I’m sitting on Dallas Road on an early Saturday morning amidst a blanket of fog, the ocean vast and serene in front of me. Runners, joggers, walkers passing behind me. I feel completely comfortable sitting, writing in front of them to see. Stretching, flowing through a sun salutation, eyes closed. Feeling a real sense of […]
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After working on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver in methadone pharmacies, I noticed a common source of pain for just about every homeless individual I met receiving methadone maintenance therapy for addiction – loneliness. I found it so heartbreaking to watch that I quickly burnt out and had to take a hiatus from working in […]
I sat inside our car—protected from the biting autumn winds, eating peanut M&Ms. I did not want to leave its cocoon of warmth and make the small walk from our driveway to the house. It was October 15, 2017, and the weight of the occasion settled in as I thought about the events that had […]
There’s a framed sign in my kitchen that says, eat good food. It’s a simple concept and one I like to think sets the tone for my family and how we approach our meals. Eating well is important at all stages of life because nutrition goes beyond your physical body. It’s about nourishing your […]
You don’t need a disability, injury, or illness to know that asking for help can be incredibly difficult. That difficulty magnifies tenfold when you live your life with what I call a ‘mental monster’. So how do we make asking for help easier, especially for those with mental monsters? It’s all about building a community […]
It’s taken many years for me to admit out loud that I suffer from depression. For years I talked about the depression I experience in the past tense, as if it had somehow left me. In my book, I described how after having children I experienced depression and for a long time it felt situational, […]
“How long will this inconvenience me?” I asked the medic in an ambulance headed for Montreal. I was 12 years old and had just been run over by a school bus. Within two days, I was back in class. What drove me to return so soon? As I approached midlife, I began to examine my […]
A bestselling author shares her strategies for journeying to a happier, healthier place—and losing 60 kilograms along the way I used to be the poster child for self-neglect. I used to live my life as if I didn’t have a body: as if the basic rules of human biology simply didn’t apply to me. Sleep? […]
When people find out I’m a personal trainer who’s done adventure races, countless half marathons, triathlons and even an Ironman, the assumption they make is that I grew up an athlete. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I spent the majority of my life hating my body and feeling uncomfortable in my skin. For […]
I am a mother, police officer, runner and a wife. None of these roles define me but they do help shape who I am today. So how does mental health play a role in my life??? Well, where do I start…? I live a very busy life with a full time job as a police […]
I was the wearer of masks, masks that defined many roles in my life: daughter, sister, aunt, wife, caregiver, career woman, but none of these masks exemplified the person I was on the inside. Sound familiar? How did you respond the last time you got asked the age-old question, “So what do you do?” Most […]
I have been coaching Canadians as a personal trainer for over 20 years, helping people get into better physical shape and giving them the tools to lead healthier, happier lives. I have found that much of this work is mental: you must maintain a positive outlook about yourself and your situation if either of these […]