30 August 2016

Another 10 signs of burnout & 7 ways to fight back

10 sings you are burning out, from Globe & Mail.

1. Health problems.
2. Cognitive difficulties.
3. Difficulty with work and personal relationships.
4. Taking your work home with you.
5. Fatigue.
6. Negativity.
7. Decreased satisfaction.
8. Losing your motivation.
9. Performance issues.
10. Poor self-care.

7 ways to combat burn out from the same article above.

1. Disconnect (digitally/electronically).
2. Pay attention to your body signals.
3. Schedule relaxation.
4. Stay away from sleeping pills.
5. Get organized.
6. Take regular breaks during the workday.
7. Lean on your support system.

27 August 2016

Book Review: Dating Game Secrets For Marrying A Good Man

Title: Dating Game Secrets For Marrying A Good Man
Author: Alisa Goodwin Snell, LMFT
Publisher: Bonnevile Books (Springville)
Audience: Women and Men dating, Counsellors, Therapists
Subject: Dating tips for recorgnizing an abusive or manipulative personality
Summary: Goodwin-Snell goes through the dangers and risks of dating, but also discusses ways of being confident and successful while dating. The goal is being able to wade through the emotions and hormones of dating and look at a potential partner logically: risky behaviour, manipulative thought patterns, abusive traits, emotionally immature, etc. While tailored for a female audience, it is a fit for men too. I frequently use the appendixes to open discussen about taking responsibility and being emotionally mature.
Score: 9/10 - Very helpful, hands on and applicable.
Amazon: $7.50 on Kindle

25 August 2016

10 Things You Could Learn in Home Economics

1. Make Soup Stock
2. Cook Great Soups, Braises + Stews
3. Ferment Your Own Foods
4. Churn Butter
5. Grow Food
6. Sew (Simple Things)
7. Make Vinegar
8. Make Your Own Cleaning Products
9. Make Yogurt
10. Bake Bread

Read the whole story at Rodale's Organic Life.

23 August 2016

Dementia is more than memory loss


My mom shares her early experiences with dementia with the Alzheimer Society Canada.

My diagnosis of young onset Alzheimer's has helped me become better acquainted with my expressive side.
Surprisingly, I've started writing poetry. It's not something that's going to get published, but for me this has been amazing.
My form of Alzheimer's is particularly aggressive. I likely have no more than 10 years. You know how people say to live life as if you were dying? I get permission to do that.
Read the rest here.

20 August 2016

Book Review: The Art of Happiness: A handbook for living

Title: The Art of Happiness: A handbook for living
Authors: The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD.
Publisher: Riverhead Books (New York)
Audience: Anyone looking at increasing or understanding Happiness
Subject: Happiness in daily life
Summary: Cutler shares his experiences and insights he gathered from the Dalai Lama. So while the book was not penned by the Dalai Lama, it is his insights and guidance into the purpose of life, intimacy, compassion, suffering, and so on, that Cutler shares. While I believe in reading a book through, I often recommend Chapters 8-14 depending on what the struggle is: suffering, pain, anger, anxiety or self-esteem.
Score: 8/10
Amazon: $20.99 on Kindle

16 August 2016

12 ways to teach emotional intelligence at home or school


  1. Learn about the science of the brain. 
  2. See a live performance and talk about emotions. 
  3. Read related non-fiction books.
  4. Use an app like Happify. 
  5. Dissect the memory process. 
  6. Write about emotions and memory. 
  7. Talk (and listen!) with your kids. 
  8. Compare humans and animals. 
  9. Read fiction and talk about emotions. 
  10. Help kids recognise what they can and can’t control. 
  11.  Make memories your kids will draw from. 
  12.  Eat about it.