Showing posts from December, 2017

5 Tricks to Help You Sleep Better (3 minute read)

So I mentioned I suffered from insomnia when I was in grade 8. For 3 months straight, I didn’t sleep.
It was a freaky experience and I will never forget it. It was a combination of fear, anxiety, stress, and numbness as sleep deprivation ate away my presence, leaving behind an empty 13-year-old shell.

Right before bedtime, my anxiety levels would peak and my mind would race about what happened during the day and the worries about what would happen that night. In bed, I’d lay awake, glancing at the alarm clock every hour, switching from my left to my right, hoping it would be the last side before I fell asleep.

When my alarm would go off, I became a zombie, rolling out of bed and going through the motions of my morning routine. Cloudy thoughts would fill my groggy mind as the school day ground to a halt. 

During the time between coming home and going to bed, I would count down the hours before bedtime and the vicious cycle would begin all over again.

At the end of the 3 months, I was able …

How Chinese Medicine Can Help You Make Decisions (3 minute read)

Some decisions are hard to make and some are easy. Making a decision like ‘where do you want to go for dinner?’ may be easy for someone and hard for someone else.When I was in my early 20’s, some of the simplest decisions would stress me out. There were days when I couldn’t decide if I should wear blue, black or gray pants because I honestly thought wearing the wrong colour would ruin my day.

Deciding what to eat would often take hours because my head would go into overdrive, weighing all the options, taking into consideration my diet, my cravings, my budget, what I have or haven’t tried, what’s trending, “what was that place my friend recommended again?”, “let me check Yelp” and so forth.

That luxury of having all these choices was actually a burden for me. *Cough*...“First World Problems”. But then as I got older and the more I knew myself, those decisions failed to stress me out. Indecisiveness isn’t a natural trait of mine and during those years, I let what everyone else was doing i…

Single and Dating Vs. Married With Kids: The Ultimate Show Down (5 minute read)

So a few weeks ago, I started my Dating Chronicles. Essentially, I wanted to capture my thoughts about dating for my daughter. Whenever I ask my mom about her dating history, she would either say she doesn't remember or something vague like, "It's different nowadays. Back then, we just hung out as big groups of boys and girls." 

According to my dad, she is the most beautiful woman he's ever dated and he's been in love with her since day 1. He's a lot more open about his dating history than my mom. It's probably because of the traditional mindset that women should be perceived as those who don't date around but rather they "save themselves" for marriage. 

And men should be perceived as having accumulated a ton of trophies experience by the time they settle down. I honestly don't know if my parents are like this because of a generational thing or a Chinese cultural thing...probably a mix of both.

My mom's lack of detail just doesn…