Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is something that unfortunately has relevance to a lot of us, especially those of us who live in four-season climates. Here in Canada, SAD is nothing new, and I know quite a few people personally who are seriously burdened by this condition. In case you’re unaware of what SAD is, it … More Struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder? Read this
It is arguably safe to say that this year, more of us are feeling a bit down than ever before. Cases of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are skyrocketing across the globe as a result of the stress and fear induced by COVID-19, and many of us are simply not feeling as happy … More Here are some scientifically proven ways to improve your mood
When majority of us are asked by someone how we are doing, some common terms used to respond often include fine, good, or not bad. Unless someone is willing to be brutally honest and admit they’re not, in actuality, fine, most of us answer with optimistic words, and the person asking the question doesn’t think … More How are you really doing?
Chronic fatigue can be an extremely debilitating condition to have to endure on a daily basis. Over time, it arguably influences multiple facets of life, whether it be work, relationships or friends, and it isn’t difficult to try to understand how frustrating chronic fatigue can be. Personally, I’ve always had a bit of a battle … More Feeling tired all the time? Read this
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
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
The situation many of us are finding ourselves in right now isn’t exactly pleasant. With many businesses and services closed, social interactions being prohibited unless social distancing is being practiced, and an inability to visit with our friends and loved ones, it is easy to understand how and why some of us may be struggling … More It’s okay if your mental health isn’t at its best right now
Depression is a form of mental illness many of us are, unfortunately, familiar with. Depression, like any mental illness, has no preference regarding gender, occupation, lifestyle or age – it is not discriminant, and it can take its toll on any of us. While no definitive cure for depression has been developed, tremendous advancements have … More Treating depression with magnets
If you’re someone who experiences anxiety, you’re more than likely familiar with just how frustrating and further debilitating it can be. I can’t speak on behalf of everyone who has this type of mental illness, but personally, I find some days to be worse than others, and the same goes for triggering situations – some … More Does anxiety ever go away?
Forcing yourself to be happy when you’re not can be a pretty challenging feat to overcome. Whether you’ve been in a slump for a week or a month, it’s difficult to plaster on a smile and go about your day as if everything is fine and dandy, especially if you haven’t been feeling like yourself … More What to do when you’re feeling down
We’re gonna get real with each other for a second, folks. It’s time to talk about menstruation and all of the delightful symptoms that can present themselves both before and after your cycle. I’ve noticed that for the past few months I’ve been feeling blue. Not all the time, but rather, specifically either the week … More Feeing down? It could be your period
I like to think I’m a relatively optimistic person. I’m usually in a good mood, unless something occurs to alter my mood, and I try my best to generate positivity. A few days ago, I came home from work in a pretty miserable mood. Nothing happened at work to prompt the emotion, but I just … More It’s okay to have bad days
When it comes to mental illness, one of the most effective ways to understand it is through conversation. I often say that unless you’re chatting with someone who has dealt with mental illness themselves, it’s difficult to convey what exactly it entails. Talking to someone about a mental illness you’ve both experienced can be one … More Let’s talk about mental illness
I’m a pretty big fan of Sophie Turner, and I imagine many other folks are as well. Likely because she seems pretty cool as a person, and she’s a wicked actress. Born on Feb. 21, 1996 in Northampton, England, Turner is the daughter of a nursery school teacher (her mother, Sally), and a pallet distribution … More Profile: Sophie Turner
Winter can be a tough time of year for a lot of us. The weather is cold and dreary, many of us are confined to the indoors, and there isn’t a whole lot to look at outside in terms of greenery. My mom was telling me that she was recently speaking with a nurse practitioner … More Feeling the winter blues?
