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Confusing Questions

Dr. Linda Hancock New Articles Pandemic

Confusing Questions

There have been so many changes in our world this year and I frequently have questions that do not seem to have clear answers.  I wonder if you are also confused about things. Here are some topics that I have been pondering: PANDEMIC SEVERITY – I told you previously that I was very ill in January but that was before we started testing for COVID-19, so I really don’t know if I had it. I am confused about why some areas were hit very hard by the number of cases while others were not.  Statistics are being questioned by many...

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Conspiracy Versus Truth

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Conspiracy Versus Truth

In the past few weeks, I have been hearing a lot about “conspiracy theories” and “conspirators” so thought I would see if I could get a better understanding of what these terms mean. The Merriam-Webster dictionary states that a conspiracy theory “explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators”.  Sounds to me like the stuff mystery novels are based upon.  Joy in the reading comes from seeing the “secrets” revealed as the plot develops and motivation of the characters is uncovered. Conspiracies are tied to beliefs that individuals hold.  I...

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Personal Choices in a World of Chaos

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Personal Choices in a World of Chaos

In the first week of January 2020 I became extremely ill from “something”.  My symptoms, which evidenced primarily between my chin and my waist were highly unusual and I didn’t believe that I had ever experienced anything so horrible in my life.  It was strange because I had been faithful in taking my vitamins, had my flu shot and made sure that I always followed through with medical checkups for dental, physical and vision. My first response when I got sick was to follow health practices of the past which I had used for years to fight illness.  I went...

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Are Things Worse Than Ever?

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Are Things Worse Than Ever?

I find it interesting to discuss the state of our world and how it has changed.  Some people believe that it has gotten far worse over time.  Others focus on positive advancements.  A third group blends aspects from both of these stances. Let’s try to put things into perspective by acknowledging a few concepts:   There has always been trouble in the world. Those who have studied the Bible know that evil appeared to Adam and Eve in the form of a talking snake.  Their two children, Cain and Abel got into an argument that resulted in murder.  Only one...

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It's Not All That Bad

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It's Not All That Bad

The pandemic that arrived in late 2019 seems to have frozen much of our world.  Since it arrived there have been school closures, significant economic ramifications, government regulations to self-isolate, and restricted travel.  An attitude for citizens consisting of fear and confusion due to mixed messages is also evident. But it is not all bad.  There are many things in the world, in fact, that have improved or shifted because of the pandemic:   Business Innovation – Many owners have adapted to non-contact restrictions by offering options for take out or delivery. Some even changed the products that they were...

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My Responsibility

Dr. Linda Hancock New Articles Self Improvement

My Responsibility

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could control everything?  Well, maybe not!  I can remember when, in my youth, I would think that I had some amazing ideas and if God would just appoint me to his Board of Directors, I could enact them.  How naïve!  In time I realized that it was good that I didn’t have that role as I would have messed up an awful lot of things! Now that I am older and hopefully much more “mature” I realize that I have both rights and responsibilities to enact at a personal level.  Everyone seems to focus...

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We Are At War!

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We Are At War!

World War II began in 1939 and ended in 1945.  The countries who were called “allies” included Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the United States.  They were fighting against Germany, Italy and Japan which were known as the Axis Powers.   I clearly remember many stories that my mom told me about the Second World War and how it changed her life as well as the whole world.  Lately I have been thinking about how our war with COVID-19 has parallels to what everyone experienced back then.   Fear – When we feel that we don’t have control...

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A Challenge

Dr. Linda Hancock Home and Family New Articles

A Challenge

I always try things that I recommend for my clients to make sure that they are reasonable and achievable. Over the years, when clients have indicated that they are struggling financially I ask them “How much do you spend on groceries in a month?” Then “How much do you spend eating out or ordering in>?” Finally I query “If all the stores were closed and you couldn’t purchase anything there, how long could you go just by eating what you have in your house right now?” Often the replies are interesting. I hear things like: “But I wouldn’t have fresh...

