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Celebrating Mom: A Social Distancing Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I hope you have picked up presents for your mom already; I’m looking at you men. If you are lucky, you will be able to be with your mother to celebrate, but many of us will have to practice social distancing. I’ve come up with a few ways you can celebrate your mom from a…

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The Ins and Outs of Empathy

I’d like to make an argument in favour of a more empathetic world. I believe if we understood the value of showing others empathy, the world would be much more prosperous for all. By understanding what empathy is, what it isn’t, and how it is beneficial to you, the world will shine a little brighter. And if everyone was more empathetic, humanity would see a much healthier world.   What is Empathy?  Empathy differs from…

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Celebrating Earth Day: The Wonders of Nature

April 22nd is National Earth Day in which we celebrate the only home we have ever known. This will be the first Earth Day where we are practicing social distancing, but it is important to look at the ways we can enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature.  Increases Energy  When I was younger and said I was tired or…

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Dealing with Uncertainty in a COVID-19 World

It is human nature to want to understand the world around us, however sometime we simply cannot. If you know someone with anxiety, they may be able to tell you about the mental anguish of not knowing can cause. Indeed, I think we all have a little of that right now. Will I lose my job? How will I feed my family? Am I sick? The unknown…

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Tuning Your Self-Awareness

A flaw that many people have, but do not recognize they have, is self-awareness. This is not an indictment on anyone, our nature is to seek patterns and see ourselves as the “good guy.” Often, it is these two habits that lead to biases and poor self-awareness. As we practice self-isolation, this is a valuable opportunity to work on your own self-awareness.  What is self-awareness  As our teachers always told…

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5 Strategies for Strong Communication

Have you ever spoken with an older couple about the success of their marriage, or a CEO about his or her company? While there will be many answers, one consistent is usually this: strong communication. We are spending much more time around family right not, and I think it would be wise to look at how we communicate. And how we can improve it. Most arguments can be traced to poor…

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Maintaining Your Well Being While Social Distancing

We humans are social animals and it is no small task to keep our distance from one another. I’d like to take some time to discuss healthy things you can do to maintain your well being while practicing social distancing.  Exercise   Being shut in and not having gyms to go to can make it hard to stay in…

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Navigating the Chaos of COVID-19

Normally, I like to write about methods of self-help and improvement. However, we are not living in a normal time right now, so I will deviate and write on COVID-19. I do not wish to provoke fear, but rather actions that you control. If you wish to learn more about COVID-19, including symptoms, please read this guide from Alberta Health…

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Overcoming Fear

Friday the 13th is supposed to be an ominous day full of bad luck for those who are unwary. Of course, there is nothing scientific about this, it’s just fun. However, fear itself often stops us from striving towards our goals. So how do we overcome our fears in order to reach where we want to go?  Know your fear  When…

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Honouring Your Basic Needs

Keep it simple stupid! Are you familiar with the KISS acronym? The idea here is to not overthink, and I want to take a step back.  In our lives we get hyper focused, and we sometimes forget to check on the simple things. So today let’s check in on the basic needs of life; they are our foundation and we need…

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5 Daily Activities to Reset Yourself

February 29, 2020, marks a leap year, a day which only comes every 4 years. A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year. Or, the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit around the sun, which is about 365¼ days. Essentially, it is a special day to…

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The Importance of Understanding Self-Talk

The term self-talk is thrown around a lot, and I would like to take some time to unpack it. Self-talk simply means the things you tell yourself whether they be words, thoughts or conversation you have with yourself.  There are several forms, including:  Positive Self–Talk  These are positive statements you tell yourself; for example, “I deserve the promotion because I am good…