Mental Health

5 Ways to Cope After a House Fire or Crisis

If you are reading this post, then it is likely that either you or someone you know has been impacted by a house fire. Due to the recent fire that is being fought in Fort McMurray, I created this series to address some of the main concerns and questions that are being asked. In this video, I will walk you through five key strategies you can use to help make it easier to cope after a house fire. Coping After Fire Series Video 1 – Normal Reactions After a House Fire or Crisis Video 2…

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Normal Reactions After a House Fire

Recently, in Alberta, many people have been evacuated from their homes due to a major fire occurring in Fort McMurray. As people begin to settle into their temporary lodgings and collecting basic necessities lost during their evacuation, they are likely finding it hard to take everything in and all that they have lost. If you are reading this post, it is likely because you or someone you know is experiencing various symptoms, such as being jumpy or on edge, and you are wondering what some of the…

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Talking Back to Your Inner Critic – Samantha Pekh

All of us have an inner critic and many of us are unaware of how strong this inner critic is and its influence on us. The inner critic’s voice is the automatic thoughts that run through our minds so quickly that we often do not actually hear them. The words of the inner critic are like the words on an old tape or record that continues to play in our heads, sometimes playing louder, sometimes playing quietly, but always having an impact on us. This inner critic can lead to increased anxiety,…

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A New Twist on Anxiety-Reducing Self-Talk

If you are anything like the majority of us, then my guess is that when it’s important for you to make a positive or favorable impression in an upcoming social situation, then you likely experience some level of anxiety or stress. This can be especially true for you if you struggle with higher levels of anxiety in general or find it difficult to calm yourself when faced with stress. The social situations that may cause you to worry could be anything from meeting new people, arriving for a job…

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Logical Thinking can Benefit Us

It can be too easy to set ourselves up for more stress than what is actually occurring…and this can occur as a result of what we are thinking! When we don’t track our thoughts and we let them occur without any effort to monitor or question them, they can take on a negative spin that can lead us into negative thinking patterns (that will seem to happen automatically on their own and with minimal awareness), foul moods and self-deprecation. If we remain unaware of our thoughts, the reality is…

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Self Soothing Strategies – For Times of Distress.

While all of us experience stress, some of us have developed stronger skills at calming ourselves down and in being able to re-regulate our bodies and minds. The ability to soothe ourselves is vitally important as when we are relaxed, our ‘thinking brains’ (aka., frontal lobes) can do their job and come up with different ways to approach a particularly difficult situation while also preventing us from simply ‘reacting’ to a situation. When we react (i.e., yell, name call, say what we don’t…

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