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Can Exercise Help Improve Your Mood?

I wrote a guest post about how exercise can help with symptoms of depression, and outlined some simple, evidenced based first steps to help get you started. You can check the blog post out HERE. Noelle Walker runs New Fitness Personal Training located in Kitchener, and specializes in fat loss for busy professionals.

Naming our Emotions: Part 2 – The Benefits According to the Research

As discussed in my  previous post Why is Naming our Emotions a Challenge?, it is clear that many of us may have not been given the modelling, education or validation around emotions that would have been ideal. So is there much point in trying to connect with them now? It can be tempting to ignore negative emotions. Some people might think that giving time and energy to our feelings gives them room to grow, and that by ignoring them, they will be diminished and hopefully just disappear; however research shows… Read More »Naming our Emotions: Part 2 – The Benefits According to the Research

Naming Our Emotions

Sometimes when I’m in a session and a client is talking about a particularly challenging topic, I might pause and ask them to connect with whatever emotions they are currently experiencing.  While therapists are often expected to ask questions like that, there can still be a resistance, almost a cringing away from the uncomfortable emotion.  I certainly understand that reaction, sitting with a difficult emotion can be unpleasant at the very least, at times it can be overwhelming. So why do therapis ts insist that their clients sit with these… Read More »Naming Our Emotions

Covid-19 and Mental Health

The pandemic has had a huge impact on worldwide mental health.  There is the stress and fear of the illness- particularly if you, or someone you love, has a health condition that makes you vulnerable to the effects of the  virus.  There can be a real fear of infection and fear of death (Khan et al, 2020). However the stress goes beyond the actual stress of getting sick.  There are the socioeconomic and emotional costs. We are seeing a rise in depression, insomnia, anxiety, anger, stress and confusion, (O’Connor et… Read More »Covid-19 and Mental Health