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I talk a lot to people about meaningful activity. Meaningful activity can be a big part of mental health recovery, as well as being critical for our own wellbeing. But what does it actually mean? And how can you find out what is meaningful to you? Meaningful activities are things that we do, that mean something to us. Not all activities are meaningful. But activities that might seem really mundane to one… Read More

The holidays is a time for joy right? Well no actually, not always. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or just having time with family there can be lots of reasons why you might not feel particularly joyful, and that doesn’t make you wrong, grumpy or unusual. It’s very common for people to struggle with their mental health, particularly at this time of year. Here in Nova Scotia it’s feeling very Christmassy… Read More

Why won’t you just stop!? This is a question I think all parents ask at certain points. In these moments when your child appears to be out of control for no apparent reason. Or when their emotions seem to far outweigh the situation. When they seem to be making bad choices and won’t listen, or reason. Parenting in these situations can feel hugely frustrating, upsetting and exhausting. It can be so difficult… Read More

We’ve been pretty well off in Nova Scotia for a while in terms of Covid. And in terms of numbers, we’re still doing well. But even if small comparatively, our numbers are going up, which means we are now in second wave territory. If you’re reading this from another country you are likely to be a little further along than us. Either way, we are all in this strange place where we’re… Read More

I’m one, like many, that struggles to get into the habit of exercising. I enjoy it when I do it. Running is my thing. It makes me feel really good afterwards – a sense of achievement and my body feels good. Exercise is great for mental health. If you want to read more about the benefits go to this link. But regardless of the benefits I find I prioritise other things above… Read More

Many of us hold a belief that we cannot draw, or dance or paint or make music. How many times have you heard yourself or someone else say it? “I can’t!”. And yes, its true that most of us cannot create media to sell. But being a professional artist is not the same as engaging in the process of art. You may be tone deaf, you’re probably not going to win the… Read More

There is disagreement on the definition of spirituality. It really depends on what you read and who you listen to. The way I see it is as believing, considering, being curious about and connecting to something bigger than yourself. Most people do agree that spirituality and religion are separate things. Religion is more about rituals and community programmes. Spirituality can certainly be connected to faith, but perhaps doesn’t have to be. Spirituality… Read More

1 in 3 Canadians will experience mental illness during their lifetime. This is a huge figure. Even if we’re not talking about it a lot, it’s clear that mental health issues are common. Yet, mental illness is not quite as simple as a lot of physical problems. We know that if we have a cold, we can generally manage at home. We know that if we have an odd lump we should… Read More

Being a parent can be hard at the best of times. And when your teenager is struggling with their mental health it can be even more challenging. It’s hard to see someone you love going through something tough. And unlike lots of other situations, this is not something a parent can fix. Improving our mental health is a journey that takes time, bravery and often therapy and medication. Having said that, as… Read More