When we use toxic positivity on ourselves it sounds like…

If your friend came up to you and told you something absolutely horrible happened to them this morning, and they were extremely upset about it, would you tell them to get over it? That they should consider that other people are worse off? Or that they should remember how much they have to be gratefulContinue reading “When we use toxic positivity on ourselves it sounds like…”

Returning to school – Remember to be Kind

As September is around the corner, the discussion of school starting again is most likely in everyone’s minds. After finishing the last school year virtually, will you be sending your child to school come September or keeping them home to attempt virtual learning once more? There is no right or wrong answer here, but noContinue reading “Returning to school – Remember to be Kind”

Acknowledging and validating the experience of anxiety in children and teens.

“You’re young, what do you have to be anxious about?” As a young adult, we constantly are told that anxiety came with life experience and massive responsibilities. Because we were young and “only had to worry about” school, we didn’t have stress. If you had to take care of a family, finance a house, worryContinue reading “Acknowledging and validating the experience of anxiety in children and teens.”

Alternative wedding planning during COVID-19

In September of 2019, when I moved home from my Masters’ degree, my girlfriend and I went to Gatineau, Qc to the hot air balloon festival (a bucket list item of mine that I had shared with Sydney years ago) and spent the weekend on carnival rides and watching hot air balloons. We got homeContinue reading “Alternative wedding planning during COVID-19”

Setting up for success in September (online and homework)

If you own a television, you know that major stores refer to this time as “the most wonderful time of the year”. On any given year, this is usually the time that children get excited to go back to school to see their friends, back to school shopping is the biggest stress during this timeContinue reading “Setting up for success in September (online and homework)”

Getting back to school – Helping your child become comfortable wearing a mask.

As an occuaptional therapist, I work with children and families to help them find success in their meaningful occupations (which is what people want and need to do). Occupational therapists work with children to help build a variety of skills needed for their meaningful activities. Some of these things are fun like learning how toContinue reading “Getting back to school – Helping your child become comfortable wearing a mask.”

Reflecting on the importance of moments of boredom amongst busy lives

Gabrielle Walters has been on my list of blogs I check regularly since I started writing, and the other day she shared the lessons that embracing boredum has given to her during this pandemic. I relate strongly to her experience of constantly being consumed with things during the day, and usually LOVING not having aContinue reading “Reflecting on the importance of moments of boredom amongst busy lives”

Yoga is often the worst advice; words from a yoga instructor

Did you click on this blog as an avid yoga practitioner or a passionate yoga teacher to defend the practice of yoga? Did you see this title and get defensive about the power of yoga for all bodies? Or have you had an experience in which yoga was wrongly or inappropriately recommended to you andContinue reading “Yoga is often the worst advice; words from a yoga instructor”

Down by the River – Reflecting on 2020 so far.

On March 13 the daycare I supply taught at closed due to COVID, the occupational therapy practice I worked with was put on hold (we eventually moved to virtual sessions but my clients didn’t fit with online therapy), the yoga studio I was set to pick up alternative front desk shifts closed and my babysittingContinue reading “Down by the River – Reflecting on 2020 so far.”

Active listening – shifting the focus from ME to YOU.

“To be listened to is a striking experience, partly because it is so rare” (Co-Active Coaching). I’m sure we’ve all experienced it; going to talk to a friend, family member, therapist etc and feeling this immediate connection, feeling weight lifting off your shoulders… like your feelings are known, understood and valid. This person who makesContinue reading “Active listening – shifting the focus from ME to YOU.”