Focus on Presence, Not Presents

Trish Harper

As each holiday season approaches, I must admit, I get a little grumpier every year – I may even be approaching “Bah Humbug!” status. Now before you label me a modern-day grinch, let me tell you, it’s not because I don’t like Christmas carols, cold weather, frosty windchills, or days that begin and end with darkness. It’s not even because … Read More

How to Spot a Bully

Shelly Qaultieri

Bullying has become an increasingly prevalent topic in schools, homes, online, and in the workplace because this behaviour greatly affects the target. Victims of bullying behaviour feel unsafe in their workplace or school, and their mental health is impacted. A 2013 study published in the journal of Psychological Science found that “bullies, victims, and bully-victims are at risk for negative short … Read More

Strategies for Difficult Conversations

Shelly Qaultieri

Have you ever had a difficult conversation? You know the ones I’m talking about – you’ve run through it in your head a thousand times over, but it still doesn’t go as planned, or it’s sprung on you by your partner when you’re least expecting it! The thing with difficult conversations is that we have all had them, and they … Read More

Having a Bad Day? Try Some Self-Compassion

Danielle Forth

Karen is having a bad day. She forgot her bus pass, spilled coffee on her white blouse, and her bank account is overdrawn again. Her inner critical voice is in high gear creating a list of all her faults: “You should be more organized,” “You’re so clumsy,” You’re such a loser.” And now Karen is feeling down and anxious; there’s … Read More

Three Ideas for Living a Life of Integrity

Tricia Klassen

I recently had a pretty tough week that consisted of two experiences that shook me to the core. Although one of these experiences was personal while the other was professional, there were some similar elements among the two – both left me questioning the light in which others see me. Ok, I’ll admit it – I like to be liked. … Read More

Don’t Let Burnout Get the Best of You!

Shelly Qaultieri

Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands (Smith, Segal, Robinson, & Segal, 2018).[1] I was recently working with a group of highly motivated and successful executives. They worked in a fast-paced, growing, and ever-changing agency with the determination … 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

Mindfulness at Work and Play

Shelly Qaultieri

mindfulness, mindfulness at work, self-care, meditation, mental health, mental illness, counselling, therapy

What are some ways people practice mindfulness? Thinking about this blog post, I began speaking to friends and family about mindfulness and asking how they bring a mindful practice into their day or life. This is something I try to work on daily. However, I quickly came to realize that people continue to have questions and misunderstandings about mindfulness. My … Read More

Radical Self-Care

Lana Dunn

self-care, mental health, self-help, mood, anxiety, depression

As I sit to write this, the world seems to be in a state of turmoil. Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and talks of nuclear threats dominate the news. And with such chaos comes greater distress in our employees, clients, patients, or students – and in us too. If we, the helpers, parents, teachers, caregivers or leaders, are struggling, we limit our … Read More

10 Tips for Nurturing Happiness

Wendy Loewen

happiness, self-care, mental health, self-help

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle As we head into special times of the year such as holiday or vacation, we often anticipate finding happiness. But, I wonder if we can ever really find happiness? What is the real stuff made of? Not the illusion that disappears along with the last joyful moment of our holiday. I’m not so sure that … Read More