How to give yourself a time-out

How to give yourself a time-out

10 steps to give yourself a time-out. If you haven’t remembered to breathe out recently, this is for you: No 1. Get yourself an old VW camper van (ideally pre 1990s), and air-cooled if possible. (Ok, so if that’s not immediately possible, maybe you could find a tree-house, a garden shed, a shepherd’s hut or…

Managing Overwhelm

Managing Overwhelm

I think the most common word I hear in my counselling room is Overwhelm.   For many of us this Holiday period is the season of a particular kind of overwhelm.  An overwhelm made up of trying so hard for everything to be perfect; of feeling financial pressures as we try to please our children,…

Feeling Blah

Feeling Blah

It’s summer in the city, the sun is out the sky is blue, I have just returned from the rest and relaxation of a family vacation, and I tell myself I should be rested, energized and grounded.  But I’m not.  I’m feeling blah. As I tend to live in my head, my reaction is to…

Reclaiming energy and finding motivation

Reclaiming energy and finding motivation

Do you have a hundred ideas before breakfast?  Do you crave more creativity, meaning, community or connection?  Are you finding the motivation and energy you need to move forward with your ideas and desires? Many of us have strong inner critics which influence our actions, or in-actions.  Phrases such as “procrastinate”,”sabotage”; “wasting time”; “unproductive”; “lazy”…

Creating space

Creating space

When I am feeling overwhelmed, stuck and unable to make meaningful decisions about… well, about anything, I realise it is is time to unclutter.  Sometimes that is clearing the piles on my desk, or managing my unruly stationary drawer, but most of the time it is about stopping and creating stillness… to create space ……

New starts

New starts

There is something about a new year that gives us a sense of possibility…  That feeling that we have a clean slate, a new chapter, another chance. Alongside the sense of hope that a new year brings, there is often a sense of pressure of having to get is right “this time”… So, as we…

Meditation

Meditation

Have you tried meditation and feel you “can’t do it”?  Is it something else on your busy ToDo list that you never quite get to? I have heard many people say that they can’t meditate. One belief is that meditation is finding an altered, peaceful state, where we can escape from our anxiety and negative…

Facing our Fears

Facing our Fears

I am having to walk the talk.  Having relocated over the summer from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Toronto, Ontario, I am navigating some significant changes in my life.  Part of me is so excited, and part of me is so petrified.  So, I need to listen to both of those pieces of me… they are…

Life Happens: Reaction v. Response

Life Happens: Reaction v. Response

Over the last three days I have been re-building my website, having somehow “lost” it.  If this had happened a month ago, whilst I was moving home, moving province, and transitioning my business, I am not sure how I would have reacted.  With the rest I have had over the past three weeks, and with…

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