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Normal is truly an awful word

I woke up in the early hours of the morning again due to pain and I couldn't go back to sleep. It's been happening so often that I've started to expect waking up in the middle of the night in pain. That's a terrible feeling. Normal is truly an awful word. Fibromyalgia has completely messed... Continue Reading →

Dial down your expectations of yourself

Are you struggling? Dial down your expectations of yourself.  You will feel a bit of relief. Some of the weight on your shoulders will feel lighter. When you are struggling, you should soften your expectations of yourself and others. You should also take better care of yourself. Doing so will ensure you get through this... Continue Reading →

Are they kidding me?

I went to the pharmacy to renew my pain medication. This time, the pharmacist handed me a piece of paper from the Canadian federal government warning about the use of opioids. I started reading it and thought somebody must be kidding me. The possible side effects stated are: Mental Illness such as depression. I was... Continue Reading →

What is hyper-fixation?

Many individuals struggling with mental illness experience hyper-fixation. What is hyper-fixation exactly? Essentially it’s being completely immersed in something and forgetting about everything else. It's a way to protect oneself from everything that we can't deal with in that moment. It's a way to get a break from the pressure of mental illness. It's a... Continue Reading →

Is stress impacting your mental health?

Feelings of numbness or detachment are a strong sign that your stress is impacting your mental health. There can be times when stress becomes excessive and too much to deal with. This pressure can make us feel overwhelmed or unable to cope. It can feel like you are burning the candle at both ends. Feeling... Continue Reading →

School Refusal

We have yearly check-ups for our physical health, but when it comes to the brain, we've stigmatized its health. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Shouldn't we have regular check up to make sure we are okay? Currently, in order to get help, you need to be in crisis, to be a... Continue Reading →

You are a survivor

January 30th is Bell's annual "Let's talk" mental health awareness day. Not everyone believes in Bell's honesty when it comes to wanting to eliminate the stigma around mental health. I still think it's a good initiative that needs to overshadow any issues the company has. Why do we need to talk about mental health? Mental... Continue Reading →

Mental Health Wish List

I think that, for most of us, there are times in life when it all just feel like too much. This is why I put together a mental health wish list. The top item on my mental health wish list is the weighted blankets that are proven to help reduce stress and anxiety while also... Continue Reading →

Burning the candle at both ends

In today's society which values a busy lifestyle it is easy to loose sight of our physical and mental health. Everyone you speak to complains about being tired and having too much to do. How do you know when what you are feeling is more than the "normal" exhaustion? How do you know when you... Continue Reading →

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