Mental Health & Body Positivity Posts

August 8, 2019

What is trauma? I learned a long time ago not to define my trauma as worse or better, easier or harder than someone else's. To one person, it may be falling and needing surgery; to another person it may be a physical or sexual assault; to another person it may be losing a close family member or friend. To yet someone else, it may be a car crash or another accident that terrified and traumatized them.

Trauma, defined, is a deepl...

August 7, 2019

Trigger Warning: this post may be difficult for those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, or disordered eating. 

Mental Health struggles can be difficult to grasp for someone who never lived it. So not only am I trying to raise awareness by making you understand what’s going on in my head…

(ps. this is literally in the space of a few minutes)

My anxiety:

why aren’t they inviting me? 

why am I such a loser when it comes to so...

July 26, 2019

I would like to start out by saying I am not a medical professional. This is not a diagnosis – these are observations I have taken throughout struggling with mental health. Please talk to a doctor or counsellor if you want a diagnosis!!

Everyone has heard of it. Seasonal depression. It usually happens during the winter because it is so dark and cold and you are stuck in your house being sad because, again, it’s disgusting...

July 25, 2019

For as long as I can remember, anxiety has been a constant in my life. With the anxiety has come depression, which has always come with a wide range of emotions. With each wave of emotion that would wash over me, it was like a piece of my soul would escape my body and then stand in front of me and ask why I’m like this.

Why am I like this?

There was a point that I asked myself this question daily. I would withdraw from so many...

July 22, 2019

As self-care becomes more popularized on social media, we’re seeing more and more ideas of what self-care means for different people. Pictures of matcha lattes, bubble baths, and candles fill our feeds. But as Kendra’s post highlighted, this consumerist view on self-care may not be completely filling its purpose. 

Self-care can be defined as “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” It’s going to...

July 4, 2019

I’ve been asking myself this more and more recently. Over the last few years, I have become less inclined to socialize and more inclined to hibernate. Just to be clear, I have never been a 24-hour party girl, but I do find that it's becoming more of a rarity for me to be out past daylight hours! 

After hearing a few comments from my peers, I started to wonder if this was an issue I should be concerned about. I don't want to bec...

April 25, 2019

As the warm weather gets closer, I can’t help but recognize the influx of articles and media based on getting our bodies "ready"for summer. The way which my body looks in (or without) clothing is becoming centre to the conversation around how much I can possibly enjoy the change of seasons, and even on a bigger scale, my life.

Diet culture provides a dirty cocktail of misinformation and commercial products as a simple sol...

September 21, 2018

I would have textbook female Asperger’s if ‘textbook female Asperger’s’ was a thing, but it’s not, because all the textbooks are written about males.

Disclaimer: This post includes a lot of comparing women and girls to men and boys, however, any time I describe something as being more common in one compared to the other, it is a generalization, based on differences between average expression of a trait between males and females...

September 19, 2018

Self care. That’s the buzzword that seems to be everywhere nowadays. You’ll find it trending on social media, emblazoned on t-shirts, praised alongside photos of bath bombs and “treat yo’self” attitudes.  All of that is wonderful – I mean, who doesn’t like to indulge in something that makes them feel good once in a while? But in the thicket of hashtags and filters, we lose the plot of what self-care actually represents and how...

September 17, 2018

‘Adulting’ was something I was in no hurry to experience. You might consider me a late starter, and it would be true. Mid 30s, and I am playing catch-up. When your teenage years and twenties are robbed by an eating disorder, you feel bereft of what others may have enjoyed. I ‘maxed out’ being a child far beyond when most did, living in a kind of ‘Peter Pan’ world where I never grew up. So, when I was referred to as a ‘woman’ t...

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Body Positivity and Eating Disorders

 

July 15, 2019

It was the spring of 2017 and I had just lost 55lbs. I figured once I lost the weight, the self loathing and sabotage would fall right off too. 

Right around that time, a friend and I had a falling out, and I realized that even with the weight loss, my mental health needed some adjusting too. I have struggled with anxiety and depression for years, but the fallout brought me to one of my all-time lows. I remember reading somewhe...

July 4, 2019

I’ve been asking myself this more and more recently. Over the last few years, I have become less inclined to socialize and more inclined to hibernate. Just to be clear, I have never been a 24-hour party girl, but I do find that it's becoming more of a rarity for me to be out past daylight hours! 

After hearing a few comments from my peers, I started to wonder if this was an issue I should be concerned about. I don't want to bec...

April 25, 2019

As the warm weather gets closer, I can’t help but recognize the influx of articles and media based on getting our bodies "ready"for summer. The way which my body looks in (or without) clothing is becoming centre to the conversation around how much I can possibly enjoy the change of seasons, and even on a bigger scale, my life.

Diet culture provides a dirty cocktail of misinformation and commercial products as a simple sol...

July 17, 2018

An eating disorder is a full-time job, it requires a huge amount of dedication, time and commitment to keep it up; ironically the same goes for recovery. When I was ill, there was nothing that would get in my way. I would lie to protect my eating disorder; it was mine, all mine and I obeyed it's every whim. There were times when my commitment to anorexia waivered (it was freaking hard to keep up with its rules and demands), bu...