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1 month 1 week ago

The last day of what has been an intense year, filled with one grenade after another hurtling my way. Including this article, it's been a total of only 5 I wrote this year. That is reflective of the lack of motivation and time I had for my blog in 2022. Anyway, here's my big lesson for the year. It is not to hope that things will be better next year, it is to work on improving our ways of managing situations and our mental well-being that will determine how "good" a year will be. Well, to all of you wonderful peeps, have a smashin' last day of 2022 and see you next year!

#happynewyear2023 #mentalhealthmatters

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3 months 4 weeks ago

Happy to be part of Beyond the Label mental health campaign to promote early help seeking and to eliminate stigma against those dealing with mental health issues.
TOUCH Community Services Resilience Collective #WorldMentalHealthDay2022

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3 months 4 weeks ago

I'm choosing Peace today. How about you? Hope you can find some time to celebrate World Mental Health Day in whichever way that serves you best!


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4 months 3 days ago

Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Oct 10, Beyond the Label and partners are organising a day of activities at Gardens by the Bay this Friday, 7 Oct. There are plenty of free and fun activities, registration for the workshops can be done via the link below:

TOUCH Community Services Resilience Collective

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5 months 4 weeks ago

"Studies have found that caregiver burden scores in the caregivers of psychiatric patients were significantly higher than that of chronic medical illness."

This article by Anthea ONG shines the spotlight on an underserved group of caregivers - those looking after the mentally ill. Something I have personal experience with, my mother who has the last 4 decades of her life, looking after my schizophrenic brother. It is almost impossible to understand this particular caregiver stress unless you have been in the same situation. Kudos to Anthea for writing this piece.

#schizophrenia #caregiversupport #mentalillness

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10 months 2 days ago

This year's Birthday Musings is about figuring out that it is okay to celebrate your life, even when there is so much pain and suffering around us. Hope you enjoy the read 🙂

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11 months 1 day ago

It is common in our society to 1) Compare ourselves with others and end up feeling “not enough” 2) Be afraid to share our awesomeness for fear of appearing boastful. But today, on IWD, as we celebrate the many successful women around us, let’s not forget to celebrate ourselves.
So the question I have for you is, “What do you love most about yourself?”. No filtering, no discounting, just be loud and proud and share it with everyone! And carry this with you whenever you are not feeling great.
As for me, what I love most about myself is… my Resilience. Happy IWD!

#InternationalWomensDay2022 #womensday2022

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11 months 1 week ago

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1 year 1 week ago

On Jan 5th, I had a surgery for endometriosis and to remove my tubes. It is a major surgery and the 2nd time in 10 years I've had surgery for this very painful disease that not many are familiar with. I wasn't planning to write anything, but during my recovery period, as I was lounging around watching the Australian Open quarter-finals, I happened to see the winner, Danielle Collins' post-match interview where she mentioned her recent health issues. Curious, I googled and sure enough, the headline screamed: "Danielle Collins opens up about extremely painful endometriosis".
What timing, here I am recovering from surgery for this same thing. I was inspired then to share my story in this (warning: long and gory at times) article. Ladies (and men, why not?), if you know anyone who suffers from debilitating period and pelvic pains, heavy flows that impact their lives, infertility even, check my story out.
Oh, yes that's me at 6.30am on Jan 5th, before heading for the surgery 🙂
I am recovering well, and by the way, Danielle Collins will be battling Ash Barty at 4.30pm (SGT) today in the Finals. I'll be watching!

#endometriosis #endometriosisawareness

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1 year 2 weeks ago

2022 started with a surgery for me, and a good excuse to do nothing at all, at least for two weeks. And yet! Why do some of us find it so hard to just chill? Can you?

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