Toxic Positivity: “Smile”

Three 'Smile' songs Toxic Positivity defined: the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations. The process of toxic positivity results in the denial, minimization, and invalidation of the authentic human emotional experience. (taken from this article, 'Toxic Positivity: The Dark Side of Positive Vibes' by Samara Quintero and Dr. Jamie Long) I've... Continue Reading →

Second-Guessing

I drove myself to my counseling appointment for the first time today. I thought I would remember the way, having been a passenger so many times before, and wouldn't need to turn on my phone's map app. I thought I knew all of the familiar landmarks. I read the highway signs, made the correct turns,... Continue Reading →

Anxiety Buster: Supplements

Disclaimer: I am not a professional. Just a regular person who has researched and tried natural supplements as well as worked with my doctor(s) to try medicine to alleviate anxiety and depression. These are my experiences and in no way should they be taken as advice. Please do your own research, talk to your medical... Continue Reading →

Anxiety Buster: Breathing

I have 'White Coat Syndrome' - which is when your blood pressure reading is normal at home but when a doctor or nurse takes it, it's often skyhigh. I am slowly improving with my GP over time, but still take my readings at home to share with him so that he can keep an eye... Continue Reading →

Covid-19: Active Rest

Since our provincial government has encouraged us to stay at home, I have been trying to plan out meals and calendar activities for this month and next. I fully intended on staying inside and not risking going out for shopping, but as our risk of contracting the virus will only increase over the next several... Continue Reading →

Speaking your truth

In my research into hypothyroidism, I came across the Hindu teachings about chakras. To be clear, I don't ascribe to Hinduism but my interest was piqued by their belief that thryoid issues were due in part to not using your voice. Acquiescing to others when you know you shouldn't; staying silent instead of speaking up;... Continue Reading →

Honor

Honor: Noun: high respect; great esteem. adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct. Verb: regard with great respect fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement) I recently read a Bible devotional that talked about how God honors us.  Initially, it rubbed wrong and I had to stop and ask myself... Continue Reading →

Pink Glasses of Hope

"Honor your own pace. "Walk, don't run." Recovery doesn't care about your ambition, only on your current ability. Mental illness is trauma and trauma takes time to heal."             Sam Dylan Finch The problem with knowing the basics of something, is forming assumptions about how long it should take to master... Continue Reading →

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