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Have you seen Angst? It’s the kind of movie that has you hooked from the opening credits. Designed to raise awareness of anxiety, the documentary takes you on a real-life journey with kids, teens, educators and experts sharing the causes, effects and much-needed support for those battling with anxiety. As a mother and a wellness coach, I am grateful to my daughter’s school for carving out time and space for its community of parents to watch this eye-opening movie and learn how to identify and address anxiety in their little loved...

As October – the month we honor mental health – draws to a close, let us remember that acknowledging and respecting our mental wellbeing is imperative all year round. All too often, we focus on the physical being, spending our time and resources to keep our bodies fit, healthy and strong, and we overlook our mental health. However as David R Hamilton, PhD, shares in his book “It’s the thought that counts”, medical research shows that body and mind are intertwined. Every thought, feeling, and intention you have sends ripples throughout your...

It’s that time of year again – the time when major family shifts typically take place. Relocation, redundancy, retirement, a new job, a new boss, changing schools, puberty, menopause, or the break of a relationship all pose huge transitions in our lives as we change from one state or condition to another. Even when - deep in our hearts and minds - we know the change we’re experiencing is positive, resistance, fear, uncertainty and feelings of vulnerability can wreak havoc with our emotional, mental and physical states. What is it about how our...

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”   A tough medical diagnosis, loss of a loved one, family relocation, a stressful boss at work, heart-breaking animal welfare and environmental issues may shake us to the very core, creating a sense of despair and impotence far greater than what we can cope with. How do we navigate life’s choppy waters? When we’re toppled off balance and life as we know it drastically changes, what can we do to regain our power?   Accepting or...

It’s the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese calendar - a year for ACTION. Not only that but it’s the year of the Earth Dog. For each zodiac year (tiger, rabbit, rat, pig, snake, horse, ox, dragon, sheep and dog) is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Wood, Water, Fire, Metal and Earth. 2018 meets the element of Earth. As we welcome new beginnings, how can we go about building Energy to promote Action, with the trusted support of Earth? Let’s start by cleansing...

How to prepare your family for a successful school year I don’t know about you but I feel like summer was a VERY long time ago. We went from taking each day as it comes, lazing around, recharging and relaxing, to painfully early morning wake-ups, tempers lost, and endless hustle and bustle. The summer break - experience has taught me - is the calm before the storm. I get it. Like me, I’m sure you don’t want to rush your offspring to school every morning, repeating each instruction a zillion times over...

When was the last time you trusted your intuition? For thousands of years we have trusted our intuition and our gut feeling – we have used both to successfully guide us and help us survive amongst our own species, against permanent threats, and drastic changes in the environment. But we’ve come to a point in time when modern work values and lifestyle seeded on logic and reason have taken over and alienated us from our intuition - our inner wisdom compass. Have you ever experienced a feeling, a hunch, a strong physical...

Yang; our doing side Last month, as we celebrated Mother’s Day, we explored our Yin energy: the feminine energy that resides in us all. If you missed it, click here. This Father’s Day month we will dedicate this newsletter to our Yang side; our masculine side that, like Yin, resides in both women and men. Our Yang side allows us to drive our lives with enthusiasm, complete tasks, stay focused and get things done. It’s the outflow of our energy. When our Yang energy is low we start to feel overwhelmed, tired,...