Chapter 3: Where Does Stress Come From?

Chapter 3: Where Does Stress Come From?

Technology is wasting our time. We can agree on that, right? At least to some extent? So far we’ve established that technology and social media have reduced our offline hours and left us little time to refresh and rejuvenate, but there’s actually another effect of all the pings and beeps.

Stress. The emotional toll.

While technology is meant to enhance our lives, it’s difficult to argue that it doesn’t also increase our stress.

Chapter 2: The Reasons for Social Overload

Chapter 2: The Reasons for Social Overload

Constantly being plugged into social media is extracting a significant tax from our bodies. These days we’re blurring the boundaries between the various activities that shape who we are as human beings. Everything we do is purposeful. The choices we make and the roads we travel are unique. The problem with a constant connection is that whether we’re working, studying, spending time with our families, or spending time alone, those actions lose a degree of their independence when they're constantly intertwined with online connections.

Not only do work emails interrupt personal time, but personal connections also interrupt work time.

Chapter 1: Is Technology Stressing You Out?

Chapter 1: Is Technology Stressing You Out?

Well done! Reading this book is a fantastic first step in changing your relationship with social media and technology. These tools should serve you, and not the other way around, right?

Right, we can all agree on that. By the end of my book, the only changes you’ll make are ones that feel right to you. No, you don’t have to throw your phone in the trash. After all, achieving wellness is impossible with a black-and-white, all-or-nothing approach. Instead, these pages will help you reflect on how plugged in you are so you can decide what's working for you and what's working against you.  

Let's get started, shall we?

On Social Media & Technology: How To Use It Without Being Consumed By it

On Social Media & Technology: How To Use It Without Being Consumed By it

Do you ever imagine what communication looked like 100 years ago? If you’re curious, just grab your phone and… wait, don’t do that. Resist that urge for a moment.

In the last couple decades the manner in which we communicate has changed so drastically it makes the experiences of even one generation ago sound archaic. For instance, I remember my second grade best friend moving away and the colourful sticker-covered correspondence letters we shared as she became my newest pen-pal. The coveted letters that came occasionally in the mail were my only links to her. As I got older...

Introducing a Brand New Way to Find Balance with Social Media & Technology

Introducing a Brand New Way to Find Balance with Social Media & Technology

A blank page awaits me.

So let’s get to it. 

I'm Kelvin, and today I’m proud to introduce a brand new book written by my friend Deepika Mittra called Social Media & Technology, How to Use It Without Being Consumed By It.

It’s a book to teach people like you and me how to find balance in the daily dance with online distractions and an increasingly connected digital society that’s supposed to enrich our lives. 

Self-Care in Time for the Holidays + A Chance to Win!

Self-Care in Time for the Holidays + A Chance to Win!

Just in time for the holidays I have a special treat for you! With lots on the go, most of us are rushing around to get things done. What better time to have self-care reminders! Allow me to introduce to you Barbara Erochina, an emotional wellness coach, writer and speaker based out of Toronto. She is behind a great self-care strategy Be With: Cards for Self-Care. Barbara lives by her belief that the best way to speed up is to slow down and has generously shared her thoughts, and a give-away of the cards below!

With gratitude to Barbara for her insights and the #bewithcards give away!

Welcome to Fall 2016

Welcome to Fall 2016

This fall I'm excited to be taking my work out of the office quite a bit! I am doing several workplace sessions as well as presenting multiple times with the University of Alberta's Executive Education. I am also looking forward to being part of the BLOOM Festival! Perhaps I'll see you at one of these events, or if you're interested, contact me about setting something up for your workplace or community group.

Exciting Times Ahead...

Exciting Times Ahead...

If we haven't crossed paths recently, or in case I failed to mention, my associates and I at North Land Family Counselling have new digs and are set to be in our fully renovated space by the fall! We are relocating to the Ritchie Professional Centre and will be up and running after the September long weekend. The new location, 9557 76 Ave, will have ample parking nearby and is accessible by bus routes 81, 87 and 323. There will be some great amenities and the lovely Mill Creek Ravine is just a jaunt away! Can you tell I'm excited?