The Truth About Burnout

We often use the term ‘burnout,’ and its variations, in a very casual manner. After a long and stressful day at work, a hectic few months of event planning, or a tiresome weekend spent visiting family, for example, we may admit to feeling ‘spent’ or ‘burned out.’ This however, does not capture the true essence of burnout. While many still consider it an ambiguous or abstract concept, much like anxiety and depression, burnout is actually a recognized condition which is characterized by a combination of specific symptoms. In this post, we hope to demystify some of the uncertainty surrounding burnout and provide a clear explanation of this very real phenomenon.

How to Survive the Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time of year. However, as enjoyable as the holidays are, they are often a stressful time of the year. Many of us work, go to school, and have family obligations. Moreover, making time for shopping, spending time with family, going to work, and over spending can often accumulate and add […]

Mental Health Basics

What is Mental Health? Our mental health encompasses our entire well-being. Being mentally health refers to ones psychological wellness. Moreover, just as it is crucial to maintain ones physical health, it is just as important to enhance and maintain our mental health. Furthermore, being mentally healthy does not just mean the absence of psychological disorders, […]

Trauma Symptoms are Normal

What is Trauma? Trauma occurs when we experience a life threatening event or perceived life threatening event, such as a car accident, major surgery, fire, victim or a witness of a crime, natural disaster, sexual assault, abuse, terrorism etc. Our brain and body experiences a characteristic response to trauma, which in the initial moments that […]

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What is Anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious, nervous, and worried from time to time. Situations like interviews, dating, trying something for the first time, and giving presentations are all stressful and can cause us to feel fearful or anxious. So what is Anxiety Anyway? Anxiety is described as a state of apprehension and worry that something bad or unpleasant […]

SAD – Seasonal Affect Disorder

November starts a long winter in Montreal, with less sunlight for many months. Many people suffer a form of depression due to lack of sunlight called Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) also know as November blues, February blahs, and winter blues. Symptoms include: feelings of sadness or ‘down in the dumps’, less social contact, not enjoying […]