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It Only Takes Two to Get Married

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It Only Takes Two to Get Married

My mom and dad were married on July 4, 1951. That morning mom went shopping for blue shoes to match her wedding dress. She knew that stores in Regina closed at noon on Wednesdays back then, but she needed the shoes as the ceremony was scheduled for one o’clock that day. The store didn’t have her size, so she purchased ones that were the right colour but too big for her feet! Before the ceremony, my dad, who had great sense of humour told mom, “If I had known how much the flowers were going to cost, I would have...

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Growing Strong and Beautiful

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Growing Strong and Beautiful

Every year I put a few pots of annuals on my condo’s deck. The other day I was disappointed to see that a storm had blown off all the blossoms from my trailing petunias. They were lying on the deck and needed to be swept away. A couple of days later, however, it shocked me to realize that there were even more blossoms on the plants that before the storm! All this got me to thinking about how our lives can be very much like container gardening. Each of us is a plant that needs the following; 1. Vessel or...

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Responding To Trouble

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Mental Health

Responding To Trouble

I find it so interesting that different people can have exactly the same things happen to them but each will respond in a different manner. One person might get drunk. Another might attempt suicide. A third could seek professional help. A fourth may discuss the situation with a friend or neighbour. A fifth person might not even pay attention or notice that there is trouble. That’s what makes us human. We each have thoughts, feelings and behaviours that we have learned over the years in order to navigate life. So, now that there is such easy access to news from...

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But What If…?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Mental Health Pandemic

But What If…?

Over the past few weeks, the world has been experiencing a pandemic which has stolen almost everything that we previously called “Normal”.   No one seems to understand the virus and we are certainly getting very mixed messages from sources that previously we would trust and respect without question.     Articles that I wrote in the past addressed depression and anxiety.  You see, there has likely been degrees of depression and anxiety throughout recorded history – and perhaps even before that.   Those who experience depression are often “stuck” in the past.   They focus on the things that happened which are...

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Parenting During A Pandemic

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Parenting During A Pandemic

The pandemic has changed all our lives and for the last few weeks family members have been together at home due to self-isolation requirements. I have noticed that those who are experiencing a great deal of frustration are parents of school-aged children and their teachers who are not allowed to be together in school settings. Following are some of the concerns that I am hearing:   Many children do not have established routines and are sleeping in so miss their internet sessions with their teachers. Parents do not know how to help with the lessons assigned, especially the math. Relationships...

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What Makes Canada Unique?

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family

What Makes Canada Unique?

It doesn't seem to matter where you go in the world, Canadians are welcomed. We somehow have developed a reputation as being kind, safe, friendly and helpful. But, unfortunately, not many people even in Canada understand how truly blessed we are to live in this unique country. Canada is:   Large - There are over 3.85 million square miles to visit. We have ten provinces and three territories with three sides that are bordered by water. Beautiful - It doesn't matter whether you like forests, lakes, plains or ice - we've got it all! From the large cities to the...

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Will It Ever End?

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Will It Ever End?

I remember when years ago I was working in a government agency. It seemed that staff was frequently complaining about change. They wanted things to always remain the same as they were. One day, in frustration I said, "If we didn't have change, we would all be chasing our supper with a bow and arrow"! Change can be frustrating, especially if it makes us uncomfortable and if there are difficult adjustments to navigate. But change can lead to positive results. I am from the "pre-tv" age. I have been able to see huge changes in technology, science and communications over...

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Who Can You Trust In This Pandemic World?

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Who Can You Trust In This Pandemic World?

It's been several weeks since the world began a shut-down due to COVID-19 and I think we have all noticed a lot of confusing messages that have been circulating since then. Every one of us likes to have some control in our lives and "the unknown" can therefore become an enemy to the people. Since this started however, I have to be honest by saying that I don't think anyone has any really good answers to give us right now. There isn't an exact date as to when everything will open up again. The fact that there are different pockets...

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Distancing - Gift or Burden

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Distancing - Gift or Burden

This past week I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Canadian financial expert Benjamin Tal. This, for me, was like finding the lost piece of a thousand-piece puzzle! He started by describing the world as being "frozen." What an appropriate description! Schools are closed and so are most businesses. Layoffs and the need to work from home have left streets empty. Thoughts of buying or selling a house are just that - thoughts. The price of gas is extremely low, yet we are not going anywhere! Mr. Tal stated that the world will not change until an...

