30 minutes could save the day!

October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

It’s Soctober, which means it’s social compassion month at Bare Hands Central. If you find this blog useful, in the name of social compassion, please share it with a friend so they benefit from it too. Switching gears isn’t instant and yet we often expect it of ourselves and others. The end of the working day is often when this happens the most. I’m not sure about you but when I get home from work, it takes me a good [...]

Feelings… how do you know when to trust them?

September 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Feelings… have you ever felt something so strongly that you’re sure you can predict the future, or what someone else is thinking, or when to make a decision one way or the other? We can be uncannily accurate about what another person is feeling and it’s what makes us empathetic individuals, which is great. We’d all be psychopaths without this ability. However, feelings can just as easily lead people astray. You only have to ask someone who’s addicted to gambling, [...]

How to develop your ‘brain to mouth’ filter…

September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

When was the last time you had ‘foot in mouth’ disease or were at the receiving end of it? With the prevalence of Instagram, email, Snapchat, and so much more, the ramifications of not filtering before hitting [send], [post] or speaking can cause waves of after-effects. A simple comment on Facebook can go viral in hours and open people up to a world of abuse. It’s more important now than ever to start being mindful of what we say before [...]

Can stress be good for you?

September 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Strangely enough, yes it can. Stress gets a bad wrap in the press but there is such a thing as helpful stress. Anyone who has suffered an extended period of boredom will fully relate to how the lack of any expectations or pressures can leave you feeling listless and unmotivated. A dose of healthy stress can reconnect people with feeling truly alive, particularly when it involves learning and stretching to newer levels of competency in areas that a deeply aligned [...]

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A Laugh a Day Keeps the Blues Away

July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

As a child, my family subscribed to the Reader’s Digest and my favourite part of that little magazine was the two page spread titled, Laughter is the Best Medicine. One of us would often bring out the Reader’s Digest and say, “Listen to this!” and then share something that had tickled our funny bone. The reward was when someone else ‘got it’ and laughed along; it was a source of connection. At age 20, when I found a man who [...]

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Coping with grief and loss…

February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Is anyone else finding February an up and down month? I’m feeling more healthy and content than I have in a long time (thanks to more diligence with health and work-life balance strategies) and yet sad at the same time. On Friday night I found out that one of my friends has terminal stomach and lung cancer. It was a shock - sudden, completely unexpected and it’s aggressive. He went straight into palliative care. As I was sharing the news [...]