The beginning of 2021 has been unlike any other in recent memory. For many of us in Ontario, the year began with increased pandemic-related restrictions and risks, personal and professional uncertainties, high stress levels and unexpected responsibilities. No one is immune to the effects of stress, pressure and anxiety, and I have certainly been feeling the strain. So how do we deal with these feelings when so much is outside of our control? Where do we find the energy or time for"self-care"...
I am very excited to announce that I have taken on several new adventures! First, we have relocated to Ottawa Ontario, and are very happy to be serving this community. Second, I have begun post-graduate studies in Counselling Psychology. This commitment has taken me away from some activities (such as blogging regularly); however, regular coaching services are still in full-swing. I am excited to be expanding my knowledge and scope of practice to include psychotherapy and counselling, which will...
What can a healthy person do to increase their resilience? Here I summarize some of the research on one simple way we can increase our ability to deal with change. All of us can benefit from cultivating a little more positivity in our lives - not by "putting on a brave face", but by learning to catch ourselves enjoying life. Want to live healthier? Do this first.
Fall and early winter boast a wealth of events offering pleasure, connection and play. As a military spouse, I keenly appreciate the importance of leveraging these opportunities to build my reserves of resilience in advance of another posting season and year full of transition. Join me on my journey by following the blog and joining the community. Cultivate your unique stock pile of positivity and resilience as we savor the season and boost our health and well-being! What gift could be better?
While it may seem counter-intuitive, the Holiday Season offers rich opportunities to cultivate wellness. It really depends on your perspective. Taking the time to develop a few intentions (and strategies) can really increase your ability to soak up the seasonal benefits and shrug off the rest!
Prepare and plan as we may, pain is an inevitable part of the human experience. Have you ever planned how you will respond to emotional pain? Read my story and discover the practice of self-compassion and how it can be a lifeline for spouses of deployed military members.
What does success look like? This is a tricky question to answer when you are faced with a challenge like the military deployment of a spouse. This blog discusses how our definition of success affects our well-being, and how my vision of success helped get me through deployment.