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Emotions

The Role of Boredom

Boredom is a universal state of mind and emotion.  Being bored has a negative connotation and yet, originally it was associated with the monarchy and elite society as they had nothing much or urgent to do, thus, became bored. As with all emotions, the purpose of boredom is to move one into action; it asks […]

Your Brain on Anxiety, Stress & Worry (and what to do!)

Did you know that while everybody experiences some level of anxiety, 23% of Canadians aged 15 or older report most days as quite or extremely stressful (Statistics Canada, 2012). What exactly is anxiety? Anxiety is a natural danger alerting response which includes: body sensations (e.g., increased heart rate, tight chest) behaviour (e.g., talking fast, avoiding/withdrawing) […]

Loneliness in Our Lifes

“Loneliness … is the central and inevitable fact of human existence.”  Thomas Moore Loneliness is defined as “the quality or state of being alone including isolation, singleness and solitude.” Loneliness is a discrepancy between one’s desired and achieved levels of social interaction, while solitude is simply the lack of contact with people. Loneliness is a […]

The Benefits of Laughter

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter stimulates many organs (heart, lungs and muscles) by enhancing the intake of oxygen-rich blood. It also increases the amount of endorphins released by the brain. Laughter stimulates […]

The Myth of Happiness

As many of us are now experiencing the often ‘happier’ days of spring perhaps it is an opportune time to question the concept of happiness and in ‘feeling good.’ Jungian author James Hollis suggested that, “Feeling good may be a very poor measure of the worth of one’s life.” He furthered queried, “Think of the […]

The Stress-Disease Connection

Although most physicians agree that emotions play a role in the aggravation of existing physical disorders, it is not widely accepted that emotions actually cause the physical disorder. An entire field of science called psychoneuroimmunology studies the effects of emotions on the nervous and immunological systems functions. Our bodies get diseased when stressful feelings are […]

Feelings do matter

For the most part, we live in an emotionally illiterate society and are not practiced in expressing and receiving feelings. We often feel embarrassed or vulnerable when talking about certain feelings.  We silence ourselves so we might not hurt someone about how we feel. Ironically, we end up hurting our bodies and souls when we […]

The Role of Humour

Often listed as a quality we appreciate in others, humour has a double-edged effect. On one hand, humour, defined as the noticing of the amusing or ironic truth of a situation, results in laughter which has psychological, emotional and physiological benefits. Laugher stimulates chemical changes in the brain that help buffer our bodies against the […]

Facing the Dark Lord of Winter

As the number of grey skies noticeable outnumber the sunny days, we often hear about ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ or SAD. Symptoms of SAD may consist of difficulty waking up in the morning, tendency to oversleep and over eat (especially carbohydrates), lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and withdrawal from friends, family and social activities. All these […]

Those Holiday Blues

Ironically, this time of year, often filled with increased opportunities for relaxing and connection with others, is a time of increased stress and depression.  Although the song tells us, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” for many it is clearly not. One study stated that two-thirds of women report depression during the holidays […]

Diane Hancox, MA, CCC provides counselling services to Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.