|Some parts of the world (like the west or 'wet' coast of Canada) can have a long and cold rainy season which can feel quite dreary to some, and cause others to develop a mental health condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder - also referred to, most appropriately, by it's short-hand: S.A.D.
S.A.D. is a type of depression that is situational in nature which means it is generally caused by environmental factors and typically occurs in the fall or winter months, when the weather is cold and there is a lack of sunlight.
| Halloween can be a night filled with delight as ghosts and ghouls take to the street knocking on doors and shouting for their trick-or-treats. This holiday can be a lot of fun (and actually pretty scary), yet, like most other holidays, it can also create a lot of stress from the amount of work that goes into catering for a party, decorating your house to be the spookiest on the street, or finding the perfect Halloween costume for you or your family.
| Journaling can be described as a deliberate act of recording personal experiences, ideas, or reflections regularly for your own use. It can also be done unconsciously, such as by doodling on the side of a scrap piece of paper, drawing an image that reflects your current mood, or writing down a word or phrase on your napkin that comes to mind while you're having a conversation over coffee.
|When was the last time you took action to promote your own well-being, above other people who you may care for on a regular basis in your life (like your children, your significant other, or your pet poodle named Spencer)? You may have heard the term before, but what does 'self-care' actually mean? An easy way to think about this concept is that it is an intentional act done by you, for you. It can be easy to misconstrue taking care of yourself as a selfish act, but in fact, taking deliberate action to maintain or enhance our physical, emotional and mental well-being is an important part of being able to regulate our fundamental human state. Doing so can help us to handle stress better, reduce feelings of anxiety or depression, and promote an overall sense of well-being (among other benefits!).
| Have you considered seeking professional therapeutic support, but something keeps getting in the way of booking that first appointment? Perhaps you had started seeing a therapist or life coach but couldn't continue the long commute to the office on the other side of town. Life can get really busy, and for many people, there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to fit in personal hygiene, let alone personal counselling.