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5 Things Couples Can to Do Strengthen Their Bond

 
Since people across the globe are being encouraged to self-isolate, it can be tempting to spend more time on technology to cope with stress.  Couples may be struggling due to unexpected financial strains and time spent in close proximity with...

How to Enrich Social Connection While Physically Distancing

The phrase “social distancing” has saturated media sources since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing advice has urged us to stay home as much as possible, avoid gatherings with others and refrain from close contact even on the...

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...

Our Emotions are a Compass

 
Our emotions can work like a compass, directing us to consider and address areas of our lives that require change.  Emotions provide information that alerts us to our values, needs, and perceptions of our experiences.  Sitting with feelings, without judgement...

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...

Kids and Holiday Stress

 
With the holiday season upon us, December can be a time of exciting celebration but also a time of great stress for adults and children alike. Parents often feel a time crunch of competing demands and regular schedules are disrupted...

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...