How to Help Your Anxious Child Return to School During a Pandemic

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How to Help Your Anxious Child Return to School During a Pandemic

The days are growing shorter, and the leaves are gradually turning from brilliant greens, to the brown, orange and red that we readily associate with fall. The seasonal changes are upon us, and as all parents of school aged kids, and all kids, know, the shorter days, and turning leaves, signals our return to school. For the retail world, back...[ read more ]

How Can I Reduce My Anxiety?

Emotions 101 We all have feelings, or emotions. We need emotions to survive. Emotions get us going, they make us act to protect ourselves, and they help us to get what we need or want. Anxiety makes us slow down and avoid danger, anger drives us to fight, sadness causes us to withdraw and grieve, shame demands that we hide....[ read more ]

When I Say I’m Fine

When I say I’m fine, I mean I don’t want to tell you what is really going on inside. I may be in a rush, I may not feel comfortable telling you what is troubling me, and most often, I may feel restricted in what I say as a therapist given the general belief among therapists that we shouldn’t self-disclose...[ read more ]

How to Survive Yet Another Month of Social Distancing

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The sun is shining; we want to run outside, put on the sprinklers, light up the BBQ, and invite our besties over for supper. But, instead, we are masked and gloved, walking at a carefully measured distance from our fellow shoppers, trying to find something to cook for our cranky kids, and, just as cranky spouse. Physical distancing was, perhaps...[ read more ]

How to Help Your Child Manage Their Anxiety

For many, childhood is the most wondrous and exciting time in a person’s life. But even when a child is growing in a loving and stable family environment, they can feel fear and anxiety. Think back on your childhood. Everything new was something to be not-so-sure of. It was easy to feel a bit anxious on the first day of...[ read more ]

Living with Uncertainty

Twenty years ago my dad died. I was working with him in the North of Thailand. I got up in the morning as usual and got ready to leave the house to go to work. As I was pushing the door open to leave I had a moment of hesitation; an urge to go back and see him. But I...[ read more ]

How to Cope with the Stress and Anxiety Caused by COVID-19

If you’re like most people, you are doing your best to stay calm during COVID-19 pandemic. But that can feel incredibly difficult at times. When not worrying about friends and loved one’s health, there’s also the conflicting information provided by the media and the economic ramifications of the virus that have people on edge. Signs of Emotional Distress and 6...[ read more ]

3 Things We Can Be Sure Of

We are now at the end of the third week of ‘social distancing,’ and the closing down of all non-essential businesses and services. Our thoughts and best wishes are with all of you, as you face the challenges of living moment by moment through this crisis, living in close proximity with your family – with no escapes, and no child-care,...[ read more ]

How to Cope with Coronavirus Stress

It is natural to feel anxious and worried about the Coronavirus as the world has not seen a pandemic like this in centuries. However, taking care of your mental health is equally important and here are a few quick tips to cope with Coronavirus stress: Acknowledge your feelings: The first step to cope with Coronavirus stress is to regain control...[ read more ]

COVID-19 and Anxiety

As we follow the constantly evolving news on the novel coronavirus, it’s normal to experience intense anxiety, stress, and heightened states of worry. Practicing social distancing, as has been recommended, may help reduce virus transmission, but can also be a recipe for exacerbating anxiety. For those who have never suffered from anxiety, these new feelings may all be very frightening...[ read more ]