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Tips for getting kids ready for back-to-school

As I look towards the end of the long, lazy July – August vacation, I typically feel a mix of emotions – apprehension at the resumption of early morning routines and traffic, mixed with relief and anticipation about getting the kids back into some semblance of routine and activities. So imagine how our children feel! […]

SPIRE your way to happiness

How to embrace the 5 elements of happiness I was fascinated recently by the work of Dr Tal Ben-Shahar, cofounder of the Happiness Studies Academy and world-renowned expert on happiness. He makes the distinction that happiness is not the absence of sadness, but instead becoming fully present to the whole range of human experience; in […]

How to Connect with Children

The skill of connection is a key foundational tool. It means letting children know that you are there for them and really care. Children feel connected to you when they feel listened to, taken seriously and are respectfully involved in problem solving in an age-appropriate manner, so they feel a sense of power over their […]

The Truth About Fasting

As we move from the festivities of Carnival and look forward to Easter, many Christians will be observing the period of lent, which is a time of introspection and self-discipline in the Christian calendar, often accompanied by some form of fasting. As a religion, Christianity is not alone in observing a period of fasting in their yearly routine. […]

The Scourge of Loneliness

During this festive period, it can be hard to imagine that there are people among us who are suffering from loneliness and depression. However, it is a well-known truth among healthcare workers that these festive seasons bring with them a spike in loneliness, depression and even suicide. The reasons for this may be multiple. Seeing […]

Senior Moments

Welcome to Senior Moments, a blog that looks at aging through the eyes of someone who is experiencing this life change first hand. We’re all living longer and for many of us this provides both opportunities and challenges. However, as the world has never before seen such an explosion of older people, we don’t have […]

The Power of Authentic Connection

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN Out of necessity, the COVID 19 pandemic forced many of us to make online and virtual connections with others, yet research shows that many people reported feeling lonelier and more isolated than ever. As social creatures, we know we need connection with others, but what are the benefits […]

Managing Screen Time

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN Tips for taking back control of your digital devices. One thing about the COVID19 pandemic is that it made us more comfortable with the digital world. We used it to connect with our loved ones, to access learning and education, to work virtually and to keep up to […]

Trains and Changes

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) So, marriage and long-term relationships are probably like trains, two trains moving alongside each other. Sometimes they go at the same pace and are parallel. Other times they go at different speeds, and one goes far in front whilst the other is left behind. Other times also […]

Of Mice and Professors- Part 2

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) Last time we discussed points from Professor Gerard Hutchison on our declined mental health post pandemic and the reasons for the increased violence and aggressive behaviour. Professor Hutchison is a professor in psychiatry with the University of the West Indies. He also works in the psychiatry department […]

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