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Thursday, 28 May 2015 00:00

Anxiety – In My Own Words

Written by Samantha W.
Anxiety. How could any person actually define anxiety? The dictionary explains it as distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or uncomforted. But does that really define what it is? Absolutely not. I could say almost everyone in this population has suffered or experienced this time consuming trait. But could you put your finger on it, could you explain what its like to live with this throughout your daily life? Every moment, everything consumed with this fear, sometimes not even knowing where the emotion comes from. If…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

Running FOR Anxiety and Depression (not FROM it)

Written by Yolanda F.
Death is often more difficult for the living, and especially horrific when suicide is the cause. Whenever I come across someone who approaches bereavement with any amount of optimism, I have to step back and take notice. My daughter recently performed in the school talent show. I overheard Marnie McClure Doherty, the show’s director and a parent who happens to be an overall beautiful human being, telling another parent about the run she was planning to do on April 26. At the time, it was about two weeks away. She…
Monday, 25 May 2015 00:00

Nellie Bly’s 10 Days of Insanity

Written by Yolanda F.
The staunch work of Dorothea Lynn Dix was not a solo act. And a chance for Dix to see the inside of a prison for a taste of how people behind bars were treated was clearly the divine plan for the lifetime of good that came after. Thanks to Dix, the mental health system was knocked on its ear with a reform movement in the mid- to late-1800s and has come a very long way since then. This is not to say that mistreatment of those fighting for their mental…
Saturday, 23 May 2015 00:00

Italian Vegetable Soup with Cannellini Beans

Written by Kristi C.
Spring gardens often yield a plethora of nutritious foods that are beneficial to your physical health as well as your mental health. Early spring greens are especially good. This particular recipe calls for a good quantity of freshly chopped spinach. Popeye was right about spinach; it is a super food that should be consumed frequently. Spinach is loaded with folate, which lowers the amount of homocysteine, a dangerous pro-inflammatory amino acid, in your body. In addition, folate deficiency has a serious impact on mental health. Low folate levels have been…
Saturday, 23 May 2015 00:00

Tiara Day – Empower Yourself

Written by Kristi C.
May 24th is Tiara Day. While some choose to celebrate by wearing tiaras a-la-Cinderella, Ana, or Elsa, others are less inclined to embrace that whimsical fantasy world. These women devalue Tiara Day as a celebration of an inner princess when, in fact, it is a celebration of female empowerment. Tiara Day is as much about women celebrating being empowered, intelligent leaders in control of their own lives as it is about wearing tiaras. It is a day when women around the world take out their physical or metaphorical tiara, dust…
Friday, 22 May 2015 00:00

Realistic Expectations

Written by Lori R.
Coming from a family with a strong work ethic and more than its share of over-achievers, I have felt “less than” on more than one occasion. After pondering this idea that one has to achieve a certain status, I have decided that it is probably not other people who have unrealistic expectations of me but only my own expectations. How does one measure success? And where do you feel you are on this scale? People tend to measure themselves against other people in their lives: friends, family members, classmates. Even…
Friday, 22 May 2015 00:00

When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade

Written by Kristi C.
One of my fondest memories from childhood was sipping lemonade on my grandmother’s porch during summer with a cool breeze. She made her lemonade from fresh squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup she created in a kettle on her stove. Her favorite saying was, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” It was a saying that my grandparents lived by. When you hear their story, you will understand. My grandmother’s house had a huge front porch with a swing hanging on each side and rockers stationed between. It was a…
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