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COVID-19 and Grief

This image was taken during my last keynote before COVID-19. As time ticks on I am finding that one of the greatest emotions I am feeling is grief. After spending so many years trying to harm or kill myself this was my redemption. However, while there is loss for all of us, I have learned to embrace it, feel it, let it go and not get stuck there. Like you, I am thinking outside of the box and am finding new and creative ways to do what I love. Yes. This is a difficult time. But we were not meant…

How Do I Help A Loved One Struggling with an Addiction?

  One of the most painful things to experience is watching the person you love deteriorate in front of your eyes. At this point, it can be easy to feel both helpless and resentful towards this person who is now becoming a shadow of the person you once knew. Previous attempts to approach this individual likely resulted in their denial or piercing words of anger. Eventually, after exhaustive attempts to help them, one fact will stand out like black on white… In life, all that we can control is self.   There is a reason that Al-Anon selected this idea…

Mental Health Strategies During COVID-19

  Unfortunately, we are going to see a significant rise in the number of people who struggle with mental health issues as a result of COVID-19. The coronavirus has required us to adapt to these unprecedented times. Initially, these changes significantly impacted my mental health. Thankfully, I have found 6 wellness strategies that have strengthened my mental wellness. What are you doing for your mental wellness?   

How To Manage Your Stress

Well… technically I would say that breathing is the best tool to manage stress. However, this phrase is more catchy.   How much time and energy do you give to the factors that are out of your control?    I would encourage you to make a list of the things that are in your control, and another list that identifies the things that are out of control. Then sit back, and identify where you let your eyes rest. For me, the definition of anxiety is trying to control the things that are out of your control. It’s time to take…

Has COVID-19 Impacted Your Mental Health?

  Has COVID-19 impacted your financial well-being and mental health?   Out From the Shadows Consulting Inc. is offering 10 separate gifts of $100 to deserving individuals in need. To be eligible submit 250 – 400 words explaining how COVID-19 has negatively impacted your life, and what you have done for your mental wellness during this challenging time. We will be sharing these strategies through social media as a means of supporting each other. Please note that all names and personal information will be kept confidential. Submissions are due on Friday, March 27th and can be entered at https://www.outfromtheshadows.ca/contact/ Gifts…

Addiction and Cancer: Treating Diseases Differently

  Brad has seen how people treat diseases differently. When he was going through addiction, people crossed the street to get away from him. Meanwhile, when he was going through his cancer treatments, people wanted to get closer to him. Whether Brad was battling addictions or cancer, he was still the same person suffering. His experience speaks volumes to the stigma that still exists around drug and alcohol addictions. Education and understanding will reveal that we all deserve love and respect.        Brad’s story Becoming the Father I Knew I Could Be   is featured in MENtal Health:…