Why You Need To Leave Your Kids: Lessons From Taking A Break

It’s amazing how, after a few days break, you can parent so much better. The grinding annoyances of parenthood are less oppressive. You have enough space to realize that it is a stage. You remember the you before kids, and you can keep that person in mind so that they will be there after kids. You can can take the long, guiding view of your kids versus the short, reactive view. 

5 Tips For Avoiding Mental Illness Relapse 

I hope all my Canadian readers had a lovely Thanksgiving. Today, we’re talking more about relapses. I’ve talked before about my remission rules, and I posted just a few weeks ago about what to do when you are experiencing a relapse. Struggles with depression, anxiety, manic phases, and episodes are realities of long term mental […]

Mindful Gratitude: How To Foster Resiliency

Thanksgiving is this weekend in Canada. Which, obviously, brings thoughts to gratitude and appreciation for the things we have. It’s a time of harvest, to enjoy the fruits of our work, to unabashedly overeat after a long season of activity. It is important, however, that we focus on mindful gratitude.   There is evidence that […]

10 Tips For Handling Depression Relapse When You Still Have To Parent

Remember sick days before kids? Like when you could literally just binge Netflix, take all the meds, and nap the day away? Or legitimately taking a mental health day to do yoga, drink tea, or go out with friends and stave off a depression relapse or anxiety attack. Those days are much harder to come […]

DBT Skills for Parents: Reality Acceptance 

Years ago, Nick and I were sitting in our living room in Montreal, having what could have been a make-or-break moment. Our credit cards were maxed. Our job prospects were nil. We were feeling isolated and broken. My anxiety was at an all time high, and both of us were probably a little bit depressed. […]