How to beat test stress and exam anxiety

No matter the subject, no matter the size – pop quiz or final exam – many students suffer from test stress or exam anxiety. It is important to be aware that your body is making you feel this way for a reason, but there are easy tips and tricks you can use to help you not only reduce your stress but also prepare your mind and body for your upcoming exam.

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Five tips for choosing the right counsellor

We all want to be happy, even if we can’t openly admit to ourselves that we aren’t. As individuals, our dreams are different, whether they are about personal or professional success, connection, fulfillment, purpose, love or sex, we want these things because we believe they make us happier. However, few of us truly realize how much power we have to improve our own happiness or know how to go about making positive changes in our lives.

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Vina’s Story: I got so low, I attempted suicide

We know how powerful a story can be. We hear remarkable stories of courage from our clients every day and we are profoundly moved and inspired by them.

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, we want to collect and share 150 stories. Stories like yours, that are personal and remarkable, stories that might just help someone muster the courage to get the help they need to change their life.

Watch Vina share her experience.

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10 tips for building and maintaining positive self-esteem

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? How do you feel?

Low self-esteem and low self-worth have become an epidemic in our society. With a strong emphasis being placed on celebrities, entertainment and social media it can be easy to begin comparing yourself to others and even celebrities.

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Self-harming behaviour: Support is available

When experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety or any other type of emotion that is difficult to cope with, some people turn to self-injury or self-harm as a way to deal with their feelings.

The month of March is Self-Injury Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is struggling, we encourage you to contact Calgary Counselling Centre and register for counselling. Our counsellors can help you find healthy ways to deal with how you’re feeling.

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Graham’s story: I needed to finally handle my mental health properly

We know how powerful a story can be. We hear remarkable stories of courage from our clients every day and we are profoundly moved and inspired by them.

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, we want to collect and share 150 stories. Stories like yours, that are personal and remarkable, stories that might just help someone muster the courage to get the help they need to change their life.

Watch Graham tell his story.

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Marriage Preparation Workshop – is it right for you?

After an engagement the excitement of planning a wedding begins – cake, flowers, clothing, venue. In the midst of all the planning for the big day, you could forget to plan for the single most important thing – the marriage. Your wedding day will come and go, and years after the day it will not matter if the flower arrangements on the table were perfect. What will matter is that the strength of your relationship will stand the test of time. Building a relationship and falling in love can often feel easy, but it is important to remember that focusing on staying in love is just important.

You found your partner for life, so let us help you keep it that way.

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Tips for Creating a Healthy Relationship that Lasts

It’s easy to get caught up in the grand gestures of love and romance to celebrate your relationship. But what is really important, is maintaining a healthy relationship that will last, through life’s ups and downs, twists and turns. While every relationship is special and unique, there are a few fundamental things every couple can do to create a happy and healthy partnership.

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Craig’s Story: I filled myself with self-blame and self-hate

We know how powerful a story can be. We hear remarkable stories of courage from our clients every day and we are profoundly moved and inspired by them.

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, we want to collect and share 150 stories. Stories like yours, that are personal and remarkable, stories that might just help someone muster the courage to get the help they need to change their life.

Watch Craig share his story.

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2017 – The Year Ahead

With the New Year, comes a clean slate, and while some continue to be optimistic about the state of the economy, experts predict that it may not fully recover until 2018 or later.

Learn how Calgary Counselling Centre is working towards helping more Calgarians in 2017 than ever before and how you can help.

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How you can support the Centre in 2017

In 2016, the residents of Calgary and surrounding areas accessed over 31,950 face-to-face counselling sessions at Calgary Counselling Centre. But nearly 60 per cent of our clients needed financial subsidies to help pay for their session. In 2017, there are a number of ways that you can support Calgary Counselling Centre to help create a stronger, healthier community.

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Our new home at the Kahanoff Centre – Suite 1000, 105-12 Avenue SE

In September of 2016, Calgary Counselling Centre moved to a new facility in the Kahanoff Centre in an effort to meet the increased need of our community. Our new space allows us to expand mental health services with increased number of counselling rooms outfitted with brand new technology all centrally located in downtown Calgary.

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Ara’s Story: How Counselling Saved my Life

“This time last year I was in a pretty bad place and I was getting worse. Now, I’ve got an optimistic vision of my future and I’m working towards achieving it.” These are the words from 36-year-old Ara Shimoon. Learn how by working with his counsellor Cristina, Ara was able to create a positive shift in his life.

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Shay’s Story: I could fake confidence really well

We know how powerful a story can be. We hear remarkable stories of courage from our clients every day and we are profoundly moved and inspired by them.

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, we want to collect and share 150 stories. Stories like yours, that are personal and remarkable, stories that might just help someone muster the courage to get the help they need to change their life.

Read Shay’s story

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Paying it Forward

When we announced we were moving to a new space, Husky and Imperial responded to our need with a gift-in-kind of office furniture to help us furnish our new space. Thanks to their generous donation, we were able to pay it forward and give our existing office furniture to some deserving organizations.

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Ending Family and Domestic Abuse in Alberta

Family violence and domestic abuse continue to be prevalent in our community.

In November of 2016, we were pleased to participate in the 30th anniversary of Family Violence Prevention month here in Alberta.

Learn how we are working to help end the cycle of violence.

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Donor Profile – Canada Post Community Foundation

In 2016, the Canada Post Community Foundation made an investment to Calgary Counselling Centre to help support the expansion of our child and youth mental health counselling programs and services. The Canada Post Community Foundation aims to make a positive impact in the lives of children in the communities Canada Post serves.

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder and how to tell if you have it

You may have heard the term ‘SAD’ or Seasonal Affective Disorder before when describing people who tend to feel down during the colder and darker winter months. But what is Seasonal Affective Disorder and how does it differ from clinical depression?

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How to Cope With Debt and Unemployment Stress

Unemployment can affect mental health in a number of ways including higher stress levels, lower self-esteem, increased risk of problematic substance abuse, and fear and uncertainty about the future. But it can also increase the risk of developing a mental illness or worsen existing symptoms

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The top 10 ways to deal with holiday stress

This holiday season, Calgary Counselling Centre encourages everyone to take care of their emotional well-being by following these 10 simple tips to find balance during this stressful time of year.

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Men experience domestic abuse too

There is a stigma around abuse. While rarely talked about in the media, more men and boys than ever before are coming forward to seek help for domestic abuse. Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate, it can affect any age, ethnicity and gender. In fact, according to a domestic violence report produced by the Calgary Police Service in May of 2016, one in five victims of domestic conflict in our city were men.

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Help for family violence

Domestic and family violence continues to be prevalent in our community. It’s an issue that hurts families and impacts the community, yet talking about it is tough.

With over 85,000 victims of violent crimes reporting the person responsible was a family member, it is critical that those who are experiencing abuse know that help is available

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Family Violence Prevention Month – What is family violence?

According to the Government of Alberta’s 2016 Prevention of Family Violence and Bullying Survey, 51% of Albertans think that family violence occurs a lot/a fair bit in their communities.

For concerned family and friends, it’s important to understand who experiences family violence, what the impacts are, and how together we can support those in need.

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