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We are in the midst of winter here in New Zealand and it seems like the weather, together with a lot of financial, cultural and societal turmoil, is creating stress in many people’s lives. This shows itself most clearly in our close relationships, those family and friends ...
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Our families are where we first learn how to understand and relate to ourselves and others.  As parents, we can feel a huge amount of pressure to get it right - sometimes we believe that to be a good parent we have to be a perfect parent.  This is not true! ...
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It’s so much easier to do what we’ve always done in our lives.  It’s comfortable and familiar.  Our complex brains like it because they know what to expect.  They can be resistant to change or unpredictability and see new experiences or ways of thinking ...
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Do you remember doing a science experiment at school where the teacher poured iron filings on to the table and then held a magnet near them?  All the filings were immediately drawn to the magnet, covering it until it looked like a fuzzy little creature. We can feel a bi...
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Write It Out

April 22, 2021
Have you ever had one of those days when you just feel out of sorts?  You can't quite put your finger on it but you feel unsettled, you’re struggling to focus. You might even feel a bit down, overwhelmed or confused. Often when we feel this way, we white-knuckle it th...
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Anna is a mother of two beautiful boys with cognitive and physical challenges. She used to be an artist but gave it up to focus on being a full-time mother soon after her children were born.  Five years ago, both of her parents died within a few months of each other and...
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You are not your feelings. We often identify so closely with our feelings that we believe we are them.   I am happy.I am sad.I am lonely....
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How do you deal with worry?  Do you overeat or drink?  Do you binge-watch TV or social media?  Perhaps you get irritable and impatient with your loved ones. Feeling concerned is a normal and necessary part of being human.  It keeps us safe from potential ...
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As I was writing this blog, I asked my son for his thoughts on one thing parents could do to support their children as they go back to school.  He laughed and said:  “Make their lunch for them every day!”  It was then my turn to laugh!  I believe that...
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The holiday season can be a stressful time as families gather together.  Emotions run high, expectations go into overload and not everyone brings their best self to the table.   Here are some suggestions that will help you enjoy your meal instead of biting your ton...
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