Anxiety

Andra Vomir, Kinesiologist, Urges You To Give Yourself The Space To Listen To Your Body

Kristen Marano | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Kristen Marano

Kinesiology helps to uncover the emotional causes of self-limiting beliefs, distress, anxiety, pain, illness, and disease. Kinesiology uses light muscle testing to identify stressors in the body, allowing us to work on a deeper level than with conventional therapy.

5 Ways To Conquer Fear And Go For What You Truly Want

Melissa Dawn | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Melissa Dawn

Facing fear fully removes its power. By standing up to it, you make yourself stronger than the fear. You open yourself up to the possibility of denying fear power over your thoughts and actions.

How I Stopped Letting Anxiety Control My Commute

Shailee Koranne | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Shailee Koranne

Anxiety disorders show themselves differently in everyone who have them. My fear of public transit is almost totally irrational, I know -- that's actually the most frustrating thing about it. I know it's irrational, but it doesn't make it any easier to deal with the anxiety.

Sharing My Mental Health Story Was Tougher Than Olympic Competition

Silken Laumann | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I felt like I was daring myself to cross some arbitrary line in the sand, and once I did, there would be no turning back. Canadians' perceptions of who I was, and certainly their knowledge of my life story, would be forever altered. Even if only a few dozen people heard my story, it felt big to share personally and publicly.

Every Day Should Be #BellLetsTalk Day

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

It takes a lot of courage to own up to your difficulties, to open up to a complete stranger, and most importantly, to be willing to roll up your sleeves and do the inner work needed to heal. It's not a walk in the park, by any stretch of the imagination.

Mental Health Is The Key To Workplace Wellness

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Exercise, active living and healthy eating are not the first step in living a healthy lifestyle. The base needs to be set before anyone can live a healthy lifestyle. This is the problem -- most people are not equipped to live healthy. Education is important to health, and more than anything, mental health is critical.

Banned Elsewhere, Vancouver Jails Continue Use Of Restraint Device

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Bobbi O'Shea hoped her case would end the practice.

Revealing I Was Sexually Abused Lost Me The Mother I Never Had

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After what feels like a lifetime of battling drug and alcohol addiction, and my own tenuous mental health issues, three years ago -- at the age of 47 -- I finally found the strength to tell my wife and adult son that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Like too many other survivors of childhood sexual violence who decide to go public with their disclosure, I have lost contact with my mother and my siblings as a result. If you really want to know how to destroy an already fragile soul, take away the one thing that a survivor of sexual violence needs most -- connection, which equates as validation and worthiness.

Postpartum Depression Awareness Will Make Strides In 2016

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

While tinsel town continues to generate buzz about PPD with new plot twists and more celebrity confessions, here's hoping that the trend of openness continues in the right direction towards greater awareness and better treatment.

It's Time We Cut Ourselves Some Slack In The Workplace

Andrew Rennie | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Andrew Rennie

We're conditioned to act like we don't need sleep or weekends, only fleeting validation for that campaign that just hit market and a swig from the company whiskey bottle. I had never much subscribed to the notion of Toronto's permeating anxiety, however, until I returned from a much-needed trip over this past holiday break.

Being More Compassionate Can Help You Succeed In 2016

Erica Berman | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Here's the thing. If we can convince ourselves that most people are doing the best they can, then eventually we have to realize that about ourselves. That, my friends, is the key. Because if someone is doing the best they can, can you really ask anything more?

Those Fake Selfie Smiles Hurt More Than You Think

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Chakameh Shafii

We're used to having multiple faces -- at work, at home, or with our friends. Now there's a chance to have a social media version of ourselves. The pressure to present the best version of ourselves is creating new types of problems for the mental health of the society.

Stressed During The Holidays? Fermented Milk May Help

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's the middle of the holiday season and despite the promises of comfort and joy many Canadians will be dealing with a plethora of less than cheery emotions. There is a route to help keep the stressors at bay that doesn't involve very much effort; all one has to do is eat or drink fermented foods.

Steve Harvey's Miss Universe Mistake Offers A Powerful Lesson

Marcia Sirota | Posted 12.28.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I felt fortunate to witness this incredibly awkward moment was because it illustrated to me an important lesson both in human frailty and in human resilience. It was one of the worst possible things that could go wrong -- followed by a surprising and excellent recovery which I saw as tremendously reassuring.

12 Ways To Enjoy The Holidays (When You Are Feeling More Like The Grinch)

Jen Lawrence | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for everybody else. At least that's how it can seem if this season you are dealing with less-than-perfect ...

A 25 Year Old's Journey To Finding Inner Peace

Chakameh Shafii | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Living
Chakameh Shafii

I was very sad and nervous and couldn't explain why; I had a great job and wonderful friends. I now know that it wasn't just a phase I was going through, I had mild anxiety which brought on occasional depression.

Shedding Light On Body Dysmorphic (Anxiety) Disorder

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

BDD is a chronic mental illness that involves preoccupations with little flaws, real or imagined, in one's appearance that most of us can live with, but become obsessions for individuals with the condition.

CHCH Job Cuts May Hit Mute On Mental Illness

Arthur Gallant | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Resources are being cut and this gives me reason to be afraid. Producers will no longer have as much time to seek out people like me, and I believe instead they'll resort to their usual talking heads who can't relate or provide the same commentary as somebody with living with mental illness.

Searching For Meaning Amid The Holiday Madness

Lori Gard | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Can we truly celebrate Christmas the way it is meant to be celebrated: intentionally, heart-fully, deliberately? Doing so without partaking in everything the season has to offer (complete with all the mayhem and chaos)? Does every moment have to count?

How To Manage Your Fear Of The Dentist

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

About one in five people have some fear of going to the dentist, often stemming from a traumatic experience. Even general life anxiety can manifest into fear of the dental chair. Many of these people cancel appointments or avoid dental visits altogether. And for those who do come in, it's often when a dental issue is far more advanced and harder to treat.

I Won't Be Silenced By My Battle With Depression

Jen Kirsch | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Kirsch

Life was good. Until it wasn't. Because something that I can only refer to as stroke-like symptoms started to take over me, seemingly out of nowhere. A Mumford & Son's song blared in the background (I had just come home from a month long tour across the southern U.S. with them,) as I started to lose feeling in the left side of my body. First in my hand, palm and up my arm, then in my foot, calf, thigh and entire left leg. I wanted to tell my guy that something was happening to me, but I struggled to get any tangible words out of my mouth.

As The Parent Of Identical Twins, This One Question Stopped Me In My Tracks

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We all have a journey towards our sense of self; for identical twins, the road to self-awareness both literally and figuratively, is particularly challenging. In the case of my kids and so many other identical twins.

Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You Think

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Indeed, most instances of "faking it" are caused by the usual reasons, most of which are innocuous. It's the more insidious ones that we, as parents, need to be aware of so that we can address the causes at the basis of why our children are avoiding school.

How To Make Decisions Without Distress

Susan Valentine | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

When we feel stuck, our usual tactics -- giving ourselves more time, assessing pros and cons, soliciting our friends for advice -- don't really help, and in fact, can escalate our anxiety.

The Martian Teaches Us About Resilience

Jen Lawrence | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

The film is, on the surface, about a botched space mission that leaves Matt Damon stranded on Mars. It's also a film for anyone who's found themselves thousands of miles away from the life they'd planned. If you've lost a child, lost a spouse, survived a crime, been disabled, been diagnosed with a critical illness, you likely have had moments when you feel alone on a strange planet with no guarantee of making it back home.