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Children and Corona Virus

Posted on 6 May, 2020 at 21:25

Written by Jessica Parker (May 2020) Covid19 or Corona Virus have become common words that can be heard in all households over the last few months. Our worlds have been turned upside down by this global pandemic. And this can be particularly scary for children! It’s important to know that children experience complex feelings just like adults, however, young children usually don’t have the vocabulary to talk about how they are feeling. Imagine for a moment how worried or anxious yo...

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The power of Forgiveness

Posted on 14 March, 2020 at 22:45

Written by Dirk Vermooten (March 2020)  In October 2006, after a long shift at the fire department, 20-year-old Matt Swatzell fell asleep while driving and crashed into June Fitzgerald, who was pregnant and had her 19-month old daughter, Faith with her in the car. Faith survived the crash, but June and her unborn child did not. It is hard to imagine how devastating this must have been for her husband. Still, we could probably put ourselves in his shoes and find it in your heart to for...

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Youth Relationships

Posted on 4 March, 2020 at 23:05
Written by Colette Dekker (March 2020) Being young is not easy. Relationships with parents change and relationships with peers are getting more involved and we start feeling butterflies when a certain someone is close by or just looking at you. Knowing the characteristics of a healthy relationship can keep us safe from unhealthy relationships and help us build healthy relationships inside and outside of the family circle. So keep the following in mind: Mutual respect. each person value... Read Full Post »

Mindfulness: What is it and how to do it?

Posted on 16 January, 2020 at 22:15
Written by Kathleen McEvoy (January 2020) Mindfulness-based practices can be thought of as the melding of eastern and western philosophies into a scientifically proven method to improve our mental health and enhance our overall wellbeing. In fact, mindfulness-based practices are thought to rewire our brain to become calmer and less reactive to the stressors in our environment. Some research even suggests that regular mindfulness practice strengthens the part of our brain responsible for thin... Read Full Post »

How to develop a positive mindset

Posted on 10 January, 2020 at 17:05
Written by Dirk Vermooten (January 2020) The latest research shows that a positive mindset is a better predictor of success than IQ, school grades, or almost any other factor you can think of. In contrast, negative people get sick more often, are divorced more frequently and raise kids who get in more trouble! Unfortunately, our minds are 5 times more likely to jump to a negative thought than a positive one. So, does that mean we are victims of never-ending negativity? Not at all! ... Read Full Post »

Affirmations: Why they work and how to use them

Posted on 10 January, 2020 at 16:20
Written by - Irene Vermooten (January 2020) To "affirm" something, by dictionary definition, means that you are declaring it to be true. So when I affirm that I am fit when I am not, wealthy when I am financially struggling, or loved when I am lonely, how exactly does that work in the guise of living authentically and who the heck am I kidding? An affirmation is usually a sentence or phrase that you repeat regularly to make a formal declaration to yourself and the universe of your intentio... Read Full Post »

Sleep, Diet and Exercise can improve Depression

Posted on 15 December, 2019 at 10:00
The proven positive effects that sleep, diet and exercise have on people suffering from Depression is not a quick fix but a lifestyle that can help improve general mental health. Since sleep and depression both affect your brain, they can have big effects on each other, as well. When you're well-rested, you'll not only have more energy, but you may also have a more upbeat view on life and better focus. Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by: Releasing feel-good endorphin... Read Full Post »

Understanding Anxiety

Posted on 10 December, 2019 at 20:35

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a human emotion that occurs when you’re confronted with a possible threat, danger or negative event, particularly something over which you have little control. Our Amygdala (aka the danger detection system in our brain) scans the environment for possible threats and will trigger the Fight-Flight-Freeze Response if it detects danger. In ancient times, threats/danger were when lions were chasing us but these days threats are a lot different and it ...

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CoordiKids helps with brain development

Posted on 31 July, 2019 at 23:25

But how?

Coordikids uses easy-to-follow, and clinically acclaimed exercises to develop and organise the brain.

Why do some children and adults have disorganised brains?

THREE important developmental stages have to do with organising the brain:

First there is the Primitive Reflex maturity: A baby is born with reflexes to protect the child. Through the maturity of the nervous system and the brain, these reflexes become integrated. This can only happen through using th...

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Moving our bodies to move our brain!

Posted on 11 July, 2019 at 6:05

It is no secret that exercise is good for the body. But physical movement is great for the brain as well.

During movement (exercise), the brain gets flooded with important nutrients and neurotrophins. Physical movement helps the brain form neural pathways which increases cognition, improve memory and help us to acquire knowledge faster.

Efficient brains have high levels of interconnectivity – so how do we get that higher interconnectivity? It is actually easy! All we have t...

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