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4 Types of Unexpected Grief

4 Types of Unexpected Grief

Grief is most often associated with death. As a culture, we struggle with grief. So, it is not surprising given our difficulty with grief, and the narrow definition associated with death, that we fail to recognize the range of human experiences that can trigger a...
Pandemic Parenting Tips – 5 Strategies to Balance the Chaos

Pandemic Parenting Tips – 5 Strategies to Balance the Chaos

Families are having a hard time. As we approach the one year mark of navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not surprising that families are struggling in multiple ways. Even in ordinary times, many parents struggle to balance work and family...
Raising Kids & Keeping the Romance

Raising Kids & Keeping the Romance

How do you make time for your relationship while you’re also busy parents? Depending upon how long you’ve been a parent, you may hardly remember the carefree days before children arrived. You had responsibilities, but chances are that you and your partner had a...
COVID Fatigue

COVID Fatigue

Covid fatigue is real and it can look like depression. As a second State of Emergency was recently declared in Ontario, many of us are feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, sad and angry. One client described having “decision fatigue” as she faced decisions about how to...
5 Steps to Relieve COVID Fatigue

5 Steps to Relieve COVID Fatigue

It is even possible to find relief from COVID-19 Fatigue? The answer is YES. And here is a simple guide for you to follow. The 3 Key Approaches for Relief Think: Train your mind and manage what you are thinking (cognitive therapy) Act: Do life-giving activities...
The Word of the Year for 2020 is…..?

The Word of the Year for 2020 is…..?

Traditionally each year one word is chosen to sum up the shared experiences of the year. Collins Dictionary chose lockdown – defined as the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interactions and access to public spaces. Merriam-Webster Dictionary...
A New Approach to a New Year

A New Approach to a New Year

2020 was a hard year. Many people are relieved to see it come to an end. As we begin a new year, we want to hold the hope for better days ahead. Instead of the typical New Year’s resolutions that are typical for the kick-off of a new year, I encourage you to instead...
Ditch the New Year’s Resolution – Do this instead

Ditch the New Year’s Resolution – Do this instead

New Year’s resolutions are tricky business. They are obligations we put on ourselves to behave. And research shows they are not effective. By February more than 80% of people have abandoned their resolutions. And subsequently, they feel a sense of failure. What Is a...
HOME for the Holidays – Amidst a PANDEMIC

HOME for the Holidays – Amidst a PANDEMIC

This will be a unique holiday season. Navigating the holidays during a pandemic creates a challenge we have never faced. You may feel a heaviness in your heart as you consider time honoured traditions that will need to be adapted or perhaps even cancelled. Feeling...
Cultivating Hope in Difficult Times

Cultivating Hope in Difficult Times

Hope is an emotional state that promotes the belief in a positive outcome. Clearly, we need hope, especially in our current world. Can hope really make a difference? The answer is YES. There is increasing evidence that hope changes us psychologically and...
Why am I so Tired? Understanding the Need for Sleep

Why am I so Tired? Understanding the Need for Sleep

We are a nation of tired people. Many adults suffer from some type of sleep problem – too little sleep, broken sleep or poor quality sleep – leaving us exhausted. The impacts of poor sleep are significant: Increased irritability Reduced pain threshold Poor...
Top Ten Tips to Get the Sleep You Need

Top Ten Tips to Get the Sleep You Need

Sleep is important to mental and physical wellbeing. And when we do not get enough good quality sleep, we suffer the consequences. Sadly, many people do not notice the negative effects of poor sleep because they rarely get enough quality sleep and they simply get used...