Any form of writing, including artistic, academic, or otherwise, can serve as a form of self-therapy, a way to make sense of our thoughts and feelings and discover our deepest desires. One way to incorporate writing into our daily routine is by keeping a daily journal.
In 2009, I wrote my first-ever journal entry on an online diary. By 2013, I have managed to write thirteen entries. Although, I would always promise myself, and my diary, that I will, for sure, write more this time around, it took four years to seriously immerse myself in keeping a daily journal.
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 that I do not do well in the winter months, at least emotionally, and I cannot afford to escape to a tropical destination, I decided to create a SAD survival toolkit this winter. Before I share what is in my SAD toolkit, I would like to begin with a brief introduction of SAD. Continue reading “A toolkit for SADness”→
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 Engagement Project Coordinator for a children’s mental health hospital to create a peer-based mental health program for youth in the community.
At the peak of the proliferation of smartphones and social media and the attention economy, our attention has become the most valuable commodity. In order to profit from our attention, companies employ tactics to hijack our attention and keep us glued to our smartphones, scrolling mindlessly through our newsfeeds and watching cat memes all day long. According to some statistics:
The average American checks their phone every 12 minutes,
The average user touches their cell phone 2,617 times a day, and
In a 2014 survey, 46 percent of users said their smartphone is something “they couldn’t live without.”
What is digital wellness?
Digital Wellness is a movement that seeks to establish a holistic and unified approach to tackling the challenges and issues faced by individuals, and society at large, at the proliferation of the attention economy. The movement seeks a “fight fire with fire” approach by using tactics such as creating apps that help us manage the amount of time we spend on our digital activities. Continue reading “Digital wellness for beginners”→
One of my major goals for the new year is to be consistently productive and work on advancing my career as a youth worker, writing more for my blog, and creating more opportunities to grow professionally and personally. #CareerGoals!
Youth workers provide a vital service to young people and the communities that they serve, and studies show that one of the best indicators for job satisfaction is finding work that helps others.
RESOURCE:80000hours.org provides career advice for people who want to have a social impact.
It is evident that we can no longer talk about mental health without mentioning how our addiction to technology, our smartphones, and the various online platforms that we visit daily, can negatively impact our mental well-being. Continue reading “Mental health and social media”→