All in Self-Compassion
This time of year can be pretty tricky when it comes to what it’s like to be a body in the world. It’s hard not to notice the ‘get a beach body now!’ messages popping up on magazine covers and hear people shaming themselves for eating ice cream. It’s also been heartening to see some pushback (especially on the internet) about this - things like memes about having a ‘bikini body’ (spoiler: have a body, put a bikini on it).
In the last Period Pride post, Dr. Joanna Rosenfeld will explore the luteal phase- the time from ovulation, to the start of your period. Unlike the follicular phase which varies drastically between women, or even between cycles, the luteal phase is fairly constant, and typically lasts between 12-14 days. Dr. Rosenfeld will even outline all the different types of PMS! Any suggestions or advice provided by Dr. Rosenfeld does not replace a visit to your health care practitioner.
The next stage of your menstrual cycle is your follicular phase, which actually starts at day 1 of your period. At the beginning of the follicular phase, your brain releases a hormone called FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which stimulates your ovaries to produce about 5-20 follicles.
In our first post about burnout, we explored the importance of taking an inventory of all the things that serve to replenish you (e.g.- sleep, time with friends, moderate exercise), and things that deplete you (e.g.- unclear expectations at work, a conflict-ridden relationship, being preoccupied with work).
However, sometimes changing things up with regard to input/output doesn't have the intended impact. If this is the case, we need to take a deeper look at ourselves and explore the underlying issues that contribute to burnout.
For the last few years, I have talked a lot about Brené Brown. I mean A LOT.
But to be fair, everyone seems to know who she is. For example, while getting my tattoo work on, I’m telling my tattooist about a training I’m going to in Houston. I ask, “do you know Brené Brown?” Without skipping a beat, he says, “is that the lady who talked about vulnerability on a Ted Talk?”. To be fair, he’s pretty much a therapist but the point is: Brené has become a household name…
The first time someone told me to, “just breathe” I was 18 years old and sitting in my doctor’s office having my first panic attack.
Convinced that I was dying, and that trying to take a deep breath wasn’t real medical advice, I was deeply annoyed with my doctor, and requested some “real” intervention. Today I know better.
Many women have expressed that they feel like it’s difficult to merely exist right now- because we’re being bombarded by stories of sexual assault and harassment on an almost daily basis.
Instead of going into how horrific this all is for a zillion reasons, I’ve decided to create a list of ideas on how to exist right now.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor wanting to provide the best, most ethical counselling services possible- which means I attend my own therapy.
And it scares me.
Recently I met with a doctor who gave me a list of pretty usual self-care recommendations: try a mindfulness app, eat your veggies, try to avoid stress. She ended it with, "And 30 minutes of exercise a day - that's a prescription, not a suggestion."
Summer is here and with it amazing weather, more time with friends, and more time for fun. Oh, and did we mention mental health issues can actually get worse in the Summer for a lot of people?
Introducing our new blog post series called "Get to Know Your Counsellor" - where we'll feature each counsellor answering questions in an authentic and vulnerable way so you can 1) get to know us better and 2) feel even more safe/comfortable when you come in for counselling.
Caring for ourselves first so we can sustainably and ethically care for our amazing clients.
A round-up of our 2016 Resilience Report songs for your listening pleasure.