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Social Distancing and Your Caregiving Situation

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In Canada, it is estimated that 25% of Canadians are providing some level of informal, unpaid care to a family member or friend. When you add parental and professional caregiving roles, the number of caregivers in our country are astronomical. As a society, we depend on formal and informal caregivers to provide mental, emotional, physical, […]

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How and When to Get Help

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Caregiving can be a stressful, expensive, and emotionally fraught experience. The extra responsibilities associated with caring for someone can be heavy, and other people in your life may not appreciate how much mental, emotional, and physical energy is required from you as a caregiver. There may even be times when you don’t recognize how much […]

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The Costs of Over Caring

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When I was a child, things were very different. By the time I was eight years old, I had a list of daily and weekly chores which consisted of doing dishes, vacuuming, cleaning my room, doing laundry, piling wood, and preparing my lunches, to name a few. I was not a child-slave by any means, […]

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Self-Care in Times of Uncertainty

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  Have you noticed a decline in your mental or physical health? Perhaps increased anxiety, irritability, insomnia, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness? Are you experiencing relationship problems that you didn’t have before? In your marriage, at work, or with other family members? Has anyone suggested you should slow down, take time off, or take better […]

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Stress or Caregiver Burnout?

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Do you feel worn out? Overextended? Tired all the time? If so, you’re not alone. Balancing the constant demands of a busy work life on top of your caregiving roles and other responsibilities can feel virtually impossible. If you are caring for an aging parent, tending to children, or in a caregiving profession, the chronic stress […]

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7 Steps to Achieve True Happiness

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“Money can’t buy happiness” is an age-old cliché. The funny thing about clichés is that they are often true. This cliché is certainly true, but its potency isn’t about money specifically. The truth is, nothing external can buy, bring, give, or deliver happiness. You are responsible for your own happiness, and you are the only […]

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5 Steps for Forgiving Your Loved One and Yourself

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There is a lot of confusion about forgiveness, so let me start by defining the term. “Forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group that has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.” – Original source unknown Unfortunately, many people are walking […]

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Break the Stress Addiction

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It is estimated that the average person has about 70,000 thoughts per day.This fact might help explain why we often feel like there is constant chatter going on in our minds. Unfortunately, most of us fall into negative thinking “habits” and a high percentage of our thoughts become unproductive and even addictive. These thoughts run over […]

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The Easy, 7-Day Plan to Better Self-Worth

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Do you ever feel insecure or inadequate? Do find yourself comparing yourself to others or worrying about what other people are thinking of you? If so, you’re not alone. There are many causes for low self-worth, which can include childhood loss, abuse, neglect, rejection, parental overindulgence, and so much more. These experiences can cause us […]