Seasons Greetings

Health, happiness and peace in the New Year

Celebrating the holidays with that special someone is truly a gift to remember. Most people agree that the most important gift of all is time together with the one we love.

Family and friends nurture our lives and keep us well. Finding time to be with one another is key to lifelong happiness, health and joy.

Volunteering your time with people who are lonely or have little or no family is an uplifting way to share the holiday spirit as well.

Volunteering also reminds us about the importance of the healing power of generosity and kindness.

The New Year always beckons hope for things yet to come. It promises renewed life and opportunities to right some lingering wrongs, correct or fix wrong choices you may have made, and repair those relationships with people you may have offended. It is never too late to say “I’m sorry” and to forgive someone who hurt you.

Starting a new year with a clear conscience is a sure way to unexpected gifts of health and wellness. A heavy heart is a burden that lightens up when secrets and difficult conversations are spoken out loud.

Start this year right and speak up. Be brave about any lingering secrets, pain or doubt and believe that love will heal all things. So, call that neglected friend or send a greeting card or email. You may be surprised to learn that he or she has been waiting to hear from you.

Enlisting the support of a compassionate therapist may assist before you begin to unburden your heart.

Happy holidays !

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Essentials to Healing

Trusting your therapist is key to healing.

As a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, there are key aspects essential to healing. It is important to recognize when you need help with a problem or situation. You are likely to know that it is time for assistance by episodes of feeling unwell.

The degree of suffering is often the measure by which individuals or families decide to engage in counselling conversations with a licensed, certified, or regulated mental health professional.

It is critical to understand that not all mental health practitioners possess the same level of knowledge, practice skills, training, and lived-experience in culturally diverse settings.

As you embark on one of the most important decisions of your life to engage the services of a mental health practitioner – it is advised that you take time to select the individual with whom you feel most comfortable.

How you feel about your counsellor or therapist is actually a valid and reliable indicator about your eventual health outcomes. In short, if you feel that your therapist can empathize with and understand your particular problem, then your health outcomes are promising.

In fact, research shows that empathetic doctors yield positive results with patients, especially in relation to active engagement in mending one’s own health or mental health problems.

In truth, you are the key to your own healing. Shifting your perspectives about a problem or multiple repetitive problems that trouble you and your family over and over again is an important first step to getting better. A problem is only a problem when it is a problem.

Start your journey of emotional healing with a personalized thought analysis. Whose problem is this anyways? What is your role in the problem? And finally, are you or are you not invested in repairing it?

Once you decide to secure help to address a person, family or social problem, it is time to find the right counsellor, therapist, or psychotherapy-informed health and wellness coach for you. You will know the right service provider by the way you feel.

Again, research findings suggest this sense of therapeutic alignment takes less than 30 seconds to establish. So, if it doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t. A seasoned therapist is not fazed by a client’s decision to work with someone else.

Trust your gut and listen to your internal sense of wellness as you reclaim what you deserve and need to be healthy.

We provide only the best at Lakeside Wellness Therapy Affiliates.

#heal #wellness

Sunshine Resilience

A ray of sunshine is the best representation of happiness or feeling-good experiences. A simple mindful activity that really makes a difference to your mood and overall health and wellness is actively cultivating joyful life giving encounters each day. These may include simple gestures of kindness with the people we meet at work or in the community. It may also include personalized treats you plan for yourself such as listening to favourite music or videos on a short two minute break from your computer monitor or screen.

Hunting for sunshine really works!

Most people are familiar with the positivity and happy feelings that result from daily doses of happiness and joy. Sharing some of your positivity builds a health environment for everyone and increases your own feelings of gratitude.

Sunshine hunting is a simple wellness strategy that is far too often taken for granted. Remind those who brighten up your day about the difference their smile, affirmation or warmth makes to your day.

Micro-resilience strategies are effective and help to maintain the health and wellness of all. We owe it to each other to think, feel and do wellness. Share a ray of sunshine today and brighten up someone else’s hardships, which may be hidden from view.

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