Moving Forward

Stress, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, burnout - can all be helped out by some similar approaches. 

Gratitude and the idea of positive psychology - the idea that your circumstances don't completely define your happiness or your success, but the lens you look at the world through affects this so much more. Change the lens and you change your life. Check out Shawn Achor's video to the left.  I also like the free "Affirmations" app by "Annadroid" available on Google Play for your smart phone/tablet/computer, and"Fabulous"an app for goal setting.

Meditation and mindfulness is extremely helpful (not easy, but helpful once you've learned how to do it)  - I like the freestop breathe and think appand the work ofTara Brach. Her websitehas free guided meditations available. Another couple of apps that are good for relaxation and putting the busy mind at ease are Calm and Relax Rain, although they both try to sell you more stuff once you download the free version. However, it is pretty easy to ignore the upsell if you don't have the money or desire to do so.

Nutrition and exercise cannot be emphasized more - they play a huge role in moving through these issues. Think you can't exercise at home? There are great exercise programs available out there on you tube (see Jillian Michaels' home exercise video to the left).Eat Right Ontariohas advice on budgeting, menu planning, and you can access a dietitian with your questions by email or phone. Local farmers markets are an inexpensive way to get fresh produce in the summer time on a budget.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy -is a psychotherapy that is proven effective in treating many mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Can't get in to see a therapist right now or don't like the idea of a group session? I like the workbook Mind over Mood (available from chapters or amazon) and the free websiteMood Gym. Some apps that can be downloaded on your phone/tablet are Mindshift (I really like this one), Cognitive Diary CBT, MoodTools and The Worry Box Stem4 is a UK app designed for persons who experience self harm behaviours, and it is really easy to use.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy- is a therapy treatment developed originally to assist with the suicidal and self-harm behaviours associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders, as well as treating adolescents.This treatment blends cognitive and behavioural interventions with acceptance-based strategies derived from mindfulness. Patients are taught a number of coping skills including mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.   Dr. Linehan (who developed the treatment) speaks about it to the left. She has a number of other posts available on youtube. There are some great workbooks available if you cannot find a therapist - such as theDialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills Workbook, available from Indigo/Chapters or

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Mental Health Resources

Mental health does not just refer to serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Stress, burnout, anxiety disorders, trauma and depression have a serious impact on the way you live and enjoy life.

Need to figure out a way of dealing with one of these things right now? In Ontario, call the mental health helpline at 1-866-531-2600.  If you are in Hastings and Prince Edward County, you can call openline openmind for 24/7 access to mental health and addiction services. If you are in Peterborough county and are experiencing a crisis, you can call 1-866-995-9933 to access help through Four County Crisis.

Please also see some of the videos and apps that are available for free download under "Moving Forward" below.

Looking for more information on mental health issues in general? The Centre for Addiction and Mental Healthin Toronto has a number of classes, resources, and an informative website on just about everything related to the brain. The Canadian Mental Health Association also has information on anger, eating disorders, grief, separation and divorce, stress, resilience and work-life balance. They have a number of tips on how to keep stress levels down.