Self-Awareness

Setting Better Boundaries

Are you someone who struggles to say “no” to things that you don’t really want to do? Or maybe you find yourself feeling resentful because you’ve accepted to do something that doesn’t truly align with your needs? If any of this sounds familiar, keep reading. I used to suck at

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Corporate Wellness

5 Tips to Set Yourself Free from Shame at Work

People use shame in all sorts of different situations as a way to manipulate others into doing or feeling something that they want you to do or feel.  Shame is a silent and powerful manipulator.  Many times, we don’t even realize that shame is silently controlling how we are reacting

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Self-Awareness

Setting Boundaries and Sticking to Them

Do you find yourself saying yes, when you really want to say no?  Or maybe you’ve said yes without even realizing that you wanted to say no, only to find yourself feeling resentful later on while doing the task you said yes to? Trust me… I’ve been there.  I still

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Self-Awareness

Find Balance By Saying Yes to You First

Do you ever have those days when you feel overwhelmed? I notice that this happens to me in cycles where I feel that I have too much on my plate and feel unable to keep up. Other times I feel completely energized and ready to take the world by storm.

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Emotional Regulation

The Integrated Brain State: Balancing Thoughts and Feelings

Have you ever had a moment when you were entirely consumed by your emotions, unable to think rationally about a problem you were having? When our emotions reach a certain intensity, they can flood our system entirely, making it difficult for the frontal lobe to do its job of regulating

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Self-Awareness

No Empathy for Riya Rajkumar

There has been widespread media coverage about the public outcry during Peel Regional Police’s late night Amber Alert on the day that 11 year old Riya Rajkumar was reported missing, and later, found dead. In the midst of an urgent message sent to alert the community that a young child

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Effective Communication

Replacing Shame and Judgment with Compassion and Support

Earlier this week, I politely told an elderly woman to mind her own business. It felt awkward and yucky, but I felt it needed to be said. The woman was observing a snippet of my life, while my 8 year old son who has disabilities was having a very difficult

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Effective Communication

5 Tips to Become a Better Listener

There came a point in my life when I realized that I needed to learn how to become a better listener. I was raised in a noisy, chatty, opinionated family.  It is not terribly surprising that I grew into someone who tends to be noisy, chatty and opinionated.  Probably every

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Self-Awareness

Self-Care Activities: Are You Soothing or Distracting?

Now that the holidays are over, many people find themselves feeling like they need a vacation. Changes in sleep patterns, eating habits and typical routines leave us feeling out of sorts.  Add to that the pressure of shopping, cooking/baking elaborate meals and attending and/or hosting constant parties…!   Many of

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