Not too long ago, an individual my family has known for many, many years passed away. This certain person wasn’t technically our own family, but may as well have, and we were and remain to be rather saddened to learn of their passing. After I heard the news, I started thinking about death. I realize … More Recognizing the intricacies of grief
The sensations we experience when we are feeling inadequate aren’t exactly pleasant ones. Some that come to mind include inferiority, hopelessness, helplessness, isolation, and sadness, and that’s only naming a few. Feeling as though we are inadequate, or, in simpler terms, not good enough, is truly a debilitating sentiment. It is frustrating because while we … More How to grapple with feelings of inadequacy
Self-pity, while a rather unattractive practice, is a bit of an inevitable one in this thing we call life. We are human, and therefore act, feel and behave as humans do, so sometimes we succumb to the temptation to feel bad for ourselves regarding a particular unfortunate event. Self-pity is a very normal occurrence from … More Here’s why you need to stop feeling sorry for yourself
The experience of recognizing when we have been left out is not a pleasant one. Acknowledging that we are being left out of something or excluded makes us feel unwanted and alone, and it’s a difficult sensation to grapple with. Unfortunately, many of us can relate to the feeling. It seems to affect a lot … More How to deal with being left out
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
Death is a pretty gloomy topic. Understandably, we associate death with loss, absence, pain and anguish, and it certainly isn’t something we yearn for when it comes to ourselves or our loved ones. Unfortunately, though, death in this life is inevitable, and despite its certainty, many of us have tremendous difficulty when it comes to … More How to process and deal with a death
I should likely start this post by stating that while the title indicates that my advice pertaining to this topic is absolute, it certainly isn’t. I’m no therapist or counsellor, but perhaps my approach to the topic can help someone who is struggling. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s begin, shall … More Coping with bad news: a how-to guide
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
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?
A few days ago, while listening to the song The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, it sort of struck me just how damn incredible the lyrics of this song are. Sure, I’ve probably listened to it more times than I can count over the course of my life, but for whatever reason, this … More Appreciating lyrical poetry
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
My entire life, I have always stressed that only dog people are able to comprehend how difficult is to have a furry friend leave you. My family lost one of our pups, Sammy, a blue heeler, roughly a year-and-a-half ago. It was quite honestly one of the most difficult experiences I have had to endure, … More Can losing a dog be harder than losing a person?
The recent passing of my Oma has encouraged me to contemplate the concept of both funerals and celebrations of life. Although I have never attended a celebration of life, I know many people who have, and by the sounds of it, they’re a lot more meaningful than funerals. Don’t get me wrong; funerals are important. … More Funerals vs. celebrations of life
I’ve addressed anxiety and the many struggles that accompany it before, but recent events have led me to re-visit the topic. Anxiety is hands down one of the most burdening things to deal with on a daily basis. Your own thoughts turn against you, and at times, it feels as though you’re swallowing yourself whole. … More Is your anxiety a burden for others?
Being in a funk is a rather unfortunate experience. You feel sluggish, unmotivated, and for me, personally, downright sad/glum. Funks can happen in a variety of situations; perhaps you’re feeling rather stuck at work, and can’t seem to designate any light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak; maybe it’s with your partner, … More How To Get Out Of A Funk