Just Relax

I am by nature an anxious person. Bad news sets me off and I am always imagining worst case scenarios. I can overthink any situation and make catastrophes seem reasonable. However, after years of suffering from anxiety, I have found a way to manage it. I am an expert at self talk. I know what…

Drills

In Canada, we are worried about our children returning to school safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are worried about keeping everyone safe. I know I am. I have so many questions. Will we be able to convince youth to wear masks? Are we doing enough? Are we forgetting anything? How will…

Try to Remember

Imagine last summer, at the end of August. Do you recall checking through your children’s backpacks and clothing? You wanted to be sure they had gym shoes, a serviceable lunch bag. You needed to be certain their windbreaker still fit. Perhaps like thousands of other parents, you tried to get a jump on back-to-school supply…

Help From Around the World

COVID-19 has isolated us very effectively. We are all in our own “bubbles” in every sense of the word and isolation can magnify our problems by giving us the impression that we are alone to find solutions. For myself, I see my neighbours preparing with their children for a return to school and hear their…

Endless Cups of Tea

Everyone needs their own plan to manage stress. My plan involves having soothing cups of tea throughout the day. For a brief period during the pandemic, my hospital gave out free tea, coffee, and beverages to staff. I loved it! It was as if I was being reminded deliberately to remember to take a break.…

Preserved

My aunt had a friend who was famous in Eastern Ontario for her preserves. She won prizes at county fairs and even published two books. When my aunt and I would go to visit her, she always had some concoction cooking on the stove or waiting in jars or bottles on her counter. She must…

Families and the Pandemic

My youngest son was about seven years old when I married for the second time. His father had married again about one year earlier. My new husband had two sons, both older than my youngest son, who already had an older brother and sister. He was now the youngest of five and he was terrified…

Addiction and the Pandemic

For most jurisdictions where they were legal, alcohol and marijuana were available at every stage of the pandemic. In North America, the shops selling marijuana and alcohol were deemed an “essential service” which meant that they were open throughout the pandemic, in the same way as grocery stores and pharmacies were open. Even in news…