Blog posts written by Lynda Monk

4 Key Dimensions of Self-Care

Lynda Monk

self-care, personal development, mental health, mental illness, anxiety, depression, counselling, therapy, counsellor, therapist

What is self-care and why does it matter? Self-care includes all the things you do to take care of your well-being in four key dimensions – your emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual health. If you are a counsellor, social worker, therapist, health care professional, leader, educator, change agent, caregiver, parent, purpose-driven entrepreneur – a person who gives a lot of … Read More

Live Happier and Healthier: 10 Tips to Reduce Stress

Lynda Monk

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (January 2015), stress and stress-related illnesses are on the rise. Stress is so commonplace in our fast-paced society that it seems like a way of life for many. Individuals, workplaces, and society as a whole are paying a high price for unmanaged stress. Stress can hit when we least expect it. It … Read More

3 Comforting Ways to Grieve the Loss of Family & Friends

Lynda Monk

grief, grieving, loss, death, family, friends, mental health, self-care, self-soothing, mental health, anxiety, depression, counselling, counsellor, therapy, therapist

The deep sadness of grief can be one of the most gripping emotions we face as human beings. Losing a loved one, or friend, or pet, or a colleague, can leave us feeling devastated, heartbroken, confused, and angry. Grief can also call forth the resilience and fortitude of the human spirit. Bereavement is the general stage of being that results … Read More

5 Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Life and Work

Lynda Monk

Let me begin by admitting my bias – I believe that all human beings are creative and that creative thinking is a central part of self-expression.  Self-expression is a gift we give ourselves and the world.  Creativity, therefore, is at the heart of being fully engaged in life and work.   Creativity, like any other skill, can be fostered and developed.  … Read More

5 Pathways for Healing Compassion Fatigue

Lynda Monk

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If you are a health care professional, healer, social worker, therapist, counsellor, change agent, or any other kind of helper, chances are you have heard of or experienced some form of compassion fatigue during the course of your career. Compassion fatigue is considered an occupational hazard, or a cost of caring, within high-care occupations where empathy, caring for others, and … Read More

5 Back to School Strategies for Your Child

Lynda Monk

back to school, parenting, children, youth

Whether your kids recently returned to school or are heading back soon (like mine), as parents, we all want to help our children transition back to school successfully! We want our kids to feel calm, happy and confident as they embark on their new school year, and we want to smoothly get back into the school routine within the family … Read More

25 Mini-Break Ideas

Lynda Monk

relaxation, break, self-care, mental health

Invitations to pause and take a break are all around us. “Mom, will you play a game of Monopoly with me?” asked my 9-year-old son, Jesse.  “Mom, will you come biking with me?” asked my 10-year-old son, Jackson.  Even the dog wants to take a mini-play-break, bringing me her stuffed monkey with the hope of a game of tug-of-war together.  … Read More

10 Tips to Reduce Stress

Lynda Monk

reduce stress, managing stress, anxiety, mental health, well-being

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (January 2015), stress and stress-related illnesses are on the rise. Stress is so commonplace that it seems like a way of life for many. Individuals and workplaces are paying a high price for unmanaged stress. Stress can hit when we least expect it. It is the body’s instinctual response to real or … Read More

5 Tips for Delivering Difficult News

Lynda Monk

delivering difficult news, difficult conversations, interpersonal communication, sensitivity

Depending on your role at work, there may be times when you are tasked with delivering difficult news to an individual or a group of people. When I look back on my career so far, both as an employee and as an entrepreneur for the past 15 years, delivering difficult news stands out as some of the more stressful moments … Read More

6 Tips for Improving Mental Health

Lynda Monk

world mental health day, mental health, awareness, self-care, well-being

“Mental well-being is bigger than the presence or absence of a mental illness. People who live with a mental illness can and do thrive, just as people without a mental illness may experience poor mental health.” -Canadian Mental Health Association, 2014 World Mental Health Day happens every year on October 10. This dedicated day has the goal of raising awareness … Read More