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15 Strategies for Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety

May 1, 2020 |
Young man displaying anxiety

These are challenging times. The ongoing sense of uncertainty and insecurity caused by COVID-19 is having a big impact on our mental health, which is an important part of our overall health. I want to help people avoid making things worse for themselves and their families. To that end, I have put together an in-depth resource in the form of a 55-minute video to help people understand and reduce their anxious distress around COVID-19. In the video, I distill my knowledge and experience from 30 years of helping people cope with and, at…

Resources to Support Health and Wellness While Working Remotely

April 29, 2020 |
hands holding letters spelling wellbeing

The majority of my workdays are spent at Seneca College’s campus in Markham, Ontario. That is, until recently. When we were all notified that we’d be working from home until further notice, my mind immediately flooded with thoughts and a I felt a bit of trepidation. I thought of my home situation, realizing that I’d have to set up a space for myself to work and hold daily virtual meetings while also being able to look after my 4-year-old. If you enjoy the daily interactions with colleagues, as I do,…

Book Review: Mindfulness in 8 Weeks

April 24, 2020 |
Man age 60 plus embracing the future, feeling supported in his self-worth

Upon stumbling across an intriguing book called Mindfulness in Eight Weeks by Michael Chaskalson, I became truly convinced of the importance of mindfulness. In my last blog post, I talked about mindfulness as a powerful skill and a transformative way of living. After this read, I realized that mindfulness can be learned and practiced every day, anywhere — it’s not just something to be used in  meditation or yoga, or before a job interview or networking event. It’s a skill that can be adopted by anyone in order to achieve greater…

16 Resources to Support Mental Health and Wellness During the Pandemic

April 21, 2020 |
mental health sign in scrabble letters

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, CPC has shared many helpful resources on their websites and on social media. Staying healthy, both physically and mentally, has been — and will continue to be — an ongoing theme. In support of that theme, I’ve gathered up a number of PDFs you can download. Each one contains helpful information for you and your clients. First, a 20-minute video from Deepak Chopra: “Dealing with Emotional Turbulence and Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic and After” Mental Health Fact Sheets COVID-19 and Your Mental Health “Psychology…

Self-Isolation: An Opportunity to Explore and Re-assess Values

April 10, 2020 |
re-evaluating personal values

As COVID-19 precautions continue to challenge us with some unexpected and wide-ranging restrictions, I find myself asking, “What is it that I really miss?” Is it the gym and the physical exercise I used to enjoy, or is it the connection with others? Is it the coffee shop I miss or is it the connection to community — and the comfort, intimacy, and warmth that I felt in that space? Does my worry about getting the virus outweigh the fear of my freedom being further restricted? I believe that it’s only…

Mindfulness: A Powerful, Transformative Skill

March 6, 2020 |
Mindfulness, meditation

As a Certified Employment Strategist helping career changers prepare for their next career move, I listen to my clients talk about their career experiences and milestones, but also their challenges and disappointments. I’ve observed that if negative experiences are not dealt with, they can linger in the subconscious mind and impact the quality of life. Letting go of these past experiences starts with mindfully focusing on breathing in and breathing out, fully embracing the experience, and being mindful of the lessons learned. We can transform turbulent experiences into empowering ones.…