30 January 2015
29 January 2015
I have been a die hard fan and a power user of BlackBerry devices for almost a decade now. I now own a Passport and love the device, especially since it is great for emails, calendars, contacts, and, of course, BBHub.
However, I have noticed that a lot of the apps (and rightfully so) focus on the business world... and I am not a traditional business person, I'm a counsellor. With that comes a different demand for the device, outside of the traditional apps. So I am compiling a list of apps that I found useful as a counsellor, therapist, mental health worker, etc. that uses a BB10 device. (Note that these apps will be found in either BlackBerry World, 1Mobile, or Amazon)
- RelaxBook Nature - plays relaxing nature sounds for a timed interval.
- MindShift - made by AnxietyBC, this app provides information, tracking, calming tools, and mindfulness strategies.
- 3D Brain - informative and interactive app for learning and understanding parts of the brain
- PTSD Coach - information on PTSD, tracking symptoms, and ideas for symptom management
- Psych Drugs - simple information on psychiatric medications; including names, dosage, side effects, and class.
- Chatoms: Conversation Starters - great and simple way to build relationship, or to help with social skills.
- Take a Stand Together - anti-bullying app aimed at creating safe and supportive environments.
- Sesame Street: Divorce - designed for parents to use with their children to help explain and normalize feelings around divorce.
- EyeMove 1 - simple eye-movement app for EMDR trained therapists.
- Toxic Thinking - learning about unhelpful thoughts, feelings and actions related to mental health
- iTouch iLearn Feelings - developing emotional and feelings language for pre-schoolers.
- Know Yourself Personality Tests - all informal, but informative questionnaires.
- Solar Explorer - exploring the solar system can help (some) put present struggles in perspective. Or it is soothing.
- Days Lived - fun app that lets you know how many days you have lived, and time spent doing certain activities.
- TED - TED talks are awesome and inspiring.
- Evernote - it's my brain, everything is stored here. Workshop materials, recent research, webpages, etc. (I interchange between using the Android & Blackberry app)
- Dropbox - all my 'working'/'in-progress' documents are here. Access to my files anywhere at anytime.
- Workwide - allows for multi-tasking (great for Passport users) by using two windows simultaneously.
- Tilt - after it's latest upgrade, this app provides instant information at the tilting of the device. Can see recent emails, upcoming events with having to man-handle your device.
- RSS Savy - all your feeds, one location.
- BB Bridge - I still rock the Playbook, so this app is great for using my phone as a slide changer.
20 January 2015
14 January 2015
12 January 2015
During the holiday break my wife dragged me back to Winnipeg to visit her family. On our trip we passed Elie, a small town outside Winnipeg on the Trans-Canada. In 2007 the town was rocked by a tornado. I'll never forget that night, not because I was there, but because of what happened that night to me when we lived in Winnipeg.
Not aware of the swirling cloud just west of us, my then pregnant wife was afraid that our lawn chairs would take off in the wind. Of course I was not willing to argue with a pregnant woman, so I complied and went outside and braved the thunderstorm. I tried my best to gather the chairs, until I heard not a thunder clapping sound but a crunching sound. Spooked I ran back inside and confessed to my wife that I got scared and didn't feel safe getting the chairs and hoped that she valued my life more than the chairs, and she did.
The next morning we awoke to find the neighbours tree had fallen into our backyard and was smothering the lawn chairs that I was asked to retrieve. I learned two things, if not more, from this experience.
First is to trust your own instinct. Whether you call it your gut, Jiminy Cricket, heavenly promptings, or inner voice, trust it and listen to it. I have learned that if you don't listen to it there is a backlog and you won't hear from it. Like a physical muscle you need to use it or it will weaken.
Second is to trust your spouses instinct. If they mention discomfort or fear, listen to them. For example, recently my wife felt like our daughter shouldn't attend an extra curricular function. I agreed to follow her instinct. Of course nothing extraordinary happened; there was no fire, peanuts were not served, and there was no storm. Neither did anything happen at home. Of course we will never know if anything would have happened, nor should I chastise my wife for expressing fear over something that didn't happen.
If you haven't been listening to your inner voice, start to. If you haven't been listening to your partners voice, start small. It's different to follow your own gut feeling to that of someone else's.
What if your gut feelings disagree, discuss it. Understand each others history and context, and try to understand the feelings from your partners perspective. See if doing such a thing will help you become one in your relationship.
As you start to listen to your own and each others you'll be surprised how it will impact each others relationship.
And who knows, if I didn't trust my gut feeling that night and my wife didn't respect it, that could have been me buried and smothered by my neighbours tree.
08 January 2015
I also recommend taking the questionnaire at the end with your teenagers so they can gauge how they are to their peers.
06 January 2015
For ten days, spend 2 minutes of uninterrupted time with the student of concern. The experiences thus far by some teachers have been intriguingly positive.