The Bad Reputation of “Average”

The Bad Reputation of “Average” With the Olympics fast approaching, I am eagerly anticipating sitting on my couch watching non-stop television for three weeks.  In addition to the pomp and circumstance of it all, I have always loved watching the incredible athleticism and am completely awestruck by what the human body can achieve.  There is … Read more

Preventing Meltdowns in Children During the Summer Break

Preventing Meltdowns in Children During the Summer Break Research studies have documented that schedules and routines influence children’s emotional, cognitive, and social development. Furthermore, these two key environmental conditions can significantly reduce and even prevent meltdowns.  So, what is a meltdown? I encourage parents to consider that a meltdown can be an “involuntary reaction to … Read more

Helping Children Manage Re-Entry Anxiety

Helping Children Manage Re-Entry Anxiety For many of us, it feels like the warm days of summer are also ushering in a chance to return to a long-awaited sense of normalcy as vaccination rates increase and the world is re-opening. However, as with all major life changes, it is also completely normal to feel mixed … Read more

Shhhhhh! Ways to Quiet Our Anxiety

Shhhhhh! Ways to Quiet Our Anxiety I recently gave a talk for Mental Health Awareness month and one of the talking points that attracted the most interest was about different kinds of self-talk we can use to calm our worries.  Anxiety is an incredibly common emotion, particularly in our world right now.  Many of us … Read more

Guidelines for Prevention of Mental Health Difficulties

Guidelines for Prevention of Mental Health Difficulties A good first line intervention for maintaining a healthy emotional balance in your life is to consistently engage in behaviors known to promote stability and prevent struggles.  The following behavioral interventions are a good place to start addressing mental health from a stance of prevention (and/or maintenance):    1) … Read more

Finding Happiness in Challenging Times

Finding Happiness in Challenging Times What is Happiness? While it may seem the answer is intuitive, there are various definitions for this term and researchers in positive psychology have identified a few central components and themes: Having positive emotions about your past, present, future Having a positive connection to the people in your life and … Read more

Finding Motivation When You’re Depressed

Finding Motivation When You’re Depressed One of the most challenging aspects of depression is the profound impact mood has on motivation. Depression often makes tackling even the simplest of tasks seem insurmountable. It can make it tough to go to work or school, keep the house clean, take care of basic hygiene, and even simply … Read more

What Does it Mean to be Psychologically Flexible in the Face of the Pandemic?

What Does it Mean to be Psychologically Flexible in the Face of the Pandemic? Many experts argue that psychological flexibility is the ‘super skill’ of resilience and mental health. Research has found that it is associated with improved quality of life and both mental and physical well-being (Bond et.al, 2013; Gloster, Meyer & Lieb, 2017). … Read more

Making Sense of Grief and Loss

Making Sense of Grief and Loss Grief.  Even just saying the word out loud – there’s a heaviness to it.  In these past 12 months, our world has been confronted with grief and loss at a scale never before seen in our lifetimes.  It seems that nearly everyone worldwide has been personally affected by COVID-19 … Read more