Calming study/work music to keep you going when your anxiety is high

Do you ever get into a mood where work must get done but your stress or anxiety levels are pretty high? In my undergraduate degree, I was the person who needed to study in ABSOLUTE silence in order to be able to focus. I studied in a part of the library that was SO quietContinue reading “Calming study/work music to keep you going when your anxiety is high”

October is Occupational Therapy Month!

The month of October represents a lot of different things for different people. Halloween decorating begins, the leaves start to change, fall activities are engaged in, it’s #PSL season, and different organizations and issues are brought to awareness. All of these parts of October are more or less significant to people depending on how meaningfulContinue reading “October is Occupational Therapy Month!”

Self care means giving yourself permission to pause…. GUILT FREE.

*** I would like to start this with a little clearing – from the time that I started writing this post, I have sought out an online therapist through Ink Blot Therapy and will be meeting with a therapist tonight to discuss my own mental health. I thought this was important to add here becauseContinue reading “Self care means giving yourself permission to pause…. GUILT FREE.”

When we use toxic positivity on ourselves it sounds like…

If your friend came up to you and told you something absolutely horrible happened to them this morning, and they were extremely upset about it, would you tell them to get over it? That they should consider that other people are worse off? Or that they should remember how much they have to be gratefulContinue reading “When we use toxic positivity on ourselves it sounds like…”

Acknowledging and validating the experience of anxiety in children and teens.

“You’re young, what do you have to be anxious about?” As a young adult, we constantly are told that anxiety came with life experience and massive responsibilities. Because we were young and “only had to worry about” school, we didn’t have stress. If you had to take care of a family, finance a house, worryContinue reading “Acknowledging and validating the experience of anxiety in children and teens.”

Reflecting on the importance of moments of boredom amongst busy lives

Gabrielle Walters has been on my list of blogs I check regularly since I started writing, and the other day she shared the lessons that embracing boredum has given to her during this pandemic. I relate strongly to her experience of constantly being consumed with things during the day, and usually LOVING not having aContinue reading “Reflecting on the importance of moments of boredom amongst busy lives”

Active listening – shifting the focus from ME to YOU.

“To be listened to is a striking experience, partly because it is so rare” (Co-Active Coaching). I’m sure we’ve all experienced it; going to talk to a friend, family member, therapist etc and feeling this immediate connection, feeling weight lifting off your shoulders… like your feelings are known, understood and valid. This person who makesContinue reading “Active listening – shifting the focus from ME to YOU.”

To engage or not to engage in “intellectual discussions” on social media in a politically heated climate

Yesterday, an email went viral on Facebook, received from an Ontario based videography company called Caramount Pictures. According to the email shared below by Kelly Roberts and her fiancee, the videographer couple refused to provide services to them because they do not film homosexual weddings. As the post was shared on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter andContinue reading “To engage or not to engage in “intellectual discussions” on social media in a politically heated climate”

Social media accounts to follow this week

If you don’t know me, I am a huge fan of social media and have been really active on social media during this time of COVID quarantine. As someone who has lived in a couple different cities, has friends from all over the place, and loves connecting with people, instagram is my go to avenueContinue reading “Social media accounts to follow this week”

Play time – it’s not just all fun and games!

As an occupational therapist that works with pediatric clients, daycare supply teacher and volunteer with Camp Oochigeas (where the power of camp and “being a kid” is celebrated through inclusive programming for children experiencing childhood cancer), I believe strongly in the power of play. As a new occupational therapist, parents of my clients were apologeticContinue reading “Play time – it’s not just all fun and games!”