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By Lina Bellony | April 18, 2023

What are boundaries, and how to implement them?  In the modern day, the term boundary has been globally popularized and is now more than ever part of various conversations. However, what is the definition of this word, and how can we apply it in our life? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a boundary indicates or…

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Grief and How to Live With It

By JP Normand | April 11, 2023

Grief is a natural and normal response to loss. The death of a loved one can cause it, the end of a relationship, the loss of a job, a home, or even a pet. Grief can also be caused by a significant change in one’s life, such as a move or a change in health.…

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Facts and Myths about Grief and Techniques for Coping with Loss

By Julia Garza | April 11, 2023

Grief is a natural response to loss. Many of us who have lost loved ones can relate to that gut-wrenching, overwhelming feeling of pain that seems to have no end in sight. For all who experience this, Grief is a deeply personal journey with no defined timeframe. It can also disrupt our health by impacting…

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Abandonment Anxiety

By Jiaqi Zhao | January 23, 2023

Abandonment Anxiety – by Jiaqi Zhao Recalling your current or past relationships, do you need to control or be controlled by your partner? Do you feel anxious and stressed in a relationship and need frequent praise and reassurance?  Do you tend to feel insecure without knowing why and thus stay hyper-vigilant? If the above sounds…

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How is your sleep affecting you?

By JP Normand | January 2, 2023

Unbeknownst to most people, sleep quality affects their daily productivity. Many things affect it, and many ways to work towards restoring restful sleep. The first thing to do is look at our sleep quality and hygiene. Do you have a good sleep? Do you have a sleep hygiene routine that allows you to fall asleep…

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Self-Care and the Holidays

By Katerina Roman | January 2, 2023

When many of us think of the holidays, we think of a time we have been looking forward to all year. For many of us, this time might include warm gatherings with friends and family, delectable meals, time away from the office, gorgeous decorations, and time to relax. This all sounds like a dream, but…

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Self Compassion

By Aisley McCarthy | September 12, 2022

What do you think of when you hear the word self-compassion? Does it feel familiar or distant from your life? Self-compassion sounds simple when we say it out loud to ourselves, but it can be quite difficult in practice. I am willing to bet that many of those who are reading this post struggle with…

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Heading Back to The Office

By Katerina Roman | August 29, 2022

After over two years of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are beginning to expect their employees to return to the office whether that be five days a week or partially working remotely from home with some days in office. However, some people may be finding this rather daunting or anxiety provoking for a…

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How to Nurture the Inner Child

By Alicia Shameer | March 22, 2022

Oftentimes, trauma can keep us at the age we experienced it. This may be your inner child telling you that there is something that needs to be healed and nurtured within you. When growing up, our caregivers may not be there in the way that we need them to be. Whether it is making you…

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Missing People Over the Holidays

By Jenna Dekoster | December 8, 2021

With November coming to a close, holiday cheer is ramping up…for some. However, at this time of year many individuals experience complex emotions that are less socially accepted. Expressions of anger, sadness, & grief in particular, receive a bad “wrap” (pun intended), and are often encouraged to stay hidden below the copious amount of seasonal…

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The use of Creative Arts in Therapy

By Alicia Shameer | December 3, 2021

“Creativity is just connecting things“- Steve Jobs Creative Arts in therapy can be used to enhance awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviors so that the client can gain a better understanding of themselves. It allows clients to dive deeper into their subconscious/unconscious and recover these memories through expression. There are many different forms of Creative…

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Self Care – It Might Not Be What You Think It Is

By Jenna Dekoster | November 1, 2021

Imagine you have a bad day and things are not going the way you hoped them to. Your friends, family, and the (eerily accurate) social media algorithm are all pointing you in the direction of this elusive practice of “self-care”. So, you decide to jump into a bubble bath, have a glass of wine, binge…

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By Christelle Choueiry | October 12, 2021

Self-acceptance and self-validation, terms that seem to have been forgotten in today’s world. We are taught to behave, speak, and function in certain ways, and if you think about it, our own thoughts are intimidated by our perception of societal judgments. Why express a thought if we know we will be rejected for it, why…

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By Julia Malette | July 5, 2021

Do you find yourself struggling to find motivation, lacking focus and energy? You are not flourishing – taking on every new day as an exciting adventure and you’re not depressed – feeling drained and hopeless. This in-between feeling you may be experiencing is called languishing, and it is a very common emotional response to the…

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Hustle Culture

By Jenna Dekoster | July 5, 2021

The idea of working hard to attain success is not a new concept. However, in recent years, the world has taken this concept to the next level with “hustle culture”. It’s the ‘sleep less, work more, work late, get up at 5am, & then wear the bags under your eyes as badges of honour, because…

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By Julia Malette | April 16, 2021

With the fast paced lifestyles we live, we can easily become overwhelmed with everything that we have to accomplish that we lose sight of all the moments in between. For example: when driving, we might focus on the traffic, how other people are driving, the directions to our destination, or the song on the radio.…

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By Sam Memedoska | January 21, 2021

It is that time of year when many of us are feeling the urge to set goals and run into the New Year with goals, hopes and dreams for ourselves. It is during this time that we are usually working away at New Year’s resolutions and making maps of how we would like this year…

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My role in luck

By Sam Memedoska | December 30, 2020

“I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have” – Thomas Jefferson It is the best and the worst thing to realize that the work that we do is directly corelated to the outcome. On one hand, there is immense responsibility that comes with acknowledging…

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By Sam Memedoska | November 30, 2020

Albert Einstein once said “Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, now knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of others.” Some argue that…

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By Sam Memedoska | October 14, 2020

Much like the skill of cooking, baking, writing or math, gratitude is a skill that needs practice. Now more than ever, it is important that we hone this skill of gratitude. Gratitude is the act of being grateful or appreciative. A large part of being grateful is being able to pause and notice the things…

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