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Boundaries; what's this buzz word all about?

What do you think of when you imagine a boundary? A gentle stream meandering through two fields; a fortress wall guarded by armed soldiers? A boundary at its most basic can be described as a dividing line. When we consider boundaries in relationships it can feel more unclear. When I experience feelings of discomfort, resentment, or guilt, they provide a clue that a boundary has been crossed, even if I didn’t realize it was there.

 

Parenting - Back to Basics

What do you do in life when you’ve tried all “the things” – the strategies, the suggestions, the desperate measures – but nothing seems to work. I feel like I face this challenge daily in parenting (more often than not), at least with my oldest child. I’ve read all the books, scoured all the journal articles, talked to all the experts (wait, aren’t I an “expert”?), and still I come up short. When all else fails, and I feel close to ready to rip my hair out, here are my fail-safe, back-to-basics approaches:

Ready for Reconnection

As we all ease forward towards reduced COVID restrictions, we are re-learning how to reconnect in so many ways. This process can be more difficult than we might have anticipated, which is why we chose it as our theme for this newsletter.  

May 3 - May 9th is Mental Health Week

On the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week, the theme is Emotional Literacy. This includes the skills of naming, expressing, and coping with our emotions (the ones we like and the ones we don’t), and their importance for our overall mental health.

February Newsletter - Building Resiliency During COVID

This quarterly newsletter is all about resiliency.  In these unprecedented times, we are finding that it is increasingly important to build resiliency and to ensure that we are taking care of both our physical and mental health.  If you would like to learn more, click on the link  www.uics/newsletter  and select February 2021.

Coping With Stress and Anxiety Amidst COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds in Canada and around the world, many are grappling to adjust to new norms for return to work and day-to-day life. At the same time, communities are coping with tremendous loss, grief, and trauma, while facing an uncertain future. It’s normal to feel concerned about what’s next and it’s important to continue using  the strategies and tools you’ve relied on to support yourself and your family in this challenging time.