Strategies to calm the anxious brain.

Negative thoughts can bring you down. This is part of a series looking at micro skills – changes that employees can make to improve their health and life at work and at home, and employers can make to improve the workplace. The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell have created the Employee Recommended Workplace Award to honour companies that put the health and well-being of their employees first. Read about the 2017 winners of the award at tgam.ca/workplaceaward. Does your mind sometimes create thoughts – ones that make you anxious or worried – that you’d rather not have? When our unconscious…

Read More

Spotting Addiction.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former Ohio State University football player whose NFL career fell apart because of a painkiller addiction says he wants to become a college coach and help others avoid similar pitfalls now that he’s clean and has a degree. Shane Olivea told The Columbus Dispatch he was high every day following his rookie year with the San Diego Chargers. “At my height on Vicodin, I would take 125 a day,” said Olivea, who was briefly a Giant in 2008. “It got to the point I would take a pile of 15 Vicodin and would have to take them with…

Read More

Changes.

I’m actually really excited for this new website layout. I feel like it looks much more professional, clean, and relaxing compared to my old layout. I also really like the logo in the top corner. I think as my blog continues to expand and gain more views I want to learn how to code, design my own layouts, and possibly move to an actual domain one day. Not now though, got way too much on my plate to learn, but any tips on where to start would be greatly appreciated if anyone has anything to share :). The picture i…

Read More

Life with Depression.

How many times in my life I have heard people say “but you’re always smiling” or “you’re just using it as an excuse to get out of doing something” or “everybody gets sad, so you need to get over it.”.  Why would I want to live a life purposefully where I feel like crap for weeks on end? Yes, I do get sad like a normal person. It’s normal to be sad going through a break up, failing an exam, or losing someone you love. What is NOT normal is feeling sad and empty for weeks on end and not…

Read More

Stress Analyst

Feeling a tad bit stressed today? Check out this website I came upon today that I thought I would share with everyone. http://www.relaxonline.me.uk/sa1/index.html This interactive page will walk you through the steps of how to calm down and get over the anxious/worried feelings you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with. Take it as an analyzation of your thoughts and stressors. Whats even better is that it is completely anonymous and your use of the website helps research in the sense they can track your stress levels to see how effective the program really is. You don’t even have to…

Read More

Do nothing.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives and don’t take a minute to listen to what our bodies and minds are trying to tell us. I thought I would post this 2 minute challenge of doing nothing (on your computer and in general) just to focus in on your thoughts. http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com Every time you move your mouse the timer will reset and make you start over. So take two minutes out of your day and just allow yourself to calm down. You’ll thank yourself that you did. I think its a good reminder in all our fast paced…

Read More

Day: I’ve Lost Count

So many of you have probably wondered what has happened to me over the past few months, and where have I been hiding. To be honest, i’ve been so tired from work and going out all the time i’ve had little time to write about how i’ve been feeling. Don’t get me wrong, i’ve felt incredibly guilty for not updating in awhile. There has been a lot on my mind lately that I needed to get off my chest. “So how’s the depression going miss?”, by now you would think that I would be fine and everything would be dandy.…

Read More

Twelve Steps to Positive Change

1. Avoid depressive-thinking traps 2. Exercise 3. Eat healthily 4. Get adequate rest and sleep 5. Use downtime constructively 6. Maintain positive relations 7. Resolve conflicts quickly 8. Get fresh air and sunshine 9. Stick to priorities 10. Each day do something novel 11. Make a daily change in routine 12. Persist – From the book “The Cognitive Behavioural Workbook for Depression” by William J. Knaus

Read More