Ayana Aden

Learning how to forgive someone who hurt you is, by far, one of the hardest things to master. For one, it requires two things: the forgiveness of others, and forgiveness of yourself. Learning how to forgive someone who hurt you is difficult because a mix of feelings are involved. Someone may have hurt you and

Ayana Aden

The story of my first panic attack is not a pretty one. I was in my early years of university. I remember that day perfectly: the sun was shining, and it was mid-spring. Spring is my favourite season because of the warmer weather. Seeing the flowers bloom and the birds return from their southern retreat

Ayana Aden

I had this one friend who I clicked with the moment I met her. Our friendship was instantaneous. We became close friends very fast. We hung out often, had the same interests (at that time), and the energy of our friendship was very positive. This friend talked a lot about her dreams and inspirations, and

Ayana Aden

After random, episodic periods of anxiety and unease, I decided to go to therapy (if you haven’t read that post, click here). My first session concluded with three main points: Everyone in life, at some point, goes through some level of trauma That trauma gets digested and internalized by your subconscious, ultimately playing a key

Ayana Aden

Here’s why you should talk to a therapist. To begin, I believe I am better than most at one particular thing: self-reflection. Self-reflection is an art form. Self-reflection is power. It is not for the weak-hearted. Being able to look into your soul for the parts of you that need work is hard. But you

Ayana Aden

Learning how to stop feeling guilty about everything is hard. I apologize for everything. I attribute my apologetic-ness to the fact that I’m Canadian, and Canadians say sorry for everything – for example, the other day I said sorry when someone bumped into me in the mall even though it was their fault. Here’s the

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