New Leaf

As you may have noticed, posts have been few and far between over the last couple weeks. That isn’t necessarily because I haven’t had things worthy of blogging about going on in my life, but I have been limited to confines of the content that I have set out to cover within the pages of the Tickety blog.

It is for this reason that I have decided to expand on my subject matter a little bit. I will still dedicate a good number of posts to mental health content, but I intend to focus on general lifestyle content as well.

I am hoping that this won’t alienate any readers who had come to expect mental health content, but if things turn out the way that I am anticipating, I really don’t think that it will.

So what can you expect in the NEW Tickety Blog??

I plan to bring you craft tutorials, tips and tricks on day-to-day items, and many of my favourite recipes!! I really hope that you like it. Ultimately, making this change will hopefully allow me to interact with the blogging community on a more regular basis and give you a clearer idea of what I would like to accomplish with the Tickety brand.

I hope you enjoy what is to come!!


Slowly Coming Back

I missed Friday’s post. I apologize.

Ever since my mood stabilizer (Epival) was reduced to 1000mg from 1250mg, I have experienced no fewer than 2 manic episodes over the past 4 weeks. Keeping up with normal activities has become increasingly difficult, sleep has been impossible without the help of sleep aids (which I am certain that I am quickly developing a dependency on), and I have been steadily irritated beyond belief.

I would say that things, with the exception of my sleep difficulties, have started to mellow over the past three or four days and I am slowly getting back in the habit of my “normal life”. Whatever that means.

Days are still spent largely in bed, doing nothing.. except the occasional blog for She Zine and here at Tickety Blog.

I have a number of things planned for the coming weeks, including a visit to the YMCA with a group from the Gerstein Centre’s F.R.E.S.H. Program and some grocery store trips to outfit our refrigerator and pantry for my new diet.

I attempted to discuss my new way of eating, which is only mildly different from my current way of eating, on my She Zine blog and I was accused of fat shaming and promoting “diet culture”.

In fairness, I could see what she was talking about, but I don’t think most people can truly understand how difficult it is to maintain body positivity until they have gained 60lbs in 4 months due to a prescribed antipsychotic.

In the future, I will have to watch my language and ensure that my messaging is not offending people. At least people are reading.. right!?

Once I begin this new way of eating and my exercise regimen, I will begin blogging about it here. As I am sure you all know, diet and exercise are key factors in maintaining good mental health.

For future reference, I am vegan and starting from zero when it comes to fitness, so the information that you will be receiving here will be meat-free and starting from scratch on the exercise front.

I hope you all stay tuned!!


Physical Activity, Creativity & Mental Wellness

I don’t go out very much. I think it is mostly because I am sober these days and I have never got the hang of what sober people do in their spare time. I have plans to make some changes to my life this spring/summer and hopefully find myself outside and enjoying my days more fully for a change.

For anyone living with mental illness, you will know that you can’t just think about doing something. You have to make a plan, perhaps find an accountability partner, and take the necessary steps to bring your plans to life. Read more

Some of what keeps me sane…

I don’t recall to what extent I’ve discussed my journaling on the blog, but I would love to discuss it now. It is one of the main things that I do for myself everyday that keeps me sane. It is also something that can be a red flag if I start doing it too much. I am pretty private about it, so I have to mostly monitor it on my own, but I have been known to journal for 12+ hours at a time when I am manic. Read more


I very recently had an appointment with a psychologist for the first time in a super long time. It is highly recommended that you engaged in some kind of psychotherapy if you are dealing with mental illness, however, this type of therapy is not covered in Ontario.. so some of us must go without.

As I’ve mentioned over my last several posts, I have been struggling a great deal with my sleeping schedule lately, and this day was no different.

By the time we got to Niagara, where my appointment was to take place, I was nearing almost 20hrs without sleep.. again. I could feel myself slurring when I spoke of symptoms, which isn’t representative of how I have been feeling lately, because truthfully, I’ve been feeling really good.

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Be Yourself Only For Yourself

Most of us feel the pressures of other people’s expectations of us. Even when we say that we don’t care, I can say that with quite a lot of certainty, that there was probably at least some point in your life where these expectations weighed heavily on your heart.

We know that we shouldn’t care what other people think of us, but it is very often difficult not to care, especially when you are talking about friends and family members. Read more