3 Strategies to Manage Emotions

Here’s the thing… emotions are energy. Where we run into problems is when this energy remains trapped inside. In an attempt to manage my emotions, I spent many years turning towards self-harming behaviours, or substances like alcohol. That did not work. What did work is something that I refer to as the big 3. 1. Walk Sometimes we just have to leave the confines of four walls and get outside. Walking is one of the most effective ways to release intense emotions. Actually, exercise in general wakes up the system, makes you feel alive and allows your body to function…

COVID-19 and Grief

This image was taken during my last keynote before COVID-19. As time ticks on I am finding that one of the greatest emotions I am feeling is grief. After spending so many years trying to harm or kill myself this was my redemption. However, while there is loss for all of us, I have learned to embrace it, feel it, let it go and not get stuck there. Like you, I am thinking outside of the box and am finding new and creative ways to do what I love. Yes. This is a difficult time. But we were not meant…

Mental Health Strategies During COVID-19

  Unfortunately, we are going to see a significant rise in the number of people who struggle with mental health issues as a result of COVID-19. The coronavirus has required us to adapt to these unprecedented times. Initially, these changes significantly impacted my mental health. Thankfully, I have found 6 wellness strategies that have strengthened my mental wellness. What are you doing for your mental wellness?   

How To Manage Your Stress

Well… technically I would say that breathing is the best tool to manage stress. However, this phrase is more catchy.   How much time and energy do you give to the factors that are out of your control?    I would encourage you to make a list of the things that are in your control, and another list that identifies the things that are out of control. Then sit back, and identify where you let your eyes rest. For me, the definition of anxiety is trying to control the things that are out of your control. It’s time to take…

The Importance of Validating Others

One of my keynotes is titled “Removing the Mask”. Ironically, sometimes when I am on the stage I find myself having to wear a mask. I am human after all, and some days are harder than others. On one of these particularly challenging days I forced a smile as I shared my message at a large community event. Following my keynote I felt emotionally exhausted, and just wanted to be alone. However, there was a significant crowd that gathered at the bottom of the stage, and the mask had to stay on for a little longer. Eventually, the people disappeared,…

Discovering Our Achilles Heel

There have been several moments in my life where I felt invincible. However, this was always short-lived, and something would come along in life that would bring me to my knees. Whether this was through a physical illness, the hurtful words of another, or a critical mistake, these moments were always followed by a strong dose of humility. In Greek mythology, Achilles’ mother dipped his body into a magical river which provided powers of protection and invulnerability. However, because she held Achilles by the heel, it prevented the mystical water from covering this particular area. As a result, this became…