I awaken to sunshine and birds singing. The house may have a bit of a chill but I am not cold so getting out of bed does not pose the same challenge that it does in the winter. The view out the window is uplifting. Shrubs bursting in pinks and mauves. Each tree bearing multi shades … Continue reading Changing Old Habits is Tough Work
Some days it seems that being in a slump doesn't make sense but it happens anyways. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, flowers starting to show off their blossoms and trees are budding. Basically life is good. So why the slump? Finding a reason for feeling low is often not the best approach. … Continue reading Getting out of a slump.
It's winter. With the snow swirling outside and a pleasant fire glowing in the fireplace, it just feels right to reflect on what has been and what might come next. Last week I offered a workshop on setting Intentions for the year ahead. The twelve participants came with a variety of situations and directions. What … Continue reading Reflections on Intentions
The countdown is on and the big celebrations are only days away. I would like to share with you a Youtube video by Richard Moss. He reminds us of how our mindful breathing, in bringing us to the present moment, can help us relieve our stress and move to a pleasant way of being. He … Continue reading How mindful breathing helps stress management
Truly this season is one that brings out in most of us the underlying irrational beliefs and the otherwise less obvious inner conflicts that cloud our general sense of wellbeing. Stop for a moment and take a deep energizing breath. As you sense your abdomen expand and your lungs fill, notice the stress you are holding in your … Continue reading Managing pre Holiday Season Stress
I remember back in the days when I was working full-time. Having a day planner was an essential part of making my day work. Scheduled meetings, classes I might be teaching, work related phone calls, all made it to my day planner. I couldn't manage a work day without something like that. Rarely did I think … Continue reading How Activity scheduling works
Before leaving for an outing, I was in front of the mirror putting on makeup. "Not bad", I thought as I looked at myself and reached for my glasses. "I really don't have many wrinkles". I put on the glasses and took another look. Things changed. Whatever we look at changes depending on which glasses we choose … Continue reading What glasses are you wearing?
We are fortunate to live in a place with many opportunities. Choices can be one of two or numerous possibilities. Life can be like a “choose your own adventure” novel. Try making small healthy choices today. Perhaps you will choose to eat more fruit. Another choice may be to write out intentions each day for a … Continue reading Wise and Healthy Choices
Weekend of Oct 20-21. Expect to find the retreat a helpful process to guide you through experiences of change such as retirement, job loss, workplace changes, family changes, changes due to health issues and more. The retreat is a guided small group process. The focus of this retreat is ‘Moving Through Change’. Join us in … Continue reading Retreat: Moving Through Change
Managing Daily Life Challenges Become aware of your thoughts, energy, and emotions. Change your feelings, your actions and your relationships. Presenter: Marie Knapp RN EdD Nurse Counsellor Psychotherapist www.marieknapp.com Where: Great Books at the Mill on HWY 6 inWilliamsford south of Owen Sound ON www.greatbooks.ca Tickets: $20 Friday Sept 14th, 2012 9:30am till 12:00 … Continue reading Managing Daily Life Challenges: a workshop