Self-medicating with art: A guide

Most of us self-medicate to some degree to manage our emotional needs. Self-medicating can be defined as a behavior in which an individual uses a substance or any exogenous influence to self-administer treatment for physical or psychological ailments.  Self-medicating can be done through the use of drugs, alcohol, and other substances to deal with a … Continue reading Self-medicating with art: A guide

A simple and effective youth engagement activity for mental health awareness

It is nice to be important, but it is important to be nice. During my undergraduate studies, I volunteer as a team leader at my university's Peer Support Centre that provided peer counseling to students. As a team, we were responsible for hosting events that promote mental health and the Peer Support Centre to students, staff … Continue reading A simple and effective youth engagement activity for mental health awareness

Keeping a daily journal for mental well-being

Writing can be a very therapeutic endeavor. Any form of writing, including creative, academic, or otherwise, can serve as a form of self-exploration to make sense of our thoughts and feelings, and discover our deepest desires. Keeping a personal journal is one of the ways in which we can incorporate writing into our lives to … Continue reading Keeping a daily journal for mental well-being

Sleep hygiene: is your sleep dirty?

In my previous article, titled how to fill our days, I mentioned, rather sarcastically, that we should all denounce the Busyness Olympics, and instead brag about the glorious 7 to 8 hours of sleep we get each night. Unless there is a legitimate reason for an individual to sacrifice sleep, such as needing to work … Continue reading Sleep hygiene: is your sleep dirty?

Stoicism for happiness: the dichotomy of control

Naturally, I stumbled upon stoicism during one of the worst times of my life. It was fall 2016. I have just started my first semester of grad school and had to take a social theories class that was required for all sociology majors. Quite frankly, that class made me feel so utterly incompetent and useless, I … Continue reading Stoicism for happiness: the dichotomy of control