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5 Activities That Help To Reduce Anxiety

Remember when you were a child? What got you excited? What did you worry about? Was it the first day of school, an exam, or Christmas? Events and expectations can be exciting or frightening depending on how you perceive them. In essence, how we decide to think and feel determines our emotional state. So is there a way we can productively manage our thoughts?

Note: For those of you who missed it, this is an article I wrote for the Winter supplement of "Kids Connection" in the Kelowna Daily Courier.

Fortunately, managing our thinking is a skill that... read more

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Five Qualities That Create Mental Strength

What kinds of thoughts go through a child’s mind when they are dealing with extreme pressure and anxiety? Why are some children more resilient than others? How can we help a child become mentally stronger?

Note: For those of you who missed it, this is an article I wrote for the Fall supplement of "Kids Connection" in the Kelowna Daily Courier.

Success in life has a lot to do with how we react to the challenges that are presented to us. Whether it’s dealing with a bully, an illness, or simply trying to make the school’s basketball team,... read more

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5 Ways Laughter Can Improve Your Health

 

A few years ago, I took a standup comedy course that was quite fascinating. Our homework included analyzing each day to discover what was humorous about it. Some days it was easy and other days it was hard but just having to do this exercise led to a habit of not taking life so seriously. It was great!

When the course finished, I started to slowly forget to look at life with humor. I mean, life got busy and other things began to take priority. So I recently decided to remind myself by creating a “Laughter Journal.”... read more

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5 Ways Play Can Benefit A Child

 

In our previous blog post, we discussed how anxiety and depression can set the stage for bullying. One simple solution could be "play." Here is an excerpt from author Peter Gray, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology (emeritus) at Boston College who lists 5 ways in which "play" can help a child reduce anxiety and depression.

1. Play gives children a chance to find and develop a connection to their own self-identified and self-guided interests. 

2. It is through play that children first learn how to make decisions, solve problems, exert self control, and follow rules. 

3. Children learn to... read more

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Are Anxious Children At Risk Of Being Victimized?

According to researchers at the University of Victoria, depressed and anxious children in first and second grade were more likely to be victimized by third grade. On the other hand, aggressive first graders were susceptible to depression and anxiety by the third grade. 

Bonnie J. Leadbeater, a professor of psychology at the University of Victoria who led the study states, "Children's early mental health problems can set the stage for abuse by their peers. Just as some children learn to read with greater difficulty than others and require extra assistance when they begin to lag behind their peers,... read more

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