Do your research if you’re deciding whether to use a mental health app or tech company, your privacy and wellbeing could be at risk

Tech/big companies using apps and other platforms Being transparent, while writing this article, I'm using a vague description, not naming any companies, to protect myself. There are a few companies that come to mind. These companies are not owned by mental health professionals. The companies act more as a therapist directory or as a way … Continue reading Do your research if you’re deciding whether to use a mental health app or tech company, your privacy and wellbeing could be at risk

Managing Anxiety and Deciding with Uncertainty

Manage anxiety by deciding with uncertainty. When you're making a tough decision, all you can do is make the best choice for what you know right then and there. Our brains like certainty, we are creatures of habit. We rely on pre-existing patterns that are familiar, which is safe and effortless. Many of our behaviors … Continue reading Managing Anxiety and Deciding with Uncertainty

Painted Rocks

Moraine State Park Bike Path Have you ever noticed painted rocks with nice messages on your walk, hike or at the park? The idea behind painting rocks and leaving them about in nature is for people to find them and to feel inspired or to receive a positive reminder. The person who finds a rock … Continue reading Painted Rocks

Toxic positivity and what you can do about people who say toxically positive statements to you

Toxic positivity is the flawed belief that people should only feel positive emotions and that just by having a positive attitude one can solve problems. Toxic positivity Scenario Recently, I spoke with someone who asked me if toxic positivity was a thing. She explained that she experienced something a not-so-close friend said to her that … Continue reading Toxic positivity and what you can do about people who say toxically positive statements to you

Amy the Amygdala: a silly way to remember the function of the amygdala and how to calm it

What is the amygdala and what does it do? Anxiety comes from two places in the brain. One is the cortex and the other is the thalamus. We receive information about our environment through our eyes and it goes to the cortex and thalamus. The cortex is usually the part of the brain that people … Continue reading Amy the Amygdala: a silly way to remember the function of the amygdala and how to calm it

5 Ways That You can Set Boundaries without Explaining Yourself

A lot of times we dread or feel anxious about when we need to set a boundary because we feel like we have to explain ourselves or worry that we're going to hurt the other person. These are 5 ways to go about setting boundaries without having to explain yourself and saying them in a … Continue reading 5 Ways That You can Set Boundaries without Explaining Yourself

General Care Practitioners Are Not Mental Health Professionals

General care practitioners (GCP, I'll refer to it as) aren't mental health professionals although people, myself included, have visited their GCP for a mental health concern. Fortunately, we're moving away from this trend as more people are learning and understanding that they should see a mental health care professional to address their concerns. As a … Continue reading General Care Practitioners Are Not Mental Health Professionals

Healthy habit building tip: stay hydrated to reduce stress, anxiety and depression

One healthy habit that I've been working on is staying hydrated. I'll admit, I'm not the best at remembering to drink water, but I do try. Over the past few months, I've been filling a cup up with water and taking it to bed with me. I set it on my night stand. When I … Continue reading Healthy habit building tip: stay hydrated to reduce stress, anxiety and depression

Common Misconceptions about Anxiety

Anxiety (and mental health in general) is misunderstood. Here's what you should know about it: Crucial misunderstandings: You can tell when someone is anxious. When someone is feeling anxious may show visible symptoms such as trembling hands, sweating, and hyperventilating, but on the opposite end, someone can seem calm and still be experiencing anxiety. People … Continue reading Common Misconceptions about Anxiety

How to Get the Most Out of Counseling

Things that you can do to get the most out of counseling: 1. Be picky about who you work with and make sure that they're a good fit. Find someone who you see yourself talking with and who specializes in what you need support with. Check out how to find the right counselor here. 2. … Continue reading How to Get the Most Out of Counseling