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 Build Resilient Communities

Nataschaa Chatterton

In this time of global change, we must meet our needs closer to home and rely on community more than ever. What is a community? Community is not a place or its people – it’s a feeling. It exists among people, and consists of feelings of belonging, trust, and acceptance. Community is created when people strive to meet common needs. … Read More

5 Keys for De-escalating Anger

Nathan Gerbrandt

anger, anger de-escalation, violence prevention, self-care, mental health, front line workers, trauma, trauma-informed

As someone who coordinates training for groups throughout North America, I am struck that at a time of physical distancing, I’m seeing an increase in organizations expressing concern over the physical safety of their employees. And it’s not only from those who work in front line, health care, or public facing roles – anyone whose work requires them to be … Read More

Giving Yourself Permission to Slow Down During COVID-19

Alexis Power

permission, slow down, self-care, boundaries, covid-19, pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways in which we navigate our daily lives. Prior to the pandemic, our place and pace in the world often excelled at a rate that left little time for self-reflection, personal examination, and questioning. With all of the shifts we’ve had to make, a topic that has come to mind for me is permission. … Read More

How to Stop Rumination During Stressful Times

Tom Walker

rumination, anxiety, depression, self-care, cousnelling, therapy, counselor, therapist

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 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

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

4 Benefits of Practicing Gratitude During COVID-19

Trish Harper

practicing gratitude, self-care, mental health, mental illness, counselling, counsellor, therapy, therapist, anxiety, depression, covid-19, coronavirus

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

grief and loss, death, coping, self-care, covid-19, coronavirus, mental health, mental illness, anxiety, depression

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