Netflix and Breaking Down Stigma | Vent Over Tea

Last weekend, I woke up looking forward to a fun day of rock climbing with my friends. I jumped out of bed, opened the blinds… and was promptly greeted by the unholy sight of Montreal caught in a huge snowstorm. “Well,” I thought, “there go all my plans for the day.” When the weather decides to turn your city into a world of ice, you may find that your best (and only) option is to curl up in front of Netflix with a warm cup of tea. Exercise and social time are essential to our mental well-being

Mindful Me-Time | Vent Over Tea

How many times have you found yourself sprawled across the sofa on a Sunday night, wishing you hadn’t wasted your weekend doing nothing productive? If you answered, “more times than I can count,” you are not alone. Everyone has, at one point or another, felt like they’ve wasted their time. This realization often comes with a host of lovely little feelings such as anxiety, shame, and guilt. Instead of letting these thoughts get you down, let them inspire you to be more mindful of how you're spen

Three Reasons to Include Cooking in your Self-Care Routine | Vent Over Tea

Spoiler alert: you don’t need to turn into Gordon Ramsay to do this. I mean, buy some tofu, throw some rice in the cooker, chop a few vegetables and voilà – you’ve got yourself a low-cost vegetarian poke bowl. These days, it’s common to see the term “self-care” thrown around like some sort of universal, feel-better-instantly checklist. But there’s no one-size-fits-all model. Your routine needs to be tailored to your own needs; it takes a lot of trial-and-error to figure out what works for you.

Why We Don't Like To Talk About Anger | Vent Over Tea

In recent years, more and more people have started opening up about mental health. Even celebrities have braved the judgment of the public eye to reveal their personal struggles. Slowly but surely, we’ve shifted away from the perspective that mental illness is a sham and an excuse for laziness, and towards the knowledge that a lot of people struggle with very real disorders. We’re now being taught to take care of ourselves and to validate our feelings of sadness or depression. But one emotion t

Distress Tolerance, or the Art of Sitting in the Fire | Vent Over Tea

Distress tolerance is, personally, one of my favorite emerging concepts in psychology. If you struggle with mental health issues or are generally interested in psychology, you’ve probably heard of the term. Distress tolerance is the act of recognizing and accepting one’s negative emotions without trying to fight them. Experts have written extensively about why we should make a conscious effort to implement distress tolerance in our daily lives. But for all its effectiveness, distress tolerance

How to Help Your Therapist Help You | Vent Over Tea

For a long time now, the word “therapy” has been surrounded by a cloud of shameful silence. As a child, I remember believing it was not something “normal people” did. As I grew up and realized how prevalent mental illness is, I had to make adjustments to my definition of “normal people.” Even as attitudes on mental health are changing, there seems to be a lingering sense of skepticism towards therapy, but it’s crucial for us to believe in the solution just as much as we believe in the problem.

What To Do After A Loved One's Suicide Attempt | Vent Over Tea

On New Year’s Eve, my older sister tried to kill herself. My mom’s phone started to ring and when I picked it up, we learned that sometime around when 2017 turned into 2018, my sister had swallowed a handful of pills and chased it down with a generous helping of whiskey. Our family was no stranger to mental illness: I had been diagnosed with OCD several years before, and although I eventually got it under control, learning to manage it had been a harrowing experience. This, however, was unlike a

Falling out of Fear | Vent Over Tea

A person standing on top of a mountain is an universal symbol for success, so losing my balance and lying on the mat with the wind knocked out of me felt very much like failure. When I started, and for a long time after, I was pretty terrible at bouldering; my arms were too weak, I struggled just to lift myself a few inches off the ground, I fell constantly. There was something very discouraging about trying to climb the same wall a thousand times and falling on your butt over and over and over

My OCD Story, or How I Climbed back up the Staircase | Vent Over Tea

I was thirteen years old when I first started thinking that I might be a serial killer. To clarify, I don’t mean that it was originally part of the everyday worries of my life. I thought about other stuff, too. I worried about acne and body shapes and being popular at school. I daydreamed about boys and aspired to change the world - normal, teenage stuff. It’s just that somewhere along the way, it occurred to me that it was completely and terrifyingly possible for me to grab a knife and stab a r