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Fostering a Growth Mindset in Children

 
Are we encouraging our children to have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? The type of mindset that children develop early on in life can make a profound difference in their approach to learning, resiliency and ultimate success.
We may...

Processing Disappointment – Not Losing Hope

 
Disappointment is the experience you feel when you consider ‘what might have been,’ in contrast to your present circumstances. It is the recognition that you don’t have, didn’t get, or will not achieve what you wanted, as well as a...

Stuck on Perfect

Having high standards and striving for excellence can be a good thing and help us reach our goals in life. A high achiever can find satisfaction with their performance even if their goals are not entirely met, taking pride in...

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Rewiring the Brain

 
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a short-term, goal oriented and structured therapy approach that focusses on the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is an evidence-based approach used as an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, panic, chronic pain, eating disorders...

Mental Health Struggles: Part 1 Dealing with the Past

The root causes of mental health are not merely biological or psychological but also social, referred to by specialists as the bio-psycho-social paradigm.  The biopsychosocial model views health and illness behaviors as products of biological characteristics (such as genes), behavioral factors (such...

Am I Sad or is it SAD?

 
The winter months can be challenging for many reasons.  We live with shorter days and limited sunlight exposure.  We tolerate frigid temperatures that make us want to hibernate and can interfere with participating in activities we would otherwise enjoy.  There...

The Power of Our Thoughts

 
Our thoughts are silent, but powerful. They have the ability to impact our state of mind, perspective, well-being, and ultimately the course of our lives. It is often said that thoughts lead to feelings, which lead(s) to behaviour. Therefore, it...

6 Ways to Give Yourself the Gift of Self-Care This Holiday Season

As the holiday season reaches full swing, many of us may find that along with the joyful hustle and bustle can also come pressure, grief, tension, loneliness, disappointment and other heavy emotions. Stress and depressive feelings can be amplified as...

Healthy Conflict

 
Conflict is normal in healthy relationships and disagreements occur in our daily lives. Some may see conflict as something negative and try to avoid it. However, managing conflict and developing skills to communicate in a healthy way are skills that...