Blog: Self Development Coaching

December 4, 2019

The holiday season can be rough for those who are going through a significant loss. It can also be hard for those who, even though the loss occurred some time ago, continue to feel the absence of someone who was near and dear to them. Living in a culture that has a low tolerance to grief makes it even rougher to navigate. Assistance by showing support to family, friends and acquaintances can play a big part in making it easier for those who are nav...

July 16, 2019

Are you curious about mindfulness? In the summer of 2019, I conducted my first "Mindfulness for Everyone Workshop" from a program that has been adapted for every cognitive level so that anyone can benefit from the practice. I just started offering this workshop subsequent to writing my guidebook Mindfulness for Dementia. It came to my attention from speaking to people in individual sessions and presentations that there are a great many cognitively intact people w...

June 10, 2019

How aware are you of what you are feeling? Are you angry, sad, lonely, feeling guilty? My 3-A Coping Approach: Acknowledge, Assess, Assist sets the framework to help you self monitor with self awareness, empowering you to cope through adversity and loss.  You assist yourself by acknowledging and assessing so you can stay in touch with your emotions. Being in touch is vital. How can you really assist yourself if you are not aware of the emotions you are exper...

May 28, 2019

We age from the time we are born. We do not have to look much further than within our own families to see that this is true. We can observe the changes as our grandparents and parents get older. We witness our children's stages of growth. From infancy, they become toddlers, continuing to grow over the years into adolescents and then into young adults.

As lovely as the growth stages are, there are losses that come with the stages that can bring on grief feelings of...

April 7, 2019

      Eleanor Silverberg has written a very practical guide that fills a gap in the area

      of mindfulness – a practice that has become very popular in recent years.

                    ~ Lisa Loiselle, Associate Director, Murray Alzheimer Research and  

                       Education Program, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON C...

March 6, 2019

Finding meaning in life is a cure for depression and other ills.  This is the claim made by Neel Burton M.D. in his article Man's Search for Meaning where he reiterates Viktor Frankl's message of hope: 

     Even in the most absurd, painful, and dispiriting of   

     circumstances, life can be given a meaning, and so too

     can suffering. Life in the concentration camp taught 

     Frankl that our ma...

February 16, 2019

Do you ever get into a stupor where you are so overwhelmed you do not know what to do first? Perhaps you are feeling this way now. Prioritizing is an empowering go-to strategy to assist you in sorting out the “mess” and prevent you from becoming immobilized. You can prioritize by writing out, acknowledging a list of what needs to get done and then assessing what needs to get done first. Prioritizing the list helps to get you on track. Key is writing it down rath...

December 20, 2018

Are you struggling through this holiday season? Have situations such as job loss, marital breakup, illness or death in the family robbed you of your ability to celebrate? Or is there another reason?

Following is an #AcknowledgeAssessAssist list of things you can do to help you cope and hopefully make the holidays brighter:

Tip #1 Assist yourself and get out amidst nature. Take walks in a nature setting.

Tip #2 Practice gratitude for the blessings you have. A few e...

October 28, 2018

When life is going well and circumstances are stable, you can face everything. But, when  circumstances are not stable due to a family member's death or other loss experience, it can be difficult to face - to cope with what is going on. It is beneficial for you to have the tools to get through tough times especially when in reality, tough times tend to crop up again and again.

The 3-A Coping Tool: Acknowledge, Assess, Assist can serve the purpose of seeing you thr...

October 26, 2018

"I don't know what to say". You may want to console a close family member, friend or neighbor when you see them soon after experiencing a significant loss but you may be at a loss for words. This is definitely not unusual acknowledging that we live in a culture that has limited time and tolerance for sadness and tears. 

"How are you?" commonly accompanies greetings between two people whether on the phone or in person. Don't you find the response is most frequently...

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