Conscious Uncoupling – Late in life divorce – Part Two

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divorced coupleThere has been a lot of talk in the tabloids about conscious uncoupling after Hollywood celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow used the term to describe the way she and her husband were ending their marriage. The term was actually created by therapist and author Katherine Woodward. Conscious uncoupling can be put in to motion once the decision to split is out in the open. It is a process that works to sidestep blame and seeks to avoid some of the negative consequences of a bitter divorce. Once the decision to split has been made, the idea of conscious uncoupling is that the couple can separate in a state of awareness that is respectful and recognizes that not all relationships are meant …

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Unconscious Uncoupling – Late in life divorce – Part One

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couple holding hands. long-term marriage ending in divorce.The kids are gown and now it is time to relax and enjoy being a couple.

What if, without realizing it, you have stopped being a couple in any meaningful sense?

What is this bond that makes a couple?

John Gottman says that it is the quality of the friendship that sustains a marriage for the long-term. This friendship is based upon mutual respect, affection, and a shared history. It takes time and commitment to cultivate the qualities of a good friendship.

Many years ago, I had the pleasure of coordinating an annual Marriage Preparation Weekend for couples. In this weekend workshop we had speakers on key skills and knowledge that form a foundation for a strong partnership. These included, …

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Five Natural Ways to Calm Your Nerves

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At the fitness clubNervous anxiety is a common affliction that results in a variety of daily problems. Some people experience it in the form of performance anxiety – they tighten up and become agitated when writing an essay, giving a presentation or attending a job interview. Others can experience it as a general feeling of unease in social situations or when travelling.

Whatever the cause, there are many ways to deal with nervous anxiety, including medications and counselling. However, people who are reluctant to seek treatment through the health care system opt for natural options as alternatives to doctor-facilitated care.

Here are five natural ways to calm your nerves:

  1.  Exercise regularly. Regular workouts are a great way to deal with excess
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Get inspired! Fitness Coach Connects success stories

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User Goals. FCC ReportPhysical activity might already be part of your daily routine, or maybe you have days when exercise is the last thing on your mind. Reading success stories about how physical activity has changed the lives of people living with significant challenges, such as a busy schedule or medical concerns, can be a great strategy to get motivated and get off the couch!

Get inspired by the commitment and determination of these Fitness Coach Connects program participants.* These stories will inspire you to stay on track with your health and fitness goals or get back on the fitness bandwagon!

Anna is a 45 year old female with osteoarthritis. She reports that since joining this program she has become more aware of …

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What is the difference between a psychologist and a social worker?

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Female thinkingIf you are considering accessing counselling or psychological services, you may be wondering, “What the difference is between a psychologist and a social worker? Does it matter who I work with?” Although there is a great deal of overlap, there are important differences between these two groups of professionals, each with their own areas of specialization and focus.

Both psychologists and social workers are licensed professionals. This means that they have a certain degree of training, they have demonstrated their proficiency in applying the techniques learned in their academic curriculums, they adhere to a professional code of ethics, and they are required to participate in significant continuing education.

Social Work is a profession that focuses on improving the lives of …

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