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Recognizing and Conquering Those Holiday Blues

Strategies to help you make it through the holidays on your own terms.
By Dr. Monica Vermani 

As the end of the year quickly approaches, for many people, so do the holiday blues. What is it about this traditionally joyful and restful time of year that somehow produces the perfect storm of stress, expectation, isolation, and overextension that can leave us feeling sad, depleted, disconnected, and alone?

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Ask Dr. Monica Vermani: Winter Depresses Me, What Do I Do?
By Dr. Monica Vermani 

In late autumn and early winter, our circadian rhythms — also known as our internal clocks — are negatively impacted by the diminished quality and quantity of sunlight. We all feel the absence of the sun to some degree, but for some of us, the shorter days and the diminishing access to natural light bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

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Ask Dr. Monica Vermani: How Do I Tell My Parents I Don’t Want To Go To Business School?
By Dr. Monica Vermani 

I’m in my final year of high school and worried about what I should do after graduation. My parents want me to study business, and I’ve received early acceptance at a very good business school. But I want to study history and political science. I am not exactly sure what I would do career-wise with a political science degree, and my parents have made it clear that they are not in favour of this choice.

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The Best Recipes to Make and Enjoy Based on Your Personality Type

By Jennifer Anderson with Dr. Monica Vermani

 

The Big Five

We asked Vermani to explain the Big Five's key traits; understanding them can be useful when it comes to cooking for ourselves and our families.

  • Openness: imaginative, risk takers, open to new experiences

  • Conscientiousness: thoughtful, goal oriented, attention to detail

  • Extraversion: talkative, assertive, emotionally expressive, center of attention

  • Agreeableness: trustworthy, kind, empathetic

  • Neuroticism: moody, over-thinkers, difficulty relaxing

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How to Identify the 3 Types of Narcissists

By Brittany Leitner with Dr. Monica Vermani 
 

Calling someone a narcissist is one of those terms we tend to throw around without really knowing much about it. But narcissism is a personality disorder. Here’s how to identify the various types.

 

Narcissism is a personality disorder, says Monica Vermani, PsyD, a clinical psychologist based in Canada and the author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety and Traumas. “When most people talk about narcissism, they could be referring to it as a part of someone’s personality or as a narcissistic personality disorder,” says Vermani. Narcissistic personality disorder or (NPD) is a medical diagnosis that can be assessed and given only by a medical professional. Like most diagnoses, narcissism exists on a spectrum, which can make it even more difficult to ascertain in an individual.

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8 Ways Mental Health Experts Prep for Days They Know Are Going to Be Stressful

Karla Walsh with Dr. Monica Vermani 

Conquer crazy-busy, conflict-prone days with these stress-busting strategies.


Stress is a natural and very normal part of daily life. But some days are inherently more stressful than others: you have a job interview, you know your schedule is going to be jam-packed, you’re hosting a houseful of guests for a holiday meal — you get the point.

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How to Separate Your Wants From Your Needs

With Dr. Monica Vermani 

Conquer chronic stress, overwhelm, and burnout.

KEY POINTS

  • The conditions we place upon ourselves to feel successful, happy, safe, content, and worthy of love are endless.

  • To achieve more balance and sustain and maintain our lives, we need to identify what we want and what we need and separate them.

  • Focusing on what you need right now will keep you on track and in good health, mind, body, and spirit.
     

We live in an age of going, doing, acquiring, and achieving. We set high standards and ambitious goals. We want to do the best for our families, our clients, our friends, and our community. We expect a lot from ourselves and others.

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Ask Dr Monica Vermani: Her 5 Break Up Rules You Should Know

With Dr. Monica Vermani 

We are excited to launch our series where Dr. Monica Vermani answers questions about live, love and everything in between. 

Dr. Monica Vermani  is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in treating trauma, stress and mood & anxiety disorders, and the founder of Start Living Corporate Wellness. She is a well-known speaker, columnist and advocate in the field of mental health and wellness. Her book, A Deeper Wellness, is now available on Amazon, and her in-depth online self-help program, A Deeper Wellness, offers powerful mental health guidance, life skills, knowledge and healing, anywhere, anytime.

