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Releasing the Pressure Cooker Inside of Us

Releasing the Pressure Cooker Inside of Us At times our minds and hearts may feel like they are stuck in a pressure cooker; overwhelmed, pressurized, and heavy.  If we ignore the pressure cooker, it sometimes feels like a volcano could explode or the tank could crack under pressure.  Small things that normally do not bother […]

Aspire Too Welcomes Elsie Hartnett

Hi everyone, I am Elsie Hartnett, and I am a practicum student in the Enhanced Learning Division at Aspire Too, which is the last step in getting my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Before switching paths into this new counselling role, I worked as a teacher in northern and rural Saskatchewan. […]

5 Ideas to Support Your Emotional Wellness throughout December

December can be a month that feels like we are on a never ending emotional roller coaster ride.  For some people, roller coaster rides can be exciting and motivating while for others the ride is worrisome and overwhelming.  Here are a few ideas to help you through the positive and negative emotions when the tidal […]

Binge Eating: Is It a Disorder or Not?

Binge eating can be caused by a lot of things. It can be used to cope with stress, it can be a response to an emotional trigger, it can be a learned behavior, improper knowledge about healthy eating, or all of the above. Binge eating can be scary for anyone because you feel like you […]

Staying Afloat During Times of Stress

In one way or another we have been touched by the pandemic.  Whether it has been an experience of loss, change, adjustment or finding creativity and new interests, this collective experience has rocked and shifted every aspect of our wellness – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Here are a few ideas to ponder to stay […]

Ask the Cousellor: Relapsed and Feeling Lost

Dear Ask the Counsellor, I was doing so well for so long with my eating disorder recovery, but now I have gone back to using eating disorder behaviours. I can’t tell anyone that I am not doing well and need more support because I feel ashamed that I have relapsed. I know I need to […]

Ask the Counsellor: Feeling Out of Control

Dear Ask the Counsellor: With everything that has been going on recently I find myself feeling uptight and on edge most of the time. I have been yelling at my kids and my spouse lately and I generally feel like I am out of control. I know everyone is feeling out of sorts with the […]

Who Am I? A Path to Finding Your Identity

Who am I? What is important to me? Where do I belong? All of these questions point to personal identity and have an impact on your mental wellness. Here are three areas that are valuable to reflect on when examining your identity: Roles Personal Values Social Connections   Roles – The roles that we play […]

Being a Better Friend to Yourself

Being a Better Friend to Yourself Being a better friend to yourself sounds like an odd idea initially because we naturally imagine a friend as someone else, not a part of our mind. But there is value in the concept because we already know how to treat our friends well, with empathy that we neglect […]

COVID-19 and its Mental Health impact on families and kids

  Aspire Too’s Margarita Sysing, Registered Social Worker, was recently featured on TAYFFI Talks! to share her expertise on what parents and caregivers should watch out for when considering the impact on children’s mental health in the COVID-19 era. Tune in to hear from her own real world examples and gain practical tips to implement […]

5 Strategies to Balance Your Mental Wellness

It may seem and feel like a never ending battle to balance our mental wellness, especially since pandemic started.  Some days we may feel like we are lost at sea in one massive storm experiencing intense or uncomfortable emotions, while other days we may feel calm and grounded.  These unprecedented times have really put our […]

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