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
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?
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
Winter is my least favorite season. I really don't trust people who claim winter to be their favorite season. While I appreciate how beautiful a fresh snowfall can be, the bitter cold, the ungodly short days, and the inability to enjoy most outdoor activities make winter my least favored time of the year. Finally having realized … Continue reading A toolkit for SADness
As I admitted in a previous post, I am obsessed with radical ideas. There is certainly no shortage of self-care ideas to browse through on the World Wide Web, advising us to meditate, walk-in nature, or get a massage, body scrub, facial or book yourself into a spa for a day or weekend to practice self-care. I'm … Continue reading 10 radical self-care ideas
Peer support is sort of my jam, it is something I feel knowledgeable and very passionate about. It began back in 2014 when I got the opportunity to volunteer as a Peer Counselor at the Peer Support Centre during my undergraduate studies. After I completed graduate school, I landed a position working as a Youth … Continue reading A short introduction to youth peer support
This short piece was written in a heat-of-the-moment realization that hit me at 6:00am while drinking a Blonde Vanilla Almond Milk Latte (so good!) at Starbucks (I'm still *internally* boycotting them) and musing over this article before heading to work. It's part critical self-awareness, and part caffeine-induced rant. Busyness has become a badge of honor in our … Continue reading how to fill our days
1. Practice breathing exercise 2. Practice voluntary discomfort. Sleep on the floor for a night. Fast for a day. Or, two. Go outside wearing a t-shirt when it's below freezing. Here's why. 3. A 5-minute journalling technique to banish anxiety 4. Download SelfControl In my previous post, Mental health and social media, I discussed the negative impact … Continue reading 7 tools for mental wellness