50 Ways to Take a Break

Everyone needs a break, I know I need many throughout the day, and this graphic is so great! Here are a few of my favourites pictured: Colour with crayons Read or watch something funny. (Thank God for Big Bang Theory) Take a bath Light a candle (or many candles, just don't leave them unattended) Call a friend. -thank you Rebecca, Alan, Adrienne and Hilary Find a relaxing scent. For me [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:16:56+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Self-care|0 Comments

Disappointing Doctor’s Visit

I think we've all been there. Even those without a chronic illness. We've all had at least one-(I've had many) A disappointing doctor's visit. I'm always a bundle of nerves when it comes to going to the doctor. You'd think that with all the experience I've had with them I'd be cool as a cucumber. But starting the day before I see one I am already fretting. I always prepare. [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:30:55+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Chronic Pain, Self-care|0 Comments

Motivation? What’s That?

Motivation? What's that? I haven't been writing for some time, I just haven't felt inspired. Not inspired to write, not really inspired to do anything. I know what you're thinking, what happened to all that motivation and zest from the beginning of the year? And the truth is I have no idea. I guess it happens to the best of us. We find ourselves suddenly stagnant, no longer moving forward. [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:53:01+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Self-care|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

Just One Slice -moderation

I've never been good at moderation. When I like something I really like it and want it all. I wonder where that comes from? The fear that I'll never have it again? The fact that it tastes so good I just want more? And it's just not with food. I love the Funko Pop figures especially the Harry Potter ones. I'm  "collecting " them and there for one or two won't [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:22:17+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Self-care|0 Comments

Getting Ready to Go Out

This year since its 2017, and I wanted a revolution, my husband and I decided to create date night. Once a month we'll go out to dinner, or a movie, or like tonight to a little bar to hear some live music. I should be excited right? A night on the town with my man. But all this brings to me is waves of anxiety. What if I can't fit [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:21:30+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Self-care|0 Comments

Going to the Doctor

I find doctors intimidating. I always have. For me, going to see my family doctor and psychiatrist is a monthly task.  Appointments are usually scheduled to manage symptoms and to review medications. I always forget what I want to say; what I want to ask and lose the ability to express my concerns. I feel like a child in their offices not like a grown woman capable of taking care of [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:28:00+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Printables, Self-care|0 Comments

Who Is Future Jen?

In my last few posts I've referenced future Jen.  But who exactly is she and what does it mean? Future Jen started as a comment from one of my closest friends. I think he was talking about the benefits of smoothies or yoga or meditation and how they could help me with the pain and anxiety I feel on a daily basis. He finished his comments by saying emphatically " [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:33:12+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Self-care|1 Comment

Worthiness- a new concept

Worthiness. According to the quote above. I am worthy, right here, right now as I sit typing this post. It's such a foreign concept to me. I've never felt worthy before. According to this quote I don't need to be 120 pounds to be worthy. I don't need to be the most beautiful, the most intelligent. I don't need to have the most friends. According to this quote, I am [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:49:55+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Self-care|0 Comments

Dear Future Jen -to exercise or not to exercise

Dear Future Jen, Exercise is something I really struggle with. Not only is it painful, but I'm so afraid of hurting myself and making the pain worse. The fear is paralyzing. People have suggested and continue to suggest all types of exercise to me. Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Water Aerobics to name a few but none of them appeal to me and frankly they all scare the shit out of me. [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:53:12+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Self-care|0 Comments