Mental Health & Well-Being

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 4: Tips for reducing stress and anxiety

by Queen D, March 27, 2020

It goes without saying, but I will say it anyway: These are frightening and uncertain times, and it’s a hard not to be inundated by what’s going on. I can feel it when I step outside…that collective sense of trepidation that hangs in the air, reflected in the faces of every person I meet. People […]

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Attitude & Lifestyle, Mental Health & Well-Being

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 3: How to keep yourself from going stir-crazy

by Queen D, March 24, 2020

Italy has gone through earthquakes, volcano eruptions, wars, and plagues, and its latest crises is nothing short of a tragedy. But Italians are a stout and resolute people. They were blind-sided by the Coronavirus outbreak, but they learned quickly, and adapted as best they could. The videos of people singing and dancing on their balcony […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 2: Finding that damn silver lining

by Queen D, March 23, 2020

With every news channel, radio station, newspaper, and Twitter trend focusing on COVID-19, it’s so easy to get caught up in the wave of negativity, panic, and paranoia. The gravity of our circumstances is undeniable. However, that doesn’t mean you should give yourself license to ruminate, panic, or assume the worst. When times are dark, […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being, Personal Development

Forging Through The Lockdown – Part 1: An opportunity for personal growth

by Queen D, March 20, 2020

Unless you’re an introvert, self-isolation and social distancing does not come naturally to you – nor is it likely to appeal to you. Your morning traipse to the coffee shop and a chat with the barista…gone. A happy hour drink after work…gone. Taking in the latest Oscar-buzz movie, or finally finding out what Tovar Dal […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

A Means to a Selfish End: The impact of narcissism on honesty

by Queen D, March 26, 2019

Narcissists are not easy to spot, at least not right away. Well, the only exception might be (allegedly) Henry VIII, Napoleon, Madonna, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian (or let’s face it, any of the Kardashians), and the POTUS. But a lot of narcissists don’t realize they’re narcissists, which can sometimes make them difficult to identify. […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

The lies depression will tell you (Part 3)

by Queen D, July 26, 2018

Let’s continue our discussion (from here and here) on how depression, can change the content and trajectory of your thoughts. Here are some of the lies that your depression might be telling you: “The world is a cruel place.” I will not sugarcoat the truth: The fact is that some people can be inexplicably and […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

The lies depression will tell you (Part 2)

by Queen D, July 18, 2018

In last week’s blog, I began a discussion on how depression can twist your thoughts around. I know the emotional, psychological, and physical struggle that depression can be. Finding your way through depression is like trying to find the light switch in a dark room; trying to sort through the “depression” thoughts and the “real” […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

The lies depression will tell you (Part 1)

by Queen D, July 12, 2018

I am in a constant battle with my mind. It’s like that iconic scene you’ll see in all western movies: Scene: High noon. Two cowboys stand a few yards apart, staring each other down. A tumbleweed rolls across the screen. Me: It’s time for us to stop this feud. We’re not enemies. My mind: Go […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

“I deserve love”: Three simple words that are hard to say

by Queen D, June 20, 2018

A few years ago I was watching an old documentary on YouTube featuring motivational speaker Louise Hay. She walked across the stage, turned to the studio audience, and asked them to take out the mirror that she had requested they bring along with them. With mirror in hand, the audience was then told to look […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

Self-Controlled or Emotionally Constipated?

by Queen D, June 14, 2018

I believe quite strongly that nothing happens by chance. As Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) once said about coincidence, “The universe is rarely so lazy.” I also firmly believe that our body is often a reflection of our feelings and personality. I once suggested to my brother that his, er, “musical body” (i.e. flatulence) was a […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

The slippery slope of “other-dependent” self-esteem

by Queen D, May 24, 2018

Let’s take a few minute to test what I like to call “social esteem,” which is basically my fancy way of saying your ability to handle rejection on social media: Test #1: You write what you feel is a brilliant, funny, or poignant post on Facebook or Twitter but it gets absolutely no likes/retweets. How […]

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Mental Health & Well-Being

The thoughtlessness of overthinking (Part 2)

by Queen D, May 9, 2018

In last week’s blog, I began a discussion on the many downsides of rumination. It’s that oh-so-fun process of mentally turning a problem inside out and upside down in Cirque du Soleil fashion, with nothing to show for it except a string of sleepless nights, some bags under my eyes, and a wrinkle that wasn’t […]

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