6 Ways for Helpers to Practice Self-Care

Elaine Conrad

My name is Elaine, and I’m an overachiever. If there were a support group for helpers who give too much to those in their care, I would be the first to sign up. In my previous life as a nurse, a volunteer, and in my various roles as a busy homeschooling mom, teacher, wife, friend, helper, counsellor, etc., I have … Read More

4 Steps for Teaching Children to Manage Conflict

Elaine Conrad

conflict management, conflict, relationships, communication

Whether it’s in my private practice, my work at a busy clinic, or as a teacher in a classroom, I encounter conflict. As a therapist, I have listened to couples talk about how they seem to have the same argument over and over again. In a family, conflict might look like disagreements between guardians and their children. At school, conflict … Read More

How to Reduce the Impact of Secondhand Emotions

Elaine Conrad

emotions, parenting, self-care, mental health, depression, anxiety, emotion regulation

We all experience emotions that dictate how we see and understand others and how they see and understand us. In turn, this plays a part in how we form opinions about the world around us and each other. Strong emotions sometimes create angst in our lives, which can inadvertently be felt by those around us. Recently I have felt the … Read More

How to Prepare Children for Going Back to School During COVID-19

Elaine Conrad

back to school, children, parents, COVID-19, self-care, mental health

Many children are about to go back to school after months of being at home with only parents and siblings to socialize and learn with. Each province and state has their own standards for what constitutes safety regarding COVID-19. A new way of socializing including staggered days and extended recess and outdoor times are just some of the ideas that … Read More

How to Manage Anxiety During COVID-19 – A Guide for Frontline Workers

Elaine Conrad

frontline workers, covid-19, coronavirus, pandemic, anxiety, managing anxiety, mental health, mental illness, self-care

“I just don’t want to do this anymore,” an exhausted grocery worker uttered as he hung his head against his arms before cleaning carts for the next round of angry and anxious customers. It’s a story that numerous frontline workers are telling as they face the onslaught of frustrated customers, family members, and coworkers who are also facing the ever-changing … Read More

How to Help Motivate a Child with ADHD

Elaine Conrad

ADHD, ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, adolescent ADD, children, school, learning, motivation, parenting, caregiving

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often have trouble paying attention and managing impulsive behaviour. This is why motivating a child with ADHD to succeed in school can be a tough task. How do you help them find their homework, much less complete it? As a psychotherapist and teacher, I’ve worked with numerous students and parents to help alleviate … Read More

How to Help Kids Keep Calm

Elaine Conrad

keep calm, calm down kids, behaviour, behavior, calming kids down, mental health, parenting

“Where’s my backpack?” “I lost my permission slip!” “I didn’t finish my project!” “I got suspended for punching Joey.” Sounds chaotic. Sounds frustrating. Sound familiar? If so, your child may have difficulties with executive function (EF). Executive functions are brain-based skills that help us perform certain tasks such as holding information in memory long enough to use it properly (working … Read More