight with mental health, I believe. For a very long time, … More This is why we need to normalize asking for help
In somewhat of a continuation of yesterday’s post and my discussion of the hellish temperatures we have been enduring in Ontario as of late, I thought it might be worthwhile to chat about recognizing our bodies’ needs. As I stated in my post yesterday, working outdoors in the extreme heat we have been experiencing has … More How well do you know your body?
I would argue that a majority of us underestimate ourselves. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as this mindset can often lead to moments in which we happily surprise and prove ourselves wrong, but it can be a hindering practice as it somewhat works against the concept of knowing our worth, which is of tremendous … More This is why it’s so important to know our worth
This year really has been one for the books. We’ve seen a pandemic, murder hornets, a massive civil rights movement and more, and it’s only June. We still have another six months before 2020 has concluded, and I think a lot of us are cautiously curious to see what else this year has in store. … More Making time for mindfulness
As I’ve made mention of in a few different posts now, despite the negatives and shittiness associated with COVID-19 and living in a pandemic, there are some definite positives that have come from the situation we’re currently facing. Whether you’ve found yourself able to do some things you’ve never had time for prior, or your … More Enhancing fatherhood via COVID-19
Perfectionism is a characteristic trait that influences a lot of us. I would argue that there are a lot of people who are completely unaware of their perfectionism, making it that much more difficult to recognize when it presents itself upon us. I’ve heard people say that perfectionism is a good thing. And, depending on … More Are you a perfectionist?
As I’ve mentioned already in a couple of different posts, the COVID-19 pandemic we are still finding ourselves in has unfortunately negatively influenced mental health conditions for many of us. Isolation, social distancing and limited social interactions are arguably all contributors to a diminishment in our moods overall, and I think this mental wellness decline … More Read this to learn how to gain psychological first aid, free of charge
I’ve written a few different posts discussing anxiety and of the joys and wonders it entails, but I wanted to write another regarding how to go about your day with frequent anxiety since a lot of us are feeling more anxious than usual these days. If you’ve noticed your anxiety a little more as of … More Dealing with daily anxiety
I’ve been having a bit of a rough go as of late. In addition to grappling with the daily stress associated with the pandemic we’re facing, and also the variety of emotions that have presented themselves as a result of years of racially-fuelled police brutality, I’m also dealing with a bummed hand, a urinary tract … More Here’s how to calm yourself down when you’re feeling overwhelmed
Something that has come to my attention as of late in a rather pronounced manner is evidence supporting the idea that a lot of us are seriously struggling with social isolation. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been told to collectively abstain from participating in social gatherings and activities to an extent, … More Navigating through a lack of social interaction
It is disheartening to acknowledge that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health and wellness, for many of us, has taken a beating. Perhaps you have been struggling with a condition that has been intensified as of late; maybe you’re experiencing the onset of a type of mental illness because of the pandemic … More The importance of mental health check-ins