Anxiety & Stress

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Spring Forward: How to Have a Fresh Start

It’s time to come out of hibernation and embrace the arrival of spring. As the winter frost begins to thaw and flowers start to bloom, we too are entering a transition phase of renewal and fresh opportunities. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and bird songs become the

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How to Find Immediate Peace & Calm

Without Doing Anything Most of us find that our mind is cluttered with busyness, work, and distractions. We’re constantly on the go, even when we’re not physically moving, our thoughts are elsewhere. I was eating at a restaurant the other day. Looking around, I could see that most people were

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Have Parents Guaranteed Their Kid’s Success in Life?

It’s that time of year to enroll your kid in as many activities as possible, to optimize their learning. Or is it? Like many parents, the return to school brings with it a mixture of emotions for me. Sadness for the end of the vacation season. Comfort and relief with

How to Take the Stress Out of the Holiday Season!

Written By: Dr. Gloria Lee, Registered Psychologist As you are prepping for the holiday season, some of you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the hustle and bustle of this month. You’re busy buying and wrapping gifts, baking cookies, attending office parties, showing up for your kids’ Christmas

Excessive Worry and What to do About it

Written By: Dr. Michael Mandrusiak, Registered Psychologist A Worry Story You are sitting at the dinner table having spaghetti with a family member. The person across from you is describing a funny incident from their day as you take a bite of a tomato-sauce-covered meatball (or veggie ball, if you

How to Feel Good about Making Decisions!

Written by: Dr. Nardeen Awadalla, PsyD, Doctoral Clinician When was the last time you made a decision? Did you feel good about it? Clicking on this article to read was a decision you just made. Why did you click the link? Why did you start reading? We make decisions all

How is Procrastination Related to Perfectionism?

Written By: Albert Kwok, MEd, Registered Clinical Counsellor We’ve all probably had someone tell us that “you just need to work harder”, like it was supposed to motivate you to get off the couch (or devices) to do something.  I’ve been working with students of all ages for many years

Take Control of Your Panic Attacks in 6 Simple Steps

Written By: Heather Aikman, MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor Panic attacks can happen out of the blue and feel terrifying. They are a sudden and intense fear when there is no clear danger. Panic attacks can be triggered or spontaneous. Often your heart is racing, you’re struggling to breathe, you feel

Two Mistakes to Avoid When Facing Your Fears

Written by Dr. Michael Mandrusiak, R.Psych. Have you ever tried to “get over” your fears by facing it head on but ended up feeling even worse?  Like many others, you may have started with high hopes but were left feeling discouraged and helpless about dealing with your anxiety. Well, there

3 Ways to Immediately Reduce Anxiety with Mindfulness-Based Meditation

Written By: Gary Hayre, MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor Do you ever feel anxious and want immediate relief? Have you tried to distract yourself to stop feeling anxious, but it didn’t work? Mindfulness-based meditation can quickly reduce anxiety levels, as it allows you to confront and process your strong emotions without