Mental Wellness

What I Mean When I Say 'I Suffer From Depression'

Anna Pearson | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
Anna Pearson

The first person I told asked me, "What does that even mean, to have a mental illness?" I struggled to explain how I felt. That was three years ago. Today, I think I have a better grasp on what it means to live with a mental illness. So now I'll finally try to answer that question.

This Is How You Become A Better Friend

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Investing in friendships is part of a finding a healthy balance in life. We care for and enjoy our friends, but sometimes we might forget to think about how we can secure and grow our friendships. Any sort of investment requires some time and thought. Maintaining friendships requires effort, but when we look at the health benefits of friendships, this effort is worth it.

Learning To Cope With Just The Right Amount Of Anxiety

Dr. Susan MacKenzie | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Susan MacKenzie

From an evolutionary perspective, anxiety is a helpful and adaptive emotion. For thousands of years, anxiety has motivated humans to act (and survive) in the face of danger. The problem is, though, for some of us, the amount of anxiety we experience in a situation does not fit, or match, the fear -- or threat -- in that situation.

11 Ways You Could Be Hurting Your Kids' Mental Health

Sharon Powers | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Sharon Powers

If you remove all of life's unpleasantries, what are you really teaching your child about the world? Doing so will only result in giving your child a false sense of reality. Resilience, being able to get back up after you fall down, is what adults must instill in children. Allow your child to face uncomfortable circumstances even if it makes you uncomfortable. This will teach them about overcoming adversity.

8 Ways To Maintain A Healthy And Fit Brain

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

Scientists studying recovery from brain injury have shown that parts of our brains possess the ability to regenerate throughout adult life. Neurogenesis, the regeneration of brain cells, suggests that maybe an old dog can learn new tricks after all.

How To Handle Being Unfairly Criticized By Your Boss

Monique Caissie | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

It is hard enough to stay calm, cool and collected when being criticized, but when it happens in front of our colleagues, and when we are "sure" it's groundless, we absolutely have to contain our baser instincts. We may not want to draw attention to ourselves, or worse, we want to avoid throwing gas on the fire.

The Power Of Knowing What Makes You Smile

Dina Pestonji | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

Next time that you feel your mind is going towards a negative path -- think about what makes you smile which will help put the negative thoughts in perspective. Take a walk, go to your favorite coffee shop around the corner, call your best friend or look at pictures of your dog on your phone.

We Need To See Ourselves In The Mentally Ill

Silken Laumann | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

Until we can see ourselves in the mentally ill we will not stand up and fight for better care, increased awareness, and greater funding. As long as we stand to one side and not recognize that we are all vulnerable, that mental illness can happen to any one of us.

How To Avoid Raising An Attention-Hungry Child In The Digital Age

Greg Kushnick, Psy.D. | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Greg Kushnick, Psy.D.

The quality of attention a parent pays to her child while they communicate with one another, as well as the frequency and predictability of disruptions in communication, probably determines how psychologically damaging the incessant checking of screens is to a growing child.

5 Tools That Helped Me Survive A Workplace Bully

Monique Caissie | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

Having worked in mental health, I've seen the other kinds of scars. Unfortunately, I've also been victim to them myself. Years ago, I worked at a children's charity. The executive director (ED) verbally abused staff. The first time I heard her scream, I thought she was injured and ran into her office. I was shocked when I realized screaming was her way of asking for a file.

5 Compelling Reasons To Leave Your Horrible Boss

Monique Caissie | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

You do have a choice. You may have to take a financial hit to put yourself in a better long-term situation. This happens to people all the time and resilience comes from taking action with a longer more practical viewpoint.

3 Ways Technology Is Messing With Our Mental Health

Brent Seal | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Living
Brent Seal

We all know technology is sweeping through society like never before. We're also starting to realize that computers and smart phones were just the start of what will continue to reshape human interactions and humanity for the coming decades. Some people hail technology as the solution to our grandest challenges, while other decry it as the cause of them. Here are three ways technology is messing with our mental health and some ideas to combat them

How Ayurvedic Massage Can Put Your Life In Balance

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada
Sacha DeVoretz

I try to care for myself throughout the year. Not just the holidays or when it is stressful at work. If I am in a more balanced frame of mind, I can t...

Healing The Emotional Scars Of Hurtful Parents

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Instead of trying to get your parents to love and validate you today, you'd be better off facing the truth about them, giving up your futile attempts at winning their love, and focusing your attention instead on developing the self-love and self-confidence that your childhood deprived you of.

5 Secret Weapons for Managing Stress

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Gone are the days where we don't look at the mind body connection. In fact, the more research that rolls out the more we see it as the ABSOLUTE connection needed to bridge the gap not only for treatment of, but also in prevention of the many chronic diseases facing developed nations today.

What Is Love? Just Ask My Mom

Arthur Gallant | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I am a firm believer that while mental illnesses may be defined by some as a disability, it can also frequently enable people such as my mother and I....

Why Perfectionists Should Strive to Be Exceptionalists

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

In a recent counselling session, I was struck once again by how much perfectionism limits our potential. The reality is if we allow ourselves to get lost in our perfectionistic tendencies, we will limit our ability to live to our full potential and impact others. To become an exceptionalist, follow these simple pointers.

Let's Bring Awareness To Depression, Like The Ice Bucket Challenge Brought ALS

Sandra Charron | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Depression should no longer be hidden behind closed doors and under bed covers. Rather, society should become as sympathetic to the disorder, as they were eager to pour ice water on their heads. We might even be able to lessen the very obvious divide between those who suffer from mental illness and those who do not. So this is why I love the idea of mounting a campaign in which children and adults band together to acknowledge the severity and the legitimacy of this epidemic.

Depression and Anger Can Go Hand in Hand

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

When we hear the word depression, we often imagine a person who is listless, sad and isolated. Rarely do we think of the angry, depressed person. Anger is a big part of depression. I know because I've been through it.

Being Super Fit Doesn't Mean You Don't Have an Eating Disorder

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

My friend's foray into the world of fitness modelling inspired me to take a look at the term "eating disorder" in my trusty dictionary. I am completely shocked and saddened that the fitness model craze is not only unrecognized as another eating disorder, but is also encouraged by the hardcore fitness community.

What Kind of Facebook Personality Are You?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

A recent study says that Facebook may undermine your well-being. Your own Facebook activity may offer clues about your mental health. Are you a dumper? A chronic comparer? A spinner? Read on to see which Facebook profile you fit.

Why My Employer's Acceptance of My Mental Illness Is Good For My Mental Health

Arthur Gallant | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

It is a topic I have blogged and spoken publicly about extensively; how do we make our workplaces friendlier to those with mental illness? It is a loa...

How Happy Are You? This Test Will Tell You

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Treleaven | Posted 10.05.2011 | Canada Living

Have you ever wondered whether you're truly unhappy with life? Now's your chance to find out. After writing his book, "Thrive: Exploring Happiness the...