A commentary on the last 3 months by Alisa Farr

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The Great Pause, is what it’s been called. I’ve heard it be described as The Great Confusion, The Great Frustration. The Great Opportunity, The Great Pivot, The Great Diversion and The Great Theft.

Whatever one wants to call it, the past 3 months have been impactful. We have all been affected in one way or another by this virus. It has been controversial and confusing.
Don’t wear masks, they’re useless. No, no, wear masks, they’ll save lives. Bathe in hand sanitizer too…. Oh wait. It’s sold out. Well, you can make your own with… oh wait, it’s sold out. Also, this respiratory attacking virus requires copious amounts of toilet paper. Also, sold out.
We will not close the borders. Actually, we are closing the borders. No international travel.
NO.
Let’s make it no international OR interprovincial travel. Also, we’re going to start tracking you. Maybe even have the police show up at your home if there are more than 5 people there.
Stay inside. No, go outside and get fresh air, but not in the parks, especially not at the beaches and more especially not with your kids.

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Self Regulate while you Educate is a Game Changer! By Crystal Jensen

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Do you remember a time when you were younger and you just wanted to be heard? But instead,  you were told to go to your room with the door closed….

The harder you cried, the harder you kicked the walls in anger and frustration, no one came. You continued to cry until you felt so tired you fell asleep forgetting why you were crying to start with. Over the years, many have started to ask if there are different approaches to teaching children. This has brought up many good questions about parents or caregivers own upbringing such as;

What if your parent or caregiver struggled to acknowledge their own feelings?

What if they didn’t know how to help you?

What if hearing you cry was bringing up stuff from their own past?

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A Holistic Approach to Treating Anxiety by Tricia Veltri

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Anxiety is becoming an epidemic in our culture. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada, “one in four Canadians will have at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime.”  This can be debilitating as people often experience sleepless nights, preoccupation of negative repetitive thoughts, or feel a sense of dread, worry, or terror.  Along with the psychological symptoms, anxiety can present physically as nausea, sweating, diarrhea, shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, and feeling constantly on edge.

Most of us want a quick fix because living with anxiety can be unbearable. However, before you run to the doctor and ask for a “magic pill” that will ultimately just mask the symptoms, consider treating anxiety with a holistic approach.
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Hydration and the immune System by Jean Watson

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We are living in very different times right now. And I have to ponder the question why are we not teaching people about the importance of a strong immune system? Lots of talk of keeping our distance and wearing our masks. Yet why are we not teaching how important it is to build our immune systems during this pandemic?  Our bodies are a beautiful and yet complex system that will work well, if we do our best to take care of it. So I would like to talk about a very important way to keep our health and immune system up with hydration.

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About Donna Fairhurst of Soul Full Solutions

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I empower Souls in Motion to achieve Balance, Clarity, & Coherence, mentally, physically, emotionally, & spiritually.

I am an Intuitive Life/Soul Coach, Reiki Master, Psychic Medium, Empath, Auric & Chakra Intuitive, as well as an EFT & NLP Practitioner.

I was born just short of legally blind, but able to see, hear, and feel the colour, vibration, & energy fields all around me.  Seeing, hearing, and speaking with spirit was a normal occurrence for me as a child. The isolation of contracting polio at age 1, living mostly in a remoter area in SW Alberta, and moving three times before the age of five gave me no sense that I was different from other children until I started school.  I became what I call an integrated learner using all my senses. I became so used to relying on alternative senses that my parents did not even realize I couldn’t see the big E on an eye chart until I was tested late in childhood.

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About Odette Baumgartner of Odette’s Skincare & Medi Spa

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Licensed Clinical Aesthetician/Certified Holistic Health Counsellor/Certified Endermologie Practitioner: Lymphatic drainage, Pre & post operative, Connective tissue recovery, Advanced fat & cellulite reduction/Certified Nutritional Microscopy.

I have been in the beauty/health industry since 1988. Serving clients in the Okanagan since 2002. I proudly offer you a skin care and wellness clinic where we are able to address all aspects of your beauty, health, wellness and recovery needs in one location. We specialize in hormomal and digestive issues as they are the number one factor to healthy skin and optimal weight and health.

I am passionate about everything we offer you and am committed to serving you with the utmost integrity and professionalism in our relaxed and comfortable environment.

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My Journey by Barbara Wellborn

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I am grounded in a way that I have never been before.  I have learned to recognize my body’s signals and to embrace the lessons she is asking me to learn.  I can stand in a place of clarity and neutrality that allows me to be the observer and no longer the reactor, but it wasn’t always that way.

When I was in my late 20’s, my world was quickly unraveling.  On the outside, I presented well, but on the inside, my life had reached a crossroads of epic proportions – my marriage was dissolving, my first business was failing because the market changed and I failed to adapt and bankruptcy was imminent because of crushing debt.  I desperately tried to cling to what I knew, but every joint in my body was screaming out for change – literally, I was in unbelievable pain that kept me awake at night – endlessly allowing me to mull over my many failures.

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How to reduce stress through proper breathing – by Iwona Sienko

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Few tips on how to reduce stress through proper breathing

We can alter our emotional state and reduce stress by using our breath. Proper breathing is a prerequisite for stress management. We get more energy from the air with long, deep breathing. Shallow, rapid breathing constantly calls upon the adrenals for added energy and as a result   burning them out.

 To maintain the proper balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide and avoid hyperventilation, it is important to breathe through the nose as much and as often as possible.
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The Science of Parenting – by Annette Adkin

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Having spent 30 yrs. as a counsellor working with parents of all backgrounds, what stands out for me is that parental frustrations is the result of parents “held captive” by the pre-programmed practices/neural pathways from their childhoods. Parents react to their child’s behavior and will often react in a way that doesn’t match the child’s or the parent’s needs in the present situation. Instead of trying to understand and be curious about what is happening for themselves or their child which includes emotional connection between the parent and child, the parent reacts based on past conditioning.

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