A Collection Of Puppy Photos To Make Your Day Go A Little Better

Who doesn’t love pupperinos???

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

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In light of World Mental Health Day on October 10th, I thought I should share a little about my mental health issues. As a university student and working part-time, I thought I was like everyone else going through school. But what I didn’t think was that I was as good as everyone else at maintaining everything. Everyone else looked as if they were keeping it together so much better than me. It started a cycle of thinking I wasn’t doing things well enough and pushing myself harder and harder. Then one day, during an exam, I started sweating, I was light headed, and I was having chills.

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That was the day I realized I had a problem. Since then, I have gone through the challenges of having doctors not believing me, therapy, and accepting accommodations that I thought I didn’t need. Now, I take anti-depressants, have an amazing job, and get to look at dogs all day!

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For some people, it is difficult to think that you have a problem and even harder to accept help. But that stems from the fact that it’s hard to talk about worrying since you think everyone else worries too.

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But after a straight week of having “bad days”, you start to realize that you have to address that your brain needs something.

And there are so many options!

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These may sound a little cheesy, but I really stand by all of them! Talk to someone you trust – it does not have to be family. Yes, your family is important, but sometimes they’re ignorant (not their fault) to your stresses.

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Remember that you may need a break. Some of us push ourselves so hard, we don’t even think to stop. We stop eating and sleeping regularly and we deny our body what it needs.

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Know your limits! In school, I would go to classes, do readings, do assignments, and go work a 4-hour shift. I’d sleep late and wake up early and be on the go almost every day. I had to choose between classes and work, and so I cut back my shifts.

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TREAT YOSELF – yes, buy that dress, notebook, phone case, sweater, or ice cream. Whatever it is, you deserve it. Stop denying yourself things that you want because you think you didn’t do enough! A small treat is an act of self care.

If things are really bad, know that there is always help.

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Do your research! The first step in recovery is trying to find out how you can help yourself. If you’re a student, there are always options for accommodations and therapy – OSAP even helps in Ontario.

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If you’re having a REALLY bad day – know that it WILL get better. Suicide may seem tempting, but don’t let it entice you. People love you! We love you!

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You are not the only one – there are other people who know how you feel. You just have to find them and then help to support each other! You’re not crazy.

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If you don’t trust people at that moment, the Internet is full of things to make you laugh. If you have Netflix, there are a lot of stand-up choices. Also, there are so many silly puppers on the Internet to cheer you up!

When I’m sad, I go on Instagram and look at all the puppies I can find.

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They’re just so silly and they never fail to make me smile. Like, as a puppy, you literally have no worries. You’re just so cute!

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If you have a dog, you’re already halfway on the way to heaven. Puppers know how to comfort you and there are even therapy dogs who train for just that!

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It’s hard to deal with traumatic experiences. And it’s hard to avoid bad decisions and unhealthy coping mechanism.

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In my opinion, laughter is the best medicine. And puppies. Puppies are the cure for all the sad! Just remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health.