Living Peacefully in the Handbasket

Never, in the history of the world, has it been so easy to experience the world going all to . . . (in a handbasket?) Not only are we force fed news from the whole world’s troubles. We are also fed dire predictions about the many many ways it is all going to turn out…

Does Online Therapy Work?

The short answer is, yes! The longer answer is still yes, in a few different ways. There have been quite a few studies that show that for many people, counselling delivered over skype or similar services is not that different from in-person counselling, especially for those who are used to communicating that way. There have…

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How Fear Grows

The only time most people enjoy feeling afraid is in a scary movie or on a roller coaster. There are moments when we actually feel more alive and excited and truly connected to our physical selves because we have allowed a manageable amount of fear in our lives. And then, there are those fearful feelings…

That Meditation Video

I have found that meditation (or, as I practice it, prayer) makes a huge difference to person’s state of mind. I’m going to post a little video I often recommend to people. A warning- it does have a slight Buddhist flavour, so if you are uncomfortable with that, please don’t watch. The point is to…

Rethinking the News

The last two posts have covered some ways to avoid being harmed by the news. But sometimes I need to do more when a story starts really bothering me. Here are a few good questions to ask yourself when you are reeling from something you heard on the news. 1. Do they have the whole…

Good News, Bad News. Which do you want?

This is the second in a series. The last post, No More News? introduced the idea that consuming news can harm your mental health, and explored a few reasons why people might want to continue taking in news. So, once you know yourself, the next step is . . . 2. Know the Media Once…

No More News?

When I am anxious, or troubled, one of the worst things I can do is to watch the news.  Or read a news site.  I have gone through periods when I felt I had to check the news regularly to make sure nothing horrible was happening. And I have had periods of time when avoiding…