Showing posts from September, 2018

Is Social Media Destroying your Self-Esteem?

As a social species, we constantly find ourselves comparing our lives and assets to those around us. As technology has evolved, it has become increasingly difficult to avoid engaging in this behaviour as we are constantly plugged in to what others are doing around us. Online social platforms provide a breeding ground for self-doubt and insecurity. You see those around you with nicer houses, going on more luxurious vacations, in expensive bathing suits that flatter exquisite bodies. We often forget that social media is simply a projection of what each individual wants everyone to see, and does not accurately represent their lives as a whole. While on a small scale this kind of behaviour may be motivational, it generally leaves us feeling inferior.

When it comes to our bodies, one of our most personal possessions, this inferiority can lead to self-esteem or body image issues, and in the extreme an eating disorder or body dysmorphic disorder. It is important to be able to determine when o…

4 POSITIVE ways to deal with NEGATIVE People

Do you have that one friend, colleague or family member that brings a black cloud with them everywhere they go? Are they constantly focusing on the negative? Are they always in such a rant that they don’t even ask you about your life? They are pessimistic and emotionally exhausting.

So let me ask you this...if you met a barking dog would you get on all fours and start barking back? Of course not. The saying is true, "misery loves company". In other words, don’t join them in their pity fest. It will only leave you feeling emotionally depleted.

But let's face it, you can't always just say goodbye to people with negative attitudes or world views – they may be your parents, partner, children, in-laws, or someone you work with. So here are 4 ways to handle this type of person.

1. Protect Yourself by Not Engaging

People tend to have selective attention and focus on the bad things. Notice their tendency to blame external factors for their unhappiness rather than their own neg…

Tis the Season for Seasonal Affective Disorder- What to do when your mood turns grey with the skies

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a subtype of Major Depression with onset in darker winter seasons. It generally affects adults over the age of 20, and is more common in northern areas where it’s colder and less sunny. SAD often begins and ends at about the same time every year. People with a history of clinical depression or bipolar disorder can be more susceptible to SAD. Did you know that 75% of people who suffer from SAD are women? 

            If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms probably start in the fall (September) and continue into the winter months (March). Low levels of serotonin are thought to contribute to depression, and serotonin production slows down with fewer hours of sunlight. Darkness triggers the release of melatonin, which controls sleeping and eating. The transition from summer to winter changes the time that melatonin is released and this throws the body’s natural time clock out of sync, potentially triggering the symptoms of SAD. Symptoms of …