7 Ways to Calm Down Big Emotions

Nadine Groves

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To say emotions are big is an understatement. Although shame, fear, sadness, and anger can sometimes be overpowering in a counselling session, I believe that sitting with people as they experience their emotions can be healing. But I also know that clients sometimes feel overwhelmed by their feelings. They want to regain control so they can carry on with the … Read More

How to Set Personal Boundaries

Lori McIssac Bewsher

personal boundaries, setting boundaries, self-care, relationships, mental health, counselling, therapy

Setting personal boundaries is a familiar topic in counselling sessions. Whether it is with a partner, friend, colleague, or extended family member, relationships often become strained when we feel our own needs are being neglected to meet the needs of others. Consider the following scenario: Cindy is exhausted. In addition to working full-time and parenting three young children, she has … Read More

How to Recognize the Trauma Behind the Response to Racism

Shadell Permanand

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Author’s Note: I am Canadian, originally from Winnipeg, and I lived in Toronto for 15 years as an adult. I’ve been living in Chicago since 2011 and I work in the areas of conflict resolution, restorative justice, and diversity and inclusion. I see myself as an ally, and I write this from the perspective of a cisgender person of colour … Read More

How to Stop Rumination During Stressful Times

Tom Walker

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As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety due to PTSD and other life experiences, I know how easy it is to get caught up in rumination. As a trainer, therapist, employee, husband, and father, rumination has brought me more pain than it has ever alleviated. In this blog, I want to give you some ideas on how to disrupt … Read More

How to Overcome Challenges – Lessons from Rock Climbing

Marwa Fadol

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Just over a year ago I began bouldering – a form of rock climbing that involves climbing shorter walls (approx. 3-4 metres high) without ropes or harnesses. I was apprehensive to try it, but once I did, I loved it! In the year since, I’ve been climbing 2-3 times a week. As a result, my climbing has improved, and I’ve … Read More

How to Learn a New Skill in 4 Steps

Briar Schulz

learning new skills, skill development, covid-19, coronavirus, free time, leisure time, hobby, hobbies, self-care, anxiety, depression, self-care

The COVID-19 pandemic has been undeniably challenging for many but has also presented the opportunity for learning new skills – either by choice or as a requirement. If I am completely honest, I have become increasingly resistant to learning new skills as I get older! To be clear, I love the learning once it has actually occurred, but in those … Read More

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

Elaine Conrad

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“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

4 Benefits of Practicing Gratitude During COVID-19

Trish Harper

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Everyone is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and “everyone” is inclusive of the global community. This isn’t to say all of the impacts are uniform or evenly distributed – while we may all be experiencing the same storm, we are not all in the same boat. My 15-year-old daughter made an interesting remark after supper the other day, which caused … Read More

How to Cope With Grief and Loss During COVID-19

Wilma Schroeder

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The usual rituals and ceremonies of funerals, memorials, and gatherings provide something to hold on to when we are experiencing grief and loss. These shared experiences and connections with others hold a healing power. But now, those rituals and ceremonies are denied to us because of the necessity for physical distancing to beat COVID-19. We can’t even visit our loved … Read More

How to Cope With Post-Traumatic Stress During COVID-19

Vicki Enns

post-traumatic stress, PTSD, mental health, mental illness, counselling, counsellor, COVID-19, Coronavirus, pandemic, self-care, trauma, traumatic

We are living in strange times, with unique challenges that many of us have never encountered before. Everywhere on the planet, people now have to collectively focus on survival, united in facing a shared threat: COVID-19. Every one of us is equipped with instincts to help us rise to the challenge of survival, but these same instincts can also add … Read More