Diane Davies

Winter storm batters Comox Valley

BC Hydro dealing with weather-related power outages

Face what makes you anxious

I walk everywhere. I know this is stupid, but I'm having the hardest time passing by people...It's so embarrassing...

Laying awake worrying won’t help hurting friend

I lay in bed and think about her suffering. Over and over in my mind I see and feel her hurt. I worry about what will happen for her...

Fighting depression without meds

I went to my doctor and he said that I was depressed. He wanted to put me on anti-depressant medication. I don't want to take any pills...

Worried about spending Christmas alone? Plenty of solo acitivies exist

For the first time ever, I'll be on my own for Christmas. I'm just dreading it. How does a person get through Christmas on their own?

Suffering from SAD

As the storms started last week, the sky darkened, and so did my feelings. I was feeling pretty good over the summer...

Trapped in job and imprisoned by depression

I hate my job. It's not my dream job to start with, and now I've been doing it for over 10 years...

Dealing with family and friends after divorce

They don't understand. I'm done with this marriage. What can I say to get them to stop trying to get us back together?

Nightmares aren’t just for children

Recognize that you are having these dreams because of stress...

Changing a family Christmas tradition can be hard

We have always had our whole family here for Christmas. That IS the tradition. I'm in shock that they would even consider this...

Using hypnosis for pain management

Clinical hypnosis for pain management makes use of the significant research...

Learning to ‘deal with it’ easier said than done

I’m at the end of my rope. Six months ago I had surgery to address a medical issue I have. It didn’t cure the problem.

Sometimes you have to ‘stop smiling’ when saying ‘no’

If you have said “no” twice, and there is a third attempt to get you to do something, it is time to stop smiling.

How to say ‘no’ to something when it’s hard to do

Just because something is uncomfortable, doesn't mean that you can't do it. It just means that it is uncomfortable

Three ways to make a ‘profound’ difference in your stress level

My doctor said that I have to either learn to deal with the stress in my life or my health will continue to get worse...

How to deal with our sensitive feelings

How to deal with our own sensitivities, by looking at how we feel instead of jumping to conclusions

How do I keep from sinking into another depression this winter?

Is your heart sinking at the prospect of another long winter? You might struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Thinking of procrastination as an attempt at a solution could help

If we think of procrastination as an attempt at a solution, rather than the problem, a lot of space is opened up to figure out how to approach this.

Five ways to make praise effective

We know that when people are given praise for their efforts, they do tend to feel better, and do better too. If you aren’t getting those results, it may be that the way in which you give praise may be in need some fine tuning.