I find myself looking at the calendar a lot lately. The days are creeping toward March 17 – for my family that’s the day that the pandemic reached us directly. It seems like a long time ago and it seems like it was barely yesterday. Life has changed, a lot. Yet, a lot of the Read More »

We have a personal question for you: Have you taken any vacation? It’s August, and the new semester is only a few weeks away. Framed differently: It’s August, and there are only a few weeks left for you to take any summer vacation! Have you taken any yet? It’s easy for academics to go through the Read More »

It has been quiet around here for a few months – and often, when that happens, bloggers open up with an apology for falling off the face of the Earth and not posting. But the truth is that our hiatus was intentional. We pulled the ripcord on our self-care parachute and implemented an emergency self-care Read More »


This semester we’ve had the amazing opportunity to speak to graduate students and faculty in multiple clinical psychology graduate programs across Canada and the United States. One question that we receive a lot, especially from graduate students, is how to engage in self-care when their graduate program doesn’t seem to be supportive of the time Read More »

Tips for Resolutions That Last

Happy New Year! We know that after the challenges of 2020, many of us are hoping for a brighter new year. Some things that often come along with a new year, of course, are new year’s resolutions! The New Year is often accompanied by encouragement to change, overhaul, and become our best selves.  We admit Read More »

Setting Boundaries for Self-Care

We’ve mentioned before that the biggest barrier we hear when it comes to self-care is finding time for it. But sometimes not having enough time isn’t about the number of hours in the day, but rather about carving time away from other demands, obligations, and responsibilities. Read More »

Creating Time for Self-Care: Part 2

This month on the blog we’re back to talking about everyone’s #1 barrier to self-care: Time!  In our last post about time, we acknowledged how hard it can be to find time for self-care, especially for those of us in the helping professions. Time is a legitimate barrier to self-care. Research study after research study Read More »

Is Your Self-Care Joyful?

One of the first things we always do with our groups and coaching clients is ask them to describe their current self-care and what they envision their self-care looking like moving forward. We do this to get a sense of what is working and not working for our TMSCers now and what their perceptions of Read More »

Making Time for Self Care (photo credit: Anders Jilden, Unsplash)

When we do presentations, workshops, and talk with helping professionals about self-care, the #1 challenge to self-care is always time. Everyone knows that self-care is a good idea. Everyone wants to do self-care. But holy cow, we are busy giving and caretaking, and there isn’t much time leftover! We get it – we have also Read More »

Self-care reset

We don’t know about you, but our self-care journey has lots of hills and valleys. Sometimes we seem to be absolutely rocking our self-care: We’re doing what we love, we feel calm and grounded, and life feels the way we want it to feel. Other times? Our self-care feels like it is a mess, we feel frazzled all of the time, and we’re squinting hard at our lives wondering if anything in there is self-care at all. Read More »