29 Oct

Parenting with Understanding: How to Talk to Your Children About Sex

Trudy Jacobsen Parents often dread or fear having conversations about sex with their children. They fear the awkwardness of the conversation but there is nothing awkward about it! It’s a parent’s job to safely and maturely guide their children into adulthood, and one of the biggest factors is learning about sex. If you’re dreading that talk, don’t worry! There are ways to make the conversation easy to approach. Keep in mind that your children...

29 Oct

Food and Depression: Could the Right Diet Improve Your Mood?

Trudy Jacobsen – Depression, Healthy Living If you have or ever had depression, you know that it can affect your relationship with food. However, have you ever considered that the reverse is also true and that your diet might be directly affecting your mood? It makes sense—a bad diet affects your mood negatively, while a good diet affects it positively. But how do we define a “bad” or “good” diet? There...

15 Oct

Turning Possibility and Hope into Positive Life Changes: 4 Steps for Personal Growth

Trudy Jacobsen We’ve all heard the phrase “the possibilities are endless.” As overused as it may be, there is actually a lot of truth to it! Possibility and hope are always there when it comes to changes in our lives. However, actually growing and making those changes is the key. The idea of personal growth can seem overwhelming. Often, we get comfortable in our “old ways,” even if we desire something more. The good news? You don’t have...

08 Oct

How Play Therapy Can Help Your Children Through Divorce

Trudy Jacobsen Divorce can be a particularly difficult time for any family, and a child’s reaction can vary depending on age, personality and circumstances of the separation. The prospect of mum and dad separating is often challenging for children and can elicit feelings of sadness, confusion, anger and sometimes, guilt, shame and responsibility. While it is very normal to grieve the breakup of a family, there are...

08 Oct

Healthy Striving for Personal Excellence Can Conquer Perfectionistic Concerns

Trudy Jacobsen If you find yourself overwhelmed by perfectionist concerns, it may feel as if nothing you do will ever be quite right. Whether it’s your performance in school, in the workplace, with your friends or at home with your family—perfectionism can lead to chronic disappointment and unhappiness. It may also negatively affect those around you. You may never be able to fully stop striving for perfection. And you don’t have to give...

10 Sep

Find Joy in Life! – How You Can Overcome Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Trudy Jacobsen When depression takes hold of you, it can feel crushing. Depressive and suicidal thoughts can be extremely overwhelming, and you may be left feeling as though you are powerless to fight back. Depression often makes even simple tasks feel impossible. When you are depressed, it may be difficult to get out of bed, shower, go to work, or even leave the house. Unsurprisingly, self-care is so important in the fight...

29 Aug

7 Practical Ways to Balance the Emotional Effects of Debt

Trudy Jacobsen The impact of a financial debt goes far beyond your wallet. Your debt can carry an emotional burden that can weigh just as heavily on your psyche. What if the debt will take a long time to pay off? Will you ever be debt-free again? How will this debt impact your financial future? Do you earn enough money to make your payments? It’s no wonder that debt can have a tremendous emotional impact...

26 Apr

Perfectionism: Excessive Worries About What Others Think vs Healthy Striving for Excellence

Trudy Jacobsen | Perfectionism It’s only natural to feel a bit of worry about what others think of you. Especially when you’ve possibly got a snag of broccoli sticking out of your teeth or you forgot to wash your jeans before casual Friday at work. Yet, aside from mouth-invading vegetation and dirty pants, this sort of worry should be few and far between. Except that, for many people,...