Concerned About Sports Gambling? Give This A Listen!

I have had the honour of being a frequent guest on CJOB Radio as a resource on “living a good life” as part of  The Jim Toth Show.

My over 30 years of researching, speaking, and interacting with people on topics related to resilience and mental health, I have a lot of information to share on how we can all live a healthy, happy life!

Recently, Jim reached out to talk about Gambling Addiction. Although I am not an addictions expert, I have some thoughts and shared them in the audio below.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

Deri Latimer is an expert in positive possibilities for people! A TEDx Speaker and Author, Deri’s message reinforces that positive habits are the pathway to a happier and healthier life at work, at home and at any age!

April Showers Bring May Flowers: What Are You Nourishing Today?

Untitled-2I love this time of year. Here in Central Canada, we look forward to April showers. The rain not only helps to clean up our streets and wipe away (along with our wonderful City services) the mess from winter, it also begins to nourish what will soon be blooming all over our beautiful city.

I think this is a great metaphor for life. In fact, for how to approach each day.

Your thoughts are “April Showers”. What you allow to take up residence in your mind impacts what will bloom (or not) in your life. Your thoughts are constantly streaming, just as the rain in April can seem to be doing. What will you allow to swirl around in your mind? If your thoughts were a movie, would you pay money to go see it?

In other words, what will you choose to think that will provide the best nourishment for the kind of outcomes you wish to create in your life?

Here are some ideas for you to GROW the kind of mindset that helps you get what you want:

Greet each day with a moment of?gratitude. When your alarm goes off, or when you awake naturally, pause. When you pause, take a deep breath and connect with your body. Wake up and connect with your toes, shins, knees, thighs, and so on. Then, take a moment to reflect on something for which you are grateful (being able to take a breath, having another day to live…these are two very obvious and easy things to start with!)

Reframe negative situations. Perhaps as you are driving to work, someone cuts you off in traffic. You might experience frustration and anger at the driver for not noticing you. You might also experience fear because you missed a fender-bender by mere seconds! ?You might notice that the thoughts you are having about that driver are negative ‘What’s up with that guy?’ ‘She didn’t even signal!” “Crazy driver!!” “People are so rude!”. In an instant you can choose other thoughts – you can reframe this negative situation into something more positive. You can decide to think “He must be in a hurry since he did not see me here; I am glad my brakes work well.” “Perhaps she has just left her sick mother’s side, and she is distracted. I hope she gets to her destination okay.” The reframe is a gift to your brain…it helps you to be able to move past this negative situation and to experience more positive feelings…like empathy, compassion, and gratitude.

Open your eyes. Notice all of the moments of wonder around you. You might notice those new buds on the trees as you walk outside. You might notice the joyful sound of children playing in the park. You might notice the faces in the photos on your desk, and take a few seconds to connect with their smiling eyes. You do not need technology to help you experience the amazing things going on in this world. You only need to look around.

Welcome other people into your life. You are always better when you connect with other people. You do less well, mentally and emotionally, when you isolate yourself. You can welcome other people into your life in many ways; smile at people when you walk down the street or through your office, look into the eyes of the person passing you your coffee over the counter, join in the conversation taking place in the office lunch room, invite a co-worker to join you for break, phone a friend.

April showers bring May flowers….what possibilities will begin to sprout for you this month?

Deri Latimer is an expert in positive possibilities for people! A TEDx Speaker and Author, Deri?s message reinforces that positive habits are the pathway to a happier and healthier life ? at work, at home and at any age!?



Why Time Off Helps You Have Better Time On!

It astounds me as I read articles and research from reliable sources, such as Canadian HR Reporter, how many people are not taking their vacation time! Every year, HR departments and the leadership teams they support are challenged to find ways to encourage people to take their earned, and well-deserved, time off!

We hear all sorts of responses from people:

  • I am too busy.
  • I have nowhere to go.
  • I can’t afford to travel.

At times, people even request being paid out their vacation time! Thankfully, most organizations refuse to do that. Not only is it a major expense to the organization, the leadership team knows that people NEED time off!

Why do you need time off? Because your time ‘on’ will improve tremendously! Taking time away from the workplace – and fully away (no checking email, etc.) – allows your mind and body to rest. And we all know the value of a good rest. No amount of money can buy the value of a rested mind and body. (If you have ever experienced insomnia, you know that high-quality sleep is your most treasured mental health resource!)

So, the next time you are wondering whether or not to schedule time off – JUST DO IT!! Then, embrace it. Embrace the nothingness, embrace the difference from your normal routine, embrace the opportunity to read that book you have have been putting off reading, embrace the mid-afternoon nap and embrace the drool on your chin!! (Or, is that just me?!!)

You’ll be glad you did!

And, then, pay attention to how much your work performance is enhanced when you return, refreshed and ready for the next challenge and opportunity!