Stress is Good: embracing stress, not fighting it

How to turn stress into an asset not a liability.

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Finding the light in the darkness. A Reflection on the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy

When I read about the horrific accident involving the Humboldt Broncos just two weeks ago, I was overcome. My children take a bus to school, my son plays hockey; we drive around Southwestern Ontario in the winter to take my daughter to gymnastics competitions. Those families are my family.   The pain felt very real.Continue reading “Finding the light in the darkness. A Reflection on the Humboldt Broncos Tragedy”

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When your day is filled with clouds

Even when the sky is filled with clouds, the sun is still out and shining, you just can’t see it.  I remind myself of this when I am struggling to find the good in a day.  The truth is that nothing living can survive without rain, so even if we don’t like the clouds, we cannotContinue reading “When your day is filled with clouds”

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What you seek you will find

What you seek you will find – If you are looking for problems you will find them.  If you are looking for positives you will find them. I see every day the instant impact that positivity or negativity has on individual and collective outcomes and trajectory.  I frequently coach my students to frame goals asContinue reading “What you seek you will find”

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Nearly 70% of university students battle loneliness during school year, survey says

National survey found students felt ‘very lonely’ and ‘so depressed that it was difficult to function’ By Teghan Beaudette, CBC News Posted: Sep 09, 2016 4:00 AM CTLast Updated: Sep 09, 2016 4:00 AM CT A new study of Canadian university students found more than 66 per cent reported feeling “very lonely” in the past year.Continue reading “Nearly 70% of university students battle loneliness during school year, survey says”

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Sustainable Motivation and the Power of Passion

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Motivation as “a force or influence that causes someone to do something”. However, the power of motivation and its ability to be sustained is much more complex and slightly different for each individual. Sustainable motivation is one of the greatest factors in one’s ability to achieve a goal or complete a task.Continue reading “Sustainable Motivation and the Power of Passion”

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Failing Successfully

Working in the Faculty of Engineering, most of our new students have had very little exposure to failure and potentially no exposure, whatsoever, to academic failure. While at first this may seem to be a good thing, the reality is that failure is one of the most valuable experiences we can have in life. IfContinue reading “Failing Successfully”

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Shifting from Distress to De-Stress

As we move from the rush of midterms, labs, and assignments into final exams I see an increasing number of students that are suffering from acute anxiety, stress, and a full spectrum of other ailments and viruses. It breaks my heart to see such highly capable and accomplished young people struggling with sleep disorders, headaches,Continue reading “Shifting from Distress to De-Stress”

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Managing Stress During Critical Moments:

At exam time the tension and stress in the air is palatable.  I will walk down a hall lined with students waiting to enter the exam room and could hear a pin drop.  It is as if they are not even breathing.  Similarly, I have conducted numerous mock interviews, where the greatest obstacle that theContinue reading “Managing Stress During Critical Moments:”

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