Food and Mood

Food and Mood

Our great-grandmothers had little doubt that food influenced mood. Now there is plenty of research to prove that this is so. Food affects our mood, our brain and our body. However, since our great-grandmothers’ day food has significantly changed. Nowadays, simple,...
Back to School – Time to Let Go

Back to School – Time to Let Go

It was one of the longest days in my life. My son’s first day at school. He seemed so innocent and vulnerable when I told him to have fun and waved him “goodbye”. Every possible concern came to mind. Will he get lost in the big new school building? Will he find the...
The Subtle Stages of Stress

The Subtle Stages of Stress

BC is burning. Air Quality is the Worst on the Planet. These are headlines in the local press at the moment. Stress resulting from this current devastating situation is pervasive. Whether living in close proximity to the fires or hundreds of miles away from them,...
Handling the Trauma of a Devastating Diagnosis

Handling the Trauma of a Devastating Diagnosis

Being told one has a dreadful illness can cause shock, fear and inner turmoil. We may want to lash out at every single healthy person we see, or run away to a desert island or a favourite holiday spot. We may go numb, phase out of conversations, forget facts, shut...
Stress Versus Trauma

Stress Versus Trauma

STRESS Stress is a heavily used word nowadays. Everyone between the ages of seven and seventy-seven seems to reckon they’re stressed in one way or another. Realistically they may be correct in their assessment, whether they are: a seven year-old going to the dentist;...
Humanity – Vulnerability, Love and Compassion

Humanity – Vulnerability, Love and Compassion

In this past week, blatant and extreme cruelty has been exposed, heavily disguised as law and order. Putting politics aside, let’s touch on the harm that has been done to over two thousand children, their parents and their families. Babies are affected by the stress...
The Perils of Pushing Through

The Perils of Pushing Through

Often, when we’re weary or under pressure, we cross a fine line between challenge and stress. We push on, despite the fact that we feel as though our energy is being sucked out of us. There are so many situations when we have to keep on keeping on. At such times,...
Aftershock

Aftershock

Suggestions for Helping a Grieving and Traumatized Friend. Her husband died tragically over the holiday weekend. How can I help her? This is a question I was asked the other day. There are so many ways that we can support one another. A mother who had lost her child...
Stress, The Squeaky Wheel

Stress, The Squeaky Wheel

We seldom think that a squeaky wheel is a gift. Yet frequently it is. When the noise becomes sufficiently loud and irritating, we normally decide to find the cause and fix it. Following inspection and the problem being resolved, we may learn that the incredibly...