May 17, 2017
In my grade 12 yearbook, I was voted “most likely to get the most education.” I resented this nomination at the time, but fast forward ten years later, and here I am with two postsecondary degrees. People now ask me when I’m going to go for my Ph.D.… I smile and say, “I don’t think a Ph.D. is for me.” What I don't tell them is why.
May 11, 2017
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. The wish on this Mother's Day is – happiness. But this is not always the reality. Life is full of other emotions too. Sadness. Anger. Disgust. Surprise. Guilt. Fear. This is normal. Especially if you are flooded with images of the “perfect Mother’s Day” on your social media feed, it can get you down if yours doesn’t seem as “perfect.”
May 03, 2017
In appreciation of Mental Health Week , I am going to share my experience with social anxiety in hopes that my story will provide a sense of connection and inspiration for others. The intent of this post isn’t to steer you in the direction I went, or tell you what to do. My aim is to share my story, knowing that maybe somebody else will feel less alone reading it, and will be inspired to take action or open up in their way about their mental health.
Mar 01, 2017
My daughter has struggled with anxiety since a very early age. When I first set out to find help, I had no idea of where to start. I didn’t know of any other families with anxious children and no one seemed to be struggling like we were – and if they were, no one talked about it. Fast-forward to a few years later and my network of “parents of anxious children” has grown. As soon as I started talking about anxiety, I found that other parents with similar issues came out of the woodwork. The more I talked about it, the more I was connected through friends – and friends of friends – to parents of children with anxiety.
Jan 23, 2017
When I first thought about writing a blog post for January, the topic of goal setting came to mind. People frequently set goals for the New Year that are too high. Consequently, they don’t meet their resolutions and end up feeling worse than before they set their goals. Learning how to set goals is an important skill. However, when I sat down to actually write this blog post, I noticed many stories on goal setting already out there. I decided I wanted to write something different.
Dec 20, 2016
Well, we are days away from the holidays, so you are most likely well into your most socially-active time of the year. Although we’re told that this is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, for many of us, this may not be the case. In fact, a North American survey found that 45% of respondents dread the festive season. Especially if you struggle with social anxiety, the thought of family gatherings and office parties can seem overwhelming, and the increase in social engagements over the holidays can be a source of trepidation and dread.
Dec 08, 2016
A baby! A beautiful new little bundle of joy. Pregnancy and early parenthood can indeed be a joyful period for some. Unfortunately, for many new moms, the time during pregnancy and immediately after the birth of a child is less about coochie coos and more about anxiety and the blues. AnxietyBC aims to raise awareness about what perinatal anxiety is and how to effectively deal with it.
Nov 17, 2016
I’m a parent of an anxious child. Like all parents, I’m sleep deprived and consumed with getting my child off to school on time – but sometimes this is where our similarities end. For me, accomplishing what parents may consider as the most regular of activities can sometimes feel near impossible. Activities, such as having playdates or taking swimming lessons are a cause of stress and anxiety for my child.
Oct 25, 2016
For many of us, the term “workplace wellness” sounds more like an oxymoron than a buzzword synonymous with today’s organizational culture. For over a decade I’ve been on a journey towards finding that “work/life balance,” so it’s encouraging to know that corporations are beginning to take the mental health of their employees more seriously.