Mom stretching at home with child - Social distancing can bring feelings of anxiety and uncertainty, especially when you’re alone with your thoughts - here's how you can stay sane right now!

Keeping Your Sanity During Social Distancing

We are living in interesting times. It seems as though over a weekend our lives have completely changed. And just as suddenly, we have had to adapt as a community for the greater good. Social distancing has been recommended globally as a means of “flattening the curve”. It’s one of the best ways to stop the rapid spread of Covid-19. Not to mention, keep our hospitals and health care systems stable. But with social distancing can come feelings of anxiety and uncertainty, especially when you’re alone allowing your thoughts to ruminate. Here are some of our favorite ways we’re staying sane during social distancing.

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People jumping for joy - Things feel a bit rough at the moment. How can you choose to see the bright side? How can you be so positive when the world feels so negative?

The Power of Positivity: Choosing to See the Bright Side

The world is in a state, to say the least. It’s full of anxiety and fear. It feels chaotic and overwhelming. As soon as we seem to have a grip on things, things change again. For some, it feels…well…a little hopeless. But there’s a group of us holding strong in hope – who can see peace amidst the storm. There is one thing these people have in common, and that’s the ability to choose positivity when they can easily choose negativity. But how can you choose to see the bright side? How can you be so positive when the world feels so negative? We’re so glad you asked…

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Male, emotional teen - Do the benefits of the skills learned outweigh the negative stigma? Should you actually take your kids out of school to go to therapy?

Should You Take Your Kids Out of School to Go to Therapy?

While the concept of therapy and counseling is becoming more mainstream in recent years, there is still a negative stigma surrounding it. This is why as a parent, contemplating the idea that your child may need therapy can feel overwhelming. These decisions aren’t easy, especially when you need to make them for your child. But do the benefits of the skills learned outweigh the negative stigma? Should you actually take your kids out of school to go to therapy?

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Woman raising her hands in freedom - In the “therapy” world, validation is the process of other’s confirming the validity of emotions, but many don't know how powerful and liberating it can be.

The Power of Validation

Consider the last time you vented frustrations to a friend, family member, or significant other. How did they react? Did they say things like, “Give it time and it will seem insignificant”, or “It’s not that big of a deal”? If so, how did that make you feel in return? Not exactly the greatest right? Now think about if they had answered in a way that confirmed those unpleasant emotions. “That must feel disappointing, I would be upset too” or “Wow, I don’t blame you at all for feeling the way you do”. It is just as important to validate our unpleasant emotions as it is the positive ones. That’s why today we want to dive into the concept of validation and how powerful and liberating it can be.

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Older woman, smiling - Looking after your well-being becomes even more important as you face the many physical, mental, and emotional challenges that come with growing older.

Senior Self-Care on a Fixed Income

Today’s senior self-care blog is a collaboration piece written by Karen Weeks.

How Seniors Can Stay Well and Spend Less?

If you’re a senior living on a fixed income, you don’t have a lot of money to spare for luxuries. However, that doesn’t mean you should forgo self-care. Self-care is just as important in the later stages of life as when you’re younger. In fact, looking after your well-being becomes even more important as you age and face the many physical, mental, and emotional challenges that come with growing older.

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Woman smiling at her reflection - For many, falling off the wagon on a resolution can lead to self-doubt - this is why this is the perfect time to talk about building your self-worth!

CPA: New Year, New Self-Worth

We have reached the end of the first month of the new decade. And this is a great time for a bit of self-reflection. How has this month gone? If you made resolutions, how have they been going? Have you been able to stick to them? Or do they already feel like a lost cause? More importantly, how are you feeling? For many, falling off the wagon on a resolution can lead to self-doubt and negative self-talk. This is why this is the perfect time to talk about your relationship with yourself and ways to build your self-worth this year!

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Silhouette of a person standing on a cliff - Without forgiveness, we are stuck in patterns of choices ending in the same result. Forgiveness helps us move forward, evolve, and reach our potential.

You Can’t Move on Without Forgiveness

Ah, the new year. A wonderful time to focus on new goals and reset priorities to reach them. Some people set similar goals year after year, only to find that they aren’t every really reaching them. If this sounds like you, forgiveness may be the key to unlocking your potential. That’s because, without forgiveness, we are stuck in cycles and patterns of choices that continue ending in the same place. Forgiveness helps us move forward, forgoing the negative emotions tied to that memory. And ultimately helping us grow, evolve, and reach our potential.

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Kids reading in a children's section of a library- Navigating LGBTQ inclusivity, gender, and sexuality is difficult. Therapist and MSCP, Laurel Wasson discusses how to talk to your kids about this topic.

LGBTQ Inclusivity: Books on Gender and Sexuality

LGBTQ Inclusivity: utilizing books to help navigate gender and sexuality.

While visiting family for the holidays, I had attended a storytime event at a library with my own children.  I love seeing the children’s sections at different libraries. Each has a different way of creating a safe space for engaging children in reading.  This specific library we were visiting had built a giant cardboard pumpkin. This pumpkin was filled with tunnels for the kids to crawl through.  It was enclosed enough to make the space private for the little explorers. But also had occasional windows for the adults to peer in. The pumpkin also had a ton of little cozy nooks filled with pillows, blankets, twinkle lights, and small cardboard shelves that proudly displayed books relevant to pumpkins and the holidays.  If I was smaller, I would have gladly crawled through and snuggled up with a book in one of the pumpkin nooks.

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Senior couple walking on the beach - People generally have a longer life expectancy these days - here are 5 ways you can promote your health as a senior during your golden years.

5 Simple Ways to Promote Your Health as a Senior

Today’s blog is a collaboration piece written by Karen Weeks.

No one would be surprised to hear that seniors who live healthy lifestyles stand a greater chance of living a longer and happier life. People generally have a longer life expectancy these days. Here are 5 ways to promote your health as a senior in order to live your best life in the golden years.

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Child learning on tablet - If you’re a parent today, then you know school is an incredibly different place than it was a decade ago. Is cyber school what your child needs to succeed?

Alternative Learning: The Case for Cyber School

The world today is a difficult place to navigate at times. There is a strong pull of tradition and the way things “used to be”, while at the same time a shift in “thinking differently” with the aid of technology. If you’re a parent today, then you know school is an incredibly different place than it was a decade ago. From cyberbullying and the rise of social media to a literal change in learning (common core for example), students today face challenges no generation before them has had to encounter. This is why we want to talk about alternative learning, especially with regard to cyber schooling. These tools can help your child get the education and learning styles they need to succeed.

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