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These are the best paint colours for your personality type

With Dr. Monica Vermani 

The 5 personality types:

There are five major personality types that psychologists use to help people understand their core character traits. Known as the Big Five, they include: Openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism.
 

“These categories offer a reference point for the public to understand their own and other people’s behaviours, attitudes, and different ways of thinking, operating, and relating to the world,” says Monica Vermani, C.Psych, a clinical psychologist and author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety and Traumas.

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A Clinical Psychologist Shares 3 Ways To Cope With Being Alone During The Holidays

Brynna Standen with Dr. Monica Vermani 

In our society, the term "the holidays" almost always feels synonymous with social gatherings. And with that time of year fast approaching, it feels like everyone around us is making plans. But for some of us, the only thing we've got on the books is sitting on the couch, blasting WAM on the radio, and sipping flavored liqueur. Others may feel inclined to just skip the whole thing entirely.

How to Deal With Difficult People

What’s really happening when we have to deal with difficult colleagues. 

Abigail Fagan with Dr. Monica Vermani 

 

KEY POINTS

  • The problematic people in our lives reflect back to us our insecurities and inadequacies. 

  • We can learn a great deal about ourselves if we take a closer, more compassionate look at someone with whom we have interpersonal conflicts.

  • Through our interactions we can learn and grow, and become higher and more authentic versions of ourselves.

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Indigo Children: New Age Trend or Undiagnosed ADHD?

Alia Hoyt with Dr. Monica Vermani 

 

Dr. Monica Vermani, clinical psychologist and author of "A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety and Traumas," says by email that she's comfortable raising "a red flag" about the concept. She explains that parents who "buy whole-heartedly into its framework might view their child's problematic symptoms and behaviors — like inattention, and disruptive or defiant behaviors — through the lens of their indigo child status or identity." This, she explains, "could lead them to dismiss, resist, or delay addressing problems through traditional channels of proper diagnosis and treatment."

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Hangxiety Makes a Bad Hangover Even Worse.

Here's What to Do About It

Maggie Ryan with Dr. Monica Vermani 

 

During this recovery period, she tells POPSUGAR, "there are a lot of things going on in your body, including dehydration, headache, fatigue, and nausea. Some people, on top of these unpleasant symptoms, also suffer from hangover anxiety — also known as hangxiety.

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Clean Your Space, Boost Your Mood: 10 Stress-Free Ways to Declutter

Karla Walsh with Dr. Monica Vermani

 

You gain much more than a tidier space when you declutter your home. Discover the mental health benefits of cleaning house, then read on for 10 tips from experts to help you get — and stay — organized.

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Houseplants Won't Really Purify the Air in Your Home—but There Are Plenty of Other Benefits to Owning Them

Madeline Buiano with Dr. Monica Vermani

 

"When we are tending to the needs of our houseplants, we are focused on the here and now," says Monica Vermani, C.Psych., a clinical psychologist. "We get out of our heads and reconnect with our senses."

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Clinical Psychologist Provides 5 Expert Tips For Combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder

Amanda Chatel with Dr. Monica Vermani

 

In an exclusive, clinical psychologist and author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety and Traumas, Dr. Monica Vermani, tells The List that there are several ways to combat seasonal affective disorder when the days get shorter and there are more clouds than sun.

Signs You Might Be Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder, According To A Clinical Psychologist

Sara Caskey with Dr. Monica Vermani

 

We’ve had Mental Health Day, Mental Health Week, and now Mental Health Month – but for many Canadians, it might as well be mental health year. People have been struggling with post-pandemic fears for a while now, and numbers are grim for those struggling with such debilitating issues as stress, depression and anxiety.

Canadians continue to struggle with mental health issues post pandemic

Rita DeMontis with Dr. Monica Vermani

 

We’ve had Mental Health Day, Mental Health Week, and now Mental Health Month – but for many Canadians, it might as well be mental health year. People have been struggling with post-pandemic fears for a while now, and numbers are grim for those struggling with such debilitating issues as stress, depression and anxiety.

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If You Deal With SAD, A Psychologist Says Make These Adjustments To Your Bedtime Routine

Row Light with Dr. Monica Vermani

 

As the days get shorter approaching the winter months, we might feel a vague sense of dread. (How do we stay positive when the sun goes down while we're still at work?)

