Mental Wellness Toolkit

For nearly twenty years I  have worked in a long term care facility for persons with intellectual and behavioural difficulties. A significant number of those who live where I work have a mental health condition.

Being in this field for as long as I have, I have seen my fair share of therapeutic interventions put in place, an attempt to try to help improve the mental health of those living with Autism Spectrum Disorderanxiety and depression etc. 
Many of these interventions have come and gone over the years, in part because many of the folks I work with are nonverbal with cognitive impairments. This can present challenges when trying to find a treatment and or therapeutic tool that will be effective for many who live there. There are, however, a few tools that remain constant. The weighted blanket has been one of the most effective.

For more information on the effectiveness of a weighted blanket, go here:

Personally, one of the biggest challenges I have faced in my journey to mental wellness was and still is sleep. A lack of sleep tends to heighten my anxiety and exacerbates my depression. The main driver for a number of my sleepless nights is my PTSD, nightmares are common for people with PTSD, and I am not immune to this fact.

I have noted over the years, that If I piled on the blankets I sleep and wake up feeling less anxious, more energy and my depression is reduced. The problem with just piling on the blankets is, they tend to shift with movement, and they fail to distribute the weight evenly, a key element to a night of better sleep.

 That’s why I recommend a weighted blanketSo, how do they work? They work because of the evenly distributed weight in the blanket itself, thus producing what’s called deep pressure stimulation. According to this article by Psychology Today, Weighted blankets act like a “big hug” to help soothe and reduce the symptoms of anxiety and have been shown to be effective for people with autism

Because medications have produced little in the way of good therapeutic relief for me, I must find a solution through other means like evenly distributed weight to keep my mind and body regulated to get a good night’s sleep.

What I hope you take away from this post is to never stop looking for a potential solution.  There is help out there and as long as you keep fighting, you stand a much better chance at finding relief. You got this!

if you are suffering from PTSD or another mental illness, please reach out. I thank you for your service and you are still worthy and mean something. I believe in you!

If you are struggling please go here: Crisis Services Canada


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What’s In Your Wellness Tool Kit

Living in the realm of mental illness is a constant, never-ending battle. I hate it and I’m willing to bet if you also suffer from a mental health condition, you do too. I often think to myself;  “How will I ever survive?”

This question has been running through my mind for as long as I can recall. And, For as long as this question has lived in my head, I have given this question just as much air time; “What do I have to do to combat my, In this case, generalized anxiety disorder?” Acting as my own advocate, which I highly recommend, by the way, led me to take a solution-based approach to both of these questions. If I was going to be plagued with GAD’s unpleasantries for the rest of my life, I damn well better find a way to manage its symptoms.

One solution I found to mitigate the tense, pacing body and racing mind’s never-ending worry produced by GAD, was weight. It makes me feel calm, at peace and I find that I get a better night’s sleep. In my work in the meant health field, I have seen first hand the benefits of a weighted blank; the science of a weighted blanket suggests that they play a roll in regulating stress. A word of caution, avoid using on children. One of the major drawl backs of a weighted blanket beside the fact that you can’t use them with kids is their cost. I have seen some as much as 300 dollars, out of the price range for someone such as myself who is off work and also needs to eat. However, I have run across one on Amazon for just under $100. If interested, Find here:

For me, better sleep means I can face the day with much more in the tank. So, when I am feeling anxious, I can employ other mental health tools to help me circumvent an anxiety event. Tools like mindfulness and deep breathing. These therapeutic tools seem to have more punch when I am rested. 
By combining all of these interventions it can have a domino effect, weighted blanket = more sleep, better sleep = more effective coping strategies and in turn, I feel less anxious, irritable and feel calmer, productivity goes through the roof.

So, what’s in your mental health tool kit? What techniques do you use to minimize your mental illness symptoms? Maybe all you need is some weight at night to help you drift off at night? For more help with anxiety click here:

Managing anxiety

if you are suffering from PTSD or another mental illness, please reach out. I thank you for your service and you are still worthy and mean something. I believe in you!

If you are struggling please go here: Crisis Services Canada


Want help fund my book? donate: GOFundMe – The Road To Mental Wellness – The book

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