Reaching Out

Why is it so hard to reach out and ask for help? Is it something to do with the western culture? Is it supposed to look like we can have a million balls in the air, and that we're managing them all to perfection oh and if you're a woman you also have to look beautiful while doing it. I don't get it. I'm tired of it. I'm not managing [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:02:45+00:00 January 27th, 2017|PTSD|0 Comments

Bell Let’s Talk Day -January 25th 2017

  Tomorrow is January 25th 2017 and all around Canada people will be participating in different mental health initiatives to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental illness. It's called Bell Let's Talk day. So let's talk... If you're new to the blog, you might not know that I suffer from a few mental illnesses. I have depression, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:12:12+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Mental Health, PTSD, Self-care|0 Comments

Your Brain on PTSD

I have PTSD, and as some of you know this past summer I was in a program for PTSD Recovery. Though I'd say that it was more of an emotional stabilization program than anything, I did learn a lot while I was there. Lot's of skills and techniques to help with my depressive and anxiety symptoms. What I found most interesting was when we learned about the ways PTSD effects the brain. It [...]

By | 2017-06-22T21:44:06+00:00 October 16th, 2016|PTSD|0 Comments

Crisis Line-Here 24/7

Have you every called a crisis line? I have. In fact, I often call at least once a week. Here 24/7 is a crisis line and a "front door to the addictions, mental health and crisis services provided by 12 agencies across Waterloo – Wellington – Dufferin." You can call whether you need to talk to someone or if you need a referral to other mental health services across the [...]

By | 2017-06-22T21:57:53+00:00 October 4th, 2016|PTSD, Self-care|0 Comments

Letting Go

I'm not good at letting go. See that jar up there with the butterflies? My jar would be closed. Once something or someone is in my grasp, I hold on tight. I was thinking about that very thing tonight.  Over the next few weeks I'll be moving on to a new therapist. I've been with my current therapist for two years. We've worked hard together, I've made progress with her and I'm [...]

By | 2017-06-22T22:07:40+00:00 September 26th, 2016|PTSD|0 Comments

My Bag of Tricks: Self-Care Must Haves

One of the many things I learned while at the hospital was the importance of self-care. We were encouraged from the very beginning of our stay to establish a self- care routine. But what is self-care? When I'm overcome with anxiety I  use something called grounding techniques. These are ways that I bring myself back into the moment so that I can find calm again. Grounding is a big part [...]

By | 2017-06-23T00:12:44+00:00 September 11th, 2016|PTSD, Self-care|1 Comment

The Journey by Mary Oliver

On the last day of your PTSD Hospital stay one of the therapists shares an inspirational reading on behalf of the graduates. This poem called The Journey by Mary Oliver was read on my last day. I think it's powerful and I would like to share it with you. It really embodies everything this blog and I stand for which is that I am strong enough to save myself. And [...]

By | 2017-06-22T22:36:19+00:00 August 28th, 2016|PTSD|2 Comments

PTSD and ME

This is a hard post to write. There is still so much stigma around mental illness. But I no longer want to feel ashamed of it which is one of the reasons I'm writing this post. I have Complex PTSD. There. I said it. It's out there in the world. In case you don't know what PTSD is, it stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. According to the Canadian Mental [...]

By | 2017-06-22T22:46:21+00:00 August 7th, 2016|PTSD|0 Comments