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Even dogs get cabin fever in the depths of winter!

Even dogs get cabin fever in the depths of winter!

Tips to build winter resilience When a friend visited the other day, Zephyr was instantly awake, shot out of the door and skidded down the path obviously imagining that while she was asleep the morning’s deep freeze had turned into a more welcoming spring. But it was...

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The Gentle Art of Living in a Stressful World

The Gentle Art of Living in a Stressful World

Did you ever put a stress-smart plan in action and discover that inflexible schedules and rigid organization actually created stress, rather than efficiency and ease? Me too! Everything runs smoothly. Tasks are completed. Life works well – for a while. Then the dam...

Attitude is Everything

Attitude is Everything

I remember when I first saw those words engraved into a piece of marble. It was 1996 and I was in a gift store in Springfield Missouri. I immediately picked up the rock, purchased it and brought back to Canada with me.  That small slab of rock with its three words of...

A Five Step Approach to Reduce Your Stress

A Five Step Approach to Reduce Your Stress

There are many things we can do to bring about quick stress relief, but it takes more than a few deep breaths, yoga poses or glasses of wine to stop being triggered and stressed by past or ongoing issues and create lasting change.     As a child I would always feel...

How do you handle work pressure?

How do you handle work pressure?

If, no matter the task, you have developed the habit of pushing, pushing, pushing through until you’re done and then moving straight on to the next task, the chances are that you’re living and working with an active stress response. This means that the physiological...

Talking about trauma

Talking about trauma

There’s a widely held belief, proven over time, that after a traumatic event we benefit from being able to talk about it. It is soothing and reassuring to speak with a sympathetic and understanding person about our fear and pain. It can help us heal. Studies have...

Tracking back to past or recent trauma

Tracking back to past or recent trauma

Bill stopped for coffee on his way home from work. At the last minute he ordered tea instead of coffee, which he normally drank. His first sip of tea was accompanied by the early stages of a panic attack. After a boating accident when he nearly drowned, Bill was...

Trauma

Trauma

Trauma is the most avoided, ignored, denied, misunderstood and untreated cause of human suffering. Peter Levine. This week I read about two police officers who recently committed suicide. The suggestion was that stress and trauma related to their work was the likely...

Change is constant, and a sign of life

Change is constant, and a sign of life

A spectacular sunset, the smile of a lover and spontaneous laughter are fleeting and unique experiences. They cannot be grasped tightly but they can be remembered. Resisting change is highly stressful. Whether we resist the change of season, a child leaving home or...

Truth, lies and stress

Truth, lies and stress

Most of us have had unsettling moments around truth and lies. Maybe, as a child, to avoid punishment, we denied doing something relatively insignificant, like leaving a door unlocked. Or later in life we told a “white lie” to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. We may...

Devastation, courage and small acts of love

Devastation, courage and small acts of love

This past week horror entered our homes. We witnessed the devastating ferocity of nature. Neighbourhoods were destroyed and thousands of lives were lost or will never be the same. My heart has felt heavy, enveloped by a sense of weariness and sadness at the enormity...