MindF#!k Blog

Growing up, taking risks, shaping today

In the last few days, I've learned that tobogganing is being partially banned, following that, I learned about a group of parents, who broke down in tears because the proposed school in their community had been relocated across the river in a nearby community...

A quick guide to gaining confidence when you socialize

I’m a shy person by nature, not a natural extrovert and definitely not comfortable in large groups of people. So if you’re like me at all, then this guide is for you.I’ve had to learn to be more confident in social situations, and it hasn’t exactly been easy.

Mindfulness meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Sometimes life can feel so hectic! As to-do lists grow, and expectations pile up, our stress levels can feel unbearable.  You may have mounting homework, difficulties at home, stresses over relationships, or overwhelming worries about the future.

Youth Voices Symposium: What true youth engagement looks like

Back in the early days of December, I had the incredible opportunity to speak alongside Dr Bruce Ferguson of

New Knowledge Synthesis Reports now available!

This video summarizes the Knowledge Synthesis Reports published by the CYCC Network.

Surprising facts about anxiety disorders - 7 ways to cope

Only anxious people understand what it’s like to feel the angst when anxiety attacks. Being told to “calm down” is annoying. Meeting people is not fun. A delay in someone accepting your Facebook friendship means they don’t like you.  

Yoga connection

“Ultimately, yoga is about connection; to our body, our thoughts, and our feelings” “By listening, we promote a healthy relationship with ourselves.”

Wish I had another chance - In loving memory of Charlie Thomas!

A young man in recovery named Charlie came to my house earlier this year with his parents.  His entry into addiction came as the result of a head-on car accident caused by an old man who was driving on the wrong side of Highway 17 near Santa Cruz on Jan. 1, 2010.

How to get rid of feelings

Do you ever wish you could just be done with feelings?  Just get rid of them?Today I'm going to tell you how to do exactly that (yes, really and truly!).

Youth engagement presentation at CMHO Annual Conference

Back in November, Heather and I presented at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) Annual Conference, “Getting it Right for Kids and Families”

Overwhelmed by all the changes you want to make

If you had to make a list of all the habits you’d like to change or create, how many changes would be on the list?For many of us, we might have more than a dozen habit changes we’d like to make. And we want to make them all right now!

Happy holidays - stay safe!

mindyourmind wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Holiday stress

Christmas... or, well the entire holiday season actually...

Holiday loss

The holiday season is by far my favorite time of year. I absolutely adore seeing the strings of lights cascading down the city streets. Trying to find the perfect gift for each family member gives me so much adrenaline, it’s just like a game.

Food, finances & eating disorders

This blog is reposted with permission from the National Eating Disorders Association

Who is taking care of those who care for us?

Taking care of others can take a huge emotional toll. For first responders (paramedics, police officers, firefighters) this is especially true.

Youtubers: What are they good for? Lots.

Youtubers. Celebrities online.  Self promoters and brand ambassadors. Content creators and story tellers.  Youtubers abound and for many of you, these are people that you check in with on a daily basis.

JOIN US for a Tweet Chat on December 4th

On December 4th we will be live tweeting during the "Youth Voices: The role of youth-adult dialogue in improving health outcomes for young Canadians" symposium with one of our partners, Astra Zeneca's Young Health Program.  The focus of the day will be to explore the many

Overwhelmed & rushed? Do a stress assess

A numbered to do list.
If you find yourself rushing from task to task, worried that you don’t have time to do everything …If you are feeling a high amount of stress and are just overwhelmed by the number of things you have to do …You might try doing a Stress Assess.

Youth substance abuse prevention

Road sign that reads: "Healthy Life, Next Exit".
From November 17–21, 2014, mindyourmind joins the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and addiction organizations across the country to mark National Addictions

Surround yourself with the messages you want to receive

"Love Yourself", written in the sand.
We grow up receiving messages from our parents, our friends, TV shows, media and literally from EVERYTHING in our lives, that shape the way we think about ourselves and how we perceive the world around us.

Self care & recovery plan

This is something I’m doing for myself this weekend. I decided that simply having a “self-care plan” in my head and making a few vague written notes was not enough. I wanted a template. A template to record my plan and to help stimulate creative thinking on it.

Nov 17-21, 2014 is National Addictions Awareness Week

Each year, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) joins organizations across the country in observing National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW).

Holiday hard times

I can remember as a kid how excited I used to get for Christmas; I’d lose sleep over it all the time.  I think it was more than anything; just that one time a year our whole family would have the chance to be together, in happiness and in joy.  We used to do the trad