Matt Lillywhite

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But it quickly turned into a mental health catastrophe.

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When I first heard about the idea of being told to stay at home all day, I was admittedly pretty excited. I wouldn’t be forced to attend parties with hundreds of people and have long conversations with strangers until the early hours of the morning.

I saw the lockdowns as an opportunity to wholeheartedly embrace the introvert lifestyle. I could read, write, and spend time with my thoughts for as long I wanted. And nobody could judge me for it.

At first, many introverts (like me) saw the lockdown as a dream come true. …


#4 — Have a dance party in your bedroom.

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One day, I had a panic attack in the middle of the Calgary Public Library. I couldn’t control my mental health. I was falling into a bottomless abyss of anxiety and depression, from which it was difficult to escape. I knew I had to do something to prevent panic attacks from happening more frequently.

The truth is that I used to think all of the hype about positive habits was nonsense. I genuinely thought they were overrated and wouldn’t do anything to improve my life for the better.

But after my panic attack in the library, I was out of options. So I said to myself, “f*ck it. I’m going to give these habits a shot.” And sure enough, it didn’t take long for my mindset and mental health to rapidly improve. …


Perseverance is the key to everything you ever wanted.

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Have you ever wondered what it would take to become incredibly successful in everything you do?

Perhaps you want to be a writer, athlete, chef, or anything else that requires a large amount of skill. But for one reason or another, you’re hesitant to chase your dreams due to a fear of failure.

Here’s the thing: in order to succeed, you need to fail. Because whether you like it or not, success will only come when you learn from your previous mistakes and persevere, despite the odds. Like Maya Angelou once said:

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” …

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