Sunshine for The SAD Girl: In Which I Combat Seasonal Depression With A Gratitude List

Today marks another full week without sun. It's been like this since January, which was apparently the darkest January on record for over a decade. We had about half a day's worth (12 hours) of sunlight in the entire MONTH of January. February looked promising, what with the dazzling first four days and their gleaming … Continue reading Sunshine for The SAD Girl: In Which I Combat Seasonal Depression With A Gratitude List

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Peace in Troubled Times: 5 Alternative Meditations (for Those Who Don’t Want to OM Under a Waterfall)

Hello my dear ones. Look outside. The sun is shining, or the stars are twinkling, or the rain is falling; the leaves are blowing in the wind and the rivers keep on running toward the sea. The world is still spinning, still here, still able to be fixed. Still able to be healed. So are … Continue reading Peace in Troubled Times: 5 Alternative Meditations (for Those Who Don’t Want to OM Under a Waterfall)

In Honour of World Mental Health Day 2016: The Unconventional Accomplishment Resume

[EDIT, 10/10/16: HELLO FRIENDS. I've made my resume! You can read it here. It was a really fun exercise, and it reminded me of something important: even if I'd filled up ten times as many pages, I still couldn't write down every time I'd impacted my community/society/the world in a positive way. There's just too … Continue reading In Honour of World Mental Health Day 2016: The Unconventional Accomplishment Resume

The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 3: Where to Get Help/Learn More)

This is the final installment of a series on anxiety and panic attacks. First, we took a look at what a panic attack is, what it feels like, and why the brain/body responds to stress with panic attack symptoms; second, we discussed coping strategies, and listed some one-size-fits-all methods for working with a panic attack. … Continue reading The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 3: Where to Get Help/Learn More)

The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 2: Finding Your Coping Strategies)

It's a little after midnight. I'm about to go to sleep. And then I feel it: that tightness in my chest, the weird temperature fluctuations, the restrained-but-notable shaking. Seems like a panic attack is on the menu for the evening. "Oh, body," I grumble good-naturedly, "you need to test your fire alarms. They're a little … Continue reading The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 2: Finding Your Coping Strategies)

The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 1: Understanding Panic Attacks)

Hey kiddos, it's Serious Post time, so forgive the lack of zany gifs and suchlike. Today is Bell Let's Talk Day, and all across the country conversations are being had about mental health and the challenges we face in addressing what is, essentially, a society besieged by mental illness. I've seen enough real-life examples in … Continue reading The Student Panic Attack Survival Guide (Part 1: Understanding Panic Attacks)

To My Winter-Bruised Brethren: True Facts About Seasonal Depression/SAD

Let me tell you the story of this year's summer solstice. I went with my best friend Sophie for a long weekend up at her family's cottage. Just the two of us, surrounded by trees and wild berry bushes and summer flash-storms and the lake. We read books of short stories and made duck confit … Continue reading To My Winter-Bruised Brethren: True Facts About Seasonal Depression/SAD