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The old saying ‘A change is as good as a rest’ holds a certain amount of wisdom. Change and new experiences can create many benefits on many levels.

New experiences have a direct impact on our brain power. They create new neural links, which in turn enhance our cognitive function and memory.

Our Registered Psychologist Murray Heintz offers some insight. 

Can Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve Your Mental Health? 

After observing that countries where people eat large amounts of fish have lower rates of depression, scientists conducted studies to find out whether fish oils like Omega-3s can actually help to improve mental health.

 
Our Registered Counsellor Nancy Kearnan shares the research findings from Harvard Health. 

Have you ever reached a conclusion about yourself, someone else, or some circumstance without all the relevant information?

Most of us have.

This often happens when we jump to conclusions that are based on poor evidence.

Our Registered Psychologist Murray Heintz shares how to avoid this.

Did you know that a simple walk in nature can become a mindfulness exercise that can soothe stress and calm anxiety? 

By using all 5 senses for just a few minutes each sense, you can enjoy our beautiful summer weather and benefit your mental health. 


Our Registered Counsellor Nancy Kearnan ‘walks’ you through how to do this.

Are you a collector?

The number of things available to collect is endless.

The area of personal development is no exception; it is currently a 9.9-billion-dollar a year industry.

There are many self-help books, podcasts, videos, and articles that one can access for any number of issues or growth opportunities.

Our Registered Psychologist Murray Heintz explains the pros and cons.

Although kids are happy for the summer break from school…managing daily routines can feel unnerving.

We often reach a point in balancing between the much-needed break from overscheduled routines to unstructured days ahead.

Our Registered Psychologist (Prov) Wendy Monks-Janzen offers some tips.

Have you ever heard of a Therapy Blueprint?

It’s a space to reflect on how your difficulties developed, what kept them going, and what you learned during therapy. 


Our Registered Psychologist Murray Heintz explains what it is and how it might be helpful to you.

In intimate relationships with our partner, we sometimes feel that our spouse isn’t meeting our needs.

Perhaps though, it is not a matter of unmet needs, but misdirected expectations.

 
Our Registered Psychologist (Prov) Wendy Monks-Janzen explains.

‘Doom Scrolling’ refers to those times when someone continually scrolls through sad, depressing, or traumatizing media on their devices.

However, if someone is already struggling to manage depression or anxiety, doom scrolling can increase the risk of amplifying these feelings.

Our Registered Psychologist Murray Heintz explains more about doom scrolling and how to stop. 

How do you eat an entire elephant?  One bite at a time.

While the joke may be old, the approach is sound.

For many people, the thought of starting something new, taking on a new task, or wanting to undertake something new, like a life or career change, can be daunting. 

Our Registered Psychologist Murray Heintz offers some advice.

Have you ever come to therapy, found some solutions that worked well—and later when you utilized them, forgot what they were? This forgetfulness is common.

Remembering strategies when you are in heightened alertness or emotional states, is difficult at the best of times. 

 
Our Registered Psychologist (Prov) Wendy Monks-Janzen has some suggestions to help.

Quite often, the therapist discusses meditation in therapy. 

Many people immediately picture someone sitting cross-legged in the lotus position or repeating mantras when meditation is mentioned.

However, there are so many activities you can and probably are doing that can be meditative.

Our Registered Psychologist Murray Heintz has more information for you.

Anxiety has a sneaky way of blurring the line between thoughts and facts. The more anxious we are, the harder it becomes to differentiate between our thoughts and the facts of our circumstances or ourselves. 

Our Registered Psychologist Murray Heintz offers some tips to help you differentiate & to manage anxiety.

Neurodiversity.
We seem to be hearing this term a lot lately…but what exactly is it?
Neurodiversity or being neurodivergent simply means that your brain is not “typical” it is different (divergent).
 
Our Registered Counsellor Nancy Kearnan explains.

Is all of the rain lately getting you down?

Sometimes we can get a bit cranky when there are a lot of rainy days back to back.

Our Registered Psychologist (Prov) Wendy Monks-Janzen has some thoughts that might help you to shift the way you look at rainy days.

Did you know that ‘Having Fun’ with your children doesn’t always come naturally?

 

For some parents, it can feel awkward and uncomfortable, boring, frustrating, or annoying too. Masking those feelings for the sake of your child’s well-being can lead to the emotional eruption or withdrawal of play, attention, or affection.


Our Registered Psychologist (Prov) Wendy Monks-Janzen has some helpful tips to help you.

Stress impacts people differently, and the response to stress is just as varied.

Many people use healthy coping strategies to reduce the anxiety that often accompanies stress.

Many people use food, alcohol, and drugs or make impulsive decisions to reduce this anxiety.

Why not try this?  Wait 5 minutes.

Our Registered Psychologist Murray Heintz explains all. 

Goal Setting doesn’t have to be complicated.

If you’re looking for a nice simple way to set goals and plan next steps…here it is.

There’s an added benefit of making your goals visible, too.

Our Registered Psychologist (Prov) Wendy Monks-Janzen has the details for you here.

 

 

Here in Saskatchewan, the thought of our beautiful summers is what keeps us going through the long, cold winter. We look forward to it sooooo much and sometimes we have some pretty high expectations of what our summer ‘should’ look like.

Our Registered Psychologist Olivia Dangas has written a short post on navigating summer expectations.

Is stress at work getting to you?

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s no secret that the workplace can be a source of stress.

 

Our Registered Psychologist Olivia Dangas comes to the rescue with ‘Strategies for Managing Workplace Stress’

 

Fulfilment is a feeling of satisfaction that you get from doing or achieving something, especially something useful or that is meaningful to you.

Our Registered Psychologist (Prov) Wendy Monks-Janzen has an exercise to help you in ‘Finding Fulfillment in Your Day’

Check it out below 👇

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