Read our posts covering various topics related to mental health issues

True Grit

True Grit - Seeing Things Through

 

Angela Duckworth defines grit as “Sticking with things over the very long term until you master them.” In the video below, Duckworth explains how perseverance and passion are equal to intelligence when measuring success in one’s life.  Grit does not rely on talent either; it is about putting in the work and having the tenacity ...

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Empathy vs. Sympathy

Empathy vs. Sympathy - What's the Difference?

Empathy and Sympathy – two words that many believe to be the same, but these words have very different emotional responses to a situation. To show empathy means you can see and feel things from another person’s perspective while connecting on the same level. Sympathy, rather, is a less engaged response one might give ...

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Depression and The Black Dog

Depression affects millions of people worldwide.  According to Statistics Canada’s 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey on Mental Health, 1 in 8 adults identified symptoms that met criteria for a mood disorder at some point during their lifetime, including 11.3% for depression.  Interestingly, 15-24 year-olds had the highest rates of mood and anxiety disorders of all age groups.

The Black Dog video depicts depression as a black dog. When you first meet him, he may seem quite small, making ...

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Coping with Holiday Stress

Coping with holiday stress may be a bit easier with these tips.

“If it’s not messy and it doesn’t drip over the sides, it’s not a holiday hot chocolate -it’s just an average hot chocolate” – Alex Guarnaschelli. The ‘best time of the year’ is often messy, like holiday hot chocolate. The holiday season is usually fraught with a variety of stressors; in this article for coping with holiday stress, we’ve compiled some great tips to help you. For many, the ...

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Useful apps for fear, anxiety, relaxation and more

Do you suffer from anxiety? Do you need to relax more or be more compassionate towards yourself? If you answered yes, you might want to consider trying one of the easy to use apps below:

 

MEDITATION

www.headspace.com

Have you ever wondered how to meditate but just didn’t know where to start?!? Then this app is for you. Plenty of detailed instructions, programmes and animations, this clever app guides you every step of the way. It boasts “the buddy system” where you can ...

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Back to school nerves…or is it?

It’s that time of year again! Parents are thrilled but your child(ren) might be a little anxious. Whether it’s starting kindergarten, going to high school or just getting back into the regular swing of things, those first few moments can be quite uncomfortable for some.

 

“Anxiety that continues throughout the day and doesn’t dissipate shortly thereafter, or anxiety that lasts more than the first few weeks of school, may warrant a consultation with a psychologist or therapist”, says Dr. Maria Antoniou, ...

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Using EFT – Emotion Focused Therapy – to learn how to identify deep-down emotions, embrace them, and move forward healthily

Life is not all roses and cucumber sandwiches. We experience conflict with our friends, loved ones, our co-workers and anyone in between. But we can’t just – in the words of Marge Simpson, “take our bad feelings and push them down all the way past our knees” and pretend they don’t exist. When used in an appropriate, healthy way, fear and anger help us make sense of a difficult situation and determine the best course of action. For our ancestors, ...

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Quote from Dr. Peter Levine’s book – In an Unspoken Voice

A person who is deeply feeling is not a person who is habitually venting
anger, fear or sorrow. Wise and fortunate individuals feel their emotions
in the quiet of their interiors, learn.from their feelings and are
guided by them. They act intuitively and intelligently on those feelings.
In addition, they share their feelings when appropriate and are
responsive to the feelings and needs of others. And, of course, because
they are human, they blow up from time to time; but ...

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