Emotional Wellness

3 Pathways To Develop Self-Compassion

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada
Deri Latimer

I am in a course on "Mindful Self-Compassion". I wish you could be there with me. After the very first session, I noticed a shift...I felt softer, I ...

You Are Not Your Cravings Or Your Unhealthy Thoughts

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I am not arguing that to be successful you need to eradicate unhelpful thoughts, cravings, and urges altogether. That goal is unrealistic and simply sets you up for failure. Having desires makes you human. I love training and I still sometimes want to skip it. Instead, learn how to manage cravings and urges.

Why The Government Should Be Investing In Youth Mentorship Programs

Suzanne Tough | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Parents
Suzanne Tough

The youth of any society constitute the promise of the future -- and many of our youth are in trouble. They are growing up in a divided society with ethnic, gender and political tensions at seemingly combustible proportions -- not just south of the border, but in Canada too.

How Fear Can Bring Opportunity

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada
Alyson Jones

As a Therapist I have developed a philosophy by which I practice therapy, and live my life. This is the MORE philosophy. MORE is a frame by which we...

Keep On Keeping On: The Exercise Edition

Elena Murzello | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada
Elena Murzello

As March draws to a close, you may find your well-intended thoughts to "get healthy" this year take a curbside retreat, due to a plethora of unmotivat...

The Key To Long-Term Fitness Success Is Leaning Into The 'Fall'

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

What I am saying is, when you make a choice that your future self will not be proud of, lean into the fall and learn from every choice -- both positive and negative. Work to understand your personal triggers and coping mechanisms so that you evolve into the healthier and fitter future self you want to be.

How To Survive A Mid-Flight Meltdown

Elena Murzello | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Travel
Elena Murzello

You're waiting for your flight to board and you receive an unexpected text that sends you to an emotional tailspin. Lucky for you, if you book it the nearest bathroom and compose yourself before heading up in the air. But what if you find yourself unexpectedly sobbing at the ending of a rom-com mid flight?

3 Difficult And Important Conversations To Have With Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

As a child and family therapist I have been assisting parents in having difficult conversations with their children on a variety of topics. As a parent I have had to have these same conversations with my own children.

How I Beat Stress (Plus 14 Recipes To Help Boost Your Mood)

Shahzadi Devje | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Living
Shahzadi Devje

I found myself struggling, and could not get off the hamster wheel. This is familiar territory for anyone grappling with stress. And am not talking about the good stress -- a type of mild stress that can inspire you to achieve a given task or goal. Am referring to its evil twin; the one that drags you down.

Do You Struggle With Asking For Help Like I Do?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

I can ask for help in the office, on the street and at home with no problem at all. But I struggle with asking for a hug when I need one, for understanding and patience, or for emotional support when I'm dealing with an issue I don't know how to deal with.

10 Surefire Ways To Improve Your Mood

Jen Lawrence | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

They say that into every life a little rain must fall... Sometimes, however, it pours. If you've had a less-than-fabulous time of it lately, here are 10 proven ways to improve your mood.

What Happens To The Children Of Extreme Narcissists?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

I recently wrote a post about who marries an extreme narcissist. Now, I'm going to talk about what happens to the children of extreme narcissists. In my practice as a psychiatrist, I've encountered many such children and they've all been adversely affected by having one or both parents with this personality type.

How To Turn Your Life Story Into A Memoir Worth Reading

Linda Simpson | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

First and foremost answer the question why you want to write your memoir. What is driving your need to write? The memoir you are writing is your story, unique to you. Pack your fear of honesty at the door and answer why this story is important to you. The truth frees you to be who you are honestly -- as a person.

The 4 Steps To Exceptional Living

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Using the principles I have developed over the years I have found a path to exceptional living. As a professional therapist I have been able to apply these principles to the clients I work with and have assisted them in achieving an exceptional life as well.

9 Food Storage Tips To Help You Save Money

Jamie Logie | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

This is the time of year people tend to scrimp a bit more and in conjunction with people setting health goals for the new year, I wanted to pass on some money-saving tips. These tips, however, are not food shopping or coupon saving ideas but how to save money once you've brought that food home.

There's A More Honest Way To Depict Mental Illness In Media

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

We continue to be bombarded with graphically depicted messages that either romanticize suicide in terms of simplistic Romeo and Juliet dreck, or unfairly portray those in the midst of a mental illness crisis as "mad." We start believing falsehoods that keep perpetuating negative stereotypes and stigma.

3 Habits To Break And 3 Habits To Make This Year

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Habits are habituated behaviours which are acquired by frequent repetition -- these "habits" then become a regular part of our functioning. These practices can slip into our lives without us even noticing as they feel so natural. It can be very difficult to give up or break a habit. We often hear people talking about wanting to break a bad habit, but we shouldn't forget that habits aren't always bad for us.

Free Your Life And Career From The Cycle Of Emotional Blackmail

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

The people who use emotional blackmail are doing so because it works. They rely on our negative emotions where we turn off our logic. People who use emotional blackmail are also adept at punishing you if you try and play their game.

How To Become A Better Coworker

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Business
Alyson Jones

When we realize that such a large portion of our time is actually spent at work, one would think we would be motivated to make this time as pleasant as possible. However, many of us know that this is not always the case. Most people have some sort of war stories from work that involve a difficult coworker or boss who seems bent on making our lives miserable.

10 Life Changing Tea Tips

Sheena Brady | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Living
Sheena Brady

Tea is only second to water when it comes to beverage popularity  --  so popular that it's consumed as much as coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol combined. There's always time for better tea, though, so here are ten tips and tricks to take your tea to the next level.

What I Mean When I Say 'I Suffer From Depression'

Anna Pearson | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
Anna Pearson

The first person I told asked me, "What does that even mean, to have a mental illness?" I struggled to explain how I felt. That was three years ago. Today, I think I have a better grasp on what it means to live with a mental illness. So now I'll finally try to answer that question.

8 Ways To Lead A Grateful And Healthy LIfe

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Gratitude is a state of feeling grateful towards something or someone, and it comes from the Latin word "gratus," which mean pleasing, agreeable and thankful -- so to be grateful is to be filled with thanks.

Want Good Mental Health? Then Get Ready To Move The Mind

Alyson Jones | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Thoughts and feelings without movement can become toxic, limiting us and keeping us away from what we need. Consequently, movement is essential to our life and health. There is no exceptional living without movement.

ACT: A Mental Health Strategy For Overcoming Life's Obstacles

Deri Latimer | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Sometimes you are just rolling along and -- WHAM! -- you are broadsided by an unexpected obstacle. No matter the obstacle, there is a simple and practical strategy that can help you move through the obstacle and either get back on track or find a new track all together!

Secrets On How To Cool The Workplace Drama Queen

Monique Caissie | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada
Monique Caissie

Lisa called me to get some advice about a colleague named Wendy whom she called a drama queen. (Both names are pseudonyms.) She started pointing out ...