Mental Wellness

When Anxiety Affects Your Parenting

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Anxiety can exacerbate even the simplest of parenting tasks and steal the gratification we should be receiving. But it is possible to gain control over your anxiety and create a healthy family dynamic. First posted on Best Health Here are…

Imagine

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Imagine… you get a call one day offering you the chance to win a $100,000. It’s a new reality show that takes ordinary people and asks them to do extraordinary things. All that you have to do is walk across…

Life Takes Guts

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For many people living with Crohn’s disease, life can involve urgent trips to the bathroom as well as pain. For some, Crohn’s can even be deadly. Living with a chronic disease like this can be difficult and isolating. In severe…

Fit Vs. Fiction

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“Alone I lived inside my head, never wanting to leave my bed On the outside so strong and tough, but inside never good enough I spent each moment wrapped in fear, afraid of looking in the mirror What power it…

An Interview With Michael Landsberg: #SickNotWeak

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Michael Landsberg has been entertaining Canadian sports fans for over 18 years on TSN’s Off the Record. What his fans never knew, was that behind his no-holds-barred brash debating style, Michael was silently suffering with a long history of depression…

Toxic Friendships

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Friendships……they are an integral part of our social and emotional existence. They can be supportive, nurturing, balanced and fulfilling. They can be effortless. They can get us through our darkest moments and even bring out our best attributes. But sometimes…

World Mental Health Day: #RaiseYourWiseHand

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October 10th is World Mental Health Day— an international day devoted to raising awareness and promoting education around mental illness. In solidarity with this very important day, we want to make our own contribution by launching an initiative–one that we hope…

Back to school blessings

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Now that the new school year is upon us, my Facebook newsfeed is full of first day of school pictures.  Many of them are with adorable kids holding signs that let us know what grade they are going into or…

How to deal with infertility

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We Don’t See Things As They Are, We See Them As We Are.” Anais Nin Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of pregnant bellies. I think they are absolutely beautiful. I didn’t always feel this way. Seven years ago, when…

Motherless Daughters

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Several years ago I was sitting in a psychologist’s office when my personal narrative was unexpectedly uprooted, violently rearranged, and permanently altered as if hit by a tornado. As soon as I heard the words, “What she did was selfless…

Travelling with Anxiety

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We’ve all seen the videos. Parents craftily surprising their children with news that they’re going to Disney—and the kids just about implode with excitement? Let’s just say…I was not that kid. The news of a trip anywhere filled me with such unease and trepidation that…

Walking With My Father

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When my parents would go out on Saturday nights, I’d always anxiously await their return home because it meant my dad and I could go on one of our “night walks”. This is what we called our Saturday night ritual. Just…

Happy Birthday Empathy Effect!

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Empathy is the true capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within. What started out as a yearlong social media experiment to inspire and galvanize empathy has ballooned into a widespread campaign to engage people to perform one act of…

My sister Lisey

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I still vividly remember the worst day of my life so far. I was teaching in Arizona. My 5th graders were in Art and I was at my desk planning for the next week. My cell phone rang. It was…

The Wooden Stool

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From the time my mother was 8 years old, my Bubbie (the Yiddish term for grandmother) Celia walked with crutches.  It was very difficult for her to leave her home, which meant that our weekly visits were almost always at…

TV Treasures from our Childhood

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Growing up the 60s and 70s, my TV wonder years were warm and fuzzy. As a young child, the first TV shows I can recall are (Saturday morning) classic cartoon series, my favourites: The Looney Tunes and The Flintstones, other…

Daycare and Development

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It’s been a while since I last had the opportunity to “blog”, but since my mat leave came to an end in February, I quickly fell back into the ever-so busy and demanding responsibilities of work, leaving me very little…

Finding Creativity: Your Hidden Potential

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Many of us don’t make time for creativity or worse, fear it entirely. One of the most rewarding aspects of coaching is helping people unlock their full potential. Could it be we think prioritizing creativity is frivolous or that we…