Saying Goodbye

After a year of blogging for Healthy Minds Canada, my time here has come to an end. I’ve really enjoyed writing here, sharing what I’ve been through and tips I have learned, which have hopefully been of help to those who read it. This whole process has even helped me. I find writing very therapeutic … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Self-Reflection

Since the New Year is still relatively new, it is a very common time to self-reflect. I like to journal, so on January 1st I reflected on all that I’ve done and accomplished (I actually wrote a list of things I accomplished throughout the year that I was proud of) and posted an entry on … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


The Struggle of Getting Out of Bed in the Winter

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have such low motivation in the winter, especially towards getting out of bed. I’m not even dealing with any serious episodes of depression now, this is just my regular self being unable to get out of bed until I’ve had 10-12 hours of sleep. Luckily, I am … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


October to February

I have dreaded the months between October and February for the last several years. It’s when it gets colder, there’s less sunlight, days get shorter, but most importantly, there are a bunch of holidays back to back. There’s Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, and then my birthday. I always felt like after that … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Dating with a Mental Illness

From my experience and what I’ve heard from others, it is a challenge to date with a mental illness. It’s already difficult as it is to meet someone in general, so adding a mental illness to the picture makes it even more challenging. I remember during my first major depressive episode, someone told me that … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Downers

My usual posts are about my personal experiences – something I learned that I’m sharing to try to help you with. It may seem like I always have the solution to make things better, and that I am fully recovered and always happy, but I too have my ups and downs that everyone has. This … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

You must have heard someone at least once in your life tell you, “Step out of your comfort zone,” as they try to persuade you to ride a roller coaster, or get a new job. In general, stepping out of your comfort zone is difficult, but I feel that with a mental illness it makes … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Top 10 Things I’ve learned From My Mental Illness

I’ve seen a couple of YouTube videos like “what I’ve learned in my 20s”, so I’ve been inspired to write about what I’ve learned from my mental illness. Having a mental illness is usually seen as a negative thing, but here I’ve listed the positive life lessons I’ve learned from it, to show that it’s … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Fashion and Mental Health

We are constantly judged by our appearances; outfit choices do say a lot. I know that it’s a very harsh statement, but it’s a shallow reality. Our fashion choices are like costumes that we choose to wear which portray to the world who we are as a people, and how we are feeling. Often if … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Finding Comfort

When you’re going through a difficult time with your mental illness, it is hard to find comfort in any place or even yourself,  and especially from others. It just feels like no one really gets it, and it may be difficult to find others that have gone through similar experiences. I wanted to share an … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


I Have or Had a Mental Illness

I have a challenge of deciding which verb tense to use when describing my mental health to others. When I tell friends that I have depression and anxiety, they look at me a bit confused since I seem okay, and they are right, I am okay right now. My mental health is pretty stable at … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


It’s that Time of Year Again…

Back to school, that is. I know August just started, but back to school is just around the corner. This means that I will be starting my fourth post-secondary program for the fourth year in a row. I haven’t gotten very far with other program attempts, and I’m really hoping that this program will be … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Avoiding Relapse

Things are great when you’re feeling great. This means that things in life are going how you want and your mood is relatively stable, but having a mental illness means that a fear of having a relapse will be lingering in the back of your mind, reminding you that it might not stay this good … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


The Diagnosis 2.0

Basically my entire blog has mostly been about me having depression, from what I experienced to how I coped with it. I’ve accepted that I have depression, and have become so much better, as my last post even talked about getting off my medications. I had an appointment with my psychiatrist the day after I … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


The War with Medication

I feel that medication for the mind is a very touchy subject since for some it works really well and is the best thing that has ever happened to them, and for others it doesn’t. Personally, I have never been a fan of medication, even before I was diagnosed with any mental illness. During my … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Exercising

Continuing the trend of writing about important things that helped me with my recovery, the third one I will focus on is a generic one, exercising. I know, I know, you’ve probably heard a million times before about the benefits of exercising and how it really helps with mental health, but it actually did for … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Peer Support

In my last post I talked about a game changing method that really sparked my recovery. Something else that helped me recover was a youth peer support group. Prior to attending the group, my parents and doctors would comfort and reassure me that what was happening to me has happened to many, and I was … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


It All Started With a List

During my depressive episodes, I had advice thrown at me left and right. People were always telling me inspirational quotes, things I should do, prayers to say, books to read, websites to visit – I was so bombarded that I blocked out the majority of it. I was so depressed that I couldn’t concentrate to … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


A Love/Hate Relationship

Sometimes I truly do hate everything I’ve gone through with my mental health. I wish I was just “normal,” and that my whole post-secondary education could have gone smoothly, so that I would be going into my fourth year of university now, instead of switching programs again to start my first year of college. When … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.


Anxiety with Indecision

These two do not mix well. In general anxious people like certainty, they like knowing what to expect so they can mentally plan for it (well, I do anyway). This becomes very challenging for people like me, who have a problem with making decisions, since what is expected of can’t even be decided on. I’m … Continued

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.