Posts in Mental Health
How I came out on the other side of burnout 

A year ago I was running on empty. I’d heard the term a lot – burnout – like it was just the latest buzzword in the ad industry’s lexicon. It’s a word that is thrown around flippantly like it’s a badge of pride, but no one talks candidly about. I didn’t think it could ever happen to me. I’ve always been “the strong one”. No matter how stressful life may have been, the stress could always be washed away with a good cry or vent session with a close friend or colleague. The mantra was always: this too shall pass.

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Authentically Me: Derek Sabado

Derek came into my life about 6 years ago, as part of the creative team at Holt Renfrew.  He instantly struck me as an exuberant soul with amazing energy.  Through the years, I saw his relationship with his own identity and sexuality transform.  He became more comfortable dressing as he wanted and identified more closely with his feminine side.  As a heterosexual female, my sexuality has never caused me any stress.  I leave my house in the morning and society simply accepts who I am.  Members of our LGTBQ community often experience unjust judgement which can result in debilitating self-image issues that can lead to depression and anxiety.  In a 2011 interview with Pride Source, Beyoncé acknowledged the difficulty of coming out and said that she was in awe of her LGBTQ fans. “The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different -- to be brave and be different and to be yourself -- is just so beautiful,” she said. “Not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you’re supposed to be, that’s like the ultimate dream.”  

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What I Wish You Knew About Anxiety

Anxiety affects a lot of us but it isn’t a “one size fits all" illness. It presents itself in wildly different manners for men and women across the globe. Sometimes, anxiety is pacing back and forth, fast breathing, and sweaty palms. Sometimes, anxiety is sitting silently in a chair with tears streaming down your face. Sometimes, anxiety is easy to recognize, and sometimes, you would never know about the inner struggle. 

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How to Know You’ve Found “The One” (& by “The One”, I Mean… Therapist!)

Finding the therapist who truly helped me recover from my eating disorder & literally saved my life was not a walk in the park, to say the least. And to be honest, I don’t really think it’s a walk in the park for anyone.

Accepting that you may need therapy to help cure your mental state, whether it be from an eating disorder, a personality or behavioural disorder or anxiety, is often very hard. Once you accept it, it’s also hard to find the right match. But, do not despair… when you do, it’s a match made in heaven & it all goes up from there!

Today, I want to give you guys a few tips based on my personal experience regarding how I really knew that my second attempt at finding the right therapist was successful! (I know, they say “three’s a charm”, but for me, the second time was!).

I started my therapy at a private eating disorder clinic in Montreal & it wasn’t working out, to say the least. But, I have to say that I really noticed the drastic change & understood why it hadn’t worked out the first time around when I met my second therapist. Let me explain!

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Shape up your mental fitness with tips from KYO’s Marc Champagne

At this time of year, it’s typical to focus on physical workouts and aesthetics, but how is your mental fitness? With a ton of tools, apps and journals, not to mention videos and programs like TED Talks that focus on productivity, positivity, self-reflection and growth it seems all we have to do is simply make time to commit to the practice. But it’s not always that easy and with so many options out there, where do you begin? It’s one of the things, Marc Champagne, co-founder of the app KYO wanted to help people with. KYO is a mental fitness app that combines curated content with guided self-reflection that you can use anywhere. Marc shares with us more about the app and his tips on how to get started working on your mental fitness.

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Snowboarding > SAD

Yes, there are moments of sunshine and blue skies, and those special days where there’s a snow-like blanket that covers the concrete jungle we call home... But sometimes, it’s just damn gloomy. That gloominess can seep into your mood, and for some, it can result in SAD; seasonal affective disorder. Even if you aren’t diagnosed with SAD, I think it’s safe to say we all get affected by the winter blues throughout our Canadian freeze-out.

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