50 Ways to Relax

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Are you having trouble coming up with an idea of how to unwind and slow down?! Try choosing something from the following list: 1. Take a bath 2. Listen to music 3. Take a nap 4. Read a book 5. Sit in nature 6. Play with a fidget toy 7. Take deep breaths 8. Watch silly videos 9. Eat a healthy snack … Read More

Are You an Emotional Eater?

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What is emotional eating? Emotional eating is eating to suppress or attempt to calm negative emotions, like anxiety, fear, sadness, boredom, stress, or loneliness. How to Know if You’re an Emotional Eater: Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you eat to cope with painful emotions, or boredom? Do you feel a loss of control around food? Do you … Read More

Are You a Workaholic?

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What is a Workaholic? Workaholism has been called ‘the addiction of this century’. There is a difference between working hard and holding yourself to a standard of excellence, and being a workaholic. A workaholic is someone who works long hours compulsively, despite exhaustion, and cannot psychologically detach from work. It is estimated that about 10% of the population identifies as … Read More

Increasing Awareness of Elder Abuse

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What is elder abuse? Elder abuse is an important public health issue that deserves our attention. The World Health Organization defines elder abuse as “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person. This type of violence constitutes a … Read More

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day is June 27th

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Let’s bring some attention and awareness to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by learning about what it is, the causes, and common symptoms. It’s estimated that 76% of Canadians experience at least one traumatic even in their lifetime; 9% of Canadians will suffer from PTSD in their lifetime. What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? The American Psychiatric Association defines PTSD as “a psychiatric … Read More

How Does Physical Activity Affect Mental Health?

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Regular exercise can have a significant impact on mental health, including the following benefits: Reduce depression and anxiety– We all know that exercise provides a boost in endorphin levels, creating those “feel good” chemicals that produce feelings of happiness and euphoria. Many doctors recommend trying exercise for anxiety and depression prior to prescribing medication. Exercise also decreases cortisol, the body’s … Read More

Time Management

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Do you ever feel like there’s not enough hours in a day, or as if your to-do list is constantly growing? Time management skills can look different from person to person, but the trick is finding what works best for you and your schedule. By managing your time more effectively, you will be able to reduce your stress, improve your … Read More

Learning About Sleep: Myths & Good Sleep Hygiene

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Myth: Your brain and body can adapt to getting less sleep. Research shows that long-term insufficient sleep can have a negative impact on metabolism, the immune system, cardiovascular system, hormone production, and mental health.  Myth: Snoring is normal, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Light snoring is not a cause for concern, but loud, frequent snoring can indicate … Read More

Struggling to Conceive?

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Coping with infertility is a very challenging time in one’s life. It is something that many people are hesitant to talk about, even with close loved ones. The tendency to remain silent about fertility issues can perpetuate feelings of loneliness, shame, turmoil, grief, and loss. You are not alone if you are struggling to conceive. It is a lot more … Read More

Setting Healthy Boundaries

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Many of us have a hard time setting boundaries with others. We want to help those around us, feel a need to please, or don’t realize that we have a right to set boundaries. Personal boundaries are essential in order to protect ourselves and have healthy relationships. Healthy boundaries are “guidelines, rules, or limits that a person creates to identify … Read More