Health & Wellbeing


How you feel about your finances and your career has a significant impact on your overall health, often in a negative way. Taking care of your health – mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially – is so important! How can you take care of others without first taking care of yourself? Your health and wellbeing matters!

Our $5 Trip to the ER

[Caution: this post may not be for the faint of heart – like me.]   It all started Sunday night, just before 8pm. I was in the other room when R came rushing in with blood all over his hand. He had sliced his index finger open on a glass. Now, I do not do well with all things medical. …

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Lessons from a Counsellor

Six months ago, I decided that I needed to talk to someone, professionally speaking. I had seen a counsellor a few times before, as there was a counsellor available right on my university’s campus, that was included in our student health plan. But when it came to finding someone to talk to in a new city, I had no idea …

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It’s All Your Fault, August!

It’s all August’s fault. August means that 8 weeks of my medical leave have passed and I still haven’t landed an interview or made any progress on finding a new job at all. August means I have less than 4 weeks to decide what the hell I’m going to do. August means I’m running out of time and options. I …

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Becoming Me Again

Today marks my being off work for exactly one month (only two more to go!).  While I still don’t feel quite like “me” again yet, I can say that I am getting closer.  I still have days or moments full of anxiety or where I just can’t peel myself out of bed/off the couch, but those are becoming fewer, and …

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My “Maybe” Life, I Guess…

This is my life: Friend: “Hey Amanda, I’m having a super awesome birthday party this weekend.  Do you wanna come?” Me: “Maybe.” Colleague: “Hey Amanda, volunteering 5 minutes of your time for this cause that you care about will guarantee that bad thing will never happen again. Can you be there?” Me: “Maybe.” Ryan Gosling: “Hey girl… wanna go out …

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This is No Vacation, My Friend

Since last Tuesday, I’ve been on medical leave. I thought it would be a relief – that this wasn’t all just in my head, and that being granted the time and the freedom to get better would be a huge weight off my shoulders – but it wasn’t. Somehow being officially labelled as “totally disabled” made me feel worse. I …

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Stress Leave: Am I Really Sick or Just Looking for an Easy Out? - My Life, I Guess

Stress Leave: Am I Really Sick or Just Looking for an Easy Out?

The stress, anxiety, and depression from being stuck in a toxic work environment is taking its toll on me – physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m at the point where taking a stress leave feels like my only hope. But I’m also worried that I’m not really “sick”. That I might just be looking for an easy way out of a …

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