Today’s post differs slightly from the typical content I discuss here on my blog, but I think it’s important to draw attention to the topic. As of late, I’ve been feeling pretty bland. Down might be a better word for it. I don’t wish to use the term depressed as I haven’t been properly diagnosed, … More Not feeling like yourself? That’s okay, me neither
This is nuts, ladies and gentlemen. Findings from a recent epidemiological study suggest that “consuming walnuts may be associated with a lower prevalence and frequency of depression symptoms among American adults,” said a Eurekalert release, originally from Edelman Seattle. Researchers involved with this study assessed participants for depression. They discovered that “depression scores were 26 … More Can walnuts help with depression?
Some may say I’ve been on a bit of a mental health kick here on my blog as of late, but, quite honestly, that’s absolutely fine with me. Mental health is a topic that requires discussion and exploration, and what better way to spread awareness to reduce the stigma surrounding it than by making a … More Maintaining mental wellness
As I mentioned on here a while ago, I have started seeing a therapist in hopes of getting a handle on my anxiety and minor depression. My anxiety is moderate to severe, whereas my depression is mild, only flaring up from time to time. I saw my therapist last week, and I found it to … More Embracing discomfort
A recent Phys.org article will have dog lovers rejoicing. A University of Alberta study has cultivated results that suggest sleeping with a dog could benefit chronic pain sufferers. The findings contradict other medical advice that recommends sleeping without a dog for people who experience long-term pain. “A small study published earlier this year of people … More It’s healthy to sleep with your pup
Oct. 10, yesterday, was 2018’s #WorldMentalHealthDay. The following information is from an Ontario government release that was issued on #WorldMentalHealthDay: “Up to 30 per cent of Ontarians aged 15 and up experience a mental health or addictions issue. About one in five children and youth in Ontario have a mental health challenge. It’s estimated that … More #WorldMentalHealthDay
A Eurekalert release titled “Acne stigma linked to lower overall quality of life, Irish study finds” reports that women and young girls who experience acne are more likely to face a lower quality of life than males with acne. A study from the University of Limerick, Ireland, has revealed that people who suffer from acne are … More Acne can contribute to a lower quality of life
An article from the Medical Press reports that quitting junk food can result in similar withdrawal symptoms that occur when one quits an addiction, specifically in the first week of quitting. The University of Michigan recently did a study that is likely the first to examine withdrawal symptoms of people when they refrain from consuming … More Research shows quitting junk food is as hard as quitting an addiction
Before I get into my own account of what anxiety consists of for me, personally, I want to state that anxiety and all types of mental illness impact people differently. It is impossible to categorize symptoms of mental illness that apply to each and every person who struggles with them to an entirely accurate degree, … More Here’s What Having Anxiety Is Really Like
Chances are if you’re between the ages of 12 and 70, you likely have at least one account with a social media platform, if not more. For most of us, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are the three major social media platforms we check in with daily, but there are many others that people frequently make … More Is Social Media Making You Depressed?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely noticed that lavender seems to be the latest craze. It seems to be just about everywhere, and because of its popularity, I wanted to provide some information about this herby powerhouse to pay homage to just how great it really is. An herb native to Northen … More A Love for Lavender
An article by Irina Ivanova titled “Farmers are Killing Themselves In Staggering Numbers” caught my attention the other day when it appeared in my Facebook newsfeed, unfortunately for the wrong reasons. I was aware that mental illness and suicide is prevalent in the farming community, but this article allowed me to recognize just how severe … More Suicide Amongst Farmers
News broke on June 5th that Kate Spade, an American fashion designer and incredibly successful businesswoman, was found dead in her home after committing suicide. Spade was 55 years of age and leaves behind her husband, Andy Spade, and her daughter, Frances. Spade was the former co-owner of the designer brand, Kate Spade New York, … More Why Kate Spade’s Suicide Is A Crucial Example of Mental Health Awareness
Anxiety is something I struggle with daily. I try my best to manage it and keep it under control, however, it can be overwhelming at times. Something to keep in mind when suffering from anxiety is designating effective coping mechanisms. Everyone who experiences anxiety does so differently, and as a result, all persons cope with anxiety … More How I Cope With Anxiety