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Things to Ponder

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Mental Health Pandemic

Things to Ponder

The pandemic can be difficult to navigate and if we aren't careful, we might find that we are developing an anxiety disorder. It is very important that you not only remain physically healthy but also enjoy good mental health so you might find the following to help you. A little anxiety is a good thing because it can keep us sharp! It encourages us to prepare for a situation so that we won't make mistakes or look stupid and helps us to stay safe. Anxiety can be experienced by children, adults, seniors and animals. We learn from others and often...

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It Feels Like the 1950s

Dr. Linda Hancock Home and Family Pandemic

It Feels Like the 1950s

The pandemic that we have been experiencing has caused so many changes in our lives. I was thinking the other day that a lot of what we are doing reminds me of growing up in the 1950s:   Travel - I remember when, in grade eleven, my parents decided that it would be important for our family to go on our first major trip. We drove to British Columbia where we stayed with a family friend in his cabin on Vancouver Island. We spent a day at Stanley Park. You see, we didn't have a lot of money or opportunities...

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A Wonderful Role Model

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A Wonderful Role Model

In April Queen Elizabeth II celebrated yet another birthday. She is now 94 years of age! She and her husband, Prince Philip who will have his 98th birthday this year are isolated in Windsor Castle because of the pandemic. Now you may not be a monarchist but, at a personal level, one cannot help but admire the Queen for a number of reasons:   Work ethic - Elizabeth didn't expect to be the Queen of England but when her uncle David abdicated to be with his twice divorced American wife her father became King and she automatically was in line...

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Spring Isn't Cancelled!

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Spring Isn't Cancelled!

I grew up in Saskatchewan but have to admit that winter isn't my favourite season. I always really look forward to spring and here is why:   Nature wakes up - Leaving my patio door open allows me to hear the birds singing and feel the warm breezes. Ice that trapped the river has melted, the trees are budding, and thoughts go to the planting gardens and crops. It is a time of new beginnings. Wardrobes change - How wonderful to be able to go outside without boots, scarves, hats, and jackets. These are replaced with flipflops and single layers...

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Noticing Positives

Dr. Linda Hancock Pandemic

Noticing Positives

We are living in a world that can be scary and full of unknowns. Never before has there been anything exactly like the COVID-19 pandemic that has been terrorizing the entire world. Governments have followed recommendations of researchers and health experts in ways that have changed our entire lifestyles. At the same time, however, I have noticed that there are many, many positives that are occurring every day. Following are some of the things that people tell me they have been enjoying:   Time - Being required to respect physical distancing and working from home for those who can, has...

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Working From Home Efficiently

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Working From Home Efficiently

Okay, I admit it. I do not transition very well. For years I have built my business providing face-to-face sessions in my office. Now, due to the COVID-19 I have had to mentally and physically operated my practice from my condo. It took a few days until I was psychologically ready to do this. Now, however, I have a system and am quite comfortable with the new ways of serving clients. Here are some of the things for you consider so that you can successfully work from home:   Attitude - Being at home does not mean that you are...

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Happy Everything!

Dr. Linda Hancock Holidays Home and Family

Happy Everything!

Shortly after my son moved to Medicine Hat and began working in my private practice, he encouraged me to do some downsizing at the office. I will never forget how shocked he was when he found an envelope in one of the boxes. On the front of it, I had written "Mark's First Haircut". His response was "It can't be. You didn't really save my hair for more than four decades!" Of course, I had! Within minutes we had a pile of "treasures" from his youth including notes he had written in a grade five sex education class and miscellaneous...

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Who Can You Trust and Why?

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement

Who Can You Trust and Why?

I always find it interesting to watch politicians who attack their opponents and then, when they drop out of the race because of lack of support, back the person who they have been trashing. It is easy to attack others and make promises when you are hoping that others will vote for you! But the process doesn't always seem to be honourable. It is easy to listen to a charming individual who seems to have a good line but keep in mind the old expression that states: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". To trust...

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