Have you recently lost someone? Is it hard to feel the grief? Is it difficult to find the words to what you are experiencing? Grief is a powerful emotion that we have all felt, as it can arise with various losses, whether loss of a person, or loss of a relationship. The intensity of grief can vary from person to person, and depending on the relationship, the loss of a parent, close friend or significant person in your childhood can have more intense feelings of grief as it can feel like lost time together. Find below four ways to support yourself in moving through grief.
Does your child have difficulty expressing how they are feeling? Is it hard for them to find the words? Children benefit from parental support in helping them make sense of their emotions. Many children can become overwhelmed with their feelings, and with the right parental support children can feel validated, understood and less alone in what they are feeling. Find below four tips to help your child in expressing their feelings.
Social anxiety can feel debilitating for anyone including children. Anxiety Canada states in any given school year 7% of children will be diagnosed with social anxiety, there are also many that go undiagnosed. Social anxiety does not only impact a child’s social life, it can impact their academic life as anxiety is often accompanied by physiological symptoms that may include headaches, stomach aches, nausea which make it difficult to perform well at school. It can also impact self-esteem and self-confidence. Addressing things earlier on can help your child recover and have fewer long lasting impacts on other areas of their life. Find below some tips to consider.
The summer can be such an exciting time for new adventures, and new friendships. For some kids the idea of going to summer camp and not knowing anyone there can feel daunting. They may have mixed feelings of excitement to go and feeling nervous worried about meeting new kids and trying to make a new friend. For many of us, our social skills got a bit rusty during the pandemic years as we had less opportunities for social engagement. We are also have capacity to bounce back, and with the right supports people can grow in their ability and continue to build upon their social skill know how. Find below some ways to support your child:
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.