Parenting Your Teen

January 8th, 2015

Adolescence is a time of change and growth both physically and emotionally. Often, youths at this age are developing new thoughts, feelings, ideas, and identities as they become more independent. Because this is such an important time to maintain communication between you and your child, here are some tips on talking to your teenager: Build good will. Spend time together in enjoyable discussion or activity. Share interesting parts of your day. A reserve of positivity will make the hard conversations easier. Be open-minded. What matters

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Happ(ier) Holidays: Tips for Handling Holiday Stress

December 17th, 2014

This time of year is filled with work parties, family gatherings, gift exchanges, end-of-year deadlines, traffic, busy stores, and on and on and on. In the midst of this fullness of life, some of us are inclined to take on “just one more thing,” such as buying one more present, finishing one more job at work, or attending one more holiday party. This disease of more is exhausting, and leaves us less room for appreciating our families, our health, and our need for rest. The

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Halloween – A Time for Reflecting on Fear and Anxiety

October 31st, 2014

Halloween is a social (and delicious) way for us to face our fears. Scary masks, spooky sounds, and haunted houses are all part of the fun. Anxiety, of course, is not always fun. Feeling anxious or worried can cause stress that can make the day feel harder to get through. However, there are quite a few things that you can do to help alleviate your anxiety. Here are some strategies that might help: Take a break – Listen to music, go for a walk, or

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“This Video” – Psychological Health in Canada

October 21st, 2014

Please take a few minutes to watch this inspiring video about psychological health in Canada. It highlights our struggles (for example, 33% of hospitalizations in Canada are related to mental illness), while also reminding all of us that we can make a difference.    

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Reducing School Stress

October 14th, 2014

Though school has already begun,  your family might be still feeling the effects of returning after a long summer break. Here are some tips to make life easier for both parents and kids. You don’t have to use every tip listed below. In fact, I’d suggest that you pick only two or three tips and see how they help to lighten the load. Developing a routine Keep sleep schedules consistent – ensuring quality sleep for both you and your child can help with the everyday

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Journaling: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

July 30th, 2014

With mixed feelings, I recently undertook a two-week journaling project. I wasn’t certain I could commit to the project in the face of more enjoyable summertime alternatives. I was also reluctant given the emotional and mental energy required to (thoughtfully) write during otherwise full days. As this journaling project unfolded, my struggles and gripes with journaling ebbed and flowed. Some days it felt natural, even easy to journal. Other days it felt more like a burden. [I should note that many people enjoy journaling and

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Coping with Test Anxiety

June 12th, 2014

The end of the school year is upon us, which means final exams. While there is no sure fire way to ace an exam, there are strategies you can use to help decrease your anxiety before and during the exam. In the days and weeks leading up to an exam, here are a few tips for reducing your anxiety. Study – review your textbook, read your notes, talk to a friend from class, teach the idea to a family member Avoiding studying only increases your

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Mindfulness: It is what it is

April 2nd, 2014

I love watching sports. I appreciate the passion and the drama. Post-game interviews, however, I can do without. The same coaches and players who spare nothing in an effort to earn a victory often offer very little when they sit down to talk to reporters after the game. This is especially the case after a loss. When asked about a five-game losing streak, a player or coach might utter a few clichés and then end with, “It is what it is.” In these situations, “It

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Six Ways to Celebrate Psychology Month in Canada

February 15th, 2014

February is Psychology Month in Canada. It was launched in 2005. Since that time, there have been efforts to educate Canadians about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with getting help. Bell Let’s Talk and Depression Hurts are two positive examples. That being said, there are still a large percentage of Canadians with mental health issues who do not get help. The Mental Health Commission of Canada found that “less than 20% of employees who develop depression actually seek help” due to stigma, lack

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Understanding Depression

January 15th, 2014

I recently discovered Upworthy, a website with videos about “Things That Matter.” Below, please find a thoughtful and moving video about the experience of depression.  

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One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

 

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