Christine Kutzner M.Ed., RCC - Counselling Services

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Volume 24, June/July 2010

Happy Summertime! When my kids were younger I didn’t want school to end. They would wake up very early every morning and then I would organizing the summer day with finding a new park to play at, meeting up with friends, putting together the snacks, lunches, beach toys, apply the sunscreen, come home for quiet time and then entertain them before dinner. I always had fun, but I was so tired by the end of summer!

Now that they are older, I can’t wait for school to end as we all are tired of meeting deadlines, being at games and the general stress of getting off to school with all gear needed. Now the kids enjoy sleeping in, being lazy and taking life at a much slower pace. I’m sure this is a passing stage just like the early years were, but I am looking forward to sleeping in at least until 8am my days off!

Have a safe and wonderful summer!

Self Esteem

Self-esteem is a way of thinking, feeling and behaving that implies you trust and believe in yourself. Acceptance means living with both your strengths and weaknesses without lots of self-criticism. Self-esteem means that you treat yourself the way you would treat someone else with respect. It also means that you have the confidence that you can fulfill your personal needs, and life goals.

A healthy self-esteem means fulfillment and strength comes from within oneself. When self-esteem is low, a person may try to fill this void by latching on to something or someone. Building ones self-esteem happens over time. A key part to your self-esteem is the ability to take care of yourself. Meeting your emotional needs. From a psychological point of view this would include safety, support and affection from others or a sense of belonging, a sense of accomplishment and being fulfilled in your life.

People with a low self-esteem are often shy, anxious and depressed. They think negatively about themselves and their abilities. They don’t take care of themselves as well as people with a higher self-esteem.

Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

  • Learn to accept compliments that point out your strengths and abilities.
  • Write down a positive intention and read it out loud everyday.
  • Be realistic about what you can do and don’t compare yourself to others.
  • Learn from mistakes and don’t put yourself down.
  • Spend time with people who care about you.
  • Spend time doing useful things rather than sitting and thinking about problems.

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Christine Kutzner, M.Ed. is a Registered Clinical Counsellor providing services to children, parents and families in North and West Vancouver. To inquire, contact Christine.

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Christine provides counselling services to children, parents, and
families in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver.

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