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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…

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The Power of Habit

By now, it is likely many New Year’s resolutions have been broken. I say this not to shame people, but to start a dialogue. In fact, the phenomena of a failed resolution are so prevalent in our culture we see jokes about it on TV, memes and from our own friends. While I appreciate a good joke, I wish we…

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Four Acts of Self-Love to Practice this Valentine’s Day

Whether you have a date this Valentine’s Day or not, there is something important to discuss this time of year, and that is self-love. In case you have forgotten, or are constantly being told otherwise, you are worthy of love! Let’s talk about some ways you can love yourself.  Forgiveness  There is a proverb that says holding onto…

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Listen Up: Six Tips to Become an Effective Listener

It’s easy to talk. However, listening can be more of a challenge. So, how do you become a good listener, or improve your listening skills? Here are some tips to consider in order to develop strong connections with others and create meaningful conversations. When it comes to having a meaningful conversation, it is a two-way…