*By Autumn Cavender*
Have you ever stopped to consider what was running through the minds of people when they first discovered alcohol? What thought processes were responsible for their notion to share this substance with the rest of the world? You’d think these questions would preoccupy people with loved ones entering and exiting 12 step rehab. You may think that if a member of your family was an alcoholic, you’d consider these topics. Even if it was just until you at least had a rational explanation. Or, you could even be looking for someone or something to blame for all of it.
*By Cloe Matheson*
I recently went through a particularly stressful month, which ended in me feeling extremely lethargic. I then realised how little I had been exercising. It had become all too easy to think ‘oh, I’ll do it tomorrow’, or even ‘I don’t have time’. To reintroduce my body to exercise, I started stretching every morning before having a quick workout. To my surprise, the stretching – which I had taken up on the advice of a friend – made me feel stronger.
Everyone gets excited at a certain time of year – be it Christmas, the first day of Summer, Halloween, or some other occasion. But for me, one of my favourite times of the year is in November, when the Whole Life Expo comes to town. After all, I’m a holistic nutritionist, so this event is like a chocolate brownie, with chocolate sauce and chocolate chunks to a choco-holic (can you tell that I also love chocolate)!
Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by your lack of hydration skills. Okay, but by now you might be asking… uhh well, how the heck do I even know if I’m hydrated or not? You may go about your day drinking lots of water, or just rely on other liquids, not knowing the difference right off the bat. Do you ever look back on your day and think, holy crapola, have I had anything but coffee and a glass of wine today? Eeeeep. Well, don’t fret – because I’m gonna give you a bit of info on hydration and some easy tips to help kick dehydration in the butt.
Hope can be one of the best and worst things for my anxiety. I used to think that clinging onto it was the only way to surmount the rising pressure of my symptoms. But over time, I started to see how detrimental it could be to always feel like I need to go to a place of optimism and high expectations. As negative as it may sound, that mentality actually sets me up for failure against the daily battle with my mental illness.
I can’t believe it’s already 2018… holy moly. And now, it’s time to exercise some of those New Years Resolutions. It’s common to reflect on all of the things that have happened (or may not have happened) in the last year as it wraps up, while beginning a new one. But looking forward is key, in my opinion. Don’t get stuck and dwell on the past. It’s important to learn from your experiences and then use them as a springboard, in order to propel yourself forward towards your goals.
*By Jiries Rabba*
The uncomfortable conversation we need to have about mental health before Movember moves on…
Thousands of men are getting ready to mow down their Movember moustaches. Before long, the outward signs of the campaign will all but fade away. But, have we done enough to publicly discuss one of the newer educational pillars and beneficiary causes of the movement: mental health and suicide prevention?
Sex is freakin’ awesome, isn’t it? And gosh darnit, it can feel so good. But you know what? It’s not just an enjoyable thing to do every now and then (or a lot). Doing the deed is actually good for your health! And to add to that, studies have shown that having regular sex is even better for your overall wellbeing. So next time you’re thinking about taking a trip to pleasure town, remember that you’re actually doing something really great for your health too.
Working independently or from home, sounds like a dream to some people. The freedom to be in the comfort of your own place, to make your own daily or weekly schedule, to work from anywhere you feel like going on that day or to just not wear pants… No but really, it sounds pretty darn ideal to most. But, whether you’re working for yourself or just working from home, there can be many not-so-glamourous factors involved that a lot of people just don’t see.
Insane. Bonkers. Stupid. Lazy. Obsessive. Paranoid. Crazy. Weird. Sad. Useless. Lonely. Burden. Dramatic. Awkward. Nervous. Antisocial. Inconvenience. Unbalanced. Needy.
All of these words describe exactly how I think people feel about me. And although everyone around me would strongly object to the fact that I am any of these things, this is ultimately a projection of how I feel about myself. We’ve all heard at least some of these words used to describe someone with a form of mental illness, at one point in our lives. But in reality, it’s just not so black and white.
Hi. My name is Catherine and I suffer from mental illness.