A collage featuring a downcast woman and cyclists in the background.

Reading Time: 4 minutes “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” (Lewis B. Smedes) Sometimes we are hurt by someone or something so deeply that it seems we can’t put the situation aside. This person or thing keeps coming to mind, each time creating all kinds of unpleasant feelings: anger, pain, […]

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A collage featuring a woman facing the eclipsed moon with a snake wrapped around her.

Reading Time: 6 minutes Often the one person you’re stuck with for life (you), is also the most mistreated and neglected (by you). Let’s dive right in, shall we? I’ll begin by explaining what I mean by self-abuse. Abuse, as per Google, is defined as treating someone “with cruelty or violence, regularly or repeatedly.” Self-abuse is thus the act […]

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An abstract painting of a person with their eyes covered with yellow paint,

Reading Time: 4 minutes I have seen people who are hurt and depressed spiral into crippling depression rather suddenly, losing their energy and desire to live. A lot of people face depression—at least 264 million people world-wide—and that statistic is pre-pandemic (WHO, 2020). Crippling depression may include symptoms of major depression such as a loss of appetite or interest […]

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A painting of a solitary girls on a swing facing the moon, with her back to us.

Reading Time: 6 minutes An estranged family prioritizes the autonomy and individuality of each member, sacrificing emotional connection to one another. Similar to all groups and communities, the family members are attempting to cope with the tension between honoring individual preferences and beliefs and coalescing or uniting around a particular vision and set of values. The system operates with […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When I started my nursing career back in 2001, I was a mature student but I didn’t feel that way faced with individuals, families and communities during their most emotive times due to death and thereafter grief. Just two decades ago there “were” three types of grief: normal, absent, or delayed. So you were either […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes It was a regular day, I was working from my home. The laptop was keeping me busy while emails trickled in popped with work meeting notifications and social media feeds in parallel kept company on my connect digital self. After one of the calls, I really started to wonder, is this worth it? My emotional […]

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A drawing of a man with a distorted face, reflected as a demon's.

Reading Time: 19 minutes How many times have you contemplated heading to the nearest airport and booking a one-way ticket to elsewhere? How many times have you actually gone through with it? If you haven’t, not even once, that’s probably because you don’t take the option seriously, pathologizing it as an escapist delusion. It isn’t. You may object, arguing […]

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My Vulnerability

February 6, 2020

A portrait of a young woman looking a bit upset.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sometimes I feel like I wasn’t made for this world. Is that an odd statement? Apparently, as a child, I used to tell my mum that I didn’t feel I belonged; like maybe I had been born in the wrong time. I was five. I still feel that way. I feel sad a lot of […]

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A bright drawing of a man with portraits of various people in the background.

Reading Time: 5 minutes “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” (Dalai Lama) Nowadays we live in a very individualistic world, a society driven by ego, prestige and status. It’s all about “what’s in it for me” and how to get the best for “me, myself and I,” whether it’s in a materialistic, educational […]

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A painting of a woman's torso propelled by windmill wings, looking introspective and content.

Reading Time: 3 minutes How often do you put your happiness and self-worth in the hands of others? Do you even realize when you’re doing it? If you constantly seek validation from others, as your sense of achievement is totally built upon others’ opinions, you only feel good about yourself when you receive recognition from others; otherwise, you keep […]

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