Alcohol Use Problems: 4 Steps to Moving in a Positive Direction

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Many people love a glass of wine or pint of beer with friends. Alcohol is part of celebrations and sharing. On a bad day, friends may suggest going to get a drink to talk it over. Alcohol use is interwoven into the routine daily life for so many people. There are many individuals who engage in drinking in a respectful … Read More

Three Ideas for Living a Life of Integrity

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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. However, … Read More

What’s Your Relationship with Alcohol?

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Recently my family had a fantastic new experience – an all-inclusive trip to a resort in Mexico where a great time was had by all. Near the end of the trip, my 15-year-old son expressed his need to eat nothing but kale and carrots after over eating during the trip. For many people, vacations can encourage over indulgence in both … Read More

5 Pathways for Healing Compassion Fatigue

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If you are a helping or health professional, healer, social worker, therapist, counsellor, or change agent, 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 compassion are at … Read More

Bingeing and Purging: Breaking the Bulimic Cycle

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The cycle of bingeing and purging is exhausting and demoralizing, yet it is a pattern that many people with bulimia seem powerless to control. Stopping the cycle can be immensely difficult. As someone who has struggled with this cycle, Linette describes her experience: I have committed I won’t eat my trigger food, cookies, because gaining weight is unacceptable to me. … Read More

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Treatment Program

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Help! My spouse/partner/child/parent/friend needs mental health or addictions treatment! Where can they go? How do I know if a program is right for them? For family and friends of a person experiencing a mental health crisis (and for the person themselves), finding one’s way through the health care system can be incredibly difficult. It is hard to know what is … Read More

How to Change Your Relationship with Alcohol

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This is the year you are ready to change your relationship with alcohol. With some preparation and a good plan, this could be your year. Maybe last year you had some clear moments that your relationship with alcohol had to change. Maybe friends or a loved one pointed out some concerns with your drinking. Other people may have had an … Read More

10 Tips for Nurturing Happiness

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Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle   As summer comes to an end, we are all hoping to carry just a bit of the warmth and happiness of the sunny season with us as we settle back into routine. But, can we ever really find happiness? What is the real stuff made of? Not the illusion that disappears along with the … Read More

25 Mini-Break Ideas

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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

Summer Challenge: Stay Motivated AND Get Some Rest

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It is no secret that summer is always long awaited. Plenty of us struggle to stay motivated at work during the warm summer months, while others struggle to slow down, get outside and absorb some much-needed Vitamin D. The question this begs is, “Can we do both?” Can we stay motivated, remain focussed and embrace new and necessary tasks when … Read More