How Much Alcohol or Cannabis Is Too Much?

Abigail Fagan with Dr. Monica Vermani. 

 

  • Many people are confused about how much alcohol or cannabis use is okay and how much is too much.

  • Both alcohol and cannabis use can negatively impact your physical health and well-being.

  • It is important to be honest with yourself about when your usage is negatively impacting an area of your life.

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How Effective Are 'Happy Lights' In Treating SAD?

Here's What A Clinical Psychologist Has To Say

Marie McMullan with Dr. Monica Vermani

 

As the leaves become more vibrant in color and the weather colder, some people may not be excited for the return to cool autumn and winter months. For those with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), slipping away from the summer months may lead to worsened symptoms of depression, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Your child is being bullied. Now what?
with Dr. Monica Vermani. 

 

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare – to discover their child is being bullied. Yet according to a global report, almost a quarter of British pupils say they are being bullied a few times a month. The chances that your child will be at the receiving end is therefore relatively likely, and of course, with the advent of cyberbullying things have become more complex because bullying is no longer confined to just the playground.

Dr. Monica Vermani, Clinical Psychologist and author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety and Traumas, shares her insights on what to do if you discover your child is being bullied.

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If You Think ADHD and Dating Can't Mix, You're Wrong.

In fact, so many aspects of having ADHD—like curiosity and creativity—make you a fantastic date, experts say.
Sarah Fielding with Dr. Monica Vermani. 

 

THE EXACT number of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is unclear, but one estimate puts the prevalence of the condition at 4.4% of all American adults aged 18 to 49. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having ADHD, but symptoms such as inattention and hyperactivity can sometimes make dating a little more complicated.

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What Is Self-Esteem?

Plus, Psychologists Explain How to Harness It to Improve Your Life
Karla Walsh with Dr. Monica Vermani. 

 

Self-esteem is a reflection of how positively we view our inherent qualities. In this complete guide to all things self-esteem, psychologists explain its importance, ways to build your self-esteem levels, and how to tell if your self-esteem might be too low — or too high — and what to do about it. (Yes, you can have too much!)

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Conquering SAD

Six strategies to help combat seasonal affective disorder.
Ekua Hagan with Dr. Monica Vermani. 

 

That certain Saturday when we turn our clocks back an hour will soon be here. While getting up in the morning becomes a little easier, we pay a price at the end of each day as we find ourselves plunged into darkness as most people’s working day is winding down. To some extent, each and every one of us experiences this absence of sunlight in the winter months. But for some of us, the shorter days and reduced access to natural light bring on seasonal affective disorder, widely known as SAD, and for others, seasonal depression.

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Happy marriage and synchronized brains: What's the link?
with Dr. Monica Vermani. 

 

Marital satisfaction and romantic compatibility have been the subject of research for decades. Yet, scientists are only beginning to understand why some couples report happiness within a relationship and others do not experience this type of relationship satisfaction.

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World Mental Health Day: how parents can help stop bullying
By Helen Sydney Adams with Dr. Monica Vermani. 

 

How can parents help a child that is being bullied - or is a bully? Ready for World Mental Health Day, Dr. Monica Vermani explains what can be done.

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What to Do After a Fight With Your Partner

With Dr. Monica Vermani. 

 

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Fights with your partner can be messy, painful, and downright unpleasant. But that doesn’t mean that they’re without hope.

Making up after a fight can be challenging, but it’s definitely worth it. If you’re not sure what to do, don’t worry—we’re here to help.

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Second chance to say goodbye during the spooky season
by Rita DeMontis with Dr. Monica Vermani. 

 

People are looking for that one last goodbye, and virtually in every culture there are those who can help facilitate this, although in very unconventional ways. Business for the thousands in the psychic industry is truly growing.

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Aleida Nuñez in Bathing Suit Will Announce "New Projects Very Soon"

by Ferozan Mast with Dr. Monica Vermani. 

 

Nuñez loves to take time for herself and meditate, saying, "In this world full of uncertainty and anxiety it helps you create a state of consciousness and peace." Meditation offers many health benefits, experts say.