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The Benefits of Smiling: Why you should find one (or 100) reason(s) to smile every day!

Humans are a naturally smiley species. We appear to begin smiling even while we’re still in the womb. There are so many emotional and health benefits to smiling – keep reading to learn all about them – but what does that mean for those of us in depression? Do we miss out on those benefits altogether? The answer: not if we don’t want to! Smile therapy If you’re not feeling your best today, here’s a trick that I’ve used in the past when I was in depression: practise 5 minutes of “smile therapy.” You can do this either by forcing a smile…

Did My Personality Type Cause My Bipolar?

One of my several bookcases of binders I used to pride myself on my total type-A personality. Over-achiever, control freak, wannabe wonder-woman who took on way too much – at work, at home, as a volunteer, and in social settings. My level of obsessive organization was unrivalled: I have over 60 binders for every possible project, labelled and stored neatly in my office. Needless to say, confronting chaos and embracing change is not one of my fortés. So when I developed bipolar disorder, I got completely derailed. It was my type-A personality (combined with menopause) that caused my bipolar In…

Tips to avoid the “depression demon”

Ouch! In mid-January, I was out walking in extreme wintery weather, and I slipped on some ice – hard! Ouch! To make a long (and very painful) story short, I broke my left ankle and was put on three weeks of bedrest. Then, just as I was starting to walk again, while trying to protect the injured ankle, I put too much strain on my right leg, and tore the meniscus of my right knee. Ouch, ouch! Will this injury precipitate a depression? The first thought that crossed my mind as I lay bed-bound in agony, leg in a splint…