Nov 23

Tips to Manage Stress

manage-stress Taking time to manage your stress can make the world of difference to your day.

Learning to handle stress in healthy ways is very important. Fortunately, it is easy to learn simple techniques that help. These include recognising and changing the behaviour that contributes to stress, as well as techniques for reducing stress. The following tips can help you look after your mind and body, and reduce stress and its impact on your health.

Sep 16

Anxiety & Emotional Eating. Breaking the Link

Knoanxiety-emotional-eatingw the Difference between your emotional and physical hunger

People with anxiety often report that they it causes them to overeat or binge eat – a case of emotional eating.

Of course, this is an unhealthy coping strategy that is best avoided and can be with the right information and strategies.

Overeating and binging tends to make people feel regret, guilt, or shame. Over time it can cause weight gain, which then is an additional or heightened source of more anxiety, which leads to overating and binging and so on and so forth. You get the picture.

An important first step in managing the problem is learning to distinguish between physical and emotional hunger.

Aug 1

Lost that loving feeling? Help for couples.

silent couple blog

Does this kind of relationship sound familiar to you?

Jeff and Julie had been married for 15 years and had three children aged between 12 and 7 years old.  Jeff and Julie rarely spoke to each other about their frustrations, resentments or hurt. Neither did they demand attention, care or affection from each other. They ate family meals together, coordinated the pickups and the drop-offs for their children’s activities, and went away on a family holiday every year. Over the years their marriage had turned into the cliché of being like roommates who cared for each other but lost their intimate connection as a couple.

May 30

Should My Child See a Psychologist?

Should my child see a psych blogAs a parent, how do you know when it’s time to get professional help for a child or teenager who is anxious, depressed or angry beyond what you’d expect? Do you take the advice of your elderly neighbour who has raised 5 kids of her own (so she must know everything?). Do you complete multiple on-line quizzes to compare your child’s behaviour to others (even though the results may not be accurate?) Making the decision to take your child to see a psychologist can be stressful and confusing for most parents.