Activities of daily living, such as grooming and meal preparation, can be thought of in terms of routines that are carried out in a specific order. For example, when making a cup of instant coffee one may place sugar in a cup, add milk, add the coffee grounds, add the boiling water and then stir. Even though it is common to hear about forgetfulness as a part of aging, there is not much research on how a sequence of daily ...Continue Reading
For those of you who are animal lovers, you may appreciate the companionship and love you receive from having a pet. Some of you may have grown up with pets and has therefore learned to associate the presence of the pet with your daily life. Clients often report that the stability and unconditional devotion they give and receive in a loving pet relationship is difficult to match.
Interestingly, research has shown that love and companionship are not the only things that ...Continue Reading
Anxiety can be very challenging to deal with at times, so naturally we search for solutions, tips, tricks and anxiety treatment plans to help us cope with what we are feeling. It is not hard to find suggestions either. The market is filled with books and magazine articles on how to eliminate anxiety in our lives. Likewise, friends, family members and even perfect strangers often have opinions and advice to give on how and ...Continue Reading
Self-care is a term everyone knows. We hear it often: “Take care of yourself – go do something you enjoy”. We smile and nod in agreement, but when it comes down to it, we find ourselves conveniently making excuses to not take care of ourselves.
We may tell ourselves that we lack the time, money or the energy to follow through; usually because we are focused on putting other people first. “That sounds great! I’ll get to that once I’ve finished ...Continue Reading
Exercise is good for the body; but did you know it’s good for the mind as well? Another reason to let go of excuses, get out there and be active. Along with the well-known physical advantages to exercise, we know that being active increases our overall well-being, including our mood. Recent research has shown that moderate activity can help increase positive results in depression or anxiety treatment when medication alone could not (Mota-Pereira et al., 2011). Exercise ...Continue Reading