The Impact of Chronic Stress

Signs of Stress

We are now nearly eight months into the response to COVID-19.  Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health, told Ottawa City Council in June that a recent EKOS Research Survey found that 38% of Ottawa residents said their mental health was fair or poor, compared to 9% reporting the same in 2017.  As we continue … Read more

EFT Tapping – Another Tool in the Toolbox

The scientific community is recognizing, more and more, the mind-body connection, that negative events and trauma are stored in the body which then leads to negative thought patterns, which reinforces neural pathways in the brain and can create a cycle that keeps repeating itself. Releasing negative energy, or energy disruptions, from the body is also … Read more

RAIN – How to Stay Dry When the Storms Come

Mindfulness Practice One way to help keep our nervous system in balance is to practice mindfulness.  My go-to teacher for that is Tara Brach.  The practice that she teaches, which emerged about 15 years ago among a group of Buddhist teachers, is called RAIN, and it helps to move us from what Tara calls “trance … Read more