Preparing for an unplanned pay cut

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A couple holding handsMost people react to an unplanned pay cut in the same way they would to an unplanned haircut: utter shock, followed by breath-taking panic. Thankfully, money is more important than hair. No, seriously, it is. The good news is that with a little planning you can prepare for an unplanned pay cut. You may still be shocked, but you won’t need to panic.

Think about a pay cut like any other life interruption, except that in this one you may need help with bills. All deviations from plans can affect our mental health, but how we deal with them defines how well balanced we really are. Gaining …

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Thoughts on Therapy: What is good counselling?

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A women talking with a counsellorIt isn’t always easy to persuade someone to seek help for a mental health issue. Sometimes it’s denial, but other times it’s simply being afraid of the unknown – not knowing what good counselling would look like. A great first step to accessing therapy is to get a sense of what the therapy experience is, and moreover, what defines good therapy.

Generally speaking, therapy is a professional relationship that empowers individuals, families, and groups to accomplish the maintenance and enhancement of physical, intellectual, emotional, social and interpersonal functioning. And more specifically, good therapy is defined as a sum of essential elements that guide participants through a positive therapy …

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Teaching your kids about your layoff

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Parents and children looking at a computerIn a world infatuated with reality TV and anything Kardashian, it’s getting harder and harder to teach children and teens the difference between real life and fantasy. So what can a recently laid off parent do to explain to their kids that money will be tight, and that their dreams of buying new jeans, hockey equipment, or a flat screen TV, have to be put on hold – possibly indefinitely? The idea of talking with your kids about your layoff may be the last thing on your mind, but it could offer you the opportunity to ground them in today’s harsh realities. Teaching your kids about a layoff …

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Promoting safe food from field to plate

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Two registered dieticians looking at a computerWe’ve all joked about the ‘5-second rule’ – it’s okay to eat something that was on the floor for less than 5 seconds – but food safety is no laughing matter. This year, the World Health Organization is championing food safety as part of World Health Day on April 7, 2015.

Did you know that around the world, unsafe food is linked to the deaths of 2 million people each year?  That’s why the WHO wants you to know how important it is to improve food safety as it travels from the farm, through various food production systems, and finally onto your plate.

Here’s why the WHO …

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Fitness Dad or Mindful Mom? Inspiring children to keep fit

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Father playing soccer with sonChildren should be encouraged to participate in and explore physical activities that are safe, enjoyable and contribute to their natural development and curiosity. The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) recommends that children aged 5-11 years old should accumulate a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity daily.

Unfortunately, Statistics Canada has found that less than 10 percent of children are meeting this current guideline. A part of this problem is a seemingly disconnect between how much activity parents believe their children attain versus the actual output. The solution? Try to become more aware of your child’s day and activities: aim to decrease …

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