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Having A Tough Day? It’s the end of the day and you’re exhausted, frustrated and wondering how to handle a difficult boss. Understanding why some people become more difficult or negative, and when they are more likely to act that way, can prevent you from obsessing about your difficult boss to the exclusion of all the others who were quite pleasant and appreciated your work. By reflecting on your role in these difficult interactions, you will be in a better position to learn strategies to head off and/or counteract the stressful effects of these encounters. So why are some bosses difficult? The answers may lie in different areas, some related to the environment or sources of stress and some related to the “payoff”...Read More
More Sleep During This Festival Of Sleep I must have been sleeping or needing more sleep. I almost missed the Festival of Sleep this morning. The celebration is an opportunity to sleep in, snooze, doze, nap, and catch 40 winks. However, I did go to bed early last night, so I guess that I unknowingly celebrated it anyways. In fact, I think that we should celebrate this for two solid weeks – The week between Christmas and New Years and then the week after New Years. What a great way to end an old year and start a new year by getting more sleep. Learn more about the benefits of deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation in the promotion of...Read More
What Is Holiday Regression? It’s the great holiday migration, with many families coming together. Back, for a time, under the same roof. These trips home for the holidays can be a minefield for memories that spark our attitudes and behaviours. Our families are filled with sibling rivalry or seemingly demanding parents. Often our responses to these situations and people are the same as when we were children or teenagers. Psychologists tell us we rarely escape our childhoods, and old patterns tend to re-emerge when we gather for the holidays. This pattern of behaviour, that we and our family members exhibit, became established early on and they hold the family together, even though they may not always be positive. Family Systems...Read More
Fighting The Winter Blues The alarm clock goes off, but you would rather roll over and continue sleeping. Sometimes, there are days that you could literally sleep the day away. You get up, look in the mirror and you feel dumpy and grumpy. You go to the cupboard and instead of something healthy to get you started, you search for one of those sugar cereals or you give in and head right for a chocolate bar. You are not sure what is happening, but there are days when life is definitely more of a challenge. Could it be the winter blues? Reportedly 65% of the Canadian population notices a difference in their level of mood and energy in the fall...Read More
Drunk Driving Can Have Devastating Effects One bad decision can have devastating effects. This my family knows only too well as 20 years ago one young man’s bad decision after work left our brother and sister-in-law dead on the side of the road. Drunk driving, left parents heart-broken, robbed brothers and sisters of the chance to lean on each other, left future nieces and nephews without cousins and impacted this young man’s freedom for the next few years. MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has fought for years to reduce and eliminate drunk and impaired driving. There have been many successes as the provinces have changed their laws and children are taught to make better decisions. One bad decision can...Read More