Mental Illness and the Holidays.

Christmas is not my favourite time of year, in fact I kind of dread it.  Aside from the well deserved break from the craziness that is school, it’s a time of year when I wish I could just quickly skip over it and start the new year fresh. I used to love the holidays, but the past few years have brought about some negative memories that I now associate with the holidays. Particularly the last two Christmases were especially emotional and hard to get through, it triggers my PTSD and anxiety similar to how I experience the same symptoms in…

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Study finds many Millennials spend Christmas alone

Mind has today released research into the different responses of different generations to the pressure of Christmas as part of its Christmas campaign. Key findings include: One in ten Millennials [25-34 y.o.] have no one to spend Christmas with compared to one in 20 older people [65+] (10% vs. 5%) Half of Millennials (48%) worry about their finances at Christmas compared to only one in five older people (18%) A third of Millennials (35%) dwell on things they failed to achieve in the year, compared to one in ten older people (9%) Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity, has today…

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Tips for a stress free Christmas.

With the holidays coming up, one would think that it would be an incredibly joyful time. I however, find the holidays particularly daunting, especially with all the functions i’m expected to go to and spending money on gifts. It’s a little different going into the holidays when you suffer from depression, although I am in a much better place now (functioning wise), it’s still a little uncomfortable to see people get so excited about the holidays and I feel indifferent. I do look forward to spending some time with loved ones back home and have the workload of school off…

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Day 18-22

Well it’s been awhile! Toronto had a major ice storm come through and create havoc for thousands of people across the region. Lost power for two days! I did get a bit lazy though when the power did end up coming back haha. I was fortunate though, there are some people that I know of that have lost power for longer and still don’t have it back. It’s a pretty rough time to have something like that happen, not everyone was fortunate to have a Christmas dinner and it’s really cold these days. The house at it’s lowest went to…

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Day 13

Woke up a few times throughout the night as usual. Still rough trying to sleep through most of the night, miss those days. Saw the family doctor today though, she decided to up my dosage since the two week mark is when you know whether or not how effective the medicine will be usually. It has been positive so far in stabilizing my mood maybe moving me from a 5 to a 6.5/10, but thats as much as it will probably go on 10mg, so now we’re on to 15mg. She did a depression test like thing and I was…

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Day 12

Woke up bright and early to meet a family friend, who was going to take me to meet her trainer friend. He was supposed to teach me some exercises to elevate my mood and energy levels, as well as learning some ways to eat healthier. However, plans fell through so it will be rescheduled for sometime later this week. I feel a little less tired today, but I didn’t really sleep that well last night. Not as much anxiety today wither, more just feeling down still. Will probably bring it up to the doctor tomorrow when I see her and…

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Day 11

Hello there! These are the flowers I was talking about yesterday. They look prettier in person, but the colours were really nice to wake up to this morning. I love the smell too haha. It was a really nice gesture by my mom to welcome me home and try to lift my mood since I told her about my depression. Today is pretty much just a lazy day, haven’t really done too much. The weather outside just makes you want to curl up into a ball and sleep. The roads are extremely slippery too, so many accidents on the highway…

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