How to Let Go of Anxious Intrusive Thoughts

Today I am going to share with you three of the greatest strategies for stopping those intrusive/anxious thoughts. You know the ones I am talking about… that thought you just can’t seem to get out of your head no matter how hard you try! This is one of the first strategies I teach many of my students. I explain to them that this strategy is super simple #simpledoesn’tmeaneasy, proven to work, and will be useful in so many different areas of their lives. I also share that most adults haven’t yet learned these important skills.

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Minimalism: A Purposeful, Never-ending, Life-giving Journey

I will preface that this blog series has been and will be my hardest to write as it is a passion of mine as well as a constant struggle. It is a large topic and I have so much to say, yet it is a never-ending journey of making purposeful decisions and life choices all while fighting against a culture of ‘more’ and ‘not enough’ – like a fish trying to swim in a river upstream, against the flow. I will do my best to organize my thoughts and control my ‘fire’. In this series, please feel free to comment below with questions or suggestions. Continue reading “Minimalism: A Purposeful, Never-ending, Life-giving Journey”

Pillars of Mental Health

Are you feeling like those winter blues are dragging on? Why are we (in Canada) still getting snow in April? I really do love snow, especially those big fat, slow falling snowflakes – BUT I AM READY FOR SUMMER. It is spring and it still feels like winter outside.

I know that for many of the students I work with, they are struggling to maintain positive mental health right now. I attribute a lot of it to the weather we are experiencing. People are just ready for a change. For the hope and joy that comes with a warm sunny day.

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Bell Let’s Talk Day

Let’s Talk…

Social media and the internet have caused us a lot of concern with safety, overuse, fake news, unrealistic expectations of reality (ever seen those DIY Pinterest fails?), unlimited access to destructive or harmful information etc.

Well today let’s choose to use social media and the internet for good! Let’s work together to end the stigma of mental illness. Join me in supporting the Bell Let’s Talk Day! (There are also a number of great Apps for mental health such as Be Safe or mindfulness apps.) Continue reading “Bell Let’s Talk Day”

Teaching Little Ones About BIG Emotions – Deep Breathing

Emotions are big! Emotions can be hard! And emotions can be scary! This is both true for many adults, youth, and children. Although this information is just as important for adults I am writing this post today for all those parents, professionals, or community members who work and interact with children on a regular basis. I write this blog series as a mom of a 3 year old (three-nager), one year old, and as a social worker in elementary schools. I will continue to write many more posts on children and emotions in the future as it is such a big topic and so so important.

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Rediscovering Happiness-Gratitude Challenge (updated)

***UPDATED – Now includes 30-day challenge below****

If you missed part 1 of this series you can find it HERE

January 1st, the first day of a new year. New beginnings a head. A chance for a fresh start. And the end of all the Christmas and New Year hype. Tomorrow life will return to ‘normal’ or ‘as usual’. As I mentioned in part 1 of this series that January is often a hard month for people. This is why we are going to participate in a 30-day gratitude challenge toward rediscovering happiness together.

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Rediscovering Happiness

January is a dark, blah month for most people. We are having a literal and metaphorical ‘sugar crash’. Our bodies are burnt out from the increase in sugar and carbs, the extra alcohol or eggnog, and exhausted from the many late nights, that December brings. At the same time we also experience an emotional low. We are either coming down from the hype and excitement of Christmas or January magnifies and intensifies our feelings of loneliness and grief. January also has some of the longest, coldest, and darkest days. This is exactly why I chose January to be the month of Rediscovering Happiness in order to encourage a month of mental health, wellness, and healing.

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The Brain, Stress, & Healing (part 2)

If you are just joining us I invite you to check out part 1 of this blog so you can meet Amy, Hippo, and Olly. Here

Today we are going to briefly cover three topics 1) how anxiety affects team brain, 2) neuroplasticity and what it means for healing, and 3) some simple strategies you can implement. Wow that’s a lot… if you need a break feel free to always take a break and finish the rest of the post later. These are also all topics I may dive into deeper in the future.

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