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


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


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


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


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


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.  


Overcoming Holiday Stress

December 12th, 2013

With less than two weeks until Christmas, some of us are feeling the mounting pressure that comes with shopping, family get togethers, and attempting to create the perfect holiday experience. Guest blogger, Lea Anne Goods, has a few thoughts on the topic. Please read her thoughts below. You can also read these Ontario Psychological Association tips for further suggestions.   What is it about the holidays that makes us lose ourselves to the hype? Is it the abundance of glitter and the incessant Christmas musak that sucks us


Canadian Soldier Suicides – What Can Be Done

December 5th, 2013

As of this afternoon (December 4), it appears that four Canadian soldiers have committed suicide in just over one week. Over the years, I have had the great honour of treating Canadian military veterans. I am amazed by their courage… their courage while actively serving as well as their courage in psychological treatment as they face what they witnessed and experienced as soldiers. Much has been said in the media recently about the stigma associated with seeking psychological help within the military community. In the


Recovering From Trauma – 3 Important Steps

November 6th, 2013

Stress is a normal part of life. Paying bills, meeting deadlines, and handling conflict can be stressful. Being laid off or going through a divorce can be even more stressful. These stressful events, however, are not traumas. Traumas involve serious injury, physical violation, or death (or the threat of serious injury, physical violation, or death). Many people who experience traumatic events recover without the aid of professional psychological support. However, some people do not. Some people experience lingering effects of trauma, such as nightmares, irritability,


Caregiving and Grief – How to Help the Helpers

October 3rd, 2013

An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain due to an event that occurs after birth. A brain injury can occur while driving a car, playing sports, or riding a bike. Strokes, aneurysms, and lack of oxygen can all cause brain injuries. For the past few years, I have had the pleasure of leading a psycho-educational group for family caregivers of individuals with acquired brain injuries. Within the group, caregivers offer each other support and understanding. Caregivers also learn strategies for taking care of

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